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The Ultimate Scouting experience

Scouts Australia NSW fleet of four modern Cessna 172 aircraft are available to youth members aged 15+, adults and leaders of Scouts and Guides to learn to fly. Flying training is provided through our partner, Altocap Flight School.

You will learn at your own pace all the necessary skills to fly solo, obtain your recreational Pilots Licence (RPL), Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and even your Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) should you wish to pursue a career as a pilot.

The Centre has been operating for over 45 years. Our proud history has seen us train over 500 pilots. Some enjoy the exciting experience of flying recreationally, while many former students are now pilots with airlines such as Qantas, Jetstar and Cathay Pacific. Others have gone on to successful careers in aviation such as Air Traffic Controllers, aircraft engineers and more. They all achieved their goals through the Scouts Australia NSW Air Activity Centre.

The Air Activity Centre operates most weekends, with flying training available Fri-Sun. Like any other Scouting activity, it is run by volunteers and as such, our prices are very competitive. All student pilots become a member of the Air Activity Centre and help out a minimum of twice per term, working closely with other pilots during Activity Days to introduce youth members to aviation. It's a great way to make new friends and enjoy the aviation learning experience.

Achieving your Private Pilot’s Licence

Recreational Pilots Licence (RPL)

The first stage is when you will learn how to fly the aircraft. You will learn the basic maneuvers such as climbing, descending, turning, before practicing take-offs and landings in the circuit. After flying solo in the circuit, you will learn more complex handling in the ‘training area’ (local South West Sydney area) before undertaking your RPL test. Once you hold an RPL you are able to take passengers up flying in the training area.

Private Pilots Licence (PPL)

In this second stage you will learn to navigate outside the training area. You will learn to navigate visually using ground features and maps aided by instruments such as GPS during the later stages of your training. During this training, you will also complete solo cross-country navigation flights. Adding this with the skills you learnt in the RPL stage, you will be ready to undertake your PPL test with a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approved testing officer. A PPL allows you to fly and carry passengers all over Australia.

Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL)

Should you wish to pursue a career as a pilot, you will need a CPL. Training for a CPL involves further consolidation of what you learnt in your PPL training through advanced pilot training whilst also gaining flying experience in command.


Further Information

If you would like further information on learning to fly and becoming a member of the Air Activity Centre, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it