LEARN TO FLY
Have you always wanted to learn how to fly?
Our club offers training for recreational aviation licenses. Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) is a cheaper alternative to General Aviation (GA) both in learning to fly and maintaining your license. There are some restrictions with flying RAAus such as the type of plane you can fly and number of passengers you can carry, however, it is an ideal way to get started with aviation and you may be surprised by just how affordable it is!
Flight instruction fees are negotiable and generally only a nominal fee for an active club member applies. Whether you are starting from scratch with no flying experience or converting from general aviation to recreational aviation, our club is an ideal place to learn to fly.
The Benalla Aero Club charges $150 p/hour for flying lessons in our two Tecnam aircraft and you can obtain a restricted RAAus flying certificate with a minimum 20 hours of flying which allows you to fly solo within 25 nautical miles of your base airport. Once you have your flying certificate you can continue your training and get endorsed to carry passengers and fly cross country.
RAAus is ideal for anyone wanting to fly simply for the pleasure of flying. If you would like to get a better feel for what this would look like we recommend you book one of our Trial Instructional Flights (TIFs) - they're only $75!
Our flight instructors:
Doug is CFI at the club. He has been flying for 61 years and has over 5400 hours of flight time. He has been instructing for 46 years at Essendon, Leongatha, Point Cook and now at Benalla. Doug taught aircraft technology at RMIT and is a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer.
Ron is a senior RAAus instructor and has been at the Benalla Aeroclub since its inception nearly three years ago. Originally from the United States, Ron has being flying for 50 years having learnt to fly in Peurto Rico. He has a background in teaching mathematics and is also a gliding instructor which he combines with teaching powered flight at the Benalla Aeroclub