Australian Airline Pilot Academy (AAPA)

Australian Airline Pilot Academy, Forest Hill, New South Wales, Australia

14 Aircraft Flight School owned by Regional Express (Rex) training students to be First Officers for Rex, Vietnam Airlines and UAE Carriers


Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License, Instrument Rating, Multi Engine, Flight Instructor course

International Students


Aircraft fleet number


Aircraft fleet

Piper Warriors, Piper Seminole, Cessna 310R, Beech King Air B200, Victa Airtourer


SAAB340 Full Flight Simulator and ELITE-S623-iGATE Simulator

Airline Partnership

Regional Express


Civil Aviation Safety Authority, GCAA and Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam

Entry Requirements

18 years of age and hold an appropriate immigration visa, Class 1/2 medical, willing to undergo an Aviation Security Identity Card (ASIC) check, English Language 5.5 IELTS or TOEFL 530 (paper based)

Australian Airline Pilot Academy (AAPA) is wholly owned and operated by a major airline, specifically Regional Express (Rex), the largest independent regional airline in Australia. As the initial Australian Airline Pilot Academy graduates were all destined to be inducted directly into Rex as First Officers on SAAB 340 aircraft under the Rex Pilot Cadet Programme, the Academy’s curriculum and training were specifically designed to meet the airline’s own high standards and stringent criteria for entry as First Officers. Consequently all AAPA graduates can be assured that they will be trained to meet the highest standards demanded by airline operators. Australian Airline Pilot Academy is also an approved supplier of Vietnam Airlines being approved by both the Airline and Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam. The school is also accredited by the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) as an approved Flight Training Organisation to conduct Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) training for UAE carriers. Australian Airline Pilot Academy now becomes one of only three non UAE-based flight training organisations worldwide approved by the GCAA and the first approved to conduct ATPL training.

Drawing from the decades of experience in training pilots for a multi-crew airline environment and relying on an intensive residential programme, enhanced by Computer Based Training and simulator programs, AAPA is able to graduate motivated ab-initio students in 32 weeks, ready for entry into an airline as a First Officer with an Australian Commercial Pilots License and Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating. With its fleet of brand new training aircraft with full Electronic Flight Instrumentation System (Glass) cockpits, modern flight simulators and a state-of-the-art campus facility that opened in May 2010, AAPA is set to become the premier pilot academy in the Asia Pacific region with a capacity for more than 200 pilots a year for both Australian and international airlines.

With the newly acquired SAAB 340 Full Flight Simulator officially opened, Australian Airline Pilot Academy is now able to offer Multi-Crew Training (MCC) onsite.

Australian Airline Pilot Academy also takes great pains to ensure that the students have a complete and balanced life during their months of rigorous residential programme. For this reason its new campus boasts the following facilities:

  • Individual bedrooms on site
  • Language labs and tutors to cater for foreign trainees
  • Computer Based Training to enhance self learning and instructor monitoring
  • Complete Wi-Fi environment
  • Complete social and recreational facilities
  • Gym; sports field and hard court
  • Catered dining
  • Student lounge and library

Since 2007, Australian Airline Pilot Academy has enrolled 19 courses of cadets under the Rex Pilot Cadet Programme of which 18 batches have already graduated. In total 203 cadets have been enrolled into the Programme carefully selected from over 15,000 applications. Of these, 185 have successfully completed training and 158 are checked to line and flying on scheduled operations as Saab 340 First Officers while the remaining are currently undergoing type rating. AAPA has also successfully graduated 7 students through its Flight Instructor Course.

Daily domestic flights operate to Wagga Wagga of approximately 1 hour duration from both Sydney and Melbourne. Australia’s largest independent regional airline Regional Express (Rex) services Wagga Wagga with about 100 flights per week in and out of the city. International students or visitors will need to travel from their home countries to either Sydney or Melbourne before connecting on a suitable domestic flight to Wagga Wagga. The AAPA campus is located within the airport precinct just a 5 minute’s walk away from the Wagga Wagga Airport terminal while the hangar and flight training centre are located on the apron just off the runway.

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