Sunday, November 23, 2014
Learning to Fly

Minovation flying school at Jandakot Airport
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  10 Eagle Drive, Jandakot Airport, WA 6164   AUSTRALIA


Ph (08) 9414 1064             Fax (08) 9414 1429








Thank you for your inquiry about learning to fly!   In this brochure we hope to give an overview of the courses that we run, the average costs involved and answer frequently asked questions about learning to fly.


People learn to fly for many reasons. Some for a career in aviation, ranging from flying Airlines to fire-spotting to instructing, some for a challenge, some just for fun, some as a necessity for working in remote areas, some to overcome a fear of flying. Whatever the reason, whatever the goal, all flying training has to be done step-by-step, and in this brochure we will take you through those steps.


All flying and theory training is done in accordance with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Syllabus and is competency based. The rate of progress is very much determined by the amount of committment and effort the student puts in to their training and study.


Flying is available to all ages, and the necessary skills are achieved through the training syllabus. The only prerequisite is that you hold an Aviation medical certificate and have passed the Federal Government security checks. Training can be undertaken full time or on a regular basis that suits you, your time or budget requirements.


On the next page we have a flow chart which shows how the flying and theory run parallel to each other.






FLYING TRAINING                                   THEORY TRAINING AND EXAMS



Basic training and circuits                               



                                                                        Pre-solo air legislation

First Solo                                                         

                                                                        Pre-area solo exam

First area solo                                                  

                                                                        Basic Aeronautical Knowledge



Navigation Training                                        

                                                                        Private Pilot Licence Theory

Private Pilot Flight Test





Commercial Pilot licence training                    Commercial Pilot Licence theory


Commercial Pilot Flight Test





                                                                        Air Transport Pilot Licence Theory








Qualifies the pilot to fly privately anywhere in Australia with passengers and without supervision. You must be 17 years of age.



Qualifies the pilot to receive remuneration for flying. You must be 18 years of age.



Qualifies the pilot to fly for regular public transport operations such as an airline. You must be 21 years of age.




As well as licences, ratings are additional courses that you can do to enable you to do more with your flying. These include the Night Rating, Instrument Rating (to fly in conditions of low visibility) and Flying Instructor Rating.



Endorsement training is required to qualify the pilot to fly aircraft with certain design features, e.g. retractable undercarriage, tailwheel undercarriage, constant speed/variable pitch propeller and multi-engine aircraft.



These include approvals to conduct certain types of flying such as aerobatics, low level and formation flying.



At MINOVATION we conduct training for the following:

Private Pilot Licence

Commercial Pilot Licence

Constant Speed/ Variable Pitch Propeller Endorsement

Retractable Undercarriage Endorsement






The theory that you need to study for your flying is all covered in our standard text books. You may chose to self-study, attend theory classes or have private tuition on just certain areas of the theory. We can help you decide which method of study is best for you and provide the tuition that you need.




We supply you with a list of doctors who are approved to conduct the medical examination for pilots. There are two classes (standards) of medical depending on whether you wish to fly privately or commercially. Although the medical for a Student Pilot Licence is a satisfactory standard for a Private Pilot, you may like to consider having a medical for   higher   flying qualifications if you are flying career oriented to satisfy yourself that you meet the standards. We can explain this further if required.




There is no upper age limit on flying   provided you meet the medical standard required to hold a Pilot Licence.

You can start learning to fly as early as   you like but you cannot fly solo until you have reached the age of 16 years.



A deposit of $50 is required to be held at the school during training to secure bookings, this deposit is forfeit in the event of a “no show” or cancellation with less than 24 hours notice. No other up-front payments are required for flying training. Payment is made at the end of each lesson,  we have EFTPOS facilites and can also accept internet transfers.

Based on the average number of hours required to meet the competencies, the Private Pilot Licence will cost around $20,000 including text books, medicals, etc


Commercial Pilot Licence:


To qualify for the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) the student will need to build up 100 hours of flight time as Pilot In Command, and 200 hours total time. This “hour building” is done at the student’s own pace and it is wise to study for and sit the CPL examinations concurrently with the flying


Prior to commencing the CPL training the student will need to have the following prerequisites:


  • All CPL exams passed
  • Class One medical
  • At least 90 hours as Pilot in Command and 170 hours total time..


Training for the CPL course is GST free once the above prerequisites are achieved


The costs of obtaining a CPL vary widely   depending on the level of experience, preparation and commitment of the student. Courses are individually tailored for the focus on areas which require training to reach competency in the standards specified in the CASA syllabus prior to recommendation for flight test.






MINOVATION was formed in 1997 by Min Stokes, our Chief Flying Instructor, and her husband Karl Valentin. Min learned to fly in Jersey, Channel Islands and flew in the UK, France and USA before gaining the UK Commercial Pilot Licence and instructing in Jersey. She emigrated to Perth in 1993 and worked as a contractor to other flying schools at Jandakot and elsewhere before starting up MINOVATION.



·          All of our instructors have years of experience in many and varied areas of aviation and are all dedicated to giving you the best quality instructing available, so that you can minimise the extra time taken being trained by inexperienced instructors.


·          We do not do charter or aerial work here, MINOVATION operates solely as a flying school so that we can focus on your training. Our instructors are career instructors and are not waiting for an airline job.


·          We value the Student/ Instructor relationship and believe it important that good

rapport exists both in the air and on the ground. We believe it is essential that students stay with the same instructor wherever possible throughout their training to minimise disruptions and repetition.


·          We pride ourselves on being a professional and friendly organisation with a 100% safety record.


·          We are open seven days a week during normal office hours, and can open outside of these hours if required with prior notice.


·          We operate a range of Piper aircraft, from the Tomahawk to the Dakota..


·          Once you have your licence we have a large fleet of aircraft available to hire so that you can use your licence for pleasure or work.


So that we can ensure that you will receive the course that suits you the best, please contact our Chief Flying Instructor to make an appointment to discuss your training.



We look forward to flying with you!!








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