Latrobe Valley Aero Club has been flying high for 70 years. We also provide access to aircraft, getting you directly from your local airfield to your destination with personal service. Or take a joy flight and see the Latrobe Valley and the Gippsland region from a new perspective.
We are absolutely committed to providing the highest quality Flight Training in a supportive environment. We will deliver a team of highly motivated and experienced instructors. The staff are backed up by a diverse fleet of very well maintained Aircraft, and a highly advanced Flight Simulator. We all see the need to complete your training to the very highest levels of satisfaction. We want you to have a satisfying experience with us at Latrobe Valley Aero Club and “spread the word”.
Whatever your need to fly, take to the sky with Latrobe Valley Aero Club.
Learn to Fly
General Aviation Flying training will be conducted in the Cessna 172 at Latrobe Valley through our Training Partner, Australian Pilot Training Alliance. You will learn all the basic flying skills you will need for your future career or hobby of flying.
After covering the basic sequences of flying the aircraft and take off and landing practice, you will be approaching the time for your first solo flight.
Your first solo flight is one of the most memorable moments in learning to fly and will probably take place at around 15 hours of flying. However, this varies with each student. The next 10 – 15 hours includes more advanced training sequences and more solo flights for practice. This leads to your first licence test.
Your first licence test is for the RPL (Recreational Pilot License) where you will demonstrate your newly learnt skills. After this, you will be able to take passengers in the training area, within 25nm of the aerodrome. The minimum hours for RPL licence is 25, however, the average taken is 40-45. Many students are satisfied with this level of skill but you may wish to advance to a PPL (Private Pilots Licence). The PPL is a new exciting stage of navigation training. During these lessons, you will learn how to navigate while in the air, get exposure to different types of airspace and communicate with air traffic control towers.
After your navigation training, you will undertake your test to obtain your PPL and being a fully qualified private pilot, you will be able to fly anywhere in Australia with family and friends. Should you be looking at a career as a pilot, you can then proceed to your CPL (Commerical Pilots Licence). A CPL is a requirement to be employed as a pilot. The CPL syllabus includes a lot of ‘hour building’ to increase your time flying as pilot in command. There are also more advanced and challenging navigation lessons. By the time you complete your CPL, you will have a minimum of 200 hours of flying time in total.
Recreational Aviation Training
LVAC conducts initial training in Recreation Aviation Australia (RAAus) registered aircraft – Pilot Certificate, Cross Country and Passenger endorsement. These aircraft are two-seat, tricycle undercarriage, recreational planes with a maximum weight of 600 kgs. Our training is conducted in accordance with the RAAus Operations Manual and Flight Syllabus.
The minimum requirement for a pilot certificate is 20 hours. On average a student will obtain their Certificate in approximately 25 -30 hours, however, the exact time depends upon the aptitude and individual learning capability of the student
We can provide training for the Cross Country endorsement (a further 12 hours of training), the Passenger endorsement (one-hour training, once you have 10 hours of Pilot in Command experience). We can do Biennial Flight Reviews and RA conversions for GA pilots.