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Ultralight Training

Sky Sports Flying School
operates fully certified ultralight aircraft, and offers complete training for all would be 3 axis pilots. Training can be carried out entirely on your own aircraft or most students tend to prefer to undertake the initial training on the school's aircraft, then completing their tuition on their very own ultralight. Courses can be tailored to your individual needs, and onsite accommodation is available if you require.
Ground courses in every aspect of 3 axis flying are available for you to be able to complete your full pilot certificate and all of the various endorsements. Hands-on trial instructional flights are also available to give you a taste of this exciting form of aviation. Call to arrange a flight on 0419 942 645
We offer you a complete package tailored to suit all your needs, so if you want to learn to fly, have a trial flight, a conversion course, ground tuition, exams, general flying test, radio course and certificate, cross country endorsement, bi-annual review and aircraft inspections or just talk ultralighting then we can help.

Training Costs

We charge $198.00/hour for instruction in our aircraft and $98.00/hr in your aircraft
Theory and maintenance is charged at $83.00/hour
Onsite caravan accommodation is available for as little as $15.00/night/person with full use of the facilities that include showers, toilets, washing machine, stove, microwave, fridge and BBQ.

Training Times

Sky Sports Flying School operates mainly weekdays though weekend training can be arranged.
Actual course times vary with each student, the minimum legal requirement is that each student must complete 20 hours tuition of which 5 hours must be solo.
It would be unfair to the student to lead them to believe that everyone may achieve a pilot certificate in 20 hrs as this is usually not the case. 20hrs to 40hrs training is required for most students to achieve the required proficiency.
Training is most effective if it is done in 3-4 day blocks. This allows for a more intensive programme and also takes advantage of varying weather conditions. (top of page)

Training Requirements

To be able to obtain a pilot certificate for an ultralight the pilot must be-over the age of 15 and be of good health (sufficient to obtain an Australian drivers license)

Sky Sports can provide you with all the theory material required for your training and you are also required to purchase at least one ultralight theory handbook.

Clothing is a consideration worth looking into; our ultralight has cabin heat though it can still be a tad chilly on a winters morning. Warm clothes, i.e. fleecy track suit and windproof jacket and comfortable shoes
Headsets are provided by Sky Sports.

Training Facility

Sky Sports offers a modern, fully certified training facility which includes:

  • the latest model, fully certified and meticulously maintained aircraft
  • clean and security monitored hangar
  • air-conditioned classroom adjoining the hangar
  • scenic location called White Gum Farm approximately 15kms from York
  • several airstrips to train from ranging in length from 700mtrs to 1300mtrs

Families are welcome and are encouraged to stay. Children have the use of the ‘children’s playground’ with swings and trampoline and swimming. Bush walks in the evening followed by a nice BBQ make for quite a relaxed atmosphere. (top of page)

Training Theory

The A22 Foxbat ultralight is known for its ease of handling and SIMPLICITY. This is the same way we approach our theory training.
Sky Sports will provide all of the theory required to obtain your pilots certificate and a considerable amount more to give you the confidence to fly safely.
This does not mean that we will spend countless hours in the classroom pouring over manuals -- it means that we will be imparting applied theory and how it relates to our particular aircraft.
The RA-Aus have put considerable effort into their website with extremely good articles on various aspects of flight training, you are strongly encouraged to read them.

Trial Instructional Training Flights (TIF) $150.00

Skysports Flying School provides trial instructional flights (TIFs) which allow you to get a "hands-on" taste of ultralight flying before committing to a course of flying lessons.
During the TIF the instructor is seated beside you in the ultralight and handles take off, landing and most of the flying, but will hand over control to you for brief periods if you like. So as well as experiencing the thrill of "being up there" you will also get the opportunity to have a go at actually piloting the aircraft.
TIFs are conducted on a regular basis and can be booked by contacting contacting Gordon Marshall. (top of page)

Biennial Flight Review

It is a requirement that each pilot complete a flight review every two years.
A biennial check should be considered as an opportunity for the pilot to remove bad habits, brush up on their skills, and gain confidence.
A check flight should cover the same requirements as those for the issue of a pilot certificate such as --aircraft inspection, pre take off checks, circuit procedures, climb, descend, turns, stalls, forced landing, at least two circuits to land, post flight inspection and human factors, If a radio operators endorsement is held then correct radio procedures must also be observed.
The average check flight should last approximately 40 minutes.
If you require any info on the above requirements it can e-mailed it to you.

Aircraft Hire

Sky Sports Flying school has an A22-LS Foxbat available for 'wet hire @ $158/hr (incl GST)
Requirements for hire-- 

  • Completed Foxbat familiarisation flights to the satisfaction of the CFI 
  • Upon completion of hire the aircraft shall be returned re-fueled and cleaned.   
  • Insurance excess of $1100. 
  • Current on type ie; during the last 90 days have carried out at least 3 take-offs and landings whilst flying 'pilot  in command' on this model of aircraft.
Aircraft can be booked by contacting Gordon Marshall 

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