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Old 22nd Apr 2023, 23:08
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Personally I think the Rex Cadetship is still a pretty good opportunity to get involved in, particularly with their current growth in the market.

I would love to apply and be part of it but 40 weeks of being unpaid, living in Wagga Wagga and having my wife and kids in Melbourne is a bit of a challenge.

All of these cadetships are unfortunately only designed for the young school leaver who is living at home. They are also probably the ones to be selected as a priority anyway as I believe these positions are very competitive.

Has anyone in my situation ever completed a cadetship and have any advice?
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Old 4th May 2023, 08:07
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I'm now as "GA Ready" as they come having just completed the GA Ready course in Darwin. It's been almost a month back in Darwin and feel like I got to play the waiting game all over again, through the dry, until we hit the wet again and start the door knocking game from scratch. Is this really how it is? There is another GA ready down south but I figured I don't want to spend another $4,000 when this GA ready course here cost almost $5,000. Thanks to everyone for your contributions. It's interesting reading.
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Old 6th May 2023, 06:50
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Reacrational Pilot License Struggles

Hi All,
I am a Year 12 student, and my start to aviation has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride, with the rollercoaster mostly being on the bottom. I started flying when i was 15, finishing basic manoeuvring skills and getting closer to circuit training then... COVID-19. I was locked out of flight school on and off for a year and a half where i would find myself repeating some classes due to the time gap. Then when i was in year 11 i did my first solo and my training area solo's which i found very easy due to me finally getting FSX on my computer.

Eventually when year 12 came it was time to do the RPL exam. For the first portion of the year i had time to study so i booked in my RPL exam ready to go. I sat down and got through half of the questions when the wifi crashed and the CASA exam website crashed. I waited hours for the test to come back alive. A few hours later it came and on... then crashed again. Eventually i failed the exam. 63%

The next time came around, year 12 had started and it hit me like a bus. Stupidly doing so, i didn't study what so ever and reattempted the RPL exam. I did some practice exams in flight school which resulted in me getting alright results. So time came, and i failed the exam. NO SURPRISE. 61%

My instructor sat me down and told me options, "if you failed your 3rd attempt you will have wait three months. Since the PPL exam will be unlocked, we could study for that instead but we would need to teach you NAV". So here i am writing this, because i want some advice. I have been studying for 2 months on and off, trying to aim a average of 90%> on practice exam but i am achieving around 85% on the practices. I do feel terrified to enter the exam room and fail again. This has been very stressful for me, and i really do want to be a pilot. What should i do and is there any study techniques i should me mindful about. How do i balance this and year 12.

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Old 6th May 2023, 21:43
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Originally Posted by Kyuubi
and i really do want to be a pilot. What should i do and is there any study techniques i should me mindful about. How do i balance this and year 12.
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Just ask yourself honestly how many hours per day you spend studying (reading) vs how many hours you spend on gaming, social media, discord, tiktok, youtube, other activities....

Studying means mind focused on topics.. Doing practice exams on its own isn't helping because you are memorising answers without deep understanding. Read Bob Tait (or ATC) books twice, you will notice on the 2nd pass things that you've missed after 1st pass.. THEN work on PPE.

There are lots of temptations and distractions these days, but YOU have to be in-charge of your life, the same way YOU will be in-charge of the aeroplane once passing the ticket.

Good luck





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Old 7th May 2023, 00:46
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What are the odds?

Current Yr12 Student, predicted ATAR is >80, I've got some flight experience and relevant work experience in the aviation sector. Also attended AAFC for a year.

Considering my circumstance, what are the odds if me being a competitive applicant for a cadetship in the eyes of the big cheeses at Rex AAPA and and Qantas Group Pilot Academy?

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Old 12th May 2023, 10:29
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Work experience question

I scored work experience with Qantas at Sydney Airport. stoked..

What could I expect to be doing? I haven't been given much information apart from time and dates, I know I'll be with the baggage handling and ground crew employees. Is there anything I should know that the managers won't tell me before I start?

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Are you sure itís not Swissport?
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Old 12th May 2023, 11:22
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Originally Posted by PoppaJo
Are you sure itís not Swissport?
The work has been organised by a Qantas higherup that I know and they haven't mentioned Swissport.

God help me if it is, I've heard bad things about Swissport.

Either way, it'll be an eye-opening experience that's also good for my resume down the track
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Old 13th May 2023, 04:18
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Courses at the Quantas Group Flying Academy are not cadetships. Ask them what their percentage is of people who start the course to people who get a job with Qantas at the end of it. I know the answer but I'd be very interested to hear what they say.
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Old 10th Aug 2023, 11:19
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Instructor Ratings - Melbourne, Victoria

Hi All,

Looking for some recommendations for instructor ratings in Victoria, Can anyone recommend any good flight schools? Has anyone completed one at InterAir at Essendon or LTF at Moorabbin?

Thank you for your help.
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Old 11th Aug 2023, 02:30
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Interair, better choice
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Old 11th Aug 2023, 04:42
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You're pretty safe with any of the major schools that aren't starving, Tyabb is an unreal operation.
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Originally Posted by LaurenF1980
Hi All,

Looking for some recommendations for instructor ratings in Victoria, Can anyone recommend any good flight schools? Has anyone completed one at InterAir at Essendon or LTF at Moorabbin?

Thank you for your help.
Interair is a solid operator and have been around a long time. Thoroughly recommend them.
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There is a lot of movement at the moment, considering how tight things are going to get soon for pilots, I would consider not spending the money for an instructor rating and get yourself ready to slot into a proper commercial transport/charter role.
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Only do the rating with a school that will agree to employ you after completion. If they won't offer some surety of it you could be looking for work for a while after the course. As for getting charter work in states like Victoria its almost non existent for low time pilots, and by the time you have the hours you will be Airline fodder.
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Old 15th Aug 2023, 05:30
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Melb training questions... so many....

Originally Posted by Mach1Muppet
You're pretty safe with any of the major schools that aren't starving, Tyabb is an unreal operation.
Hiya, new here. Thinking of starting my flight training (RPL to start with) (after 20 years of thinking about it). Not interested in a career in GA, but possibly building a Vans plane or similar in the future... who knows....

Options seem to be Moorabbin, Tyabb and Lilydale for me, Moorabbin being the closest. Have a few questions for the group.

# You say Tyabb is unreal, meaning good? If so why? Is it 'better' training, or cheaper or both, better setup?
# Would like to take TIF flights at all these airports to see what suits me best, do the operators get antsy if you do this? I did have a logbook (lost long ago with 1 hour logged) but would like to take one along to each flight to get time logged.
# Is there an online course where I can do all the theory AND EXAMS components required for RPL (and PPL) without doing the flight training first? Is this even possible without starting an actual flight training course?
# Does in-person training become cheaper if you do the theory and exams yourself? Or is DIYing the theory courses expected anyway?
# Lastly, highly subjective, but anyone have recommendations for flight schools in either of these locations???

Thanks in advance!
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Old 15th Aug 2023, 22:10
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Originally Posted by Abs81
Hiya, new here. Thinking of starting my flight training (RPL to start with) (after 20 years of thinking about it). Not interested in a career in GA, but possibly building a Vans plane or similar in the future... who knows....

Options seem to be Moorabbin, Tyabb and Lilydale for me, Moorabbin being the closest. Have a few questions for the group.

# You say Tyabb is unreal, meaning good? If so why? Is it 'better' training, or cheaper or both, better setup?
# Would like to take TIF flights at all these airports to see what suits me best, do the operators get antsy if you do this? I did have a logbook (lost long ago with 1 hour logged) but would like to take one along to each flight to get time logged.
# Is there an online course where I can do all the theory AND EXAMS components required for RPL (and PPL) without doing the flight training first? Is this even possible without starting an actual flight training course?
# Does in-person training become cheaper if you do the theory and exams yourself? Or is DIYing the theory courses expected anyway?
# Lastly, highly subjective, but anyone have recommendations for flight schools in either of these locations???

Thanks in advance!
Hey Mate, will do my best to answer these, itís just my opinion, but have a good read of this thread, most information still seems real valid.

Yeah can break down a few, Tyabb, was and in my opinion still has the best culture of any aero club or airfield Iíve ever been to, a real credit to the Melbourne area. Itís surprisingly cheap as well!

Nah operators Iíd say love doing TIFs, no shame in a try before you buy, just remember that itís only a 30min insight into the actual flying side, there will be good days and bad days, just roll with the punches, youíll get there.

Yep 100% dependant on what you want to do, you can have a crack at RPL/PPL before youíre licensed. While it can be done, Iíd strongly advise doing some flying before you attempt them, youíll wrap your head around the subjects much easier. Check out bob tait for RPL/PPL. Will lessen the cost if you self study but doesnít hurt to ask for help.

Tyabb and Lilydale are awesome schools, Moorabbin also has its fair share, just be cautious if sausage factories. Iíd honestly say if youíre going to build an RV, either or will be a wealth of knowledge.

Sorry for the war and peace, but hope this helps.

Cheers,
M1M




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Old 17th Aug 2023, 02:50
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Originally Posted by Abs81
Hiya, new here. Thinking of starting my flight training (RPL to start with) (after 20 years of thinking about it). Not interested in a career in GA, but possibly building a Vans plane or similar in the future... who knows....

Options seem to be Moorabbin, Tyabb and Lilydale for me, Moorabbin being the closest. Have a few questions for the group.

# You say Tyabb is unreal, meaning good? If so why? Is it 'better' training, or cheaper or both, better setup?
# Would like to take TIF flights at all these airports to see what suits me best, do the operators get antsy if you do this? I did have a logbook (lost long ago with 1 hour logged) but would like to take one along to each flight to get time logged.
# Is there an online course where I can do all the theory AND EXAMS components required for RPL (and PPL) without doing the flight training first? Is this even possible without starting an actual flight training course?
# Does in-person training become cheaper if you do the theory and exams yourself? Or is DIYing the theory courses expected anyway?
# Lastly, highly subjective, but anyone have recommendations for flight schools in either of these locations???
Having followed a similar path to the one you're considering, to add to M1M's reply above, a few questions:

LSA or GA?? If you're thinking of building an RV (RAAus probably) at some point, then I'd recommend an RAAus RPC first up (the cheapest way to go) and convert that into an RPL on completion. Even if Moorabbin is closest, then although it's a bit further for you to drive, for a great school with friendly staff, Lilydale (LFS) may still be the place for you to start, moving your training to Moorabbin a bit later.

At LFS, you'd start your RPC in either Foxbats or Jabirus (or the Alpha Electro, if electric flight appeals to you!) and move up to their Piper Warriors, Archers, etc. for RPL then PPL as you get hooked. Lilydale also just happens to be on the corner of the main VFR route to everywhere, making navs a bit cheaper plus there are a few SAA builders out there you'd get to know. Nice as they are, if this LSA-to-GA is appealing to you, neither Tyabb nor Moorabbin can offer as many opportunities nor diversity of aircraft as Lilydale does and many pilots (myself included) choose to fly at both Lilydale and Moorabbin for different parts of their training.

High wing or low?? Tyabb fly Cessnas mostly, which leaves Moorabbin. At Moorabbin you have a choice depending on the school you pick. Ideally you want somewhere with an excellent reputation, good instructors and well-maintained aircraft. Staying out of the way of career students rules out CAE-Oxford and LTF... leaving you with either Tristar (Cessnas) or RVAC (Pipers) as the only other places that tick all the boxes.

Course-work? RAAus https://www.raa.asn.au/fly-with-us/ have their own path but Bob Tait's books are the place to start for either. Read up as much as you can and don't be afraid to ask questions. Bob Tait also runs on-line theory courses which are worth doing: https://www.bobtait.com.au/

My 5 cents worth:
1. Organise a TIF in an RAAus registered aircraft at Lilydale and one in a GA aircraft at either Tristar or RVAC.
2. Talk to the instructors about costs and weigh it up.

It will definitely be more expensive to get to RPL at either Moorabbin or Tyabb than Lilydale, but maybe the drive is worth it to you?
https://www.yarravalleyaviation.com.au/
http://www.tristaraviation.com.au/
https://www.rvac.com.au/home

Warning: Flying is addictive. Have fun!

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Old 17th Aug 2023, 08:28
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As a Tyabb club member, there couple of clarifications with regards to the aerodrome/school/club.

There are Cherokee and Sierra, both low wing aircrafts available for training in Tyabb.

There is a Foxbat in Tyabb available for RAAus training, although if you are thinking about "saving $" through RAAus path, in reality that rarely happens.

Location of school and distance for Nav flights is irrelevant. The flying hours count. Actually, only location and travel time from your home to the aerodrome counts.

For you as a builder, you'd probably want to join SAAA. There is a "Tyabb chapter", but I can't find Lilydale chapter which doesn't mean you won't get support from local members in Lilydale area.

​​​​​​...and finally you won't find awesome views of both Port Phillip and Westernport bays after taking off from Tyabb.. priceless

and yeah, Tyabb has its own flaws, but again nobody's perfect..

Welcome, wherever you decide to learn!
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Old 17th Aug 2023, 11:26
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Hiya, new here.
# Would like to take TIF flights at all these airports to see what suits me best!
I suggest you do some more research and talking to people first.
Both RVAC and LTF have Slings. RVAC also has Cessna 152s.
Consider Coldstream.

Visit a shortlist of schools and talk to the instructors. Choice of instructor is very important.

Do a TIF or two after that.
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