Cadet Pilot Training
The AAFC provides excellent pilot training in powered trainer aircraft.
In 1977, Air Force Office Canberra officially approved flying training in the AAFC using RAAF bases during periods of low activity.Lessons are sponsored by the Air Force, so the cost to cadets is substantially less than that charged by commercial flying schools. Training is largely ’one on one ’, with strict emphasis on safety.
Air Force currently leases Diamond DA40 aircraft to provide aviation experiences and training for the AAFC.
Learn how to fly and become a pilot
Flying training is conducted during school holidays and weekends strictly in accordance with the CASA syllabus. Cadets progress through the syllabus to First Solo, then General Flying Proficiency Test (GFPT), then onto the Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). All training is undertaken at Air Force approved flying s chools.
Graduates qualify to wear AAFC cadet wings and are capable of flying family and friends in their local training area as the Pilot in Command.
Cadets interested in flying training must meet the following criteria:
- One year’s basic training at a Squadron
- A minimum of 15 years of age at the date of commencement of training and a minimum of 15 years of age to fly solo
- Be recommended by their Squadron Commanding Officer
- Meet standard powered flying medical requirements
- Attain parental consent
- Undertake a selection interview for suitability.