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Lilydale Flying School

New!  We can now offer RA instructor to GA instructor conversions!  Contact us for details.

We offer Recreational Pilot Certificate to CPL pathways at Lilydale, read about it here.

The Lilydale Flying School is partnered with Yarra Valley Flight Theory for PPL and PIR theory classes as well as offering BAK courses at the school.

NEW! Collected useful links for online resources for pilots and trainee pilots

At the Lilydale Flying School we have a diverse range of instructors with a vast amount of real world experience.  Our airport has no landing fees and we are outside of controlled traffic areas so we can have you learning to fly without the fuss and expense of dealing with traffic and expensive delays on the ground waiting for clearances. 

When you're ready to learn to fly in CTA, Moorabbin and Essendon are just a short hop away.  We're ideally situated to offer the best of both worlds for your flight training.

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An aviation "taste-test"

At one time or another almost eveyone has dreamt of being able to fly. Be one of the few who actually take the next step, and try the controls of an aircraft yourself. One of our friendly and experienced instructors who will explain the basic theory involved in controlling the aircraft. You will then be able to taxi the aircraft and once airborne you will take the controls and feel what it is like to actually fly.

These make great gifts for aspiring aviators - contact us to arrange a gift certificate


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A Flying Start

Our three lesson introductory package - Effects of Controls, Straight and Level and Climbing and Descending lessons, in both General Aviation trainers (Piper Warriors) and Recreational Aviation trainers (Jabiru J160C's).  This is a great way to get a flying start!

The nitty gritty, all lessons are 1.5 hours each, including ground breifings  :

RA : Flying in a Jabiru with our Recreational Aviation instructors, EoC, S&L and C&D (flight time 0.7, 1.0 and 1.0 hours) : $499 you save $95!*

GA : Flying in a Piper Warrior with our General Aviation instructors, EoC, S&L and C&D (flight time 0.5, 1.0 and 1.0 hours) : $699 You save $126!*

* - savings from our normal hourly lesson rate


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Learn to fly

The RAA Pilot Certificate / RPL (Recreational Pilot License) phase is the first step in becoming a pilot. One of our instructors will guide you through a simple step-by-step process, which breaks learning to fly down into a series of individual lessons focussed on the fundamental skills required to safely control the aircraft. This phase of training contains one of the most exciting stages in all pilots' flying experiences.... your "First Solo" flight. Once you have attained your RAA Pilot Certificate or RPL, you are free to fly whenever you like within the local area of the aerodrome.

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Spread your wings

After learning to fly, the next logical step is to use this new found skill to travel. During the Cross Country endorsement / PPL phase you will learn to plan flights, navigate, and how to deal with unexpected changes in conditions during a flight. Once you have finished this stage, you are free to explore the entire country by air.


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Advanced Training

Yarra Valley Aviation offers a wide range of advanced pilot training including:

  • CPL
  • NVFR
  • Instrument Ratings
  • Tailwheel endorsement
  • Aerobatic
  • Formation
  • RA instructor to GA instructor conversion


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Theory Training

Yarra Valley Aviation partners with Yarra Valley Flight Theory and our instructors to offer a wide range of theory training including:

  • CPL
  • PIR and IR (IREX)
  • PPL
  • BAK

Check the Yarra Valley Flight Theory web page for dates of upcoming PPL, Instrument and CPL theory classes.  BAK courses are run through the Lilydale Flying School and dates are published on our Facebook page and announced through our mailing list.



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