The School

Bunbury Flying School is the flight training division of Southern Aviation, and caters for the private and commercial pilot training sectors.  The School offers pilot integrated licence courses from Recreational to Commercial Pilot, a range of Operational Ratings including Instrument, Instructor and Multi-Engine Class Ratings, as well as Endorsements for various Design Feature and Activities such as Tailwheel and Aerobatics.

The School is located at Bunbury Airport, 145km south of Perth on the scenic coast of south-west Western Australia. An accommodation service is provided within 4 km from the airport for residential students.

Courses are offered on either a full-time or part-time basis. The School operates 7 days per week; full time courses are generally conducted on weekdays, with weekends available primarily to part-time students.

Training Philosophy

Our philosophy is that you must be trained to beyond just meeting the specified flight test standards; you must be trained to where you have a genuine operational capability, so that on entry to the industry, you are able to do what you are qualified to do, and do it well.

To do this, you must be highly skilled in controlling an aeroplane; you must perform procedures meticulously and effectively, and with understanding so as to be able to adapt these to different situations; you must use in-depth knowledge to enhance performance beyond the routine; and most importantly, you must manage the flight safely and confidently.

Training Strategy

Training is carefully structured using a step-by-step building block approach where each lesson lays the foundation for the next. There is no unstructured hour building, and every hour, dual and solo, is used productively to develop your skills.

Theory is carefully integrated to support the practical flying, and carried through to the cockpit in a meaningful way.

Industry input is used to ensure relevance and development of training objectives.

Training Environment

The local airspace at Bunbury is ideal for initial training, as the relatively low traffic density allows a beginner to focus on and master the basics without disruption.  The training area is immediately adjacent to the airport, and the short transit time ensures cost effective training.

For advanced stages of training and the development of skills in the broader operational situation, centres such as Perth and Albany offer the full range of navigation and instrument approach aides, in controlled and uncontrolled airspace.

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