Cadet Pilot Training
The AAFC provides excellent pilot training in powered trainer aircraft.
In 1977, Air Force Office Canberra officially approved f lying 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.
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 15½ years of age at the date of commencement of training and a minimum of 16 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.
The Air Force Flying Scholarships
Flying scholarships for cadets were first sponsored by the Air Force in the 1960 s.
The Chief of the Air Force reintroduced the Air Force Scholarship program in 2009 for both powered flying and gliding disciplines. Successful applicants receive considerable financial assistance with their initial flying training.
Cadets who apply for a scholarship must be recommended by their Squadron Commanding Officer, have parental consent, and be selected on their overall commitment to the AAFC (through attendance at a home Squadron, plus Wing- based activities).
Applicants undertake a selection interview for personal suitability, enthusiasm and commitment to aviation.
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