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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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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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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6 steps to becoming an Airline First Officer
THERE ARE EXCITING JOB PROSPECTS IN AVIATION HAPPENING RIGHT NOW! Boeing estimates demand for 34,900 new aircraft by 2036: 34,170 passenger aircraft and 730 freighters, with 40% of passenger aircraft demand needed for replacement, and 60% for growth.
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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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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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What to expect from our Trial Introductory Flight
“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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Learn to fly in a Diamond DA40
Our first Diamond DA40 has just landed. Plus LTF’s 2017 year in review OUR FIRST DIAMOND DA40 HAS JUST LANDED. We welcome our first Diamond DA40 to our flying school headquarters at Moorabbin Airport. This new aircraft fits into Learn To Fly Melbourne’s successful expansion over the past year, during which we committed to building […]
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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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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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Pilot and aircraft safety at Learn To Fly
At Learn to Fly, safety is and always will be our number one priority. It is a cornerstone of our operation to ensure we maintain a positive and transparent safety culture. As is conveyed on the Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) Accident and Defect Summaries web page, we continue to uphold an impeccable safety record.
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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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Flight departure processes: Part 1
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
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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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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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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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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4 tips tips for preparing for your airline interview
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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Jump aboard the low-cost flight training revolution
If you think flight training is too expensive for you, think again. We’re in the midst of a flight training revolution where you can slash the cost of flight training simply by taking advantage of the modern aircraft and new technology that are at our fingertips.
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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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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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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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Life as a LTF Student #2 | My first two weeks in flight school
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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