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This is the first step to starting your flight training in Sydney, whether you want to just fly for fun or as a pathway to a career in aviation.

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Get high-quality training by experienced real-world pilots at our flying school with experienced real-world pilots. Get your RPL, PPL or CPL pilot licence in Sydney.

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flight academy bankstown

Flight academy in Sydney

Get high-quality instruction from experienced pilots

Learn to fly in Sydney with Flight Academy Bankstown. Our flying school is located at 77 Tower Road, Bankstown Aerodrome. Not sure if learning to fly is for you? Book an introductory flight as a one-off learn to fly trial before you commit to a longer course. We offer high-quality training to obtain your Recreational Pilot, Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot licences. With on-site new classrooms, owned aircraft fleet and hangar at our premises, FAB offers everything you need to learn to fly in Sydney.

02 9791 9155

77 Tower Rd, Bankstown Aerodrome NSW 2198


Cris VegaCris Vega
04:59 09 Jan 24
BETTER THAN THE AMUSEMENT PARK!Anthony made my trial introductory flight a fantastic experience! Booking was a breeze, and his guidance, coupled with a great sense of humor, made the entire journey enjoyable. I highly recommend this flight school to anyone looking for a friendly and professional experience in aviation.
Anthony GeltchAnthony Geltch
06:06 13 Oct 23
22:13 20 Jun 23
Very friendly chaps here. Easily one of the best on the field
Wiz MeisterWiz Meister
06:45 19 Jun 23
Just started with FAB recently, instructors are definitely very knowledgeable and take pride in their teachings. Communication is one of many strengths they have.They make operating a plane fun and easy just like when your learning how to drive.Definitely would recommend to anybody looking into getting into aviation
Fatz OFatz O
11:39 13 May 23
We had such an amazing experience from initial booking all the way through to my sons trial flight. Mark was Knowledgeable and patient and taught us so much. Great value for money introduction. Could not recommend them more! Hope to be back soon.
Pavel GrozdovPavel Grozdov
22:37 25 Mar 23
Adrian SmithAdrian Smith
07:29 01 Feb 23
Super friendly and easy going, let us know when the weather was looking good and suggested the best days to fly. On the day went through everything and explained it all very well so we were up and flying in no time at all.
Artem NosovtsevArtem Nosovtsev
03:03 24 Jan 23
Fantastic school! Amazing staff, professional and individual approach everyone. Heaps of fun! Will come back for sure!!!
Tony BaiTony Bai
22:02 18 Jan 23
Very competent instructor and great facilities
John IskanderJohn Iskander
11:17 10 Jan 23
Very fun experience and felt comfortable the whole time. Anthony was very competent and friendly.Definitely a memorable experience.
12:06 11 Dec 22
Flying again with FAB was the best choice.I had to move 4 different schools before but never had this much details and explanations, and I'm really happy to find this school. It's definitely worth to learn fly with them.
Sharath VennuSharath Vennu
08:42 11 Dec 22
I’ve starting my PPL training with Flying Academy Bankstown and I have to say it’s been amazing so far. Anthony, the chief instructor, has been super helpful and very understanding regarding each student’s needs and requirements and helps you achieve them.I’ve don’t about 5 hours so far and can’t wait to do more.
Phielix PhielixPhielix Phielix
07:08 11 Dec 22
Great experience learning to fly! My instructor is really helpful and I'm learning a lot!

Frequent questions about learning to fly

Learn to fly F.A.Q.

If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you, before, during and after your training.

What's the minimum age to learn to fly in Australia?

From the age of 14 students can start their flight training under instructor supervision. The minimum age to fly solo is 15 years and to obtain the first pilot licence in Australia 16 years old. With the Recreational Pilot Licence and 5h of additional solo flying, pilots can take a friend or family member.

Can anyone become a pilot in Australia?

Under CASA regulation there are a number of requirements every aspiring pilot must meet, mainly English language proficiency, medical requirements and a security status check. Anyone meeting those requirements and over 15 years old can learn to fly and become a pilot in Sydney with Flight Academy Bankstown.

What's the first step to become a pilot?

We recommend booking an Introductory Flight first. This is a “Learn to fly trial” that will give you some important insights and hands-on experience to decide whether you want to pursue a pilot licence. Our instructors can then guide you depending on your aspirations, time and budget available.

Do I need perfect English to become a pilot?

You must be able to meet the General English Language Proficiency (GELP) assessment to become a pilot in Australia. You can start your training at our flying school in Sydney, but you will be required to understand, write and speak English before you can get the Recreational Pilot Licence. The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) equivalent is an overall grade of 5.5 in the genral or academic module, with no individual grade in a paper lower than 5. We offer AELP assessment in Sydney.

What level of fitness is required to become a pilot?

Students and aspiring pilots in Australia need the equivalent medical fitness required to obtain and hold a Drivers Licence, with a declaration signed by a GP stating that you are medically fit to hold the equivalent to an Australian Drivers Licence.

What are the medical requirements for a pilot licence?

You will need a Class 2 medical requirement to hold a Recreational Pilot Licence or Private Pilot Licence.
Commercial and Air Transport Pilots are required to pass a Class 1 medical requirement.

Is learning to fly a plane safe?

Flying, like operating any vehicle, carries risks. However, we operate under strict CASA safety regulations and students are under the supervision of experienced instructors at all times. We service our own aircraft fleet regularly at our hangar in Bankstown.

What's the eyesight requirements to become a pilot in Australia?

Perfect eyesight is not required as long as your vision can be corrected to 20/20 with glasses or contact lenses. If so, you will be eligible for a Class 1 and Class 2 medical certificate from CASA.

Do you offer learn to fly trials or introductory flights?

Also known as TIF (Trial Introductory Flight), this is the best way to get started in your journey towards a pilot licence in Sydney. Involving ground theory and a flight with an instructor, it will give you the insights and hands-on experience to decide whether you want to pursue obtaining your Recreational Pilot Licence in Australia.

How do you get a pilot licence in Australia?

The first pilot licence in Australia is the Recreational Pilot Licence. Under CASA regulation there are a number of requirements you must meet before obtaining your licence:

  • Learn the theory and train with a training operator like Flight Academy Bankstown.
  • Meet the General English Language Proficiency requirements (equivalent to IELTS 5.5)
  • Get a Class 1 or Class 2 medical certificate.
  • Pass the Recreational Pilot Licence exam.
  • Perform a minimum of 25 hours of flying time, including 20 hours dual and 5 hours as pilot-in-command.
  • Pass an RPL flight test.

At Flight Academy Bankstown you can do your flight training part or full-time, and we offer flexible payment options to help you get your first pilot licence.

How much does it cost to get a pilot licence in Australia?

For the Recreational Pilot Licence, you can expect between $11,000 to $15,000.
At Flight Academy Bankstown we offer Trial Introductory Flights (TIFs) from $299. This is a great way to get some hands-on experience and decide if you want to pursue obtaining a pilot licence.

How long does it take to get a pilot licence in Australia?

For the Recreational Pilot Licence you can expect between 4 to 6 weeks full-time or 4-6 months if you perform your training part-time.

Ready to take off?

Conquer the skies with Flight Academy Bankstown