NSW Air Pty Ltd is a small highly professional flight training organisation operating
from the Illawarra Regional Airport at Albion Park just 15 mins South of Wollongong City.
NSW Air Pty Ltd is the Premier Flight Training Organisation on the NSW South
We cater for the training needs of individuals who aspire to a commercial aviation career in its many different facets and also for the training and advancement of private pilots seeking the enjoyment of aviation as a recreation or as a business tool. We provide all flight and ground training components associated with the issue of a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and/or the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL).
We also cater for advance flight training such as the Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR), Private Instrument Rating (PIFR), Night VFR (NVFR) Rating and the Flight Instructor Rating (FIR).
There is an excellent selection of navigation training aids within easy flying time from Wollongong, such as Nowra with an ILS to the south and the Sydney primary control zone to the North.
The Illawarra basin provides a spectacular backdrop for flight training with spectacular views of the escarpment and fantastic coastline.
BEFORE YOU GET STARTED
Why not try a short Trial Instruction Flight (TIF), with you at the controls? It's yours any time you like. Your instructor will show you many of the basics, and you can enjoy the view at the same time.
Trial Instructional Flight (40 minutes @ $160, or 60 minutes @ $220 in a Cessna 152). This flight can be logged and goes towards to your Pilot Licence.
After the TIF, if you decide you wish to continue flying training, there are a few things which we recommend you do. They are as follows:
Aviation Medical Check with Designated Aviation Medical Examiner
(NSW Air will provide you with a list of approved doctors)
Apply for Student Pilot Licence (SPL) and Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC). This can be done at the flying school and costs $246 payable to CASA.
Pilot Log Book which can be purchased from the flying school @ $24.
Basic Aeronautical Knowledge Textbook for self study, this will always be a great reference material after you get your licence. NSW Air carries stock of these.
BASIC FLYING TRAINING – GFPT (BLOCK 1)
The Basic Flying Training programme will take you from your first lesson through to your General Flying Progress Test (GFPT). This is a passenger carrying endorsement on your Student Licence and will allow you to take family and friends flying in the local flying training area. This training is undertaken in our 2 seat Cessna152 aircraft.
Phase 1 - Training to First Solo
FLYING TRAINING - Effects of controls, straight and level, climbing, descending,
turning, stalling, circuits, circuit emergencies. Typically 10 hours dual instruction.
THEORY TRAINING - Training to pass 'PRE FIRST SOLO AERONAUTICAL
KNOWLEDGE' examination. Either private study, TAFE or NSW Air ground school
FIRST SOLO FLIGHT - In circuit area. You'll never forget this one! Phase II - Training to First Area Solo
FLYING TRAINING - Circuit solo consolidation, training area familiarisation,
emergency landing procedures, advanced turning - 6 hours dual instruction & 4 hours solo flight
THEORY TRAINING - Training to pass 'PRE AREA SOLO AERONAUTICAL
KNOWLEDGE' examination. Either private study, TAFE or NSW Air ground school
FIRST AREA SOLO - In training area, and you will find your own way home! Phase III - Training to the GENERAL FLYING PROGRESS TEST
FLYING TRAINING - Advanced circuits, introductory instrument flying, bad
visibility procedures, advanced emergency procedures. 9 hours dual instruction & 1 hour solo flight
THEORY TRAINING - Training to pass 'BASIC AERONAUTICAL KNOWLEDGE'
examination. Either private study, TAFE College or NSW Air ground school
GFPT (Flight Test) 2 hours dual. Approximate Costs to GFPT
Training 24 hrs @ $245/hr = $5880 6 hrs @ $245/hr = $1470 Flight Test 1 hr @ $175/hr = $175 Flight Test Fee = $250
CROSS COUNTRY NAVIGATIONAL TRAINING (BLOCK 2)
Phase IV - Private Pilot Licence
This phase of flying training consists of nine cross country flights including two of which are done solo. During this phase, you will learn now to plan and execute a cross country navigation exercise over different terrain and airspace.
This is designed to prepare you for the Private Pilot Licence which will allow you to fly anywhere in the country and even overseas if the flight is done in an Australian Registered aircraft.
Mix of short and longer flights. Check the weather, the best route, visual navigation, track keeping and radio procedures, fuel and load planning. It'll all fall into place!
Training to pass the CASA "PRIVATE PILOT LICENCE AEROPLANES" examination (PPLA). Either private study, TAFE or NSW Air ground school. Also study to pass Flight Radiotelephone Operator’s Licence Exam.
PRIVATE PILOT FLIGHT TEST - 2.5 hours dual cross-country. Summary of Phase IV (GFPT to PPL)
Average 19 hours dual, 5.0 hours solo plus Flight Test.
Approximate Costs GFPT to PPL
Training in a Cessna C152 19 hrs @ $245/hr = $4655 5 hrs @ $200/hr = $1000
Flight Test 2.2 hrs @ $175/hr = $385
Flight Test Fee = $320
Average training cost
Navigation training and the test may be conducted in the Cessna 172 or Piper Warrior if desired, at a slightly higher cost.
OTHER ENDORSEMENTS AND RATINGS
Manual Pitch Propeller / Retractable Undercarriage
These are really two separate design features found on most high performance aircraft. Flown in the Piper Arrow, they are slightly more complex than the Piper Challenger or Piper Warrior and provide an excellent step-up in performance.
The endorsement includes briefing and training in use of the propeller pitch lever and the retractable undercarriage. These feature endorsements are valid across aircraft types, but you will need a thorough check out onto any new type you encounter.
Approximate Training Cost in Piper Arrow, 2.0 hrs @ $359/hr = $718
Initial Multi-Engine Endorsement
The Initial Multi Engine Endorsement teaches you to operate an aircraft with two engines. You will learn how to operate it with both engines operating normally and also how to deal with ‘Asymmetric’ or Single Engine operations.
Ideally, you would’ve already achieved the Manual Pitch Propeller and Retractable Undercarriage endorsements prior to commencing your initial twin. However, these two endorsements can be combined with your initial multi engine endorsement. Allow an extra hour to the below training costs.
NSW AIR has a curriculum of training of 7 hours dual for initial twin endorsement on the Beechcraft Duchess (BE76). Duchess conversions are available if you are endorsed on another twin.
Approximate Training Cost in Beechcraft Duchess BE-76
Night VFR Rating
This rating allows you to extend your flight into the night if you are running late or have unplanned diversions etc. Although this rating allows for flights wholly at night, this is not recommended and allows for late arrivals from a cross country trip. The training consists of Navaid tracking and intercepts as well as night circuits. You will also conduct several Night cross country navigational exercises prior to attempting the Night VFR Rating test.
Approximate Cost of Night VFR Training
Flight Training - PA28 Warrior II 12 hours dual @ $320/hr = $3840 4 hours simulator @ $125/hr = $500
Flight Test Fee = $390
Average cost of Night VFR Training = $4730
Private Instrument Flight Rating (PIFR)
This rating is designed to allow you to safely fly as a private pilot in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) from point to point at or above the route lowest safe altitude. LSALT.
This is handy when operating out of Wollongong, often the cloud cover is sitting on the escarpment and the weather is clear on the other side.
After completing the initial Basic PIFR, additional endorsements can be added to allow procedures such as GPS Arrival, NDB Approach, VOR Approach, ILS/LLZ approach and GPS (RNAV) approach, to get you lower than LSALT in accordance with published procedures.
This rating offers you a lot of flexibility in your operations provided you are flying an appropriately equipped aircraft.
It is also designed to allow the private pilot to maintain currency in procedures in a more flexible fashion than the full Command Instrument Rating, yet adhering to the same standards.
The first part of the theory training focuses on the basic PIFR (en-route) and looks at radio navigation, meteorology, instrument flight planning and flight procedures.
The second is devoted the individual Flight Procedure Authorisations (FPA's) for approaches to airfields in IMC. These do not have to be done if you do not require them to be added to your rating.
This training includes radio navigation, instrument emergencies, instrument flight planning and radio procedures, various instrument departure and arrival procedures as well navaid holding patterns.
Training for the PIFR can be conducted on either a Cessna C182 (single) or our Beechcraft Duchess BE76 (twin). Simulator training can be used to reduce the costs of navaid training. Approach FPA training is completed in both the simulator and the aircraft.
Flight Training for the PIFR requires a minimum 20 hours dual, including up to 10 hours simulator for en-route PIFR.
Approach FPA's are additional to the above and it is recommended that at least 4 flights per desired FPA are conducted.
BASIC PIFR FLIGHT TEST
Approximately 2.5 hours dual cross-country in simulated IMC in either the Cessna C182 (single) or the Beechcraft Duchess BE76 (twin) aircraft.
PIFR FPA FLIGHT TEST
One or more flights of variable duration to demonstrate competency in the various instrument approach manoeuvres.
SIM - $125 p.h. dual. C182 - $379 p.h. dual. Duchess BE-76 - $495 p.h. dual.
Why do your Instrument Rating at Wollongong
Illawarra Airport is within 30 miles of an ILS (NOWRA) , a great location as it gives Student exposure to Class C airspace and operations within a Military Control Zone. Very rarely do you experience delays or unnecessary holding whilst operating into Nowra. Remember delays = fuel = added expense. Wollongong has its own NDB (Non Directional Beacon) approach, DGA (DME GPS Arrivals) and two GNSS (RNAV) approaches.
Bindook VOR is also within close proximity of Wollongong Airport completing the exposure to all types of NAVAIDS.
The airport is a Non Controlled aerodrome, this gives students plenty of exposure to CTAF procedures in IMC. The majority of airports in Australia served by instrument approaches are Non Controlled therefore exposure to this type of environment whilst conducting instrument approaches is essential.
Flight tests associated with the training are conducted by our Chief Flying Instructor who is a Delegate of the Civil Aviation safety Authority and an Independent
Approved Testing Officer. If tests are performed by the CFI they are free of charge and included in the price. If CASA elects to do the test there will be an additional fee payable to CASA.
For further information on any of the training sequences or flight tests for licences or ratings covered by this brochure, please contact the flying school on 02 4256 1977
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cessna C152 training aircraft