Things to know before you start flight training
So you want to be a pilot? That's awesome! You won't regret embarking on this rewarding and exciting career. Let's take a look at things to know before you start flight training.
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Tips for successful flights
What are some tips for successful flights? Our instructors are a wealth of knowledge, so we asked them!
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The IMSAFE for pilots method
September 2, 2019 in , ,
Pilots know their pre-flight checklist inside and out to ensure the aircraft is safe and ready to fly. Of equal importance is the IMSAFE for pilots method - the pre-flight wellbeing cross-check
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Learning to fly in your fifties
Kim Lye Tan is another of our mature age pilot students learning to fly. This year he flew his first solo just shy of his 54th birthday.
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Grade 1 Flight Instructor Ermin Javier joins LTF
We extend a warm LTF welcome to Ermin Javier who recently joined the team as a Grade 1 Multi-Engine IFR Flight Instructor.
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Taking to the sky as a mature age pilot
Want to become a pilot in Melbourne? Even in your later years, you can still learn to fly. Becoming a pilot is often considered a youthful pursuit. A majority of students who achieve their pilot licence with Learn to Fly are under 25 and go on to have successful pilot careers or fly recreationally.  However, […]
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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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Global Pilot job opportunities increasing
July 1, 2019 in ,
Potential pilot applicants often ask about exactly how much movement there is within the industry. We’ve all read about the current and predicted global pilot shortage, in particular the Asia Pacific region. But where are these applicants going to come from, and exactly how much are pilot job opportunities increasing in the global market?
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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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Human Factors in Aviation. Are pilotless planes the future of air travel
As technology progresses faster and faster in the modern world, there are many processes that are becoming automated, along with tasks or jobs where human involvement is gradually being replaced by computers. In this blog article, we discuss the benefits and negative impacts of human factors in aviation, and answer some of the key questions on the future of air travel in an increasingly automated world.
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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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The best time for becoming a pilot – 2018 reflections
Coming to a close in 2018 we all review not just the year, but to evaluate where we have been, and what has been achieved; and thence to plan beyond into the coming year.
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Learn To Fly scholarship recipient starts at Cathay Pacific
We recently offered a Learn To Fly scholarship for our highly successful Future Cadet Pilot Program to a Hong Kong student. Our scholarship recipient was Dean Shing, who has been accepted into the Cathay Pacific cadetship programme. He came to Melbourne to complete his flight training and go solo, and we caught up with him to talk about the process, as well as his love for flying.
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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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International Ferry Pilot Stuart Caling – Flying Over The Pacific Ocean
November 18, 2018 in ,
We have just taken delivery of our 2 brand new twin-engine Diamond DA-42 aircraft, which were built at the Diamond Factory in Canada and then flown all the way to us here at Moorabbin Airport in Melbourne by international ferry pilot Stuart Caling.
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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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Sharing Experiences: How I Passed My Singapore Airlines Cadet Pilot Interview
Firstly some background about me – I got interested in aviation about 3 years ago (2015). Prior to that, I had absolutely no background on aviation at all, no flying experience, no education, nothing. What sparked my interest was a rather chance encounter while I was working full time 3 years ago. Back then, I was working full time at my family’s business where we run a car workshop.
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Inspirational Pilot Feature – NZ Pilot Aimee Burn
August 5, 2018 in ,
We came across the story of 20 year old New Zealander Aimee Burn recently, and found one of her comments in particular very inspiring: When people ask me why I wanted to become a pilot, I simply answer, “Why would you NOT want to become a pilot?”
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Joining the Jetstar Cadet Pilot Program
We are really excited to hear that one of our students, Silas Zhang, has been accepted into the Jetstar Cadet Pilot Program. Silas was previously a nurse before deciding that he wanted to make the transition into an exciting career in aviation.
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Career Pilot Program collaboration between CommutAir and Learn To Fly Australia
Learn To Fly (LTF) Melbourne today announced a new partnership agreement with CommutAir from United States. The agreement involves LTF and CommutAir working together to find and select the most able aspiring pilots who will, if successful, be offered a place...
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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 LTF team in 2018 Outback Air Race
Late last year we posted a blog story announcing that 2 of our students were going to compete in the 2018 Outback Air Race. The annual event starts in Archerfield (near Brisbane) in QLD and finishes in Broome WA after 8 individual flying legs.
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Five benefits of choosing a Part 142 Accredited Flight Training Australia
Learn to Fly Melbourne is excited to announce that we have become a Part 142 accredited flying training operator under Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) through our new partnership with Australian Pilot Training Alliance (APTA).
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Flying the Airbus A350
After flying internationally for over 20 years on a range of Airbus and Boeing aircraft types I have recently had the opportunity to train on and fly the A350—the latest and most advanced offering from the Airbus consortium.
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Aviation industry Threat Error Management (TEM)
Threat Error Management (TEM) is a term that has commonly been associated with airline operations and it is all about being a safe and well-prepared pilot.
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Aircraft maintenance and safety at Learn to Fly
At Learn to Fly, aircraft maintenance and safety is our number one priority. Our chief engineer and maintenance wizard, Scott Sutcliffe, maintains of all our aeroplanes. Scott has over 20 years experience taking good care of than 20 different aircraft types.
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Travel the world in a Sling
March 17, 2017 in , ,
You don’t need a big jumbo jet to see the world, you just need a Sling! Both the Sling 2 and Sling 4 have proven they’ve got the stamina to last the distance and with room for only a couple of passengers, those who’ve gone before have enjoyed a wonderfully peaceful flying experience.
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