MURRAY BRIDGE FLYING SCHOOL

TRAINING COURSES

We offer a range of training courses, including ground theory and flying training, for the beginner right up to the professional pilot level. Click through the courses below for further information.

 

If you have any enquiries, or would like to discuss a how we can tailor a course to suit your needs, please get in touch today.

For information on costing, please see our pricing page.

RECREATIONAL PILOT'S LICENCE (RPL)

The Recreational Pilot Licence is the first step on the path to gaining a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) or Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL).

 

Gaining your RPL with Murray Bridge Flying School will allow you to fly solo, in fair conditions, within 25 nautical miles of the aerodrome.

 

Pilots who currently hold a Recreational Aviation – Australia (RA-Aus) Pilot Certificate are able to use their prior skills and knowledge in converting to the CASA-issued RPL. 

 

For pilots who wish to venture further afield, we offer comprehensive theoretical and practical training for the following additional endorsements:

    

  • Cross-Country Navigation (Minimum 5 hours of cross-country flight training, minimum 2 hours of training under instrument conditions -1 hour may be completed on a synthetic training device/flight simulator)

  • Controlled Aerodrome / Controlled Airspace (CTA)

  • Flight Radio Operator's Licence (FROL) - included in basic training unless specified otherwise.

Requirements for issue of a Recreational Pilot Licence:

  • Be at least 16 years of age (training may commence prior to the 16th birthday)

  • Complete the relevant flight training

  • Undertake a general English language competency assessment

  • Pass the RPL theory examination (done ‘in-house’)

  • Pass the RPL practical flight test

  • Minimum of 25 hours total flying time

  • Minimum of 5 hours as Pilot In Command (solo)

  • Hold a CASA Class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate a Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner’s Certificate (RAMPC)

 
 
PRIVATE PILOT'S LICENCE (PPL)

Holding a Private Pilot Licence is the definition of freedom. Gaining your PPL with Murray Bridge Flying School will open-up a world of almost boundless opportunities for new experiences, personal growth, and exciting travel.

 

Your PPL will allow you to fly solo – or with friends and family – almost anywhere in Australia during daylight hours, in fair conditions. 

 

Requirements for issue of a Private Pilot Licence:

  • Be at least 17 years of age (training may commence prior to the 17th birthday)

  • Complete the relevant flight training

  • Complete a Flight Radio Endorsement 

  • Pass the PPL theory examination (done ‘in-house’)

  • Pass the PPL practical flight test

  • Minimum of 40 hours total aeronautical experience (35 of which must be in an aircraft)

  • Minimum of 10 hours as Pilot In Command (solo), 5 of which must be cross country

  • Minimum 2 hours of dual training under instrument conditions (1 hour may be completed on a synthetic training device/flight simulator)

  • Hold a CASA Class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate or a Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner’s Certificate (RAMPC)

COMMERCIAL PILOT'S LICENCE (CPL)
 

A Commercial Pilot Licence is a requirement for those aspiring to make flying their career. Murray Bridge Flying School offers a practical approach to training which prepares students for the “real world” considerations of working in General Aviation (GA).

 

Along with practical flying training, Murray Bridge Flying School offers comprehensive ground theory courses covering the seven subjects required for the CPL syllabus theory examination: Aerodynamics; Aircraft General Knowledge (engines & systems); Flight Rules & Air Law; Human Factors; Meteorology; Operation, Performance & Flight Planning; and Navigation.

 

Requirements for issue of a Private Pilot Licence:

  • Be at least 18 years of age (training may commence prior to the 18th birthday)

  • Complete the relevant flight training

  • Complete a Flight Radio Endorsement 

  • Pass the CPL theory examination (7 x subjects, examined externally)

  • Pass the CPL practical flight test

  • Minimum of 200 hours total aeronautical experience (190 of which must be in an aircraft)

  • Minimum of 100 hours as Pilot In Command (solo), 20 of which must be cross-country

  • Minimum 10 hours of dual training under instrument conditions (5 hours may be completed on a synthetic training device/flight simulator)

  • Hold a CASA Class 1 Medical Certificate

FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR RATING (FIR)
 

Attaining your Flight Instructor Rating with Murray Bridge Flying School will allow you to conduct theoretical and practical flight training, on the ground and in the air.

 

For those looking to gain their Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and begin working as a pilot, the Flight Instructor Rating is a valuable qualification that can present greater opportunities for initial and future employment in a challenging but rewarding part of the industry.

 

Private Pilot Licence holders who wish to conduct training can do so if they hold a Flight Instructor Rating (FIR), but are limited to conducting design feature endorsement training only.

The Flight Instructor Rating course offered by Murray Bridge Flying School is highly-regarded in the industry. Murray Bridge Flying School's Chief Flying Instructor, Gary Pullman, has over 5000 hours of instruction time, with many of those spent teaching others how to teach. 

 

Requirements for the issue of a Flight Instructor Rating:

  • Hold a Private Pilot Licence (PPL), Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), or Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)

  • Hold a tertiary qualification in education, a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, or complete training in Principles and Methods of Instruction (PMI)

  • Minimum of 200 hours flight time with at least 100 hours as Pilot In Command (PIC)

  • Pass the Instructor Rating Examination – Common (theory)

  • Pass the Instructor Rating flight test with at least one training endorsement

 

All ground theory is taught in our on-field premises with comprehensive notes, visual aids and all textbooks available for purchase.

Our ground school can be conducted one-on-one or if you prefer, in a group for energetic learning. A group of up to 3 students often stimulates learning as students can answer each others’ questions and often learn from each other.

Our ground theory school has been operating at Murray Bridge for over 15 years. Students come from all over Australia, and the world, for our ground theory instruction.

 

Our annual flight review days are fantastic interactive group theory courses to bring private pilots up to currency and up to speed with the latest CASA regulation changes.

 

This course is a cost-effective way to brush up on theory and is run by a fully qualified Grade 1 instructor.

From $88 per person depending on numbers.

MULTI-ENGINE CLASS RATING (MECR)
 

This rating is required for pilots wishing take their flying to the next level: twin-engine aircraft.

 

Adding another engine brings noticeable performance and safety benefits, but also additional considerations in flight planning and aircraft handling (on the ground and in the air), in normal and abnormal situations.

 

Murray Bridge Flying School offers comprehensive training to pilots wishing move into this challenging yet rewarding class of light aircraft.

LOW LEVEL (LL) RATING
 

A CASA-issued Low Level Rating allows the holder to conduct operations at altitudes below 500 feet above ground level (AGL) as long as there is a legitimate, valid requirement to do so.

Training takes approximately 5 hours (depending on student ability) and is typically conducted in a low-wing aircraft. 

Requirement for the issue of a Low Level Rating:

  • Hold a Private Pilot Licence (PPL), Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), or Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)

  • Minimum of 5 hours of low level instruction

  • Pass the Low Level Rating flight test

NIGHT VISUAL FLIGHT RULES (NVFR) RATING
 

Night flying brings with it a whole new dimension of challenges and rewards. This rating will teach pilots the specific considerations and requirements of planning for, and conducting, night time operations. 

 

Requirements for the issue of a Night Visual Flight Rules Rating:

  • Hold a Private Pilot Licence (PPL), Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), or Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)

  • Minimum of 10 hours flight time at night 

  • Minimum of 5 hours cross-country flight time at night (this time must be split over 2 separate flights, each of which must include at least one landing at an aerodrome, other than the aerodrome from which the flight began, that is remote from extensive ground lighting)

  • Pass the NVFR Rating flight test

 
AIRCRAFT DESIGN FEATURE ENDORSEMENTS
Retractable Undercarriage (RU)

This training is for pilots wishing to progress into faster, more complex aircraft. The training typically takes approximately 2-3 hours (depending on student ability).

 

The training covers normal and abnormal (emergency) operation of the undercarriage system, in-depth systems knowledge (hydraulics and electrics), human factors considerations, and strict adherence to written and memory check-lists. 

 

Manual Propeller Pitch Control (MPPC)

This endorsement trains pilots in the use of variable pitch propeller systems, also known as a Constant Speed Unit (CSU).

 

The difference between having a fixed-pitch propeller or a CSU-controlled propeller is akin to having either a single speed bicycle or a mountain bike. An aircraft fitted with a variable-pitch propeller is more efficient with better overall performance in all stages of flight.

 

This endorsement is also an essential part of the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) training syllabus as the CPL flight test must be conducted in an aircraft fitted with a variable pitch propeller.

Tail Wheel Undercarriage (TU)

Also known as “conventional undercarriage” (due to this configuration being the convention in the early days of aviation) or “tail dragger”, tail wheel aircraft have an almost mythical status among modern aviators.

 

This endorsement will teach pilots the differences in handling techniques required during take-off, landing, and taxiing. Due to their less-forgiving nature, flying a tail wheel aircraft teaches pilots important base skills in the active use of rudder and aileron, and a heightened awareness of wind speed and direction.  

 

Multi-Engine Centre-Line Thrust

This unique (and rather rare) breed of aircraft use typically two engines mounted on the fuselage in a push/pull configuration.

 

Perhaps the most famous type of centre-line thrust aircraft is the Cessna 337 ‘Skymaster’. There are only a handful of Skymasters operating in Australia, and a pilot wishing to fly one will need to undergo this specialised training.

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Murray Bridge Flying School located in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, offers flying training in a diverse range of aircraft and ground theory courses.

 

Recreational, Private, and Commercial Pilot's Licences; Multi-Engine, Flight Instructor, Night Visual, and Low Level Ratings; Feature Endorsements and Aircraft Hire and Fly.

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