Flying in an aeroplane evokes various emotions. For some, the prospect of taking flight is accompanied by a sinking anxiety. For others, taking flight is merely an inconvenient necessity before a holiday can truly commence. But, for any Sydney-sider who wishes to enjoy a staggering change of perception, flying can also be an experience you can enjoy all on your own.
Flying lessons are a serious business. Apart from the obvious safety concerns, clocking some aviation hours can come at a high level of expense. Nonetheless, there are a variety of options for someone determined to fly an aircraft.
Basair offers trial introductory flights of 30 or 60 minutes as well as career workshops, for those who are interested in pursuing a career in aviation. The introductory courses are the cheapest option, at $90 for 30 minutes. These lessons involve flying with a professional instructor, but passengers have the opportunity of briefly controlling the aircraft.
For an additional $80, it is possible to extend the flight up to one hour. This flight involves a more extensive, cross-country journey. All flights originate at Bankstown Airport.
Based in Camden, Airborne Aviation also offers 30 minute Trial Instructional Flights, with professional instructors. The cost varies according to the type of aircraft chosen, ranging from $205 for a Cessna 172 to a Piper Tomahawk for $180.
Also based in Camden, Liverpool Flying School Australia offers courses directed towards gaining a pilot's licence. The cost is generally $238 per hour, but must be considered as one part of a more extensive training regime that can cost thousands of dollars.