Learning Pathway

Where It All Begins....

The Trial Instructional Flight………… Your First Lesson!!

As the name suggests, the Trial Introductory Flight  (TIF) is a chance for you to try Aviation on for size!

Will you enjoy flying? Will you be hooked immediately? Is it what you expected? Do you want to go back up again? Could you handle doing that for a living? Did you enjoy the view? All great questions that can only be answered by getting in that seat and flying the plane!! You have to try it!!

A TIF is usually around 30-40 minutes in duration and with the assistance of our highly experienced instructors you will fly the plane from airborne right up until just prior to landing. This should be sufficient time to decide the answers to the above questions. Once your TIF is completed, we can discuss all of your options together.

"Personally, I found flying to be the ultimate feeling of freedom and I love the view from my office. It is different every day and I wouldn’t trade it for love nor money. I was hooked from my TIF. I just had to fly".

Murray Medway, Senior Instructional Pilot
To Book a TIF with GSFS, simply call 0400402540 and select date and time that the instructor can meet with you, come along wearing comfortable clothes and shoes and be prepared to have the time of your life.

Where to Next?

Once we know what your desired aviation goal is, our crew will gladly direct your training towards achieving your goal in the shortest possible time taking into consideration your individual circumstances.  We will take you through all of the possible options available to you and select a pathway that best suits your flying goals, skills and budget.

Our role will be to not only teach you, but to ensure you thoroughly enjoy the process of learning to fly.

We would hope to have you train with us, however we find some people who will be more suited to fast-tracking or an Airline cadetship and we are happy to inform you if we think there is a pathway more suited to your goal. We are also happy to help in preparing applications for Airline cadetships with you.

For those intent on taking to the skies, flying friends to anywhere, helping the remote and unwell with the RFDS, transporting the masses in a commercial airliner, we look forward to working with you.

Where to Next?

Once we know what your desired aviation goal is, our crew will gladly direct your training towards achieving your goal in the shortest possible time taking into consideration your individual circumstances.  We will take you through all of the possible options available to you and select a pathway that best suits your flying goals, skills and budget.

Our role will be to not only teach you, but to ensure you thoroughly enjoy the process of learning to fly.

We would hope to have you train with us, however we find some people who will be more suited to fast-tracking or an Airline cadetship and we are happy to inform you if we think there is a pathway more suited to your goal. We are also happy to help in preparing applications for Airline cadetships with you.

For those intent on taking to the skies, flying friends to anywhere, helping the remote and unwell with the RFDS, transporting the masses in a commercial airliner, we look forward to working with you.

Flow Chart of Licences and Hours

Licence Type Hours Required Description
Beginner to Recreational Pilot Certificate (RAAus RPC) or Recreational Pilot Licence (CASA RPL) 20 hours approx. Fly for fun, be a member of the club. Fly with a friend within 25nm of your training aerodrome. Hone your skills.
RAA RPC to GA RPL Conversion 5 hours approx. Convert your Recreational Aviation Australia RPC to a CASA Recreational Pilots Licence (RPL) and continue your flying journey towards a Private Pilots Licence.
RPL to Private Pilot Licence (PPL) 40 hours approx. Fly with multiple friends to many destinations around Australia. Have weekends away with family, at race meetings, the outback. Take a plane and go see the Australia most Australians NEVER see. Lap the Country, do a control area endorsement and fly into Capital cities and control zones.
PPL to Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) 200 hours approx. The sky is the limit. You can now be paid to FLY. Options are charter and tour Pilots, Instructor and train other pilots, RFDS, Airlines, Regionals, Survey, Private Company Pilot, the list is endless. There are many jobs around the world for pilots, you just need to find your dream and pursue it.
Command Instrument Rating (CIR) 20 hours approx. Allows you to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions(IMC) CLOUD and NIGHT.
Use instrument approaches and navigate without external vision.
Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR) 20 hours approx.
CIR is not a prerequisite
In a twin engine aircraft it allows you to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) CLOUD and NIGHT, including handling failures and issues with your aircraft.
Use instrument approaches and navigate without external vision.
Private Instrument Flight Rating (PIFR) 20 hours approx. For Private Pilots who wish to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) CLOUD and NIGHT. Use instrument approaches and navigate without external vision.

ˆHours shown are CASA & RAA minimum requirements. All licence type approvals are competency based & may require additional hours above CASA & RAA requirement to achieve successful pass. 

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