Welcome to THE Sunshine Coast Aero Club
The Sunshine Coast Aero Club is a social flying club and professional RAA flight training facility located at the Sunshine Coast Airport (formally Maroochydore Airport). Situated near the beautiful beaches north of Brisbane. We offer flight training for the RA-AUS Pilot Certificate (operated by Inspire Aviation). We have recently upgraded to the Evektor Sportstar training aircraft, a modern low wing dual joy stick control trainer with spacious cockpit and bubble canopy giving a fantastic view all around. There is also a beautiful nearly new Piper Sport aircraft available for both club member private hire and flight training. The Piper Sport is even more spacious and comfortable. Highly skilled and qualified instructors provide the highest standards of training which will be reflected in the flying skills that you learn. All of our flight students are treated as individuals and valued club members.
What does it cost? At the Sunshine Coast Aero Club, we are not a high volume training organisation therefore we can dedicate the necessary time to each student. These days, learning to fly can be affordable for nearly everyone. The new RA Aus Pilot Certificate minimum requirements are 15 hours of dual training (currently $230 per hour inc GST) and 5 hours of supervised solo training (also $230 per hour inc GST). It is normal for the average student pilot to require around 10% – 15% more time than the absolute minimum hours, even more if there is a break in the training. Therefore the airborne flight training will cost around $5,200.00, spread over six to seven months (assuming one lesson per week, pay as you go). Add in the incidental costs i.e. theory text books, pilot log book, licence fees, RA Aus and Aero Club membership fees, and ‘ground school’ theory classes, then the total cost will be less than $5,750.00 to become a qualified recreational pilot! Our Student Pilot Starter Kit provides the essentials to get your flight training underway as quickly and economically as possible, in one cost saving package!
Initial Flying Training is undertaken in our new Evektor Sportstar aircraft. Conversion to our Cessna 172 aircraft is also available (PPL training is through a partner school).
Stuck for a gift idea for Christmas or a birthday? Our Hands-on Action Flight where YOU FLY THE AIRCRAFT! makes a fabulous gift idea or just ‘treat yourself’. This is an action packed flight adventure with the beautiful Sunshine Coast below you. You will be climbing, turning and diving the aircraft all by yourself, in no time at all, with one of our experienced instructors beside you all the way. PERSONALISED GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE !! (IMMEDIATE DELIVERY BY EMAIL) Please select from the “Book” menu above.
Our Sportstar aircraft is fitted with a Multi Camera Video Recording System so you can also purchase a video of your entire flight to take home with you on the day to share the experience with your family and frinds.