Basic pilot navigation skills. A PPL training feature.
If you have already learnt the fundamentals of flying and are hoping to obtain your Private Pilot Licence (PPL) or even a Cross Country Endorsement (for RA-Aus pilots), then learning basic pilot navigation skills is the next thing on your agenda.
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The best aviation websites for student pilots
According to studies, the average person apparently spends nearly seven hours a day on the internet in some way, shape or form. When you take away social media, endless perfectly posed selfies, cute puppies, and videos of cats doing hilarious things – there is actually an incredible amount of useful information out there on basically anything you might need to know, including aviation websites for student pilots.
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The most common student pilot mistakes
In our last blog, we asked our instructors for their top tips on how to make the most out of your time at a flying school. In this blog, we asked them what they thought were some of the most common student pilot mistakes.
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8 ways to maximise your student flight training
You’re passionate about aviation, and you’ve made the commitment to learn how to fly. Like learning anything, you can be certain that that more effort you put in, the more you will get out of it – and the more successful you will be. We asked our Senior Flight Instructors for their top flight training tips, so that you can get the most out of your time as a student pilot.
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Pilot Tips: Flying The Perfect Circuit From Start To Finish
Flying circuits makes up a huge part of flight training - but what makes up the "perfect" circuit pattern? In this blog we reveal pilot tips to flying the perfect circuit from start to finish.
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How to pass your ICAO Aviation English exam with flying colours
Effective communication is an important skill for any pilot, and being able to pass your ICAO English Exam with flying colours is crucial to your career. This can include listening on the radio to other aircraft or air traffic control, communicating your own intentions verbally, and working with colleagues both in and around aircraft.
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Step By Step Guide for Qantas airline pilot selection process
Even though there are many more opportunities now available to join an airline, the selection process is still challenging and competitive. In this blog we provide a step by step guide to the Qantas Group Airline Pilot Selection Process.
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Singapore Airlines Group pilot selection process. A step By Step Guide.
The latest blog in our series about airline pilot interview preparation discusses the Singapore Airlines Group pilot selection process, which includes Singapore Airlines and Scoot.
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Step By Step Guide – Cathay Pacific & Cathay Dragon Pilot Selection Process
This is the first in a series of blogs that will discuss the selection process for 3 of the major airline groups, and how we can help you with each stage. Today we discuss the Cathay Group, which includes both the Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon pilot selection processes.
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Meet our newest Learn To Fly instructor David Ostler
Whilst many pilots take on the role of an instructor towards the start of their career to build hours in preparation for moving on to other commercial opportunities like joining an airline, David’s passion for flying has led him to want to teach others after having already built an incredibly impressive range of flying experiences himself.
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The flying hours required for an Airline Cadet Pilot Interview
Airline cadet candidates apply to airlines with varied amounts of flying experience before their interview. How much flying should you have prior to an interview, and before you start a flying course?
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Road to becoming an Airline Second Officer – Matt Waterton
October 6, 2018 in
Even for those young men and women who have already taken steps towards being a pilot, until very recently a career as an airline pilot has still seemed out of reach. Many major airlines are opening up their doors, increasing numbers in their cadet and direct entry programs and offering new entry points into the industry.
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Recommended pathways for becoming an Airline Pilot for overseas students
If you want to become an airline pilot – or a pilot in general – there has never been a better time than right now to get into the aviation industry. In this blog we reveal the best pathways to take towards an airline pilot career if you are an overseas student.
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6 Frequently Underestimated Questions During Pilot Interviews
Through our highly successful airline interview preparation courses, we outline the most frequently underestimated questions during pilot interviews. Contributed by Darren McPherson, our Airline Interview & Workshop coach and A350 senior captain at a major international airline with over 30 years’ experience.
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Learning to Fly with Balendran Thavarajah: My Flight Story
LTF student Balendran Thavarajah has just successfully completed his first solo flight. We thought it would be a great idea to share his flight story, to show you that it is possible to juggle a busy professional and family life with your dream of flying.
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Fifteen year old Leeanne Kaplan on her first solo flight
Learn to Fly RPC student Leeanne Kaplan won’t be forgetting her 15th birthday in a hurry. She started studying the theory components for her Recreational Pilot Certificate (RPC) at age 13, patiently waiting until she was 14 to be allowed to take the controls of an aircraft in flight under the guidance of her instructor.
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The Secret Weapon for 75 Successful Airline Pilot Interview Students
July 2, 2018 in
Learn to Fly is working with Senior Captain Darren McPherson from ACS (Aviation Consulting Services) to provide Airline Interview Training, and together we have helped numerous candidates successfully pass their airline interviews over the past 2 years.
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Pilot training in Australia beyond 1 September 2018
June 28, 2018 in
It has been confirmed that after September 1st 2018, all of the flying schools in Australia will be divided into 3 main types: CASA Part 141 flying schools CASA Part 142 flying schools RAAus flying schools
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Tips for passing pilot theory exams
Okay, so this was a hard pitch as a movie title. I know nothing grabs you like the words ‘exams’ and ‘theory.’ Well, what can I say? One thing is for certain, none of the exam questions will be about cats, so how about you close YouTube for now while I give you the inside scoop on what to expect from your theory exam.
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Handy phrases every pilot should know
Have you listened to the way a pilot speaks over the intercom? Can you make out everything they say? Sometimes all those codes and terms can sound like another language. Clear and accurate communication is a part of a pilots skill set. There’s a lot more to learning to fly than knowing which buttons to press.
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A successful forced landing. Case study (Part 2)
The case study of the successful forced landing has proved that other than having tremendous flying experience, pilots need to be determined and make quick decisions. Forced landings are simulations that we do when we are down to 500 feet and when we punch the power and overshoot; however, in reality, if your engine fails, you are literally flying the final 500 feet to the ground without training. The instructor did have the fortune to go through specialised forced landing training and he shared some excellent tips to students.
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Finding a great Flight Instructor makes for a successful aviation career
April 18, 2018 in
Flight instructors are the backbone of all successful aviation careers; however, we know that quality instructors are not easy to come by. At Learn to Fly, the finest flight instructors are training some of the brightest future pilots in Melbourne. Our students are assigned their primary and secondary flight instructors; however, that is always open to change.
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Potential career paths for pilots. Fly now, decide later.
The big question: are you flying at Learn to Fly in order to pursue a professional career in general and/or commercial aviation, or here to become a recreational pilot instead?
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Flying in marginal weather. A student pilot experience.
March 29, 2018 in
As an aviation student, you are constantly placed in unfamiliar situations that test your skill, airmanship and decision making. These Judgements could even determine the entire outcome of a flight. It is paramount for all pilots to attain a weather brief for all matters of flying, including flying circuits.
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How to execute a forced landing: A student pilot experience (Part 1)
March 20, 2018 in
On the 26th of February, like any other Sunday, I was sitting in the flight operation office here in Hong Kong. Little did I know, out there in the Tolo Harbour, a Cessna 152 was about to be at the centre of a whirlwind adventure involving a forced landing.
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What to Expect From Your Trial Introductory Flight With LTF
March 9, 2018 in
“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” —Leonardo Da Vinci For many professional pilots, recounting their first flight was always most memorable. And for them, all it took was one flight see the world differently. Who says you can’t do the same? Learn To Fly Melbourne is here to open your eyes to the world above and make your dream to fly happen, irrespective of how little experience you’ve had.
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Tips to Pass the Recreational Pilot Licence Flight Test with Flying Colours
February 27, 2018 in
Every professional pilot once undertook and achieved their Recreational Pilot Licence flight test, at their own pace, and with patience and confidence. In general, students take from anywhere between 33 to 44 hours of training to receive their RPL.
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Top 5 Ways a Flight Instructor Rating Can Benefit Your Pilot Career
February 2, 2018 in
If you currently hold a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and are wondering how to boost your employability in aviation, you can either do a Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR) or a Flight Instructor Rating (FIR). The Flight Instructor Rating is a genuine career starter. With it, you can start with Grade 3, and work your way up to Grade 1 or even Chief Flying Instructor.
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Forced Landings: An Alternative Technique
January 25, 2018 in
Any pilot or experienced student will tell you that one of their nightmares must be the practice forced landing, let alone a real forced landing, and to complicate things further, there are a few alternative techniques a pilot may be instructed to follow. Even though at Learn to Fly flight instructors offer impeccable pre-flight briefings and guidance throughout the flight, the prospect of undertaking this practice run is still enough to make anyone feel at least a little bit nervous.
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VFR into IMC: Lessons Learnt
November 24, 2017 in
When an aircraft flying under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) enters Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC), critical incidents can occur. In most cases, this is due to reduced visibility or inadvertent entry into clouds, both of which happen because of the loss of the natural horizon.
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Pursuing the Life and Career of an Airline Pilot
October 23, 2017 in
All pilots start somewhere: looking at planes, reading and dreaming about them—then actually taking that first step towards flying lessons and getting your pilots licence. All through this time we look to the skies and continue dreaming about flying a big, shiny jet and working for some of the world’s best airlines. This dream and passion was and still is mine, as I’m sure it has been for other pilots I have met over the years.
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Airline Interview Coach Darren McPherson is Launching Pilot Careers
September 13, 2017 in
Senior Captain and Airline Interview & Workshop coach Darren McPherson doesn’t just conduct training sessions at Learn to Fly Melbourne, he also runs interview training through his own company, Aviation Consulting Services.
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Giving Departures the Attention They Deserve: Part 3
July 26, 2017 in
In this blog series, we have covered engine starts, taxi checks, run-up checks and more. Now it’s time to run through the final procedures for our perfect departure and take to the skies!
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Giving Departures the Attention They Deserve: Part 2
July 14, 2017 in
In Part I, I started to break down the way to execute a great departure. To continue, I’m going to tell you exactly how to proceed with your engine starts, taxi checks and run-up checks.
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Giving Departures the Attention They Deserve: Part 1
June 28, 2017 in
Even in the early stages of the departure, pilots can fall into the trap of doing things by rote. That’s why I’m finally going to give departures the attention they deserve.
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What to Expect from Airline Pilot Performance Checks
May 26, 2017 in
Throughout your career as a pilot you will be asked to do performance checks. At Cathay, pilots must complete a flight simulator test every six months and a route check once a year to make sure they’re meeting standards. Failures do occur, so pilots need to keep their skills up to scratch at all times to pass with confidence.
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Learning to Fly When You’re Over 30
May 22, 2017 in
Recently we were asked if thirty is too old to start learning to fly. This person had a goal to become an airline pilot. The answer is: DEFINITELY not! Let’s say you’re thirty. You can complete your flight training in two years or less. Most flying schools don’t expect you to complete your training full-time, so you’ll have plenty of flexibility to fit in your flying hours around your other commitments.
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6 Ways for Pilots to Maintain Proficiency & Safety
May 9, 2017 in
Once you achieve the Recreational Pilot License (RPL) or Private Pilot License (PPL), as well as any endorsement or rating on top of that, you must apply yourself to the task of maintaining proficiency & safety.
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Training Beyond the Private Pilot License (PPL)
April 25, 2017 in
After completing your Private Pilot License you might wonder, “what’s next?” As strange as it may sound, you may in fact wish to do more training. For as a pilot you have never actually finished your training.
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5 Ways to Make Flight Training More Efficient
April 12, 2017 in
As a flying school, we’re always thinking about ways to help our students get the most out of their flight training course. We believe it’s so important for students to be able to motivate themselves as they work through their training hours, and part of this is applying efficient learning tactics that keep everything progressing at a healthy rate.
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6 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Flying School
February 16, 2017 in
So you’ve decided to follow your dreams and become a pilot? Congratulations! Now the fun can begin. If you’ve got your sights set on becoming an aviator of the highest quality, then some thought must go into where you complete your flight training. Here are a few things to consider before deciding where to enrol to ensure your learning experience is first class.
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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme Stage 1A Technical Questionnaire
December 13, 2016 in
If you are planning to apply the Cadet Pilot Programme with Cathay Pacific, during Stage 1A, you will be given a Technical multiple-choice Questionnaire. Over the past few years, candidates were required to study the JKI Aviation Knowledge Booklet which was given by Cathay Pacific. Now this has been changed, all candidates are required to study the following chapters found in the ‘FAA - Pilot’s handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge - 2016’.
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Airplane Talk | ICAO Aviation English
December 1, 2016 in
One of the first barriers to getting your pilot licence is passing the language test. Whether you wish to apply as a cadet entry pilot to Dragonair or Cathay Pacific, attain a Private Pilot Licence or even a Drone Pilot Licence, you will need to first pass the language test set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). This test is known as the ICAO Aviation English proficiency test.
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University or Flight Training? | Pros & Cons of Aviation Pathways
November 22, 2016 in
Are you interested in flight training, but not sure whether you should attend university instead? The good news is that the aviation industry is offering more flexible and viable options. You can choose different pathways to find that happy medium where you can focus on aviation to a degree that suits you. Let’s examine the […]
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4 Tips for Preparing For Your Airline Interview
November 15, 2016 in
Having flown for a major airline for 20 years, I repeatedly get asked one routine question: “How do you become an airline pilot?” The common view is that you qualify for a pilot licence, obtain some flying hours, go for an interview and then the job is yours.
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RPL vs. PPL | What’s the Difference?
November 3, 2016 in
It’s a common misconception that you must choose to between completing a Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) or a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) when you start flight training. But they’re actually two milestones on the same flight training journey!
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How to Become an Airline Cadet Pilot
October 27, 2016 in
It’s that time of year when selected applicants are being offered placements in Cadet Pilot Programmes at airlines in Hong Kong and Singapore. The competition is fierce as every year the airlines receive thousands applications and of these, only 50 to 80 will become cadet pilots. The applicants who are suitable undergo a special selection process to make sure they are qualified to become a cadet pilot at Dragonair, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Scoot or Tiger Airways.
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CFI Corner #1 | Handling Mid-Air Complications
October 21, 2016 in
When things don’t quite go as planned when you’re up in the air, that’s when all your training and preparation come into play. Here’s the story of one pilot who successfully maneuvered a safe landing after his right engine started to release smoke mid-way through his journey.
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3 Things To Do Before You Start Flight Training
October 3, 2016 in
Deciding to become a pilot is a thrilling time in your life and a goal that virtually anyone can achieve when you set your mind to it. But knowing where to start with flight training can be tricky, especially if you don’t have any prior aviation or flying experience.
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5 Benefits of Adding Simulation to Your Flight Training
August 30, 2016 in
There are countless advantages to incorporating simulation into your flight training program, which is why we have made simulation a core element of our programs here at Learn to Fly. We’ve put together a list of the top benefits of adding simulation to your flight training, so you can see just how much you can gain by embracing this new era of technology.
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