SCHOFIELDS FLYING CLUB LIMITED
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Advanced Flying Training
Sydney Flight College provides an outstanding mix of personal attention and service to commercial flight training students. You would expect nothing but the best in flight and ground training, and this is delivered to you in a positive and supportive environment.
Whether you choose a basic single engine VFR commercial pilot's licence or the desirable added qualifications of a multi-engine rating and/or command instrument rating, we can offer a cost effective programme built up from the CASA curriculum. As you progress through your training, you may wish to place more emphasis on specific aspects of flight operations - eg low level operations for bush flying as opposed to multi-engine IFR - perhaps driven by budget considerations. We understand the circumstances of each of our students, and are keen to advise on the most appropriate courses of action to take.
Our Proposition to Commercial Flight Training Students
If you are an off-shore student choosing to train with us, we will be delighted to assist you with accommodation arrangements, government education requirements and the many other details which can be a bit daunting at first. The qualifications you receive and the range of experience that training in Australia can provide, will endow you with the expertise to explore the many career avenues available in aviation.
If you would like to receive enhanced qualifications in formation flying, we can build that into your course programme as well. Of greatest importance however is the degree of professionalism you will take with you after completion of your CPL at Sydney Flight College. A world of opportunity in commercial aviation will be available to you.
Personalised Flying Training for the Aviation Professionals of Tomorrow
Our fleet is geared to the CPL trainee, with availability of full IFR single and twin engine training aircraft as well commercial piston types such as the Piper Aztec. We have Grade 1 instructors on staff. Our simulator facility is state of the art. Our computer network provides all the essential AirServices links. CASA Cyber-Exams are available. In short, all the capabilities required for the professional training of tomorrow's aircrew are delivered through Schofields Flying Club.
This, plus all the fun of flying that our associated Club environment provides - competition flying, fly-aways, and the camaraderie of fellow pilots of all levels of experience.
Please call us for a personal discussion of your interests. We'll be pleased to chat.
Commercial Pilot Training Summary
Our Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) course is based on the 150 hour integrated CPL conducted in accordance with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) "Day VFR Syllabus - Aeroplane". We make additional allowance for a variety of enhanced qualifications which are highly desirable in the commercial aviation world, providing a training package of 200 hours. This will provide a Commercial Licence with endorsements on constant speed propeller and retractable undercarriage, plus multiengine endorsement, Night VFR rating and Command Instrument Rating. Instructor rating, aerobatic rating, and formation endorsement can be incorporated as options, perhaps requiring some additional hours to the above if all components were to be selected.
The following program should be considered as a guide. We would be pleased to tender a detailed proposal outlining tailored tuition and flight training to meet specific operational needs.
We specialise in meeting the training requirements of our students. The above training time is based on minimum hours and may not be representative of a student's required training time to attain the required standard. We can provide a tailored programme involving all ground tuition, CASA exams, pre-flight briefings, dual and solo flying time etc that meets the needs of the individual. Whilst any formal proposal will outline our fee structure based on CASA minimum requirements, final costs in achieving the required level of proficiency is dependent on the individual. Repeat exams or flight tests will attract additional testing fees over the above rates. Call for specific quotations to meet your needs.
Why not try a short trial instruction flight, with you at the controls? It's yours any time you like. Your instructor will show you many of the basics, and you can enjoy the view at the same time.
Basic Training - GFPT
The Basic training programme will take you from your first lesson through to your first pilot's licence (GFPT). At this stage you could then take family and friends on short flights around the airfield and nearby training areas. This training is generally undertaken in 2 seat Cessna 150 or 152 aircraft, which are excellent trainers, and also the cheapest aircraft in the fleet. Some people prefer to start in the larger, slightly more expensive 4 seat Piper Warrior, as used in later phases of training. The choice is yours.
Phase IV - Training to Private Pilot Licence
Now to put your new talents to some real use! Your next phase of training will take you into the wild blue yonder. You need at least nine cross-country flights to gain a full Private Pilot Licence. This will include training in controlled and uncontrolled airspace and airfield environments. You will also be taught many aspects of navigation, meteorology, pre-flight planning and general airmanship. In this phase you will upgrade to the 4 seat Piper Warrior or the more powerful Piper Archer, perhaps even the retractable undercarriage Piper Arrow. These aircraft are all excellent 4 place tourers.
But there is more to do...
Phase V - Training to Commercial Pilot Licence:
The purpose of your commercial training now that you are a qualified Private Pilot is to give you the added skills and experience necessary for you to provide your services to the public or to an employer and be paid for it. The additional training consists of both theory and flight components, and in all of these you will be asked to demonstrate high standards of knowledge and the practical application of that knowledge.
The theory component will cover in much more detail the subject areas that you were introduced to in your PPL theory, plus additional subjects. You will cover advanced treatment of aircraft performance and systems, meteorology and navigation. You will also cover more facets of air legislation, plus a commercial view of flight planning and flight operations.
Your flight training will be in a more complex type (eg Piper Arrow as a minimum), and you will be exposed to higher performance types with greater load carrying capacity. You will fly "missions" under both VFR and IFR conditions, with close attention to load (ie revenue) management, cost management and adherence to a schedule.
Commercial Training Upgrades
As you will have learnt through your initial training and your subsequent flying experience, there is always more to learn in the aviation business! There are typically two types of process used in upgrading your qualifications. The first is a logbook endorsement" where you will be taught something by your instructor (with ground briefing and air exercises) and once you are up to standard, the instructor will put a stamp in your logbook to say so. The second is a "rating" where you go through a combination of more formal theory and flying training culminating in a flight test, much as you did in your early training.
The most common requirements for commercial pilots are to continue training in more complex aircraft with retractable undercarriage and constant speed propeller, perhaps multi-engine, and to encompass both night-time and instrument flight conditions.
Constant -Speed Propeller / Retractable Undercarriage Endorsement
These are really two separate design features found on most higher performance aircraft. The Piper Arrow is like a slightly more complex Archer with these features, and provides an excellent step-up in performance. The endorsement includes briefing and training in use of the constant speed unit and retractable undercarriage, endorsing you for the Piper Arrow. These feature endorsements are valid across aircraft types, but you will need a check-out on any new type you encounter. If you are buying your own retractable, we even can help you on that type. Allow 3.0 hours dual in a Piper Arrow.
Moving from a single-engine aircraft to a twin introduces several further considerations into flight planning, flight management and general handling. To start with there is the complexity of having 2 of everything, then having to deal with it all at much higher speeds. It would be best if you had the constant speed propeller / retractable undercarriage endorsement prior to your twin training. A twin is very rewarding to master though - come and have a look. You can do the endorsement for VFR purposes only, use it as part of your IFR training, or upgrade from single to multi-engine IFR.
SFC has a curriculum of training of 7 hours dual for initial twin endorsement on the Beechcraft Duchess (BE76). Duchess conversions are available if you are endorsed on another twin.
Night VFR Rating
A very useful adjunct to the basic day VFR PPL. You may not deliberately set out in the dark (although the lights do look great), but with this rating you can legally and safely navigate to your destination after last light in visual meteorological conditions, giving you an extra margin of safety. You will also be entitled to navigate by radio aids. Why not try it at one of our "Night Circuit" evenings?
Now this is truly professional. The full CIR is required for commercial operations, but may also be held by a private pilot. This rating is done in an integrated fashion comprising instrument flight theory subjects and flight components, plus a comprehensive flight test. You can upgrade from a PIFR if you have one by sitting the Instrument Rating Exam (IREX), doing additional flight training if required, then doing the CIR flight test. Flight training is available in a combination of single and multi-engine aircraft, and theory training is available at the SFC ground school.
SFC has a full curriculum of training for this rating, including 20 hours on simulator and 25 hours flying training as a minimum.
After gaining your Commercial Pilot's Licence, you'll most likely be looking for employment opportunities in the aviation community. One of the most useful qualifications you can gain is that of Flying Instructor, which enables you to be employed to do the things you really enjoy. You'll start off with a Grade 3 rating, and progress to higher rating as you gain experience and take on board the additional theory. The Rating will enable you to take students through all sequences to day VFR PPL standard in single engine aircraft.
SFC will take you through both the ground and flight components of your Instructor Rating. Allow a minimum 50 hours Advanced Dual, comprising 30 hours dual and 20 hours mutual training.
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