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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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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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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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 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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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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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
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.
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)
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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How obtaining your Flight Instructor Rating can benefit your pilot career
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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Aircraft forced landing techniques
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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Overseas career opportunities for Australian pilots with CPL
The global aviation market is booming, which is fantastic news for aspiring pilots and represents the best time ever to get into the industry. Hundreds of Australian Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) holders who are coming through the local training systems are ready and willing to fill the roles in commercial operations.
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My final flight in Hong Kong as a Recreational Pilot
It’s a little hard to believe that one year ago I was writing about just how unique and fun flying in Hong Kong is as a recreational pilot. Here I am again, one year after that, writing about my final flight in Hong Kong.
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LTF enters The Outback Air Race 2018
Learn to Fly Melbourne is pleased to announce that we have put together a team to enter the Outback Air Race 2018. Come August next year, Learn to Fly students Horace and Jack will take to the skies and take on their ambitions in the big race.
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Solo Flights at Learn to Fly: What a Feeling
August 2, 2017 in
We did the math and discovered that every 10 days a Learn to Fly student completes their first solo flight! It’s an experience to look forward to and one that makes our students beam with pride!
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Flight departure processes: Part 3
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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Life as a student pilot at Learn To Fly #9
Solo flying here in Hong Kong is honestly not much different to flying in Australia. The instructor rides along for the first two or so circuits and then before you know it, it’s time for you to fly the circuit yourself! My confidence is growing steadily and I have been experimenting with different power settings on different legs. In light of many new flying experiences, I thought I would share some tips for making smoother landings, which I know will really help you out with yours.
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Training beyond the Private Pilot License (PPL)
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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Life as a Learn To Fly Student
I knew from an early age that the pilot life was for me, but when it came time to pursue my childhood dream I still had to put a lot of thought into how to turn the dream into reality.
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Life as a Learn to Fly Student
Many people ask me, why do I choose to be a pilot or what makes me want to become an airline pilot? Here is my story of how that began and a bit about life as a Learn To Fly student.  Ever since I was young, I have been passionate about becoming an airline pilot. I was fascinated by the huge massive aeroplanes that were able to stay up in the air and fly around, the first thing that came into my mind the moment I saw them was: Wow, how amazing is that?!
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Learn To Fly student experience
Good day to everyone out there! Let me introduce myself, I’m Charles Lau Jun Wei, 23 this year, Learn To Fly student from Singapore. Basically, I love flying and I’ve been very passionate about becoming an airline pilot ever since I was young when I had my first amazing flying experience on a trip to China with my family.
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Flight training in Hong Kong
February 7, 2017 in
Some of our fans have been asking about updates from one of our star students, Howard Lau. Since he’s been back in Hong Kong, he has started his flight training with the Hong Kong Aviation Club. Now he’s ready to share his thoughts on what flight training is like in Hong Kong.
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The difference between RA and GA flight training
December 15, 2016 in
Although many people focus on comparing the differences between Recreational Aviation (RA) and General Aviation (GA) schools, in reality there is not much of a difference at all. Let me explain what I mean, as I fly through common misconceptions about both flight schools.
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Life as a Learn to Fly Student #4 | Simulation Training
October 18, 2016 in
With the abundant amount of flight simulator programs for sale or available to download for free on the market, it is a given that any real aviation enthusiast will use such programs to simulate and experience what real flight is actually like. For the most part, and as a flight simulator enthusiast and student pilot, I think flight simulator programs do a relatively good job of portraying the numerous nuances of flying as well as real flight itself.
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Life as a Learn to Fly Student #3 | First Solo
October 5, 2016 in
It was a rather clear morning, which is a luxury in the Melbourne winter, accompanied by little to no wind. It really was an absolutely beautiful morning to go flying, but the word “solo” wasn’t really on my mind. I just expected a normal routine of going out for a morning pre-flight, hopping into the plane with the instructor and heading to Tooradin for a few circuits and then I would come back.
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Life as a Learn to Fly Student #2 | My First Two Weeks
September 21, 2016 in
Well to sum it up, flight training with LTF up until now has been a rewarding and challenging experience. I’m honoured to be the first student to fly the new Sling 2 training aircraft. I flew the Sling 2 on my second training flight with LTF and I can only say she is a solid, obedient and beautiful aircraft to fly.
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Life as a Learn to Fly Student #1 | Meet Howard
September 7, 2016 in
Oh goodness! I need to write a blog kind of thing for Learn To Fly Melbourne! So where shall I start? Oh right you don’t even know who in the world I am!
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