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Training pilots from overseas is a specialty of Melbourne Flight Training.  We are approved by the Australian Government for the training of overseas students.  Our Instructors have trained students from Bhutan, China, England, Fiji, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and the U.A.E.

Melbourne Flight Training does not use agents, salesmen, or any other persons or organisations to represent our flying school. Prospective students make enquiries direct to Melbourne Flight Training by phone, email, or through this website.  This approach protects the prospective student from misinformation, unscrupulous dealings, and other inappropriate behaviours.  We are proud to have many of our students come from personal recommendations –  there’s nothing better!  Melbourne Flight Training complies with Section 21(A) of the Australian Governments Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000.

We understand that overseas students face additional challenges to their Australian counterparts.  With prior arrangement we can meet all overseas students at Tullamarine Airport on arrival, settle them into clean, modern accommodation and be available to assist them both during and outside of their school hours.

Chances are MFT has trained a Pilot from your home country.  We will be pleased to provide our past students contact details.  You are invited to contact them for an account of their experience with the staff at Melbourne Flight Training.

We will work closely with your home countries relevant Aviation Authority to ensure that all training conducted in Australia will be compatible with the requirements of your home country.

Overseas students enrolled at Melbourne Flight Training pay the same rate for the aircraft as local Australian students.





There are many reasons that Australia has become one of the best countries for professional Flight Training such as:

  • Australia’s education and training standards are equal to the highest in the world
  • Australian pilot qualifications are internationally recognised and highly regarded
  • Overseas students on a Working Visa are able to work up to 20 hours a week
  • Visas are easier to obtain for Australia than the USA, Canada or the UK
  • Australia is one of the lowest cost countries for aviation training
  • Australia has a friendly multicultural society that welcomes overseas students
  • The general cost of living is lower in Australia than the USA, Canada or the UK
  • Australia offers political and social stability in a safe democratic society
  • English is the language of Australia and the international aviation industry
  • Australia is the world leader in aviation safety
  • Excellent weather conditions for all types of pilot training
  • Advanced airways systems that prepare you for an airline career
  • Uncongested airspace allows you to maximise your flying time
  • Multicultural society, allowing you to feel at ease

International Students

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Do I have to become an Australian citizen?

What currency can I use to pay for my lessons?

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Can I go to my home country for holidays?

My native language is not English, does it matter?

We Train all types of pilots

  • Beginners
  • Overseas students
  • Hobbyists
  • Higher flight education
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  • “I did some upgrade work at MFT at Moorabbin and can’t recommend them enough. Very helpful and accommodating staff from the top down, really good bunch of blokes I found and have recently done some recurrent training there as well”

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  • I moved to Melbourne from Sydney in December 2008. I had 220 hours and a brand new instructor rating. After getting ignored by all other schools at Moorabbin, Glen Buckley gave me a warm welcoming handshake, made me a cup of coffee, sat down with me and gave me some of his time. He didn’t […]

    Charles Hessmann

  • I completed my CPL, Night VFR Rating and Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating at MFT. As well as their high quality training, Glen Buckley and his team work hard to go the extra mile and make sure that every student’s training is completed as effectively and efficiently as possible. After finishing at MFT, I found a […]

    James Costa

  • I was one of Glen’s students who came from South Korea in 2005. I just wanted to say thank you to Glen and the team for all of the things I learnt and the great times that I had in Melbourne! I will never forget my flights with Glen and MFT, and I am still […]

    Paul Choi

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