How Do Airlines Select Cadet Pilots?
There are more airline cadet pilot opportunities than ever before, but competition is still very strong. So how do airlines select cadet pilots? What are they looking for, and what makes you a stronger applicant than others?
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Life is Short. Get Your Pilot Licence.
At 71 years young, David Hassett has overcome some major challenges on his way to becoming a pilot, but his determination to fly is an inspiration.
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Learn to Fly at a Hong Kong Flight School
Want to fly a plane for a living? Start your pilot training in Hong Kong. Ensure your Hong Kong flight school offers experienced instructors and value for money.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Secret Weapon for 75 Successful Airline Pilot Interview Students
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
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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Airline pilot career pathways
There are two ways you can enter the aviation workforce and become an Airline pilot. These are as a cadet or a direct entry pilot. Cadets will need to pass several rounds of exams including a group interview and aptitude test.
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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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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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Learn to fly in a Diamond DA42 – a Victorian first.
At Learn to Fly, we believe students should have as many options as possible when it comes to flight training. We are happy to announce that we have ordered the Diamond DA42, an elite twin engine aircraft equipped with a Garmin G1000 avionics system, from the Diamond factory in Ontario, Canada.
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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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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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How flying critical incidents can occur
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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Announcing the Learn To Fly Flight Training Centre Victoria (LTFFTC)
Learn To Fly Melbourne has made an agreement with Moorabbin Airport Corporation (MAC) to sublease and build a flight training centre at Moorabbin Airport. Upon completion, the Learn To Fly Flight Training Centre will be the largest facility of its kind in the state of Victoria.
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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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6 ways to maintain pilot proficiency and safety
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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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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5 ways to improve flight training efficiency
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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Getting ready for your first solo
A first solo is an exciting milestone for every student pilot. It’s when you truly put your skills and knowledge to the test by sitting in the cockpit, taking-off, doing a circuit and landing the plane all by yourself. If you can pull all this off in a cool, calm and collected way, you’ve truly earned the right to call yourself a pilot.
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How we prepare for Trial Introductory Flights
Taking a plane for a spin in a trial introductory flight is one of the most important moments in a pilot’s life, the experience often influences your impression of aviation for many years to come. As a flying school, we have a duty to help you create a fond memory that brings forth a burst of enthusiasm whenever you think about it from then on.
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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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6 questions to ask before choosing a flying school
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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What’s the Difference between RPL and PPL?
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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CFI Corner #1 | Handling mid-air complications
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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Life as a Learn to Fly Student #4 | Flight simulation training
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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The future of flight training is already on the runway
The aircraft was designed with ample space. The unique cockpit design and sliding chair maximises space for student pilots. It brings new levels of comfort, with space-maximising leather seats and an extra-wide cockpit, it’s just “plane” groovy.
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Life as a Learn to Fly Student #3 | First solo flight
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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3 Things to do before you start flight training
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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Life as a Learn To Fly Student #1 | Meet Howard
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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