GO FLYING IN AUSTRALIA

We welcome students from other countries who wish to obtain their Recreational Pilot Certificate, RPL or CPL with us here in the beautiful Sunshine Coast. The Australian syllabus is highly respected and is recognised by overseas countries. Students from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bhutan, Switzerland and New Zealand have done their training with us at GoFly Aviation. 

Fancy an EduVacation?

If flight training is too expensive in your country or the skies are too congested, you might like to consider having a 2-3 week holiday in Australia while training to obtain your Recreational Pilot Certificate. You can fly in the morning, then, in the afternoon and on your day off you can be a tourist and go to the beach, or the zoo, take a drive to the hinterland to go gallery hopping, or catch a train and see Brisbane.

Full-time students usually take two one-hour flying lessons per day on weekdays, along with video theory briefings. 

Your ‘EduVacation’ study holiday schedule could look like this:

Monday – Friday:

7.30-9am: briefing and first flying lesson 

9-9.30am: coffee break

9.30-11.30: second briefing and second flying lesson

11.30am onwards: leisure time

You can fly up to 6 days per week, doing 2 lessons per day (or 3 if you are focused and fit). Most students obtain their recreational pilot certificate within 20-26 hours of flying, or approximately 2.5 weeks. (We do not recommend flying on all 7 days of the week.)

The price for training is $299/hr or around $6,000 AUD (theory and exams are free and there are no landing fees). See our special offer page and our page for students from Singapore and Hong Kong.

Caloundra is on the eastern side of Australia in a part of Queensland called the Sunshine Coast. 

The Sunshine Coast is one of the most popular places for Australian tourists to holiday. There are spectacular and clean beaches to swim in all year round and islands and mountain peaks to fly over. There are no skyscrapers to cast shadows on the beaches. Temperatures in the Sunshine Coast are generally warm year round with summer temperatures averaging 17 – 28 degrees Celsius from December to February and autumn temperatures falling to between 13 – 25 degrees Celsius from March to May. However the coastal location benefits from cooling sea breezes on warmer days.

Caloundra has a wet season (from about November-March) and a dry season (from about April to October).  From November to March (wet season), you should allow three weeks in which to do your 20-26 hours of flying to obtain your Recreational Pilot Certificate, as some lessons might need to be cancelled due to weather conditions. 

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
You should have a current passport. GoFly Aviation does not provide help for you to obtain your Visa. You need to apply for the visa yourself and you should only book your international flight to Brisbane,  Australia, and your flight lesson times with GoFly, AFTER you have obtained your Visa. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving their country. 
 
You can apply for a tourist visa (not education or training visa) online at this Australian Government website, or visit your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate.
 
There are three types of visas you can use for learning to fly in Australia: 
  1. Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)

  2. eVisitor (subclass 651)

  3. Visitor visa (subclass 600)

It normally takes around 48 hours for your visa to be granted. Once the visa is issued you have 12 months to enter Australia and the visa duration will start only on the date you arrive in the country and will be valid for 1 year from then on.
 
How to get from your arrival airport to Caloundra
 Sun Air Transport provides pickups and drop offs at both the Sunshine Coast Airport (30 minutes away and 30 kms north of Caloundra) and Brisbane Airport (1 hour south of Caloundra) a few times each day and they will pick you up from, or deliver you to, your chosen place of accommodation. It costs around $34 AUD one way and $68 return, from Sunshine Coast Airport. From Brisbane Airport to Caloundra it costs approx $45 for a one way trip, or $84 AUD for a return trip.  You can book the bus online using the link above.
 
ACCOMMODATION IN CALOUNDRA

Accommodation for 7-14 days

Students studying full-time with us may like to take advantage of the weekly and fortnightly rates negotiated with BreakFree Grand Pacific, at 100 Bulcock Street, Caloundra. Bookings are made directly with the Hotel reception by calling 07 5436 444 or emailing grandpacific.res@breakfree.com.au and quoting the GoFly rate. 

Prices for 7 night minimum stay at BreakFree Grand Pacific:

1 Bedroom Garden View              $110/night

1 Bedroom Water View                 $125/night

2 Bedroom Garden View              $150/night

2 Bedroom Water View                 $165/night

Prices for 14 night minimum stay at BreakFree Grand Pacific:

1 Bedroom Garden View              $100/night

1 Bedroom Water View                 $115/night

2 Bedroom Garden View              $140/night

2 Bedroom Water View                 $155/night

Subject to availability. From rates shown. Valid for sale and travel to 31st December 2019.

Accommodation for more than 28 days 

If you would like to rent a room in a house for a few months, for between $120-$200 AUD per week, you can look on room sharing sites such as Easy Roommate or Flatmates or you can email Leigh who rents out rooms in her home (3kms from the airport) with ensuites or shared bathrooms, for $210-$230/wk. You can see the brochure here: Leigh Lampitt rooms for rent short term.

TRANSPORT AROUND CALOUNDRA
 
Bus
Bus route 605 runs past Caloundra Airport.
 
Taxi
SunCoast cabs can be booked on 1300 008.
 
Bike
If your accommodation is close by, you could buy a cheap bike for use during your stay, from this site or from the Marketplace on Facebook.
 
PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO SEE
You will have some spare time to look around the beautiful Sunshine Coast. You can find lists of things to do in Caloundra at Visit Sunshine Coast as well as a video about the local people, and on this website and this one.  Here is a newly release brochure about upcoming events and festivals. On this Study Sunshine coast website are some tips for students and also some of the best attractions of the Coast.  Here is a tour guide to the Sunshine Coast with maps and attractions. You can find things to do in Brisbane at Visit Brisbane and here

GoFly location and facilities

We are located at the end of the street at 20 Pathfinder Drive, at Caloundra Airport. Our air-conditioned office has a classroom, a Boeing 737 simulator, a Sling simulator, a waiting room and toilets. Students can take advantage of our free wi-fi and tea and coffee in the air-conditioned kitchen which also has a fridge and microwave. Nearby there is also a service station with sandwiches and hot takeaway food.

The latest technology to complement your in-flight lessons
At GoFly Aviation we have filmed all our pre-flight briefings and our ab initio lessons and will give you a copy of GoFly Online to to watch on your ipad, phone or laptop at any time. You can watch the flying lessons in standard or in 360-degree video. You can view your first pre-flight lesson for FREE .

Full-time CPL training

You can also come to Australia to study full-time for your Commercial Pilot Licence. To obtain our CPL syllabus and pricing, please send an email to goflyaviation@gmail.com

Testimonials from our international students

Alan Fung
Mikhail from Singapore

‘Hi, I’m Alan and I travelled to Australia from Hong Kong in May 2018. I searched online for a flying school which could improve my flying skills in the shortest period of time. A few members of an online flying forum gave very positive feedback about the flying lessons they had taken with GoFly.

There are a few reasons leading to my decision to train at Gofly. 1. It was a tailor-made course. 2. They were not too pushy for newbies 3. The airstrip was surrounded by Class G airspace that saved me a lot of time 4. They had professional instructors and a friendly environment. 5. The cost of training cost was competitive. 6. Recreational Pilot Certificate training is easily accessible and extendable and it is possible to get my certificate during a couple of short vacations. 

I applied online for a visitor visa. Hotels in Caloundra are a 20-30 min walk from the aerodrome. There are also AirBnB houses in suburbs nearby.  I took a bus the first day but I found that I could walk there the next few days. I would like to accumulate my hours whenever I have vacations. My short term goal is to get a PPL.’ 

Alan, 2018

‘I took my first step towards my dream of flying at GoFly and it was superb to say the least. As a Singaporean, learning to fly in Singapore can be a hefty investment, however, GoFly offered a range of competitive pricing without compromising the quality of the school, its instructors and more importantly its Sling planes!

GoFly cultivates a learner-friendly environment and builds confidence in aspiring pilots who are chasing their dreams. I highly recommend GoFly and I look forward to returning to get my nav endorsement! 🙂

Mikhail, 2018

Ricky, an airline dispatcher from Hong Kong, contacted us in mid-November and arrived in mid-December 2018 wanting to train with us intensively for a week so that he would be prepared for future airline interviews. 

Leo from Hong Kong found out about our flight school in Australia while looking at Instagram. He was able to find out everything he needed to know about the best time of the year to visit, visas, the location, the cost of training and nearby accommodation on the GoFly Aviation website. He also used his time in Caloundra to visit a few places around the spectacular Sunshine Coast. 

In this video Andy from Singapore talks about his training at GoFly and how much he loves flying the Sling planes.