Self-paced Courses

Self-paced and self-funded licences & ratings

So you're hooked?

Yes, we get it.  We’re hooked too.  So whether you are just starting out, or ready for a more advanced qualification, Sydney Flight College can get you there.  With our self-paced courses you can start at any time and can study at your own pace.

Courses for licences and ratings are each planned around a syllabus, and you only pay for those sessions you complete. The first step on your journey is to become a member of SFC, and then book in your first lesson by calling the club.

Recreational Pilot Licence

A Recreational Pilot Licence is the first licence you can obtain as a pilot.  It allows you take control of an aircraft as pilot in command with passengers within the local area.  All pilots begin their training at this level.  During the course, students learn how to handle the aircraft in all situations necessary for safe flight.  This is a flexible course that can be undertaken at Sydney Flight College on a full-time or part-time basis.

 Price

Providing an overall cost estimate for an RPL is challenging because so much of it depends on you!  The cost will vary depending on your rate of progression, and the aircraft type you choose to fly.  However, by means of a guide, if you complete the SFC RPL syllabus without needing to repeat any lessons, and in our cheapest aircraft type (Piper Warrior), you would pay SFC $16,777.  This includes membership of the club, aircraft and instructor hire, fuel and landing fees.  Other costs to 3rd party suppliers such as CASA, flight examiners and pilot shops will also be required, and your instructor can outline these for you.


 Course overview

This course is designed to qualify you for

  • Recreational Pilot Licence
  • Fly an aeroplane on your own, or with friends and family
  • Authorised for operations at Bankstown Airport and D566A & D566B Training Areas covering greater western Sydney

 Course flowchart


 Practical Flight Training

Conducted at Sydney Flight College Bankstown Airport NSW Australia (RTO ID 90866).  The SFC RPL syllabus is based on the following hours

  • Aeroplane – 31.2 hours dual
  • Aeroplane – 5.1 hours solo
  • Flight simulator – 1.0 hours
  • Flight briefings – 13.5 hours

 Aeronautical Knowledge Training

It is expected that the student self-studies the theory components required for the CASA RPL(A) examination, or completes the appropriate SFC theory course (additional costs apply)


 Total Course Hours

  • Practical flight training – 37.3 hours
  • Flight briefings – 13.5 hours
  • Total practical flight training and aeronautical knowledge training – 50.8 hours
  • Self-study for RPL(A) examination – 70 hours (approx.)

 Licences

Upon successful completion of this course the trainee will be awarded the following CASA Licence(s)

  • Recreational Pilot Licence

 Ratings

Upon successful completion of this course the trainee will be awarded the following CASA Rating(s)

  • Single-Engine Aeroplane Class Rating

 Endorsements

When an RPL is gained and the student plans to progress directly to a PPL, a controlled aerodrome endorsement and flight radio endorsement are generally not granted.  However, if a Recreational Pilot Licence is your ultimate goal, these endorsements may be granted on request.


 Non-integrated Timetable

  • Study and fly at your own pace

 Next Course Intake

  • This package is run on an individual basis. You can start this course at any time.

 Entry Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate evidence of the following

  • Aviation Reference Number
  • Aviation Security Identity Card
  • Class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate
  • Aviation English Language Proficiency or General English Language Proficiency

 What is included

  • Practical flight training (dual and solo, aeroplane and simulator), fuel, pre- and post-flight briefings, course notes and briefing notes
  • Practical flight training is conducted in four seat single-engine aeroplanes at Sydney Flight College
  • Landing fees
  • Simulator practical flight training is conducted in a full motion synthetic training device

 What is not Included

  • CASA Practical Flight Standards testing fee
  • CASA documentation such as maps, charts and reference materials
  • Ground theory, or ground theory study materials 
  • Assessment Services Limited (ASL) aeronautical knowledge testing fees
  • CASA Licence Fee

 Notes

  • Practical flight training hours quoted are realistic minimum requirements achievable for the average trainee pilot
  • If the trainee is not yet competant at the completion of this course additional training will be required at the trainee’s expense
  • Course Rate Aviation gasoline (AVGAS) has been quoted at the average NSW bowser price. Should the price of AVGAS exceed the Bankstown boswer rate of AUD$2.25 per litre including GST (the Course Rate), the trainee agrees to be invoiced for the difference between the New Bowser Rate and the Course Rate.
  • This course is non-accredited training

 Disclaimer

  • SFC advises that the above information is guide only, and the information provided is not exhaustive.  It is not intended to cover all requirements of the CASA Recreational Pilot Licence, and no liability is accepted for deficiencies
  • Before enrolling in a CASA RPL syllabus all prospective students are encouraged to research the process, privileges and limitations of the licence at casa.gov.au/licensingregs

Private Pilot Licence

After you complete your Recreational Pilot Licence the next step on your aviation journey is the Private Pilot Licence, or PPL.  For this qualification, you’ll be learning the skills to pilot the aircraft safely to a destination, away from your home airport.  You’ll discover how pilots plan a flight efficiently, and then manage the aircraft to the destination.  Imagine the feeling of independence when you can fly an aircraft anywhere in Australia for leisure or business with up to 5 passengers on board.  Perhaps a family day trip to Mudgee for lunch at a winery?  Or fly your colleagues over Sydney Harbour?  These are just some of the possibilities when you have a PPL.

 Price

Providing an overall cost estimate for a PPL is challenging because so much of it depends on you!  The cost will vary depending on your rate of progression, and the aircraft type you choose to fly.  However, by means of a guide, if you complete the SFC PPL syllabus without needing to repeat any lessons, and in our cheapest aircraft type (Piper Warrior), you would pay SFC $12,899.  This includes membership of the club, aircraft and instructor hire, fuel and landing fees.  Other costs to 3rd party suppliers such as CASA, flight examiners and pilot shops will also be required, and your instructor can outline these for you.


 Course Overview

This course is designed to qualify you for

  • Private Pilot Licence
  • You can fly to any destination in Australia
  • You must be competent in the Recreational Pilot Licence syllabus prior to commencement
  • Training syllabus is made up of cross-country navigation exercises to various destinations
  • Each training exercise is about three hours in length
  • Two navigation exercises are conducted as pilot-in-command
  • During training you will enjoy escaping the 25 nautical mile limit of your Recreational Pilot Licence

 Course flowchart


 Practical Flight Training

Conducted at Sydney Flight College Bankstown Airport NSW Australia (RTO ID 90866)

  • Aeroplane – 21.0 hours dual
  • Aeroplane – 8.5 hours solo
  • Flight briefing – 7.5 hours
  • Classroom and aeroplane based face to face

 Aeronautical Knowledge Training

It is expected that the student self-studies the theory components required for the CASA PPL(A) examination, or completes the appropriate SFC theory course (additional costs apply)


 Total Course Hours

  • Practical flight training – 29.5 hours
  • Flight briefing – 7.5 hours
  • Total Practical Flight Training and Aeronautical Knowledge Training – 37.0 hours
  • Self-study for PPL examination – 70 hours (approx.)

 Testamur

  • The Private Pilot Licence is a non AQF accredited course therefore a Testamur will not be issued

 Statement of Attainment

  • The Private Pilot Licence is a non AQF accredited course therefore a Statement of Attainment will not be issued however the trainee will complete Units of Competency from the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 Part 61 Manual of Standards

 Licences

Upon successful completion of this course the trainee will be awarded the following CASA Licence(s)

  • Private Pilot Licence

 Ratings

Upon successful completion of this course the trainee will be awarded the following CASA Rating(s)

  • Single-Engine Aeroplane Class Rating (if not already held)

 Endorsements

Upon successful completion of this course the trainee will be awarded the following CASA Endorsement(s)

  • There are no endorsements associated with this course

 Non-integrated Timetable

  • Study and fly at your own pace

 Next Course Intake

  • You can start this course at any time

 Positions Available

  • Yes

 Recognition of Previous Experience

  • Recognition of Prior Learning and Recognition of Current Competencies is not available for this course

 Entry Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate evidence of the following

  • You must be competent in the Recreational Pilot Licence syllabus prior to commencement
  • Aviation Reference Number
  • Aviation Security Identity Card
  • Class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate
  • Aviation English Language Proficiency or General English Language Proficiency

 What is included

  • Practical flight training (dual and solo, aeroplane and simulator), fuel, pre- and post-flight briefings, course notes and briefing notes
  • Practical flight training is conducted in four seat single-engine aeroplanes at Sydney Flight College
  • Landing fees
  • Simulator practical flight training is conducted in a full motion synthetic training device

 What is not Included

  • CASA Practical Flight Standards testing fee
  • Assessment Services Limited (ASL) aeronautical knowledge training testing fees
  • CASA documentation such as maps, charts and reference materials
  • Ground theory, or ground theory study materials
  • CASA Licence Fee

 Notes

  • Practical flight training hours quoted are realistic minimum requirements achievable for the average trainee pilot
  • If the trainee is not yet competant at the completion of this course additional training will be required at the trainee’s expense
  • Course Rate Aviation gasoline (AVGAS) has been quoted at the average NSW bowser price. Should the price of AVGAS exceed the Bankstown bowser rate of AUD$2.25 per litre including GST (the Course Rate), the trainee agrees to be invoiced for the difference between the New Bowser Rate and the Course Rate
  • This course is non-accredited training

 Disclaimer

  • SFC advises that the above information is guide only, and the information provided is not exhaustive.  It is not intended to cover all requirements of the CASA Private Pilot Licence, and no liability is accepted for deficiencies
  • Before enrolling in a CASA PPL syllabus all prospective students are encouraged to research the process, privileges and limitations of the licence at casa.gov.au/licensingregs
Sydney Flight College Commercial Pilot Licence

Commercial Pilot Licence

A Commercial Pilot Licence is the minimum qualification you require to earn an income as a pilot in Australia. The commercial pilot stage of your flying training will build a deep understanding of how to handle an aircraft in a safe and efficient manner.  It will also include training on a more advanced aircraft, and include one or more endorsements such as retractable undercarriage or manual propeller pitch control.

 Course Overview

The Sydney Flight College self-paced CPL is tailored to the individual.  On application we review your current flight training experience, and a gap analysis is produced between your current experience and the competencies required for the CASA Commercial Pilot Licence flight test. Only then does flight training commence.

Sydney Flight College only conducts the flight training components of the self-paced CPL; it is expected that the student self-studies for the seven CASA CPL ground examinations.

Students completing this training are eligible for $10 off the hourly rate when 30 or more hours are purchased in advance.

Please contact us for more information on the self-paced CPL course.

Multi-engine Instrument Rating

The multi-engine instrument rating is a professional flying qualification required for entry into flight charter work and employment by airlines.  It allows you to pilot an aircraft by sole reference to the flight instruments, and with no reference to the ground. This is important to airlines and charter operators who don’t want cloud or poor visibility to get in their way. This qualification combines single-engine and multi-engine lessons, and time in SFC’s approved flight simulator. The course is conducted in either our Beechcraft Duchess or Diamond DA42 multi-engine aircraft.

 Course Overview

Duration:

  • Aeroplane – 36.2 hours
  • Simulator – 21 hours
  • Flight Briefing – 15.0 hours

Price

  • All of your flights and ground briefings for this course will be charged at the standard rates as published on our website. The total cost of the course will vary depending on your rate of progression, and the aircraft type you choose to fly. However, by means of a guide, if you complete the SFC Multi-engine Instrument Rating syllabus without needing to repeat any lessons, you would pay SFC $26,973 if you choose the BE76 Duchess, or $29,327 if you choose the Diamond DA42. This total cost guide includes aircraft and instructor hire, ground briefings and fuel. It does not include SFC membership, IREX ground theory (available as a separate course for an additional fee) or landing fees ($40 per landing at the time of writing). Other costs to 3rd party suppliers such as CASA, flight examiners and pilot shops will also be required, and your instructor can outline these for you. Price include GST

This course is designed to qualify you for:

  • Multi-Engine Instrument Rating
  • Professional flying qualification required for entry into flight charter work and employment by airlines
  • Made up of two components (1) Multi-Engine Class Rating and (2) Instrument Rating
  • Learn to fly a complex twin engine aircraft
  • Learn to fly with reference to instruments only
  • Fly in poor weather conditions in appropriately equipped aircraft
  • Operate under Instrument Flight Rules

 Practical Flight Training

Conducted at Sydney Flight College Bankstown Airport NSW Australia (RTO ID 90866)

  • Aeroplane – 36.2 hours
    • Piper Archer PA28-181 8.5 hours
    • BE76/DA42 27.7 hours
  • Simulator – 21.0 hours
  • Flight Briefing – 15.0 hours
  • Classroom and aeroplane based face to face

 Aeronautical Knowledge Training

  • It is expected that the student self-studies the theory components required for the CASA IREX examination, or completes the appropriate SFC theory course (additional costs apply)

 Total Course Hours

  • Practical Flight Training – 57.2 hours
  • Briefing Time – 15 hours
  • Total Practical Flight Training and Briefing Time – 72.2 hours

 Testamur

  • The Multi-Engine Instrument Rating is a non AQF accredited course therefore a Testamur will not be issued

 Statement of Attainment

  • The Multi-Engine Instrument Rating is a non AQF accredited course therefore a Statement of Attainment will not be issued however the trainee will complete Units of Competency from the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 Part 61 Manual of Standards

 Licences

Upon successful completion of this course the trainee will be awarded the following CASA Licence(s)

  • There is no licence associated with this course

 Ratings

Upon successful completion of this course the trainee will be awarded the following CASA Rating(s)

  • Multi-Engine Aeroplane Class Rating
  • Instrument Rating

 Endorsements

Upon successful completion of this course the trainee will be awarded the following CASA Endorsement(s)

  • Multi-Engine Aeroplane Instrument Endorsement
  • IAP 2D Instrument Endorsement
  • 3D instrument Endorsement

 Non-integrated Timetable

  • Study and fly at your own pace

 Next Course Intake

  • You can start this course at any time

 Positions Available

  • Yes

 Recognition of Previous Experience

  • Recognition of Prior Learning and Recognition of Current Competencies is not available for this course

 Entry Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate evidence of the following

  • Hold a pilot licence other than a Recreational Pilot Licence
  • Logged one hour pilot-in-command at night
  • Aviation Reference Number
  • Aviation Security Identity Card
  • Class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate

 What is included

  • Practical flight training (dual) (aeroplane and simulator), fuel, pre and post flight briefings, course notes and briefing notes
  • Practical flight training is conducted in four seat single-engine and multi-engine aeroplanes at Sydney Flight College
  • Simulator practical flight training is conducted in a full motion synthetic training device

 What is not Included

  • CASA Practical Flight Standards Testing Fee
  • Assessment Services Limited (ASL) Aeronautical Knowledge Training Testing Fees
  • CASA Licence Fee
  • Examination and CASA fees approximately $,1500
  • All required maps, charts and operational documents
  • IREX study guide
  • IREX theory
  • Landing fees
  • SFC Membership

 Before Enrolling

  • Obtain an Aviation Reference Number (ARN)
  • Obtain a Class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate
  • Obtain an Aviation Security Identity Card (ASIC)

 Notes

  • Practical flight training hours quoted are realistic minimum requirements achievable for the average trainee pilot
  • If the trainee is not yet competant at the completion of this course additional training will be required at the trainee’s expense
  • Course Rate Aviation gasoline (AVGAS) has been quoted at the average NSW bowser price. Should the price of AVGAS exceed the Bankstown bowser rate of AUD$2.25 per litre including GST (the Course Rate), the trainee agrees to be invoiced for the difference between the New Bowser Rate and the Course Rate
  • This course is non-accredited training

Multi-engine Class Rating

The multi-engine class rating allows you expand your skills as a pilot by flying an aircraft with more than one engine. This course is conducted in either our Beechcraft Duchess or Diamond DA42 multi-engine aircraft.

 Course Overview

Duration:

  • Aeroplane – 9.0 hours
  • Flight Briefing – 5.0 hours

Price:

  • All of your flights and ground briefings for this course will be charged at the standard rates as published on our website. The total cost of the course will vary depending on your rate of progression, and the aircraft type you choose to fly. However, by means of a guide, if you complete the SFC Multi-engine Class Rating syllabus without needing to repeat any lessons, you would pay SFC $5,875 if you choose the BE76 Duchess, or $6,639 if you choose the Diamond DA42. This total cost guide includes aircraft and instructor hire, ground briefings and fuel. It does not include SFC membership or landing fees ($40 per landing at the time of writing). Other costs to 3rd party suppliers such as CASA, flight examiners and pilot shops will also be required, and your instructor can outline these for you. Price includes GST.

 Practical Flight Training

Conducted at Sydney Flight College Bankstown Airport NSW Australia (RTO ID 90866)

  • Aeroplane
    • BE76/DA42 dual 7.5 hours
    • BE76/DA42 ICUS (flight test) 1.5 hours
  • Flight Briefing – 5.0 hours
  • Classroom and aeroplane based face-to-face training

 Total Course Hours

  • Practical Flight Training – 9.0 hours
  • Briefing Time – 5 hours
  • Total Practical Flight Training and Briefing Time – 14.0 hours

 Testamur

  • The Multi-Engine Class Rating is a non AQF accredited course therefore a Testamur will not be issued

 Statement of Attainment

  • The Multi-Engine Class Rating is a non AQF accredited course therefore a Statement of Attainment will not be issued however the trainee will complete Units of Competency from the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 Part 61 Manual of Standards

 Licences

Upon successful completion of this course the trainee will be awarded the following CASA Licence(s)

  • There is no licence associated with this course

 Ratings

Upon successful completion of this course the trainee will be awarded the following CASA Rating(s)

  • Multi-Engine Aeroplane Class Rating

 Endorsements

Upon successful completion of this course the trainee will be awarded the following CASA Endorsement(s)

  • Nil

 Non-integrated Timetable

  • Study and fly at your own pace

 Next Course Intake

  • You can start this course at any time

 Positions Available

  • Yes

 Recognition of Previous Experience

  • Recognition of Prior Learning and Recognition of Current Competencies is not available for this course

 Entry Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate evidence of the following


 What is included

  • Practical flight training (dual, aeroplane), fuel, pre and post flight briefings, course notes and briefing notes
  • Practical flight training is conducted in four seat multi-engine aeroplanes at Sydney Flight College

 What is not Included

  • CASA Practical Flight Standards Testing Fee
  • CASA Licence Fee
  • Any required maps, charts and operational documents
  • Text books
  • Landing fees
  • SFC Membership

 Before Enrolling

  • Obtain an Aviation Reference Number (ARN)
  • Obtain a Class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate
  • Obtain an Aviation Security Identity Card (ASIC)

 Notes

  • Practical flight training hours quoted are realistic minimum requirements achievable for the average trainee pilot
    • If the trainee is not yet competant at the completion of this course additional training will be required at the trainee’s expense
  • Course Rate Aviation gasoline (AVGAS) has been quoted at the average NSW bowser price. Should the price of AVGAS exceed the Bankstown bowser rate of AUD$2.25 per litre including GST (the Course Rate), the trainee agrees to be invoiced for the difference between the New Bowser Rate and the Course Rate
  • This course is non-accredited training

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