GO FLYING IN AUSTRALIA

We welcome students from other countries who wish to obtain their Recreational Pilot Certificate, Cross Country or Passenger endorsement with us here at the beautiful Sunshine Coast. The Australian syllabus is highly respected. Once you reach Private pilot Licence level, the licenced is recognised by overseas countries. Students from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bhutan, Switzerland, UK, Taiwan and New Zealand have done their training with us at GoFly Aviation. 

Have a training holiday

If flight training is too expensive in your country or the skies are too congested, you might like to consider having a 3 week holiday in Australia (during our dry season from March-November) while training to obtain your Recreational Pilot Certificate (RPC). An RPC is the first step in becoming a Private or Commercial Pilot. Flying in a light sport plane for as much of your flight training as possible, will save you thousands of dollars on your training.

Most students obtain their recreational pilot certificate within 25-28 hours of flying, or in approximately 2.5 weeks. (We do not recommend flying on all 7 days of the week.)

Sample three week schedule:

Full-time students usually do two x 60 min flying lessons per day on 6 days of the week (can be Mon-Sat or Sunday – Thursday). There is a 2-day contingency for bad weather. Your combined study & holiday schedule might look like this:

Monday – Saturday:

7.30-9am: briefing and first flying lesson 

9.00-9.30am: coffee/toilet break

9.30-11.30: second briefing and second flying lesson

11.30am onwards: leisure and study time (we provide online theory books for you to study)

 

Sample four 4 week schedule:

Full-time students can take one to two x 60 min flying lessons per day on 5-6 days of the week.  Your combined study & holiday schedule could look like this:

Monday – Friday:

7.30-9am: briefing and first flying lesson 

9.00-9.30am: coffee/toilet break

9.30-11.30: optional second briefing and second flying lesson

11.30am onwards: leisure and study time (we provide online theory books for you to study)

Saturday: one lesson at 9.30am then all weekend is free to explore the area.

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.

The price for training is $365/hr AUD (all theory briefing videos, exams and landing fees are included in the price).  We have filmed all our pre-flight briefings and our ab initio lessons and will give you a access to GoFly Online to to watch the videos on your iPad, phone or laptop at any time. Everything you need is on our flight training platform: video briefings, our own theory books required for passing your multiple choice exams, and pilot practice exams to help you.  

A deposit equivalent to two lessons ($730) is required before bookings will be made for you. Please see this page for deposit details:  Singapore and Hong Kong.

Overseas students are not eligible to purchase our Intro Package unless they intend to complete their entire RPC training with us.

 

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 waiting room and toilets. Students can take advantage of our free wifi and tea and coffee in the air-conditioned kitchen which also has a fridge and microwave. A van delivers sandwiches to the maintenance facility next door at 10am each weekday. Nearby there is also a service station with sandwiches and hot takeaway food. 

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 mountains 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 – 32 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 is on the eastern side of Australia in a part of Queensland called the Sunshine Coast.  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 25-30 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 and Connexion buses 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 $59 AUD one way and $114 return, from Sunshine Coast Airport. From Brisbane Airport to Caloundra it costs approx $59 for a one way trip, or $114 AUD for a return trip.  You can book the bus online using the link above.

 

 
ACCOMMODATION IN CALOUNDRA

Looking for accommodation for more than 14 days?

If you would like to rent a room in a house for a few weeks, you can email Leigh who rents out rooms in her home (3kms from the airport) with ensuites or shared bathrooms, for $300/wk. You can see the brochure here: Leigh Lampitt rooms for rent short term. We also have a student who has a self-contained 2 bed sectio of his home available for short term rent. Please contact us for his details.

You could also search for Air B’n’B homes in the Caloundra area.

TRANSPORT AROUND CALOUNDRA
 
Bus- Bus route 605 runs past Caloundra Airport.

Uber – download and use the app to order an Uber drive.

Taxi – SunCoast cabs can be booked on 1300 008.

Bike – If your accommodation is close by, you could hire a scooter  or 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.

Testimonials from our international students

reuben Teh

‘I loved everything about learning to fly with GoFly.’

Reuben from Singapore, September 2022

dominick

I chose GoFly because the aircraft are modern, safe and really easy to fly and because of the online resources, which meant I could save costs and was only paying for my flight hours;  and lastly, because it had two runways and was easier for landing without cross winds.

Dominick from Singapore, September 2022

Alan Fung
Mikhail from Singapore

‘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.

Cary flying SLing

I searched flying schools close to Brisbane and found GoFly. The location, the all-inclusive fee, the on-line video lessons provided and the new license category (RAAus) are the reasons I chose GoFly.

I just used a tourist visa. It was easy to obtain online through the Australian Immigration ETA service. I stayed in an AirBnB house and I rented a car to commute between Brisbane and Caloundra.

The GoFly Instructors are all superb. You can feel their passion for flying and teaching students. The Sling 2 is an excellent aircraft for beginners, better than a Cessna 152/172 in my own opinion. I’m back in Australia to finish working on my pilot certificate and I  plan to continue on to get my PPL.

Cary, Hong Kong