Company Name: Australian National Airline College (Moorabbin Aviation Services Pty Ltd)
Company Address: 125 Second Avenue, Moorabbin Airport, Mentone 3194
Phone Number: +61395875159
Website: www.flying-school.com (Overseas students), www.moorabbinaviationservices.com.au (local students)
1) Can you tell us a little bit about your flying school and what training services do you provide?
We have been training pilots for over 20 years now, both recreational Private Pilots and professional pilots training for their Commercial license and further ratings/endorsements
2) What’s your personal history in the aviation industry?
I have been a flying instructor for 25 years, I have flown 737′s for various airlines and I am a full qualified Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (still active). So with running the flying school and my practical background, I have a pretty good overall understanding of the aviation industry.
3) How many and what types of aircraft are used in your school’s flight instruction program?
We have over 20 aircraft. Our main trainer is the Piper Warrior. We use the Piper Arrows for CPL training and the Piper Seminole for Multi Engine Endorsements and Instrument Rating training. We also have some
Cessna 152′s, Piper Archer, Duchess and Seneca.
4) Can you describe the training process that takes place once someone starts their flying lessons at your school?
Our training systems follow the CASA syllabus of training and the process you undertake will depend on what course you have chosen.
For those preparing for an Airline career they will start with their ab initio training for the General Flying Progress Test (GFPT), then undertake their navigation training for the PPL. Before they are issued their PPL they will also need to pass the BAK and PPL theory exams.
Moving on to the CPL, students need to study for and pass the 7 CPL exams, build at least 150 hours total flying time with a minimum of 70 hours solo flight time, undertake further dual training and then sit the CPL flight
We normally do the Multi Engine Endorsement after the CPL test and then use the Multi Engine Aircraft and simulator for our Instrument Rating training.
5) How do you think flying schools have changed in the past years?
There have been some changes in running our flying school, however the systems and processes we follow to train someone to become a competent pilot are essentially the same as they have always been.
6) What personal characteristics are required for someone to be successful in their flying training?
Students just need to apply themselves to their studies and be enthusiastic and interested in all aspects of their training, both theoretical and practical. The ability to be calm under pressure also helps. Flying is safe, so it’s unlikely our students will ever encounter a major problem, however all our training is aimed at preparing our students for any eventuality that might occur.
7) What is the single most valuable piece of advice that you could give a prospective student Pilot?
Like with anything in life, if you want to succeed in this career you will need persistence and patience. For those who demonstrate these attributes the success rate is pretty much 100%
8.) What is the most rewarding part of working as a flying instructor?
The greatest pleasure of flying instructing is seeing the joy that flying brings to our students and sharing this experience with them.
9) What are your top tips to identify a top flying school? What should we look for in a flying training program?
A good flying school will:
* Have friendly, experienced instructors who you want to be with and learn from.
* A good fleet of aircraft so that you are not waiting around for the use of an aeroplane.
* A strong administration that is able to deliver professional training and services you would expect.
10) What are some of the misconceptions about learning to fly?
Some people think that you need to be a brain surgeon to be a pilot. Most people have the aptitude to learn to fly so for the vast majority, if you have the will and the passion, we can get you through the course
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