Ground Theory

SFC courses across the aviation theory spectrum

Need help hitting the books?

At SFC we understand that self-study is not for everyone. That’s why we run regular theory classes from our state of the art headquarters at Bankstown Aerodrome. Whether you are just starting out with RPL theory, or at the most advanced end seeking ATPL theory, SFC has a course to suit. All courses will run subject to a minimum number of enrolments.

Thank you for all the effort you’ve put in this RPL theory class, I can’t believe I’ve managed to gain such a huge amount of information and understanding within such a short period of time. From my point of view, I like the way you explained the content, it’s simple to understand yet very informative. This makes learning much easier and I manage to absorb every word you said. Ryan K, 2019 RPL theory student.

Thanks for taking the Saturday 8 week RPL course. I found the course to be well paced, sufficiently covering the topics which has so far given me the confidence to get through further self study and practice exams. James, you have a great teaching style and it’s clear that you’re passionate about sharing your knowledge. Plus the quizzes were novel and served to reinforce the material in a fun way. Timothy M, 2019 RPL theory student.

I found the RPL theory course to be invaluable. I don’t know how I would have understood and got through all that theory on my own. It also really helped to do it alongside the actual flying! Anonymous, 2019 RPL theory student.

Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) Theory Courses

Starting out with aviation theory can be daunting, and this RPL theory course will prepare you for your first CASA exam in a supportive environment. Small class sizes and patient ground theory instructors will maximise your chance of success.

Price: $995

2020 courses have now completed.

2021 course dates below (join from anywhere – delivered live via Zoom):

Course 1 commences Monday 22nd February and occurs every Monday and Wednesday evening from 19:00-21:30 (Sydney time) for 6 weeks, ending on Wednesday 31st March.

Course 2 commences Monday 6th September and occurs every Monday and Wednesday evening from 19:00-21:30 (Sydney time) for 6 weeks, ending on Wednesday 13th October.

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Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Theory Courses

The CASA PPL examination is a challenging one, as it requires a broad understanding of all subjects in the syllabus. This course is designed to get you to the right level of depth across all relevant topic areas.

Price: $1,295

2020 courses have now completed.

2021 course dates below (join from anywhere – delivered live via Zoom):

Course 1 commences Tuesday 23rd February and occurs every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 19:00-21:30 (Sydney time) for 8 weeks, ending on Thursday 13th May.

Course 2 commences Tuesday 7th September and occurs every Tuesday and thursday evening from 19:00-21:30 (Sydney time) for 8 weeks, ending on Thursday 28th October.

Instrument Rating (IREX) Theory Courses

The CASA IREX examination is regarded as one of the most challenging ground theory courses you will sit. It requires an in-depth understanding of all topic areas in the syllabus. Allow our experienced IFR instructors to prepare you for this complex examination.

Price: $1,395

2020 course dates (delivered at SFC HQ, Bankstown Aerodrome):

Our next IREX course runs from 09:00 to 16:30 every Saturday and Sunday commencing Saturday 7th November 2020 for 5 consecutive weekends, finishing on Sunday 6th December 2020. 

2021 course dates below (delivered at SFC HQ, Bankstown Aerodrome):

Course 1 commences Saturday 3rd April and occurs every Saturday and Sunday from 09:00-16:30 (Sydney time) for 5 weeks, ending on Sunday 2nd May.

Course 2 commences Saturday 2nd October and occurs every Saturday and Sunday from 09:00-16:30 (Sydney time) for 5 weeks, ending on Sunday 31st October.

Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) Theory Courses

Over the past three years, we have delivered our successful ATPL ground theory courses in a unique collaboration between Rob Avery and Sydney Flight College. Thanks to enormously positive feedback, sold out classes and the ever increasing demand, we are pleased to announce that SFC will be running these courses again in 2021.

Rob Avery is the most prolific author and publisher of pilot theory manuals, courses and practice exams in the Australasian region. His products dominate the pilot training industry and there are dozens of products in the current range from full courses, study reference books, to practice exams. Rob has 25 years of experience delivering ATPL ground theory courses, and his pass rates are among the highest in the industry.

Expressions of interest are now open for our 2021 courses, and places are capped per course. Rob and his team are planning to deliver ground classes for the four most challenging ATPL subjects (Aerodynamics & Systems, Flight Planning, Navigation and Performance & Loading) in our state-of-the-art Sydney Flight College headquarters at Bankstown Aerodrome. The dates are now confirmed as:

Semester 1, 2021:

Performance & Loading: Monday 1st February to Friday 5th February (5 days)

Flight Planning: Wednesday 17th February to Tuesday 2nd March (4 days on/1 day off, 12 days total)

Aerodynamics and Systems: Dates TBC (express your interest for details)

Navigation: Dates TBC (express your interest for details)

Semester 2 2021:

Dates TBC (express your interest for details)

Course prices:

AFPA $1,699; ANAV $947; APLA $795; AASA $1,299; four subject discounted price: $4,699.

A lack of ATPLs may be standing in the way of your first right-hand seat. So if you have recently completed your CPL and are looking for that next step, this could be your opportunity.

To express your interest in this course, and be kept up to date with course information, please register here. We will then contact you when enrolment is open.

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