Cessnock Flight Training

Blue Sky Airways is a CASA approved flying school specialising in instrument rating, multi-engine, turbine and tailwheel endorsements from our Cessnock flight training base.

Our Cessnock flight training base specialises in advanced pilot training for both private and commercial pilots alike and is approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to conduct initial and recurrent training in the Cessna C208 Caravan Series of aircraft.  This includes the initial Gas Turbine Engine (GTE) endorsement.  In addition, we also conduct training for the Multi-Engine Class Rating and Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating.  Another speciality of ours is providing tailwheel endorsement training and type checkouts on our fleet of vintage aircraft comprising of the Piper Cub, DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver and DeHavilland DH82 Tiger Moth.

Cessna Caravan Training

The Cessna C208 and C208B Caravan series is covered by the Single Engine Aeroplane Class Rating, however is prescribed by CASA as requiring a course of flight training and a flight review on type before a pilot is allowed to operate the aircraft on their own.  We are able to provide this training in house at our Cessnock flying school, through a comprehensive course of classroom theory, hands-on show and tell at the aircraft and then in-flight training covering all aspects of operation, from pre-flight planning through to engine shut-down. 

Our Cessna Caravan instructors also fly the type on charter operations, so can offer expert insight into real world operations of the C208.  Our course includes briefings on gas turbine engines, turboprops in particular, and the Pratt and Whitney PT6 that is fitted to the Cessna Caravan.  We then do the inflight training as three individual flights to allow a debrief between lessons to provide the best opportunity for consolidation.  Approx. logbook time included is 3.0 hours.  The RRP for our course is $4500+GST and includes all training material.

For more information on the C208 visit our Cessna Caravan training page here.

Tailwheel Endorsement

The Tailwheel Undercarriage endorsement opens up a whole new world of aviation as many vintage and utility aircraft are fitted with a tailwheel (or conventional undercarriage).  Our initial tailwheel training is carried out in our classic Piper Cub fitted with tundra tyres.  The Cub is the perfect training aircraft, providing docile handling to allow a student to come to grips with the differences between tricycle and tailwheel undercarriage. 

We also offer the opportunity to move into the DeHavilland Beaver or Cessna 185 for advanced tailwheel.  Both of these types are heavier than the cub and therefore have greater inertia, resulting in different handling characteristics.  It is a requirement for Beaver or 185 training to already hold a tailwheel endorsement, which if you don’t have we can provide in the cub.

Our primary flight training base at Cessnock Airport, only 40 minutes drive from Newcastle and approx. two hours drive from Sydney, is located in the picturesque Hunter Valley which means we are fortunate to have an abundance of airstrips in the area on which we can conduct our tailwheel training.  This allows us to cater for all levels of tailwheel training, from the initial endorsement through to advanced training on “bush strips” and farm airstrips.

We can also provide instructor-only hire to train in your own aircraft.

Multi Engine Training

Blue Sky Airways specialises in conducting training for the Multi-Engine Class Rating and the Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating.  For pilots who already hold the ratings and require training on additional twin engine types we are able to provide training in a variety of multi engine aircraft to satisfy the general competency rule prior to operating an aircraft.  The mainstay of our charter fleet, the Piper PA31 Chieftain, is the backbone of general aviation in Australia (and throughout the world) and is a valuable addition to a pilot’s resume.  In addition to the Chieftain, we can provide competency training on smaller piston twins such as the Piper Twin Comanche.  We can also conduct training on your own multi-engine aircraft if required.

As with the single engine class rating, the multi engine class rating requires a flight review every two years, and this is something we can also provide to our customers.

For further reading on multi engine training visit our Multi Engine Class Rating page here, or our Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating page here.

Primarily we conduct the training from our Cessnock flight training base, however on request we can provide training at other locations to suit the student.

Hire Rates

For our current hire rates please visit our rates page HERE.