Pearson Aviation

Pearson Aviation, Essendon, Victoria, Australia

5 Aircraft Flight School operating out of Melbourne's primary airspace


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

International Students


Aircraft fleet number


Aircraft fleet

Cessna 172, Piper PA44 Seminole


AP2 Cessna 172


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)

Pearson Aviation, founded in 1982, is located at Essendon Airport within Melbourne’s Primary airspace, which affords the student exposure to a professional working environment from lesson one but still affords ease of entry and exit to facilitate quick transit to non controlled training fields.

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Pearson Aviation is proud to provide each student with as much personal contact as they require. By working in an environment of Self Managed Teams, with a highly motivated Grade One Instructor as Team Leader, each student has a number of dedicated staff as well as the other members of their team to learn from. Many of the staff at Pearson Aviation have tertiary qualifications as well as ATPL.

Person Aviation has a large number of graduates who are now employed by major Airlines including Cathay, Qantas and Virgin to name a few.

At Pearson Aviation all the fees and charges are up front. There are no hidden costs. All you pay for is the hire of the aircraft and instructor. If the engine is not running you pay nothing. They do not charge for pre-flight or post flight briefings. You will pay for some peripheral items such as textbooks and formal ground theory charges (should you choose this option).

At Pearson Aviation they pride themselves on training students to the highest possible standard in the minimum amount of time. Thus, minimising the total cost.

Pearson Aviation also offers a Certificate IV in Aviation (commercial Pilot Aeroplane Licence) and Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Flight Operations).

Pearson Aviation has extensive facilities located in the main passenger terminal at Essendon airport, which facilitates easy access to the tarmac and public facilities. Why is Essendon Ideal for training professional pilots? Located within the same Melbourne Primary Control Zone used by Boeing 747 international flights - so flight training is conducted in the radar environment of the professionals. Essendon has long sealed runways, a control tower, on-site maintenance workshops, approach and runway lighting and sophisticated navigation aids.

Access to a nearby general Aviation Aerodrome which uses GAAP procedures, dual runways, and contra-rotating circuits, as well as access to a large country training area and country aerodromes.
Accommodation is easy to arrange, the city center is 16km away and connected by electric tram.

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If you are about to START Pilot Training you will need a few things:


If you are interested to read more about pilot training, check out these books which we recommend:

  • The Realization of a Boyhood Dream: The Path to my Private Pilot License” ( ) which is an interest read if you want to know what the initial pilot training will be like
  • The Student Pilot’s Flight Manual: From First Flight to Pilot Certificate" ( ) a very extensive book and containing almost all the information you will learn during your training for Private Pilot License!