What shopping facilities are nearby?
The DFO shopping complex is only a kilometre away, or 1.6km is you’re walking – it’s good exercise!
The area also sports a number of nearby hotels, shopping strips, and food outlets. A huge shopping mall “Southland” is located a short drive of 4.5kms away. It is also served by buses that go to and from the DFO shopping complex.
Is there recreational facilities to use?
Yes! Our clubrooms provide a pool table, table tennis in the summer months, TV, and a bar for refreshments. Tea, coffee, biscuits etc. are provided at no cost. There is also a microwave oven and toaster applicances.
Friday evenings is always a time for our students, pilots and staff to get together socially. Always vibrant, it is accompanied in the summer months with numerous Bar-B-Qs.
When is MFT open? Is MFT open on public holidays?
MFT is open for all operations including training every day of the year except for public holidays, and a brief period during the Christmas and New Year period. It is possible to make arrangements for non working days.
Is Public Transport available?
Yes! The Moorabbin area is served by frequent bus and train services.
The bus service has a pick up and drop off point adjacent to the DFO shopping complex. It is a 1.6km walk (15mins) from the bus stop, around part of the airport perimeter, to MFT.
Two railway stations – Mentone and Cheltenham – are local to Moorabbin airport and provide weekday services about 20mins apart. They are almost 3kms and 4kms away respectively. Buses depart from both stations to the nearby DFO shopping complex.
Always check timetables for schedule details, particularly for weekends and evenings.
Where is Melbourne Flight Training located?
MFT is located approximately 22km to the South East of the City of Melbourne in the bayside suburb of Moorabbin.
On a warm summers day after your flight you can go for a swim at the beach only 3km away in Parkdale.
The cost of flying
What if I run out of money or can’t afford to pay?
It’s unfortunate that this situation can occur, often due to unexpected family, work, or social events.
At MFT we recognise the commitment that a student makes when they start their training and how much it fits into their future dreams. Consequently, when financial difficulties occur, we make every attempt to understand the problem, and provide advice and guidance on how it may be managed, with the goal of restarting the training sometime in the near future.
Can I pay in advance?
Yes! In line with common business accounting, we can accept payment in advance and have facilities to manage and track expenses as required.
Are there any “up front” payments required?
An application fee of $1,500.00 applies to all new international student enrolments. The fee is non-refundable.
For other students no “up front” payments are required.
Can I pay for my flying using a credit card?
Yes! MFT accepts payment by Credit Card, Direct Debit, and Cash.
Some conditions apply for International students to make the payment process easier.
How long will it take to learn to fly?
Although there are some typical time estimates that we can provide, in reality there are many influences that effect the duration of training. Many students are limited by the availability of funds and consequently may fly only once a week or less often, while others are ‘cashed up’ and can fly every day.
Other factors which may influence the schedule are weather, instructor availability, aircraft availability, holidays, and more. Besides, there is also the study involved in the theory subjects, and other activities to consider.
How much does it cost to learn to fly?
There are several factors that influence the cost of flying. The factors include the type, size, and age of the aircraft, the lessons to be undertaken to achieve a licence, and most important, how well you adapt and acquire the skills to fly.
MFT has courses that specify a minimum cost. However, difficultly in acquiring a particular skill, forgetfullness, and other issues might require additional practice which increases the overall cost. There are also some additional costs besides that of flying. These include the cost of manuals and regulatory documents, equipment (headsets etc.), examination fees, and so on. The exact minimal costs are provided in spreadsheets in the “Licenses” section of our website, however approximate costs for the typical pilot are as follows:
|Licence or Rating||Flying Component||Additional Component||Progressive Total|
|Integrated Private Pilot Licence (PPL)||AU$20,300||AU$3,300||AU$23,600|
|150 Hour Integrated Commercial Pilot Licence||AU$50,800||AU$8,000||AU$58,800|
|Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating||AU$19,700||AU$82,000|
Students who undertake an “Integrated Training Course” are exempt from the Australian Goods and Services Tax(GST).
MFT does not provide training for a Recreational Pilots Licence.
Our fleet of aircraft
Can I hire an aircraft for my personal use?
Yes! – but only when you have acheived at least a Private Pilots Licence. You will be able to take passengers but not for hire or reward.
How old are the aircraft?
Most of our aircraft are less than 20 years old.
Although the ‘newness’ of aircraft may give you a satisfying feeling, the strict maintenance protocols ensure that a 50 year old aircraft performs, and is as safe, as a new aircraft.
Do I have to maintain or repair the aircraft?
MFT uses the services of an external aircraft maintenance contractor. Our contractor has a well proven record of quality work and complies with all of the regulatory requirements.
As pilots you are required to perform some elementary checks of your aircraft in readiness to fly and report any issues. You will also do your own check of the engine oil and fuel levels and refill as required.
How fast do the aircraft go?
Depending on the size of the engine(s) and at times the aerodynamic capabilities of the aircraft, the airspeeds can be as low as 50kts (93kph, 58mph) and as fast as 165kts (306kph, 190mph).
The average speed of the single engine aircraft used for most training is 105kts (194kph, 121mph).
What sort of aircraft does MFT use?
The aircraft that MFT uses are often referred to as General Aviation (GA) aircraft. That means they are intended to be used for all sorts of low capacity general flying, including training, charter, private use, or specialised operations – agriculture, fire spotting, etc. GA aircraft have one or two engines.
A similar group of aircraft that weigh less than 600kg and only used for recreational purposes are called Recreational Aircraft. They include ‘ultra-lights’ and so on.
Team of Instructors
Will my instructor teach me all of the theory subjects?
MFT instructors are required to give you pre and post flight briefings which encapsulate specific details relevant to your flight, so there is a certain amount of theoretical knowledge gained by this process.
The CASA syllabus for training in theory subjects is comprehensive and accompanied by several books and so on. At MFT we choose to outsource this component of your training to another organisation which specialises in the delivery of theory subjects and achieves high pass rates in examinations by its students.
Does it matter if my Instructor wants to be an airline pilot?
No! Pilots who achieve the standards required for employment in the industry often do not have the minimum total flying hours required by commercial airline operators. Therefore it is necessary for them to gain hours by taking employment as a pilot in either small business (charter etc.) or as an Instructor. Being an Instructor is not “everyone’s cup of tea”, so those who do have a genuine interest in helping others achieve their goals, and that’s a good thing!
How much experience does my Instructor have?
The Instructor Rating is divided into three classes numbered 1 through 3, class 1 being the highest. An Instructors progression to a higher class is based on achieving at least the required number of flying instruction hours, and satisfactory reviews. Several hundreds of hours are involved!
However, Instructors often undertake other ratings and endorsements, fly recreationally, and participate in other flying activities. Consequently their total flying hours may be much greater as will be their overall experience.
Several of MFT’s Instructors have total flying hours in the thousands, some in the tens of thousands!
How does my Instructor stay up-to-date?
Instructors have to pass an Instructor Proficiency Check which is usually conducted every 24 months.
They are also subject to reviews by senior Instructors and the Chief Flying Instructor.
Finally, they are required to have a reasonable understanding of MFT’s Standard Operating Procedures, and review any operational documents that may be issued from time to time. Similarly, like all pilots, they must remain aware of all the regulatory documents issued by CASA, AirServices Australia, etc.
Is my Instructor qualified?
Your instructor has achieved his Commercial Pilots Licence and inevitably some endorsements and ratings along the way.
However your Instructor has also gained an Instructor Rating, which is not only an additional 50 hours of intense flight training, but includes critical assessment of their theoretical knowledge, and training in the Principles and Methods of Instruction (if an externally recognized training qualification is not held). A thorough assessment and flight test has to be successful to achieve the rating.
Licences / endorsements / ratings
What age do I have to be?
At the time you are ready to undergo a flight test for the issue of a licence, you must be of the following ages.
- Recreational Pilots Licence – 16 years of age,
- Private Pilots Licence – 17 years of age,
- Commercial Pilots Licence – 18 years of age
Can I convert a foreign license to an Australian licence?
Yes! Provided that the overseas flight crew licence and any ratings on that licence are at least equivalent to the Australian licence, and other equalities apply, then a pass in an overseas conversion aeronautical knowledge examination is required.
Is there a minimum number of hours required to get a licence?
Yes! Each license, and some ratings, require a minimum number of flying hours during training.
The number of hours depends on whether your training is conducted as part of an ‘integrated training course’.
(Not Integrated Course)
|Recreational||25 hours||25 hours|
|Private||35 hours||40 hours|
|Commercial||150 hours||200 hours|
Can I opt-out of the lessons I don’t want to do?
No! Your flight training syllabus has been determined by MFT in accordance with strict training policies provided by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). It is not negotiable.
What is an Endorsement?
Endorsement is the name given to training in the use of specialised aircraft features and types of aircraft.
During your flight training, you will get the opportunity to fly different aircraft so that you become familiar with their unique characteristics. Similarly, you will get training on the use of specialised features, for example, retractable undercarriages, GPS for navigation, etc. These are known as Endorsements.
What is a Rating?
Apart from the privileges provided by the PPL and CPL, there is specialised training that enables a pilot to perform or fly in conditions that would otherwise be unavailable. These are known as Ratings.
A common rating that is undertaken by advanced students is the ‘Night VFR (Night Visual Flight Rules). This rating allows a pilot to fly at night in favourable weather conditions. It is considered an introductory rating to the more advanced and complex IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) rating.
Other ratings include Instructor, Agricultural, Aerobatic, and more.
Are there any limitations about when or where I can fly?
During your flying training you will be either in a designated ‘training area’, an area located to the East of Moorabbin, or at other times, usually for training in navigation techniques, flights may take you to Essendon airport, or somewhere out into country Victoria and regional airports and airstrips.
All training for the Private or Commercial Pilots Licence is done in daylight conditions, not in or through cloud, and not in storm or windy conditions.
How do I learn to fly a variety of aircraft?
During your flying training it is likely that you will become proficient in flying a few different aircraft. This ensures that you gain familiarity with different operating conditions and features associated with each aircraft.
As you become more experienced you may choose to gain an ‘endorsement’ in other aircraft. This consists of additional flight training with an Instructor until you become proficient in its operation.
What is a Recreational Pilots Licence (RPL)?
The RPL is for pilots who only want to pursue recreational flying activities. The licence imposes several limitations like aircraft weight, flying in favourable daylight conditions, and within 25nm (nautical miles) of the departure aerodrome. Other conditions and endorsements apply.
What is a Private Pilots Licence (PPL)?
The PPL is the ‘entry level’ licence that completes all of the training needed to fly and navigate an aircraft in specific weather conditions. The licence entitles the holder to fly within Australian territory and to carry passengers without hire or reward.
Do I have to become an Australian citizen?
No! Your Visa is the only requirement for you to temporarily reside and undertake your training in Australia.
What currency can I use to pay for my lessons?
Only Australian currency is accepted.
Direct Deposits, Bank Cheques, Overseas Transfers etc, from other currencies are subject to conversion to the Australian currency. Any costs – transfer fees, conversion fees, etc – are borne by the payee (you).
Where can I live?
MFT can arrange accomodation through “Homestay”, a service that provides pre-checked homes for accomodation at a reasonable rent.
Alternatively you can make your own arrangements which might be family, friends, etc.
Can I go to my home country for holidays?
Yes! Provided that you organise any trip subject to conditions imposed by MFT and your Visa.
My native language is not English, does it matter?
No! However you need to meet a minimum level 4 Aviation English Language Proficiency assessment to hold a PPL or higher licence. Please refer to our International Student page for more information regarding English level requirements for enrolment.
I am from an overseas country, can I learn to fly at MFT?
Yes! Provided you can obtain a Visa to allow entry into Australia, and you satisfy several aviation regulatory requirements like an ability to speak English, medical condition, age, security check, and so on.
A comprehensive International Student Handbook for overseas students can be found at a link at the bottom of our Overseas webpage by clicking here.
Other questions you might have
Do I have to meet a standard medical condition?
Yes! Certificates are used to determine a pilots medical status. There are three classes of certificate that may be issued each of which is a prerequisite to a particular pilot licence.
|Recreational||Recreational aviation medical certificate||May also hold a Class 1 or 2|
|Private||Class 2||May also hold a Class 1|
Class 1-3 certificates are issued by CASA after one or more medical examinations by at least a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner, and other specialists.
The recreational aviation medical certificate is issued by a medical practitioner and meets the modified Austroads medical standards.
Do I have to undergo a Security check?
Yes! Aviation and government regulations require that all pilots, or others (over 18 years of age) who perform activities in relation to aircraft, undergo a security check by AusCheck that must be validated prior to the engagement of an activity. AusCheck will check for criminal records, conduct a security assessment (ASIO), and check your residential status (citizenship and/or Visa approval).
You will be required to provide photos and proof of identification documents, some of which will need to be authenticated (notorized).
What importance does MFT place on safety issues?
The regulatory authority for the Australian civil aviation industry is the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). It’s motto”Safe Skies For All”, demonstrates that safety is THE biggest consideration over everything else. Consequently, the development of policy and regulations are cognisant of being ultimately in the interests of safety. This ensures that the industry as a whole inherits and contributes towards a culture of being safety conscious.
As a CASA authorised school for the training of pilots, MFT is very much a part of the safety culture. Our business systems, procedures, and our people, including trainees, all contribute towards maintaining safety awareness and allowing it to permeate into every corner of our operations. Every person is actively encouraged to pursue any safety issue be it perceived or actual until a successful resolution is achieved.
Am I covered by insurance?
It is a condition for any business that provides a service to the public to have Public Liability insurance. MFT has Public Liability insurance.
I want to learn to fly but get dizzy on balconies.
This is a common condition with just about everybody. It is an inbuilt response by your body to the presence of potential danger causing a feeling of nausea which goes once you move away.
When taking to the skies as a student with an instructor, and also due to the safety procedures that occur prior to the flight, the opportunity for potential danger is knowingly reduced and replaced by a feeling of confidence. The result, no dizziness!
The same applies to parachutists, bungee jumpers, etc.
Will I get to fly by myself?
Yes! The first time, and the most exhiliarating of all, is called your “First Solo”. The flight occurs once you have completed a number of lessons, become familiar with aircraft and airport operations, and achieved a level of competence in flying the aircraft.
As your training continues, solo exercises in the training area will become more common, and ultimately will take you on cross country navigation exercises across Victoria.
Your first solo experience will stay a vivid and pleasant memory for life!
Can my friends come along during my lessons?
No! Except that if your friend is another student or pilot, then your instructor will decide whether having a passenger is appropriate given the purpose or intentions of the flight.
Your instructor may choose to have another student or pilot accompany the flight for training purposes.
Will I learn to do aerobatic manoeuvres?
No! But you can if you want too – provided you have achieved a level of flying experience (+200 hours) that would make aerobatic training both appropriate and complimentary to other flying activities.
Will I get airsick?
Being airsick is a form of motion sickness that also occurs in other modes of transport. It is caused when the central nervous system receives conflicting information from your senses, particularly eyesight, and the mechanism in the inner ear that determines balance and equilibrium. What you see doesn’t match what you ‘feel’.
For those affected by airsickness, the symptoms are spatial disorientation (common), nausea (less common), and being sick (at it’s worst).
Fortunately, very few students experience airsickness, and if they do, it’s usually a mild occurence. As you become more familiar with flying the likelihood of airsickness diminishes.
Frequent occurences of airsickness may need to be referred to a doctor for assessment.
What if the weather is bad on the day of my lesson?
Safety is always a paramount issue at MFT. Your instructor is trained to assess weather conditions and determine whether flying would be suitable for your level of experience. There may be times when your instructor “pushes the envelope” and encourages you to fly in less than suitable conditions. This is done so that experience is gained with poor weather conditions and techniques that help maintain a good safety margin.
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