Smartair (Air Center Airways)

Smartair, Avalon Street, East Albury, New South Wales, Australia

4 Aircraft Flight School Department part of Company offering Aviation Charter and Aircraft Maintenance offering a Flexible Training Course


Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License, Instrument Rating, Multi Engine

International Students


Aircraft fleet number


Aircraft fleet

Piper PA34 Seneca II, Piper Tomahawk, Piper PA31, 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)

Smartair, located in Albury and Bathurst, provides a wide range of aviation charter, pilot training and aircraft maintenance services anywhere in Australia. The headquarters are in Albury, NSW and their operations centre in Bathurst, west of Sydney. Owned and operated by the same family since its inception 49 years ago (1968), Smartair has a solid history of stable management and steady progress. Smartair’s headquarters are adjacent to the regional airport in the vibrant rural city of Albury. This is a scenically impressive and culturally diverse area of southern Australia, where residents enjoy a free and easy lifestyle. Albury’s excellent climate and varied terrain, coupled with its controlled (but not overly busy) airspace and about 25 navigation aids within an hour’s flight time, make it the perfect base for aviation activities.

Smartair is a long established flight training provider with 50 year's experience and a reputation for quality training. Whether you want to learn to fly for fun, or you’re contemplating a serious career path, Smartair will offer you a flexible training model, Smartair can tailor programs to suit your needs. They provide personal service to full time trainees seeking a career or weekend enthusiasts who treat flying as a hobby.

While there’s no minimum age for flying training, you must be at least 16 before flying solo, 17 before you can hold a Private Pilots Licence and 18 years old for the Commercial Pilots Licence. There is no maximum age restriction for the Private Licence. While there are no formal educational requirements necessary to begin flying training, some maths or science training will be helpful.

Starting with no aviation experience at all, you can graduate from the 150-hour Commercial Pilot Licence course in just 37 weeks if studying full-time. From there, they can take you on to a Multi-Engine Endorsement and Command Instrument Rating in a matter of weeks. You can be fully qualified to start your career as a charter pilot in less than a year, which means you get into the industry and working years ahead of those pursuing tertiary training options. If you want further training on specific twin-engine or turbo-prop aircraft in preparation for an airline career, they can provide you with that training as well. Smartair's instructors are active and experienced charter pilots: airmen who really understand the industry and are trained to pass on their knowledge.

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