Northern Rivers Aero Club

Northern Rivers Aero Club, Airport Drive, South Lismore, New South Wales, Australia

4 Aircraft Flight School based at Lismore Airport, is the premiere flying training and social aviation organisation on the Northern Rivers

Courses

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

International Students

Yes

Aircraft fleet number

4

Aircraft fleet

Cessna 172RG, Jabiru J-230, Jabiru J-170, Cessna 182

Accreditations

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

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)

Northern Rivers Aero Club based at Lismore Airport, is the premiere flying training and social aviation organisation on the Northern Rivers. It is a flying school with dedicated ex-military and civilian instructors to cater to a wide range of students. Northern Rivers Aero Club facilities include onsite accommodation, modern briefing/teaching facilities, study and recreational areas, not to mention a comprehensive Recreational-registered and GA-registered fleet to take students from the very beginning all the way through to the Commercial Pilot Licence.

A critical component of Northern Rivers Aero Club training philosophy is to break up student learning into blocks; apart from providing course costs up-front, this also allows student to be focused on a specific goal, have a full and complete understanding of what is required of him/her in terms of study and performance during each component and walk away with a sense of completion at the end. Northern Rivers Aero Club owns their own hangar at Lismore Aerodrome with comfortable facilities for members and students. They have air-conditioned briefing room with large projector, multiple whiteboards, training area maps and additional training aids, study room, dining area and kitchen and also onsite accommodation for up to 6 students. NRACNorthern Rivers Aero Club train on industry-relevant aircraft, and have access to a large selection of aircraft types. For the entry level commercial pilot looking for their first job, experience on aircraft types such as the C172RG and C182 (both available at NRAC) will put student ahead of those who trained on aircraft such as Diamonds.

Why train with Northern Rivers Aero Club?

  • Unlike most Flying Training Organisations they offer a fixed price for most of the qualifications they train for. This fixed block fee can be paid in instalments as your training progresses.
    The school has access to bank finance packages if required, at interest rates that are far lower than those of the VET FEE-HELP system.
  • GA instructors are all senior commercial and air transport pilots, each with thousands of hours of experience in operations ranging from the military to the airlines to the RFDS, GA charter and even agricultural flying. Unlike at the big city schools, The GA students do not learn to fly with low hour junior instructors. The RAAUS students also benefit by being trained by very experienced and highly qualified GA instructors, rather than RAAUS qualified only instructors who receive much less training before qualifying as instructors, and who often have a much narrower breadth and depth of aeronautical training and experience.
  • They are ideally located close to the controlled airspace training environments of South East Queensland. As such, these environments are easily available for training if needed, while at the same time the costs and inconveniences associated with training in these environments full time can be avoided unless they are needed. If you train at places like Archerfield or the Gold Coast, you will spend many hours of your training taxiing and waiting on the ground, and you will be paying the hourly training rate for this time. You will also be paying for the time taken to transit to and from the training area (at Lismore, our training area is immediately adjacent), as well as the expensive rents and landing & airways charges paid by these schools. On top of all of that, you will pay for the infrastructure required to pay for programs such as VET FEE-HELP.
    For those who need assistance with finance, the attraction of VET FEE-HELP can be hard to ignore - before signing up to these schemes remember that this system is a loan (not free money) provided at a significantly higher rate of interest than that available from a bank, and it will cost you much more (possibly twice as much) for the same qualification as you will have to pay for the infrastructure which supports this system and the other extra costs outlined above. It really isn't as good as it seems. Many of their CPL students have come to us after they have started their training at big city schools. They each came to the realisation that the school offered more personalised, better quality and more cost effective training solutions.
  • Northern Rivers Aero Club train on industry-relevant aircraft, and have access to a large selection of aircraft types. For the entry level commercial pilot looking for their first job, experience on aircraft types such as the C172RG and C182 (both available at NRAC) will put you ahead of those who trained on aircraft such as Diamonds.
  • Northern Rivers Aero Club-trained PPLs who are proceeding to CPL and have demonstrated high levels of aptitude and commitment have an opportunity to polish their skills and build experience (and just as importantly, be paid) as an RAAUS instructor, closely supervised and mentored by their senior colleagues, while they train for their CPL. Leaving NRAC with a few hundreds hours or more in your logbook, and a higher level of skill as a result of ongoing practice of all aspects of flying, will put you well ahead of those bare CPLs with 150-200 hrs when you apply for your first charter job. One of their instructors is also the Senior Base Pilot for the Lismore base of Macquarie Air, and manages the single engine VFR & multi-engine IFR charter and aerial work undertaken by the Lismore base. Their CPL students are able to benefit from exposure to this operation, and may also be given an opportunity to work within it as a line pilot on completion of their training.
  • The success of their graduates speaks for itself. Over the last few years, they have trained CPLs who are currently -
    1) Flying Cessna Caravans on charter in Indonesia
    2) Flying Piper Chieftains on charter around NSW
    3) Training as a Second Officer for Cathay Pacific, after flying Piper Cheftains on charter around NSW
    4) Flying Cessna Caravans on charter in Botswana
  • Over the last few years they have also trained four students who have subsequently been accepted into military pilot training, including one who has recently competed training on fast jets.
    Some of our recent PPL & NVFR graduates include -
    1) A group of flying vet surgeons working in the NT
    2) A flying obstetrician working in PNG
    3) Two flying conservationists working around Australia for a conservation society
    4) A flying grazier from western QLD
    5) A mechanical engineer from Sydney
    6) An electrician from Brisbane
    7) A medical professional from Newcastle
  • They have on-site accommodation if required for those students who travel to train at Northern Rivers Aero Club.

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