NVFR Rating Course
Expand your horizons and learn to fly in the night sky!
Learning to fly at night is an important skill for any prospective Commercial pilot. It’s also useful for Private pilots who don’t want to be unnecessarily constrained by daylight hours!
The AAA NVFR course is a comprehensive course which contains:
- Instrument flight consolidation (full- and limited-panel)
- Night take-offs and landings
- Night visual navigation including supplemental radio navigation aids and GPS use
The instrument flight hours gained on the course can be counted toward the minimum of 10 required for the issue of a Commercial Pilot Licence, making this course an ideal stepping stone between PPL and CPL training.
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AAA RPL Course
For trainee pilots serious about safety and standards.
Training safe, proficient pilots is a serious business, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun along the way! Not only will you loop and roll on your first lesson, during the course you will learn to take-off and land, to perform basic aerobatics, to spin and recover and to effectively recognise and respond to emergency situations. Learning these skills takes time, dedication and good instruction. Getting this process right the first time is essential when you learn to fly. Flying, like the sea, is unforgiving of the inattentive or foolish!
The Australian Aerobatic Academy’s Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) syllabus is NOT a minimum time, minimum cost or minimum standard learn-to-fly course. It is a comprehensive course which goes beyond the minimum CASA requirements to provide you with superior aircraft handling skills. These skills will stay with you whether you choose to become the next Red Bull Air Race pilot, fly for the airlines, or enjoy taking your family and friends away for a weekend trip as a recreational pilot.
To see just how much more you get for your money with a AAA RPL course, please look at this document: AAA RPL Syllabus Comparison.
A pilot more confident and capable in the airborne environment has a greater capacity for good aeronautical decision-making, which means a safer, more proficient aviator. If your flight training is limited to the narrow envelope of the “air transport” environment, unnecessary limitations may be formed as well as an underlying fear of situations that cannot be adequately or safely explored in “standard” training aircraft incapable of basic aerobatic flight. When basic aerobatics, upset recovery and prevention and spin training is combined as an integral part of a learn-to-fly course, the result is a pilot fully aware of an aircraft’s capability in flight. This flight training method has been used for decades by defence forces worldwide – why should civilian pilots not also benefit from this style of training? IT WORKS!
Don’t just take our word for it… Former Sydney Aerobatic School founder & CFI Noel Kruse, author of the “Fly Better” series of books, endorses the Academy’s training methods and standards in this document. Veteran US aerobatic pilot, airshow performer and flight instructor Patty Wagstaff has written a recent article on the benefits of the Academy’s style of training: Upset Recovery Vs. Aerobatics – Plane And Pilot Magazine.
The Australian Aerobatic Academy prides itself on the standard of its instruction, as well as its personalised service and tuition. Academy instructors are experienced career instructors whose role is more of a “personal trainer” and “mentor” rather than a newly-qualified instructor trained to a minimum standard with limited operational experience. As we only employ a small number of dedicated individuals, we can guarantee the personalised service and consistency of training that larger organisations may not be able to provide.
All RPL flying lessons are conducted in the Robin 2160 – a high performance dedicated training aircraft capable of aerobatic flight. Your choice of initial training aircraft is very important. Many aircraft used for training today do not have the capability to allow practice in using the full aerodynamic envelope, leaving a gap in knowledge and experience for new pilots. It is for this reason AAA use only fully aerobatic aircraft for our initial training courses. The Robin has a cruise speed of 120 kts (215 km/h), and climb rate of 1000 ft/min. Compare this to the Cessna 152 – a common “standard” trainer used by other flight training schools – which has a cruise speed of 95 kts (170 km/h) and a climb rate of 650 ft/min. This means more time is spent in the training area concentrating on learning the required skills, rather than the transit to and from the airport. Higher performance means more practice in take-offs and landings per session, which means more practice for every dollar spent!
All Sydney flying school lessons include FREE in-flight video recording facilities. Important aspects of the flight can be immediately replayed on the ground as part of the debriefing, so you don’t miss out on the vital feedback you need to improve your skills!
When making a decision on which school you choose to learn to fly with, consider this: Learning to fly is a considerable commitment in time, finances and personal effort, and one must be ultimately satisfied with the ability of the selected flight training organisation to provide the level of service & quality of the qualification they purport to provide.
After all, what is your life, and the lives of your future passengers worth?
AAA CPL Course
Want the dream job of being a pilot? You need our Commercial Pilot Licence course!
There are many pilot jobs available: airlines, corporate charter, flight instruction, joy flights, aerial agriculture & aero-medical transport to name a few. All have their different challenges and rewards. To start with however, you need to pass the CASA Commercial Pilot Licence flight test!
AAA is a CASA-approved Part 141 training provider offering a 200 hour (non-integrated) CPL qualification. What this means for the new student is that after you have learned to fly (RPL course) and learned to navigate (PPL course), you now need to build pilot-in-command experience to satisfy the minimum experience requirements for the CPL.
The AAA CPL course is designed to develop General Handling, Instrument Flight, Navigation & Emergency Handling skills to those befitting a professional aviator. Commercial scenarios are used to provide an element of realism and to encourage safe flight outcomes whilst under pressure.
AAA recommends completing our AAA NVFR course as a pre-requisite – a handy tool for any commercial pilot in order to not be constrained by daylight hours. The instrument hours accrued on the NVFR course also go toward satisfying the instrument and total flight time required for the CPL.
CPL training is competency-based and subject to an initial assessment flight to gauge the candidate’s current standard against the CASA Part 61 Manual of Standards. From there, the syllabus is adjusted to suit individual requirements. As such, it is difficult to provide an overall cost for the CPL, especially when the varied ways in which to build command time are considered.
For more details, contact us to make a time to speak with our Chief Flying Instructor or download an information sheet here: