Royal Newcastle Aero Club

Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Rutherford, New South Wales, Australia

9 Aircraft Aeroclub, one of the oldest in Australia having been established in 1928


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

International Students


Aircraft fleet number


Aircraft fleet

Pitts Special, Cessna Skycatcher, Tiger Moth, Piper Archer, Cessna 152, Cessna 172, Cessna 182


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)

Royal Newcastle Aero Club (RNAC), located in Rutherford, was formed in August 1928 by two former World War 1 Fliers. Captain HS Preston and Captain LH Irwin wanted to bring the city into line with others where facilities were already being developed for the youthful aviation industry. Today Royal Newcastle Aero Club offers flight training for Recreational, Private and Commercial Pilot levels as well as advanced training including Emergency Manoeuvre Training, Aerobatics, Night-flying, Tail Wheel and Formation Flying.

Situated on the New England Highway at Rutherford, Russell Field is privately owned and has large bitumen sealed runways with a challenging grass cross strip. Royal Newcastle Aero Club training area covers some of the Valley’s most beautiful bushland and countryside.

Royal Newcastle Aero Club current fleet consisting of Cessna 152s, Cessna 172s, a Cessna 182, a Piper Archer and a De Havilland Tiger Moth. The Club also owns and operates Recreational Aircraft – with a brand new Skycatcher being the first to be delivered to a flying school in Australia. All club aircraft are maintained to the highest standards by the clubs own on site engineers

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