The Pilot Experience is the perfect opportunity for someone contemplating getting their pilots licence to experience first-hand what it’s like to be a pilot.
This learn-to-fly experience is the perfect opportunity for someone contemplating getting their pilots licence to experience first hand what it’s like to pilot a light aircraft around the skies of Melbourne.
Your experience begins with a 20 minute pre-flight briefing where all of the flight instruments and controls of the aircraft will be explained to you, so that once you get into the cockpit you will have a basic understanding of what is happening around you. During this time you will also have the opportunity to ask any questions about the flight or the aircraft.
With the ground formalities out of the way it’s on to the pre-flight inspection of your aircraft. The pilot will spend around 5 to 10 minutes with you checking over all the basics such as fuel, oil, control surfaces, tyres, propeller, etc. Now it’s time to strap yourself in, start up and taxi down to the runway. Depending on the conditions on the day your instructor may actually let you take off, if not he/she will hand over the controls to you and let you fly once the aircraft is airborne and underway. Your instructor will take over at various times to demonstrate different things to you but for the most part you will be flying the aircraft.
Remember to glance at the scenery occasionally and take in the spectacular views of Melbourne's beautiful city skyline. The total aircraft time is 30 minutes. The total adventure is approximately one and a half hours.
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Thank you to Hugh Jones - excellent, friendly staff member you have there!
Great experience. Professionally organised and run.
My piloting instructor huw was excellent.
Greatest 30 minutes of my life, can't wait to do it all again!
the girl that helped me out on the australia day holiday was great....i think her name was Holly
Charles the flight instructor was fantastic.
Will highly recommend
Bought as an birthday gift for my boyfriend. It was fantastic! We had to reschedule our first booking and it was done so with Tristar with no fuss. On the day, the instructor was very energetic and accommodating. Highly recommended!
Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Staff at Tristar aviation were professional and friendly which made the experience very enjoyable.
Great experience Charles the instructor was both plesent and knowledgable. Had a great time and would love to to it again
AVAILABILITY This experience operates 7 days per week (excluding Christmas day) generally between the hours of 8.30am and 5.30pm. You will need to allow 1.5 hours for the entire adventure. Weekends are generally booked months in advance, so please be flexible if you can only fly at weekends.
TRANSPORT Transport is not provided. If you are traveling via Public transport, there is a train service to Cheltenham then bus services along Centre Dandenong Road to the Airport entrance or by taxi.
Please contact us if you do not understand spoken English and we will attempt to find an instructor that speaks your mother tongue.