The Aviation program at SMGS is one of the few aviation educational opportunities offered at Senior School level in Australia.
The course offers those students who are interested in flying for recreation or as a career, the opportunity to begin their aviation studies while still at school. Participants study aviation theory as well as participating in flying lessons.
Participants complete a Pilot Certificate Theory course, covering basic aeronautical knowledge, air legislation, flight radio endorsement and human performance and limitations.
We also offer the Cross Country Endorsement Course, covering navigation, meteorology and flight preparation.
SMGS offers students the opportunity to undertake the RA-Aus Pilot Certificate with endorsements – a cost-effective entry point into the world of aviation. Students can also convert from the RA-Aus Certificate to a Private Pilot Licence (PPL).
All flying is conducted out of the Jindabyne Randall Community Aerodrome through Alpine Aviation Australia. AAA’s Chief Flight Instructor, Martin Hughes, is a former RAF pilot with over 3,000 hours’ flying experience.
While with the RAF, he trained jet pilots and was the trainer of the Red Arrows formation acrobatic team.
Now entering its seventh year, seven of our former program participants have graduated to solo flight and four have obtained their pilot licence. One of our students recently earned a $2,500 flying scholarship from RA-Aus.
Two of our graduates have been accepted into the NSW University Aviation program and another has been accepted into aviation at the Defence Force Academy. Additionally, our first program graduate is now First Officer with Sharp Airlines.