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Welcome to Air Australia

Think you have what it takes to rule the skies? Air Australia will have you up in the air in no time. If you’d rather take it slow, book a flight and get a feel for the plane.
Located at Jandakot Airport, Air Australia are proud to be one of the largest privately owned flying schools in Western Australia. We supply a broad range of exhilarating services, from aircraft hire and training to a variety of charter flights.
With nearly four decades above the clouds, Air Australia is respected for making pilots.
Owner and managing director Charles “Chuck” McElwee lives planes. Having flown fighter aircraft and held management positions in the U.S Navy, his aviation knowledge is rivalled only by his passion.
Whether you are a basic or advanced flyer, our Chief Pilot/Flying Instructor’s knowledge of aircraft training ensures you receive comprehensive and quality instruction. With an enthusiastic team of pilots at our disposal, we offer skilled coaching in all areas of aviation.
Contact or visit us any day of the week to discuss our aviation services.

Private Pilots Licence



Welcome to AIR AUSTRALIA INTERNATIONAL, Jandakot's number one flying school.  There are a variety of reasons why people elect to commence flying training.  It may be to start a new career or to satisfy personal aspirations such as fun, adventure or a new challenge.  Whatever the reason, we at Air Australia will help you achieve your goals.


PPLA theory course now under way and NEXT course starts beginning AUGUST 2015. YOU WILL NEED TO BOOK THIS ONE AS ITS FILLING FAST!

Introductory Flight:

Before you commence your training you may wish to undertake a TRIAL INTRODUCTORY FLIGHT (TIF).  This flight will give you an insight into what it is really like to be at the controls of an aircraft.  You will get to fly the aircraft and gain an insight into what it is like to fly.


Educational Requirements:

There are no formal pre-requisites with regards to educational requirements.  At various stages during your training you will have to pass written and multiple choice examinations in subjects connected with your flying.  A background knowledge in basic maths and physics is helpful but not essential, your instructor will be able to guide you through your theory.


Age Criteria:

The  minimum age at which a Student Pilot Licence (SPL) can be issued is 16 years, however if you are younger than 16 years you can still commence flying training but you can't be sent solo.  The minimum age at which a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) can be issied is 17 years and for a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) it is 18 years.


Student Pilot Licence:

Prior to making your first solo flight you will be issued a Student Pilot Licence.  During training for the Student Pilot Licence you will complete at least 20 hours of flight training, which is the minimum laid down by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).  Upon successful completion of a General Flying Progress Test (GFPT) with Air Australia's Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) you will then be able to carry passengers within a designated area.  The minimum age for the issue of a Student Pilot Licence is 16 years.


Private Pilot Licence:

The minimum hours as laid down by CASA for the issue of a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is 40 hours.  Your Private Pilot Licence will enable you to fly cross-country carrying non-paying passengers, however you are able to share the cost of the flight equally between yourself and your passengers.  After obtaining your Private Pilot Licence you will be able to go to such places as Margaret River or Monkey Mia to see the dolphins.  Or you can plan your own adventure anywhere within Australia and go wherever your imagination takes you.  The minimum age for the issue of a Private Pilots Licence is 17 years.