The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act requires providers of courses to international students to register their institution and the courses they offer with the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) through the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). This register is called the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
Australia is a land of contrasts, excitement and enthusiasm. When compared with other international destinations, Australia has excellent weather, friendly people, very favourable exchange rates, and high quality educational opportunities. Australia really is one of the top choices for launching your flying career.
Flying training in Australia is growing rapidly within the higher education sector. More and more universities around the nation now offer degree level courses in aviation. Several inter- national airlines have also established extensive. training bases in Australia because of the advantages of the Australian aviation environment. British Aerospace is one such organization, with aviation programs in the cities of Tamworth in New South Wales and Adelaide in South Australia.
Learning to fly in Australia provides excellent opportunities to explore a fascinating country with exotic wildlife and scenery and a very relaxed life- style. Training can be completed in a relatively short time frame, so career objectives can still be met while travelling and exploring.
Australia is internationally recognized as a leader in setting and maintaining aviation standards, with a safety record that is the envy of many other countries. Another advantage of learning to fly in Australia is the opportunity to fly in a wide range of weather conditions. It is possible to sharpen ones flying skills in the drier clear inland regions or humid coastal fringes with increased cloud and rainfall. Or on other occasions to fly in the colder southern climate or the steamy northern tropical conditions.
Learning to fly in Australia does have great advantages - good weather, favourable exchange rates, an enviable aviation reputation, and high quality flying programs. Starting your aviation career in Australia is a decision you will be very glad you made, and one that brings with it many unexpected rewards.
Our pilot training facilities are designed for an exceptional learning experience. They are modern, spacious, comfortable and are equipped with the latest technology. Our facility offers:
A modern fleet of aeroplanes and helicopters
State-of-the-art training simulators for aeroplanes
Large, purpose built classrooms
Computer labs and study areas
Student breakout areas, including common room and kitchen facilities
A fantastic team of dedicated customer service staff
If you require accommodation, we can arrange and recommend a number of options. If you’re planning to stay for a longer period of time, we would recommend Australia Homestay Network (AHN), GBS and Connect Relocate. Please check their websites for placement fees. Connect Relocate & AHN can provide a range of accommodation including shared, homestay (with meals), units and houses.
Things to do
Our Academy is just a short drive from some of the most famous theme parks, beaches, shopping and entertainment in Australia. Nearby Kirra has an outstanding range of amenities including surf shops, cafes, and the famous Kirra Surf Lifesaving Club. We also recommend walking and cycling along the ocean path to the famous surf break of Snapper Rocks. There is also an endless array of shopping and dining options along the foreshore of Coolangatta, ranging from beach bars to casual cafés, bistros and trendy restaurants.
About our Airport
International Airport is a medium-sized international airport and offers you a range of training benefits including:
A 2,492m (8,176ft) long runway
A shorter cross runaway for short-field approaches and cross-wind training
Exposure to commercial operations within a controlled airspace
Scenic training area from Coolangatta to Byron Bay
This gives you the experience of learning to fly in a busy environment helping to build your confidence as you progress through your learning experience.
52 weeks full time
17 years of age upon enrolment, 18 years of age to sit a flight test
a pass in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall grade of 6.0 or equivalent; or
completion of Year 12 English at an Australian school or college, or equivalent Flight Training
150 hour course option:
The integrated program is full time and covers both theory and flight training in-house.
You will complete a minimum of 150 hours flying which includes at least:
70 hours as pilot in command (PIC)
20 hours cross country as pilot in command (PIC)
200 hour course* option:
The non integrated program consists of the same format as the integrated program except that:
Theory can be completed as home study (domestic only)
The course can be completed on a part time basis, hence duration may vary (domestic only)
International students have the option of enrolling onto the 200 hour course which may aid in meeting overseas regulatory requirements when converting the CASA licence. For more information please contact tour team
100 hours pilot in command (PIC)
10 hours instrument flight time (IF)
Theory training for this course covers:
Operations, Performance and Flight Planning
Aircraft General Knowledge
Flight Rules and Air Law
Sunsea Package - Sunsea has special packages for its students
CPL + CFI + Job Assistance
This package will help the students to build up flying hours and speed up the process of qualifying for ATPL.
CFI Placement Program
Instructing gives you a networking opportunity as you work with pilots from all certification and flight experience levels ranging from corporate pilots; regional airline pilots; independent aircraft owner/operators; and career-minded private pilot students. In the close-knit pilot community, your associations will create additional opportunities which will ultimately increase your career earnings.
In the Airline industry today, timing is essential. Sunsea offers highly desired flight instructor jobs in Australia, where you will earn and build single and multi-engine experience fast.
Flight Instructor Job interview upon successful completion of Sunsea Package – CPL+CFI + Job Assistance.