What is a Trial Introductory Flight (TIF)?

Our Trial Introductory Flight is the perfect opportunity to feel what it’s like to be a pilot, whilst flying over stunning views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay.

The objective of the TIF is to give you a good understanding of what flying a light aircraft feels like, plus an insight into the flight training process. Whilst it can be a wonderful once-off experience, it is conducted based on approved flying syllabus and therefore can be approved as flight training if you decide to continue towards achieving objectives such as a Recreational Pilot Certificate (RPC) or Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL).

The TIF follows the same sequence as a normal instructional flight:

  1. Pre-flight briefing: You will usually spend a little time in a briefing room going over the flight and what to expect;
  2. Aircraft pre-flight inspection: You will be shown around the aircraft while the instructor does the pre-flight inspection. You will be shown how to get in, how to strap in, and the equipment in the cockpit will be briefly outlined to you.
  3. Flight procedures: Your flight will be in our training area. You will be shown the airfield from the air, the local scenery and points to orientate yourself. You will spend time with control of the aircraft in your hands, under the guidance of the instructor. This will give you a ‘feel’ for what it’s like to fly.
  4.  Post-flight Debriefing: Your instructor will answer any questions you have and underline a few of the main points of the TIF.

Trial Introductory Flights are conducted in our Sling 2 training aircraft and are 30 minute or 60 minute (most in-depth experience) flights (note – ground preparation and transition to and from our flying training area takes approximately 20 minutes). 

Other things you may need to know:

  • Trial Introductory Flights are conducted with the Student and Instructor only. Passengers are not allowed.
  • The take-off and landing are controlled by the Instructor only.
  • Clothing should be appropriate for the season and allow you to climb in and out of the aircraft comfortably. Shoes must be closed-toe – thongs are not acceptable.
  • The age of participants should be that of a person is capable of beginning training (normally 13 years of age or older).
  • The TIF is not recommended for persons with known medical conditions that may potentially become a safety hazard.
  • You must be able to communicate in English to a minimum standard of being able to understand instructions and emergency procedures, particularly whilst in flight. We are not able to guarantee that instructors able to communicate in languages other than English will be available.