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Flying Experience at The Royal Aero Club

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by Jessica Valls (subscribe)
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Published April 1st 2012
Have you ever wanted to learn how to fly a plane?
If you have answered yes to this question then you should visit the Perth Aero Club right here in Perth.

The Royal Aero Club, located at Jandakot Airport, has over 40 planes and over 40 flight instructors. All this qualifies RAC as Australia's largest and best flying training company.

RAC offers two types of trainings, which will give you two different licenses. One is the commercial flying license and the other is the private flying license.

So of course the type of license you need to get will depend on what type of flying you want to be doing.

If you want to be doing commercial flights for companies then you would go for the commercial license, but if you would rather own a plane, or be able to rent out one and fly it yourself, you would go for the private license.

The objective of these courses is to provide the best professional flying training possible and to make sure the pilots that come out with their license are safe, efficient, professional and suitable for employment.

Between the two licenses, the commercial and private meaning is not the only difference.

A private flying license will allow you to fly as a pilot in command anywhere in Australia. As a private pilot you are not allowed to charge for your services unless you have a commercial license, but you are allowed to share the cost of hiring a plane with your passengers.

The Private Pilot License is made out of four main stages:
First Solo Flight
Training Area Solo Flight
- General Flying Progress Test
- Private Pilot License
As the RAC Private Pilot License is authorized by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), they require a minimum of 40 hours flight time to issue this kind of license.

Although those are the minimum hours you should do, someone with absolutely no experience will not be eligible to pass the Private Pilot License.

A realistic target to aim for would be 60 hours or more to be prepared for the test.

The amount of hours you will need to do will of course depend on how often you have lessons and therefore your skill levels.

Now, If you do not want to be a pilot at all, and would rather enjoy a flight with a pilot in command, the RAC also offers joy flights and other vouchers.

Trial Flights:
A trial flight is a great way to find out what flying is all about and what it's like to be a pilot in control of one of their Cessna aircrafts.

Travelling with a qualified pilot, you will have the chance to taxi, take off and learn how to keep a straight and level flight.

If you decide to continue training, you can log the flight time in your pilot logbook at the RAC.

Vintage Tiger Moth Flights: Go back in time and experience the magic of powered flight in an open cockpit with the RAC's 1940's Tiger Moth.

Flying over Fremantle, Cotesloe and other beaches you will have the best arial experience in this aircraft, and experience how flying used to be. To make the flight more adventurous, you can include aerobatics like loops and barrel rolls. After all, this is what the Tiger Moth is designed for in the first place.
Scenic Flight:
Seating up to three passengers, you can experience Perth from another perspective.

Invite a friend of the family for a half-hour flight over Fremantle, Perth City, Kings Park and Cotesloe.

For a more memorable experience, you can choose a one hour flight and experience the places mentioned before as well as Scarborough and Rottnest Island.

Weight applies to each and every option, and they are all available for a 45 minute flight or longer.

The Royal Aero Club also holds free seminars at Jandakot Airport, which can answer any questions you have.

You can find out more on their website.
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Why? For the best flying experience
Where: Jandakot Airport
Cost: Between $200 and $600
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