GoFly Student Information Page

Information for GoFly students

STARTING YOUR RECREATIONAL PILOT CERTIFICATE TRAINING

Pic of FSP screen here.

Use the FSP calendar in vertical view, with one day per page (rather than a week per page). 

Welcome and thank you for choosing GoFly Aviation as your flight training school. 

This page gives you instructions on how to GET FREE ACCESS TO:

  1. our awesome GoFly Online training videos and 
  2. our online Flight Schedule Pro booking system

You will need to create logins for BOTH systems. 

YOUR FREE ACCESS TO YOUR GOFLY ONLINE FLIGHT TRAINING VIDEOS

We are the only flight school in Australia to have created a range of online video lessons to help students with their  Recreational Pilot Certificate, Cross Country and Passenger endorsements, RPL/PPL and Instructor Rating. 

The site  contains preflight and inflight videos, four new online theory books (Pre-solo Air Legislation, Human Factors, Radio Operations and Basic Aeronautical Knowledge) to help you pass your exams and save you over $400); practice quizzes for each lesson and for each exam, quick tips, an aviation Dictionary as well as fun stuff like documentaries and interviews with pilots. You can choose to watch on your computer, phone, laptop or iPad. New material is added regularly.

To access the videos, simply go to this page and fill in your details. Let us know you have done so by sending an email to goflyaviation@gmail.com. We will then activate your FREE student subscription. [Please DO NOT sign up for the FREE trial.]

YOU SHOULD WATCH THE RELEVANT VIDEO AND TAKE THE CORRESPONDING QUIZ BEFORE YOUR LESSON

As you progress through your training, you will watch the relevant (low-wing) Recreational Pilot Certificate video lesson on our flight training platform at before turning up at the airfield for your actual lesson. 


For example, if you are doing your first lesson then you’d watch preflight and inflight lesson 1: Effects of Controls. If you are up to Lesson 5: Stalls, then watch the preflight and inflight videos for Stalls. 

If you are starting your navigation training then watch the Navigation pre-flight and inflight lessons  at https://gofly.online/flight-training/rpl-ppl-and-cpl-navigation-training/). 

 

You can do the quiz at the end of each lesson to test your understanding of the concepts, and you can email the results to your instructor at goflyquiz@gmail.com

We hope these online lessons, books and quizzes help you achieve your pilot licence faster and save you money! 

YOUR MEMBERSHIP OF RECREATIONAL AVIATION AUSTRALIA (RAAus)

On your first day with your instructor, you will  join Recreational Aviation Australia as a temporary FREE member. This covers your insurance for 3 months or 3 lessons ONLY.

 

You will need to join as a full member (adult or youth) before your 4th lesson, by clicking on the link in the email that you received from RAA when joining as a temporary member. (If you are doing an intense fulltime two week course with us, your 4th lesson will occur on day 2 of training so you may as well just join as a FULL member right away). This covers your insurance for 12 months. 

YOUR FLIGHT TRAINING SYLLABUS

Here is a great video on how to pre-flight the Sling planes: https://gofly.online/Video/the-gofly-fix-how-to-conduct-a-pre-flight-inspection/

 

By clicking on this next link, you will be able to see our Recreational Pilot and Cross Country syllabus and all the steps to becoming a pilot

 

Your instructor will tell you when to purchase your materials. We sell pilot log books at reception for $35 – which is cheaper than you can get one posted to you. After lesson 5 we will send you our  ‘what to study’ email for your 5 multiple choice exams. In the meantime you can practice using the theory quizzes here https://gofly.online/gofly-quiz/theory/

 

Before your first solo flight, you will also be required to read our Sling workbook and complete a short test afterwards, which needs to be marked by an instructor and the mark uploaded to your online flight record. 

YOUR ACCESS TO FLIGHT SCHEDULE PRO FLIGHT BOOKING SYSTEM AND YOUR PERSONAL STUDENT FLIGHT RECORD
We have added your contact details to our booking system, called Flight Schedule Pro.  A Flight Record Sheet will be created by us to keep track of your progress. If you do not receive an invitation direct from FSP to access the Flight Schedule Pro online booking system, please let us know and we can re-send it from the system.  You can make and delete bookings and access your own flight record and progress. For the first few weeks you may just like to make bookings with the receptionist or by phone or email until you learn how to use the software. 

 

Once you are logged in, you can upload your date of birth, address,and even add a pic of yourself if you like. Under documents you can add your Emergency contact details (we need these before your first flight) or you can email us the name and phone number of your next of kin and we can add them into our system). 

 

(There is a sample screen grab on the left of this page):

 

OUR TWO HOUR LESSON BLOCKS

At GoFly our lessons are divided up into two hour training blocks, starting at 7.30am, 9.30, 11.30, 1.30pm and 3.30. We no longer do white board briefings as we have video briefings on our www.gofly.online flight training platform and students are given free access to the site. The flying lesson will start with a 30 min pre-flight chat and pre-flight aircraft inspection, where we find out if the student has watched the relevant pre-flight and inflight videos, done the corresponding quizzes and understood the lesson. Then the instructor and student go for their 60 minute flight. Upon landing, the instructor will talk to the student about what they did well and what needs improvement, while grading their lesson in Flight Schedule Pro, and assisting the student to fill in their log book and answering any other questions. Then the student pays for their lesson and off they go.

 

MAKING FURTHER BOOKINGS

Bookings for lessons can be made in advance singly or in bulk, by emailing goflyaviation@gmail.com or by calling 041 049 6438 or by talking to the receptionist or instructor after your last lesson. You can also book your own flights using Flight Schedule Pro . 

It is best to make a bulk booking in advance where possible – to give yourself the best chance of getting the dates and times that you want. You can always cancel without penalty, a few days beforehand if you no longer want the time slot. If you need to cancel a lesson due to a scheduling conflict or illness, please give us as much notice as possible, as some of our instructors travel long distances to get to the hangar. If you are running more than 5 mins late, an SMS to 041 049 6438 is also appreciated so we can make the best use of the instructor’s time. If no notice is given for a cancellation, a $100 cancellation fee may be charged. 

Please note that while we will always endeavour to accommodate you with your preferred Flight Instructor, due to operational needs we may not always be able to match you with that particular Flight Instructor. Likewise we reserve the right to move Students and Private Hirers to an aircraft other than the one booked due to operational/ maintenance requirements.

 

LOCATION OF YOUR FLIGHT SCHOOL

You will be flying at 20 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra Airport. You will receive an SMS reminder the night before each lesson. Please arrive 5 mins early.  Wear enclosed shoes, sunscreen, a baseball cap and bring a water bottle.  We reserve the right to adjust start times in the event of required maintenance or weather. 

 

Upon arrival, you may claim a seat at the side desk and place your bag in the storage cube. It will be safe there while you fly.  Your instructor will greet you and escort you to the classroom for your briefing or to the plane for your flight. 

Any family members or friends who may have accompanied you are welcome to wait at reception or return in 90 mins.

 

It’s a good idea to have watched lesson 1 of our online videos before your flight. In addition to your one hour flying lesson, please allow another hour for your pre-flight briefing, fuelling of aircraft, a post-flight chat, the writing up of notes in your flight record and logbook plus your payment.

 

WE WILL NEED YOUR NEXT OF KIN DEATILS BEFORE YOUR FIRT FLIGHT

Please email your emergency contact person’s name and phone number to goflyaviaton@gmail.com if we dnot laready have them.

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WHEN YOU ARE READY TO TAKE YOUR EXAMS

We hope you are enjoying your flight training with us so far.  This is an email about what to study in order to pass your four multiple choice exams. 

 

The Sling Workbook also needs to be signed off prior to the first solo flight. You will find it here: https://www.goflyaviation.com.au/student-resources/ If you haven’t already done it, kindly print off the last two answer pages only and complete the short quiz at the end of the workbook and bring it in so your instructor can mark it. 

 

At GoFly all exams are free to take, and you can take them again if you do not pass (a pass is a grade of 80% or higher). GoFly students with PREMIUM access to GoFly Online, will also be able to access our interactive Easy Books which will save students hundreds of dollars as they no longer need to buy any text books. If you click on the link for the Easy Books while logged in to goFly Online, and discover that you do not have Premium access, please get in touch with reception. 

These are the names of the four exams you will need to take and the order in which they will most likely be taken:

  1. Pre-solo Air Legislation

  2. Radio

  3. Air Legislation

  4. Basic Aeronautical Knowledge

You can find the four Easy Books here, and they cover the following topics:

  1. Pre-solo & Air Legislation

  2. Radio Operations

  3. Basic Aeronautical Knowledge

  4. Human Factors (there are human factors questions spread throughout all four exams)

 

Exam 1: Pre-Solo

Exam 2: Radio Operations

We would recommend you sit the Pre-Solo and Radio exams after completing the first couple of circuit sessions so you’re ready for your first solo flight!  The pass mark is 80%.

 

You should read the online Pre-solo & Air Legislation Easy Book plus the Human Factors Easy Book before your Pre-solo exam

 

You should read the Radio Operations Easy Book before your radio exam. Please also look at this link which will help with radio exam: https://www.goflyaviation.com.au/radio-calls-ctaf/   

 

To complement your Easy Books, there are theory practice exams on your GoFly Online website to help you with your Pre-solo and Radio exams. 

You can find the Quizzes here https://gofly.online/gofly-quiz/theory/recreational-pilot-certificate/

and Easy Books here: https://gofly.online/easy-books/ 

 

Please also  revise these links for the Pre-Solo and the Air Legislation exams

  1. The GoFly Online Easy Books for Pre Solo and Air Legislation can be found here 

  2. RA-Aus Operations Manual 

  3. Visual Flight Rules Guide (VFRG) is accessed via download the CASA website: Amongst other topics, please make sure you are familiar with the following – VMC requirements, Light Signals and Rules for prevention of collision.   There are several ways to get a copy of the VFRG guide: You can download an interactive version to use via your tablets; download a print friendly PDF copy; buy a copy from our Online Store

 

 

Exam 3: Air Legislation 

Exam 4Basic Aeronautical Knowledge 

You will need to sit the Air Legislation and then the Basic Aeronautical Knowledge (BAK) exams after logging around 2-3 hours of solo time. The pass mark is 80%.  

Read the Human Factors and the Air Legislation Easy Books for the Air Legislation Exam.

Read the Human Factors and BAK Easy Books, for the BAK exam. 

To complement your Easy Books, there are theory practice exams on your GoFly Online website to help you with your Air Leg and BAK exams.

 

Feel free to ask your instructor or the receptionist for the relevant exam booklet and multiple choice answer sheet for sitting your written tests. The special exam sheets require you to put your name and the exam name on the top, then colour in the circle for the answer you choose. The receptionist can mark them and give you your result within seconds. If you need clarification about any answers, your instructor will be able to help you.

 

P.S If any of the links are no longer working or broken can you please let me know. Additionally, if there is something you think we could be doing better we would love your ideas or feedback. 

WHEN YOU ARE READY TO START YOUR NAVIGATION TRAINING

If you are going to be progressing on to your Cross Country training, you will require Premium access to GoFly online and some navigating materials.

Please check to ensure you have a Premium subscription to the NEW GoFly Online RPL/PPL Nav training videos which include navigation lessons, and AvPlan and Oz Runways videos. 

If you do not, please reply to this email requesting Premium access. There are practice quizzes at the end of these videos. We have written  a new easy book: Navigation for the recreational pilot, and it also has matching quizzes for you to test your understanding.

The following supplies are ordered online from The Flight Store:

  1. Plotter protractor for $21.95. E6B Flight computer for $24.95.
  2. Current VNC MAPS Bundaberg/Rockhampton for $11.95 and Sydney – Brisbane for $11.95. 
  3. Current WAC Chart Brisbane $11.95. 
  4. Current VTC Chart Brisbane/Gold Coast $11.95. 
  5. Current ERSA booklet $35.95

[If you want to, you can also buy plastic contact sheets for covering exercise books (e.g. from Coles) if you want and cover one side of the VNC charts. You could then use OHP different coloured pens for your track lines / frequencies etc then rub them out after a nav. It’s a better option than using pencils and the charts will be easier to read and last longer.

Before you do your first solo nav flight, you must:

  • Pass your RA-Aus Cross Country written multiple choice exam (60 questions) which is similar to the other exams you have taken.

 

Before you do your Cross Country flight review with the CFI, you will have completed:

  • Around 15-16 hours of flight training (including a solo nav and a flight review)
  • Around a 1 hour brief prior to each flight (* it is expected that you also watch all relevant nav videos as well as work through your ‘Easy Book’ so that you make the most of these briefings).

 

Thank you and please get back to us if you have any questions.

WHEN YOU ARE READY TO MOVE ON TO YOUR RPL/PPL TRAINING

Congratulations, you have decided to extend your licence by starting your RPL or PPL training. As GoFly does not currently offer RPL/CPL training, we will refer you to Inspire Aviation at Caloundra Airport.

Before you begin your journey you will need to complete some forms. As the RPL or PPL is covered under CASA and is a separate body from Recreational Aviation you will be required to have these forms completed and returned before you can complete your conversion training.

For RPL we can use your current exams from RAA when converting, however if you are wishing to complete PPL training you will need a pass in the PPL theory exam. We recommend all Bob Tait’s theory books to study for this exam.

SYLLABUS AND INFORMATION

  1.  You will need to apply for an ARN or Aviation Reference Number here https://www.casa.gov.au/licences-and-certification/identification%20requirements   You will need some identification when applying.

 

  1. You will need to apply for an ASIC (Aviation Security Identification) here https://www.asic.net.au/apply  Once again you will need some identification when applying 

 

  1. You will also need to fill out a form from Casa 61RTX that is used to recognise your prior Recreational Pilot Certificate The form can be printed off here:  

 https://www.casa.gov.au/sites/default/files/application-recreational-pilot-licence-form-61-1rtx.pdf

 

  1. You will need to apply for a Class 02 Medical.We recommend either of these DAMES: 

  1. Dr Stuart Marshall, at 2/24 Denna St, Maroochydore. Ph: 07 547 9177

  2. Dr Rick Allen of Saltwater Medical Centre, 7 Fourth Ave, Caloundra. Ph: 07 53019828 

 

5. You will also need to pass an English proficiency test (if you can read this email and have your Recreational Pilot Certificate you can pass the test). These can be done at Inspire Aviation or Starr Aviation.

6. Please also watch these videos to assist with your RPL conversion on the GoFly Online Platform

Understanding CASA Manual Of standards

https://gofly.online/Video/understanding-the-casa-manual-of-standards-mos/

Performance weight and balance Video

https://gofly.online/flight-training/performance-weight-and-balance/

Controlled Airspace video

https://gofly.online/flight-training/controlled-airspace/

Before you can sit your RPL or PPL flight review you will need to also either pass your RPL Nav theory exam or PPL theory exam. Please consult your RPC or RPL instructor for advice on which exam is best suited for your situation.

WHEN YOU ARE READY TO MOVE ON TO YOUR RPL/PPL TRAINING

Congratulations, you have decided to extend your licence by starting your RPL or PPL training. As GoFly does not currently offer RPL/CPL training, we will refer you to Inspire Aviation at Caloundra Airport.

Before you begin your journey you will need to complete some forms. As the RPL or PPL is covered under CASA and is a separate body from Recreational Aviation you will be required to have these forms completed and returned before you can complete your conversion training.

For RPL we can use your current exams from RAA when converting, however if you are wishing to complete PPL training you will need a pass in the PPL theory exam. We recommend all Bob Tait’s theory books to study for this exam.

SYLLABUS AND INFORMATION

  1.  You will need to apply for an ARN or Aviation Reference Number here https://www.casa.gov.au/licences-and-certification/identification%20requirements   You will need some identification when applying.

 

  1. You will need to apply for an ASIC (Aviation Security Identification) here https://www.asic.net.au/apply  Once again you will need some identification when applying 

 

  1. You will also need to fill out a form from Casa 61RTX that is used to recognise your prior Recreational Pilot Certificate The form can be printed off here:  

 https://www.casa.gov.au/sites/default/files/application-recreational-pilot-licence-form-61-1rtx.pdf

 

  1. You will need to apply for a Class 02 Medical.We recommend either of these DAMES: 

  1. Dr Stuart Marshall, at 2/24 Denna St, Maroochydore. Ph: 07 547 9177

  2. Dr Rick Allen of Saltwater Medical Centre, 7 Fourth Ave, Caloundra. Ph: 07 53019828 

 

5. You will also need to pass an English proficiency test (if you can read this email and have your Recreational Pilot Certificate you can pass the test). These can be done at Inspire Aviation or Starr Aviation.

6. Please also watch these videos to assist with your RPL conversion on the GoFly Online Platform

Understanding CASA Manual Of standards

https://gofly.online/Video/understanding-the-casa-manual-of-standards-mos/

Performance weight and balance Video

https://gofly.online/flight-training/performance-weight-and-balance/

Controlled Airspace video

https://gofly.online/flight-training/controlled-airspace/

Before you can sit your RPL or PPL flight review you will need to also either pass your RPL Nav theory exam or PPL theory exam. Please consult your RPC or RPL instructor for advice on which exam is best suited for your situation

The requirements are:

  • Be a financial member of Recreational Aviation Australia ($275)

  • Meet the minimum flight experience requirements for the issue of an RAAus RPC

  • Complete a minimum of 5 hours flight time, including 1 hour PIC in an RAAus registered aircraft, or we will recognise previous experience if you have already completed 5 hours flight time, including 1 hour PIC in an aircraft capable of being registered  with RAAus (<600KG MTOW).

  • Complete the multiple choice RAAus converting pilot exam

if you decide to go down this path, here is some info you will find helpful.

 

To assist with your Sling checkout flight/s, here is some info about the Sling aircraft. 


Under student resources on this page (www.goflyaviation.com.au/student-resources) you will find the following documents:

  1. Sling workbook

  2. Sling Checklist

  3. Sling Pilot Operating Handbook


On our flight training website on the Recreational Pilot Certificate page, you will find a number of useful free videos about how to pre-flight and fuel the Sling and a video about cockpit familiarisation: https://gofly.online/flight-training/recreational-pilot-certificate/