Ground Theory

A unique approach to aviation theory courses – pass your exam or attend again for free

Need help hitting the books?

At SFC we understand that self-study is not for everyone. That’s why we run regular face to face 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. There’s 3 easy steps to getting on an SFC ground theory course:

  1. Choose your course and ensure the planned delivery dates are suitable
  2. Buy the course voucher at the links provided (vouchers are course, not date, specific)
  3. Let us know your preferred course start date, receive confirmation from SFC, and turn-up!
 
We’re so confident in our course quality that if you do not pass the relevant CASA examination after attending one of our RPL, PPL, CPL or IREX ground theory courses, you can attend another one (of the same course) absolutely free of charge. In addition, all SFC members receive a 15% discount on the quoted RPL, PPL, CPL and IREX course prices. Contact the front desk for your voucher code before purchase to redeem. 

All courses run from 08:00 to 16:00 on the scheduled days.
 
Note: Our ATPL courses have a slightly different booking and guarantee system as they are provided through a 3rd party, and members receive a 5% discount. Click on the ATPL section for more details.

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. Patient ground theory instructors will maximise your chance of success.

Price: $995

Buy your RPL ground theory course voucher

Runs

  • Mondays to Fridays from Tuesday 25th January 2022 to Tuesday 8th February 2022 (excluding the public holiday on 26th January 2022)
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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

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Runs

  • Mondays to Fridays from Monday 28th February 2022 to Friday 4th March 2022, a one week gap, then Monday 14th March 2022 to Friday 18th March 2022

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) Theory Courses

At the CPL level, CASA break down the examinations to an individual subject level, to ensure a deep understanding of all topic areas. As such, SFC teach these subjects individually to best prepare you for each exam.

Price: All individual subjects except CFPA cost $990. CFPA costs $1490. All seven subjects are available for the discounted price of $5,950 (a discount of $1,480 off the full price of $7,430, which equates to a 20% discount on the individual 7-subject price).

All seven CPL subjects dates as per the below Buy voucher 

CMET (Meteorology) Buy voucher

  • Commences Monday 27th September 2021 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)
  • Commences Monday 17th January 2022 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)
  • Commences Tuesday 26th April 2022 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)

CNAV (Navigation) Buy voucher

  • Commences Monday 25th October 2021 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)
  • Commences Monday 14th February 2022 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)
  • Commences Monday 16th May 2022 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)

CLWA (Flight rules and Air law) Buy voucher

  • Commences Monday 20th September 2021 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)
  • Commences Monday 29th November 2021 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)
  • Commences Monday 7th March 2022 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)
  • Commences Tuesday 14th June 2022 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)

CADA (Aerodynamics) Buy voucher

  • Commences Monday 11th October 2021 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)
  • Commences Tuesday 4th January 2022 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)
  • Commences Tuesday 28th March 2022 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)
  • Commences Monday 4th July 2022 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)

CFPA (Operation, performance and flight planning) Buy voucher

  • Runs Mondays to Fridays from Monday 7th February 2022 to Friday 11th February 2022 (part 1), a one week gap, then Monday 21st February 2022 to Friday 25th February 2022 (part 2)
  • Runs Mondays to Fridays from Monday 9th May 2022 to Friday 13th May 2022 (part 1), a one week gap, then Monday 23rd May 2022 to Friday 27th May 2022 (part 2)
  • Runs Mondays to Fridays from Monday 15th August 2022 to Friday 19th August 2022 (part 1), a one week gap, then Monday 29th August 2022 to Friday 2nd September 2022 (part 2)

CSYA (Aircraft general knowledge) Buy voucher

  • Commences Monday 10th January 2022 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)
  • Commences Monday 21st March 2022 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)
  • Commences Monday 20th June 2022 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)
  • Commences Monday 26th September 2022 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)

CHUF (Human factors) Buy voucher

  • Commences Monday 31st January 2022 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)
  • Commences Friday 8th April 2022 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)
  • Commences Monday 18th July 2022 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)
  • Commences Monday 24th October 2022 (5 days straight Monday to Friday)

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: $1,699

Buy your IREX ground theory course voucher

Runs

  • Mondays to Fridays during September 2021, dates TBC

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:

2021:

Navigation (ANAV): Wednesday 12th May – Monday 17th May

Performance and Loading (APLA): Thursday 27th May – Monday 31st May

Flight Planning (AFPA): Monday 14th June – Sunday 27th June (4 days on/ 1 day off schedule)

Aerodynamics and Systems (AASA): Monday 13th September to Friday 24th September (4 days on/1 off routine)

B737 simulator sessions are offered as an additional option (recommended for understanding of EFIS/FMS) for CASA exam and as preparation for employment. Available at for delivery at SFC, enquire for further 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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