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Pricing/Time Frame

This is a very good question. We know from studies on the learning behaviour of humans that peak learning performance occurs around 45 minutes into the flight and retention still occurs after this for around 15 minutes. This is why you will find the time in the air is generally between 45 to 75 minutes depending on “how” much you are learning in that particular lesson. In the early phases of training, you are learning a LOT! The learning rate is high and cognitive overload is reached earlier in the flight. This sounds intense I know, but that’s what our instructors are trained to do. We’ll tailor the training to you on that particular day. As you advance through the syllabus, some training elements will require less of your cognitive compacity, allowing you to spend more time in the air completing that specific lesson while still learn new skills.

We know that learning to fly an aeroplane is a very personal experience as each student has different strengths/weaknesses and learning styles.

This is why our lessons are structures in a 2-hour block. This allows for ample one-on-one time with your instructor (in fact 25% more than the industry average) for briefing, flying and debriefing.

If you finish up early, great. You’ll have some spare time with your instructor to relax at our espresso bar, possibly chatting about your flying dreams and goals.

We love flying and we love teaching students how to fly.

Our courses have been developed from years of experience. We have attempted to provide estimated timeframes and costs for each of our courses based on previous completion times and are always looking at methods of increasing learning rates/reducing time and costs. However, we’re not going to lie! We have high standards and know that a pilot who is confident at flying the aeroplane in all conditions (within reason) in different environments (like bush strips or recovering from undesired aircraft states) is ultimately the safest and that’s what we want for you. The biggest factor that influences the cost of learning to fly is how regularly you practice – we recommend a minimum half-day/week commitment (i.e. two flights/week) to ensure you meet your goals on time and budget.

We are unique in the sense that we do provide a lot of owner training. The majority of this work is transiting owners into different types of tailwheel aircraft that they acquire. We specialise in any type of tailwheel aircraft from vintage to high-performance aerobatics types, however, we can provide training in your own aircraft for the majority of the courses we offer. View our courses here.

Our owner training is provided in half and full-day training blocks to ensure plenty of quality one-on-one time. See our rates here.

Please note it is important that your aircraft is fitted with fully functional dual controls,  is certified (if the aircraft is experimental it will be considered on a case-by-case basis), and adequate insurance is in place.

In some cases, we can come to you as this is the most practical option. Away from base costs will be discussed and agreed upon before departure.

It’s important to have a plan after you gain your certificate or licence to keep flying and stay current. Also, it’s time for you to get out and have some fun! After all, that’s why you learn to fly, right?!

We understand that everyone can’t afford to buy their own aircraft (also we don’t recommend rushing out and doing this either until you’ve flown a few different types and gained some experience) that’s why we have dedicated days purely for private hire. That’s right, we have guaranteed days that you can fly the aircraft and you won’t be called and asked to reschedule for training flights etc. Go and enjoy some of the amazing sites of south-east Queensland, go on a camping trip or tag along with some other pilots to one of the many fly-ins.

Our current private hire rates can be found here.

We operate a modern fleet of aircraft and our maintenance is to the highest standards possible. We take no risks with safety and if something is not quite right it is fixed immediately. We do our best to keep the cost of training as low as reasonably possible, however, our modern tailwheel aircraft do come with higher costs in comparison to other aircraft that are commonly used for training.

Our current dual training (one-on-one training with an instructor) rates can be found here.

When you start learning to fly with Stick ‘n Rudder you’ll quickly grow accustomed to the standard training format that involves a briefing, flight and de-briefing. This training practice is proven and successful. We endeavour to keep briefings to a minimum and quite often won’t charge for an operational briefing (where we discuss the current weather conditions on the day and how they will affect your lesson), however sometime in the classroom will be charged at the following rates:

    • Short Briefing (0-20 minutes): $33
    • Medium Briefings (20-40 minutes): $66
    • Long Briefings (40-60 minutes): $99

Learning to fly is like learning to play an instrument. The more regularly you practice, the more proficient you will become. We recommend committing to a minimum of half a day per week (2 flights of around 1 hour) up to a maximum of 3-4 consecutive days (3 flights/day of around 1 hour) before a rest day is required.

Flying regularly will ensure that the knowledge and skills you have learnt are retained and your learning rate and motivation stay positive. Sporadic training only ends in disappointment for everyone involved, as time and money is wasted re-learning previous skills that have deteriorated. We are honest and that’s why we won’t provide training to students looking at doing anything less than our recommended minimum. If time or cost is a factor right now, you are best saving your money and finding more time in the future to do the training.

Feel free to get in touch with us to tailor a training program for you.

Licence Structure/Courses

No. However we strongly encourage it. It will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the aircraft’s limits and the ability to manage the aircraft if mishandled. It’s the best type of defensive flying skill you can develop and it’s a load of fun!

Yes. Every flying hour you conduct in an RA-Aus registered aircraft counts towards a CASA Flight Crew Licence.

Call us, we’re here to help. Most of our students follow “The Stick ‘n Rudder Standard” which is illustrated in our courses page – click HERE. This format produces superior pilots with superior skills!


Probably once a week initially for the first month. Then once a fortnight thereafter. Why? It’s like anything you’ve learnt. If you don’t practice, you forget.

Yes! That’s the best part, you can show your news skills off to your friends!

You’re never too old to learn something new. We have trained many students in their 70s. If you’ve got the right attitude and you’re determined, we’ll get you there.

While you can learn to fly from any age, you cannot go solo before you are 15. As a result we don’t recommend that you conduct many lessons before the age of 14.

You can drive a car wearing glasses, right? The same thing applies with aviation. Even airline captains wear glasses. As long as your vision is correctable to an acceptable standard, you’ll be right to fly.

Absolutely! You will be confident on how to operate an aeroplane throughout its full flight envelope safely and will instinctually know what to do if an aircraft is in an undesired state.

If you’re motivated to learn and your medical fit to drive a car, yes!