Advanced Pilot Training & Flight Testing at Lismore, New South Wales, Australia

“You guys deliver a great product”, Ben Wyndham, CEO & Chief Pilot, Airspeed Aviation (Ben has employed three of our previous students into his multi-engine IFR charter operation).

Train on industry-relevant aircraft (with both glass & analogue cockpits) with current IFR charter pilots.

Need an Instrument Rating but are short of funds – forget VET Student Loans (with their 20% loading) and the other high-interest student loan schemes offered by some flying schools (with annual interest rates of 15-20%!), ask us about our company-funded interest-free payment plans! We set up this initiative back in 2017, and since then over 100 pilots have taken advantage of our plans.

Over the last few years, over 150 pilots have completed their Multi-Engine Class Ratings &/or Instrument Ratings with us. Many of our new enrolments are referrals from previous students or their employers. We maintain a strong connection with our network of ex-students in the industry, and are often asked for recommendations to fill pilot vacancies when they arise.

With the industry now in a cyclical slow down, where you train and what aircraft you train on is now more important than ever. Having an industry-relevant training background will be even more relevant now in the wake of an airline industry slow down, which is typically the time when airline cadetships disappear or fail to lead to a job on completion of the training, and competition for GA jobs is intense. We take pride in taking CPL holders from diverse backgrounds and turning them into employable GA industry assets. We are proud that a number of our graduates have progressed quickly through to senior GA & airline pilot jobs.

Many of our students have been recruited by the airlines and major GA employers into multi-engine IFR operations, and we receive great feedback from employers about the product we produce. As a result, we generally book 4-6 months ahead for Instrument Rating courses. We occasionally have short notice training slots available though due to postponements – let us know your requirements and we’ll see what we can do!

We are not a VET Student Loans provider and we have no intentions of becoming one – we have investigated this process and on discovering how inefficient and costly the system is (for both the training provider and the student), we decided to focus on the segment of the training market that is looking for more personalised, flexible, cost-efficient and time-efficient training. Most of the VET Student Loan Instrument Rating courses take 3-6 months to complete, in comparison to our 3-4 weeks, and can cost up to 50% more than our course (on inferior aircraft). There is no industry demand or requirement for Diploma qualifications, and as such these constitute wasted time and money for the student.

FAST Aviation provides the following training & testing at Lismore, New South Wales -

Instrument Rating (Multi-Engine & Single-Engine Aeroplane) including flight testing

Private Instrument Rating (Multi-Engine & Single-Engine Aeroplane) including flight testing

Multi-Engine Class Rating (including flight testing)

Instrument Proficiency Checks

Beechcraft Baron (BE55 & BE58) general competency training

PA32 general competency training

Pressurisation System Endorsement (Pressurised Cessna 210)

MPPC & RU Endorsements

Industry relevant training by current charter pilots

While many schools offer MEA & Instrument Rating training in FADEC aircraft such as Diamonds, or training twins such as the Seminole or Duchess, these aircraft types are not utilised in the real world of commercial general aviation. Training on these types of aircraft is like doing a jet type rating on a type that is not utilised in the country – you might get a qualification but you will eventually need to do more training to get the experience you need to get a real job.

Have you ever seen an AFAP job ad that asks for Diamond, Duchess or Seminole time? We haven’t, but we see plenty that ask for Baron time.

And our Barons (which include a B58) are low time, well equipped and competitively priced.

Past Student Achievements

We are ideally located to take advantage of the navigation aids and controlled airspace located in Northern NSW & South East Queensland, but unlike schools at locations such as the Gold Coast & Archerfield, we are not subject to the taxi and traffic delays, and exorbitant ATC & landing fees, that accompany operations from these locations. These extra costs are ultimately paid for by the students of these schools, and as such to gain the same qualification at these locations will cost thousands more.

If required, we have comfortable and cost-effective accommodation available for students while they are training with us.

Aircraft, Resources & Current Rates

Beechcraft B58 Baron

Our glass cockpit Beechcraft B58 Baron, VH-JML, is equipped with a Garmin G500txi PFD/MFD, Garmin GFC600 autopilot, dual Garmin 430Ws, Garmin GMX200 MFD displaying traffic & stormscope, ADF, HF radio, UHF radio & integrated digital engine monitoring.

It is an immaculate, low hour, well equipped example of a widely utilised charter machine, and is deliberately priced and positioned to offer an attractive alternative to the usual but less useful twin training options. It is also utilised on FAST Aviation’s charter & aerial work operations.

Dual BE58 Multi-Engine & IFR training $698/VDO hr including GST for pay as you go students (for payment plan students, the rate is $798/VDO hr including GST). These rates cover ALL landing fees & operational charges.
Students who are undertaking a full Multi-Engine Instrument Rating course using both the BE55 & BE58 will access the BE58 at the BE55 hourly rates!

Beechcraft B55 Baron

Our  analogue cockpit Beechcraft B55 Baron, VH-EUZ, is equipped with a King KCS55 HSI, autopilot, dual Garmin 430Ws, RMI, DME, HF radio & digital engine monitoring.

As well as being one of the best equipped and presented examples of its type in the country, it is also deliberately priced and positioned to offer an attractive alternative to the usual but less useful twin training options. It is also utilised on FAST Aviation’s charter & aerial work operations.

Dual BE55 Multi-Engine & IFR training $673/VDO hr including GST for pay as you go students (for payment plan students, the rate is $773/VDO hr including GST) . These rates cover ALL landing fees and operational charges.

Piper PA32 Cherokee 6

Our Piper Cherokee 6, VH-MLK, is used for PA32 general competency training, night circuit training & single engine instrument rating training. It is equipped with a Dynon glass cockpit, digital autopilot, Garmin 430W GNSS, VOR, ILS, HF radio & digital engine monitoring.

Dual general competency & IFR training $573/VDO hr including GST. This rate covers ALL landing fees & operational charges.

Cessna 210N Pressurised

Our Cessna P210N, VH-PJK, is used for single engine instrument rating & pressurisation training. It is equipped with a Dynon glass cockpit & digital autopilot, Garmin 750 & Garmin 430 dual GNSS, VOR & ILS, stormscope, digital engine monitoring, and of course, a pressurised cabin!

Dual IFR & pressurisation training $665/VDO hr including GST. This rate covers ALL landing fees & operational charges.

Elite Synthetic Trainers

Our two CASA-approved Category B synthetic trainers are economical yet effective instrument training devices. They can be operated as single-engine or multi-engine aircraft, and allow training and testing on all navigation aids including GNSS. They feature a Beechcraft Baron set up that has a very similar panel to our Barons (G430W, HSI, ADF, DME), and as such they facilitate an efficient transition from the trainer to our Baron aircraft.

Dual training $187/VDO hr including GST
Solo use $99/VDO hr including GST

Extras

Flight training in your own aircraft - $165/VDO hr including GST
Long briefings/ground theory - $99/hr including GST
Preflight briefings - no charge

Instrument Proficiency Check flight examiner fee - $770 including GST per IPC (plus aircraft hire if required). If a resit is required, this is charged at our usual dual rate.