1. Year 5/6 Geography Excursion – Snowy Hydro

    19 June @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm AEST
  2. WABIAD – Hot Chocolate and Cupcake Stall

    20 June @ 8:45 am - 3:30 pm AEST
  3. Year 12 Music Soiree

    20 June @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm AEST
  4. SMGS Screening of Finding the Line

    21 June @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm AEST


  • SMGS enrichment program set to enter 3 teams in the 2018 ‘Write a Book in a Day’ Competition

      The next exciting event on the SMGS enrichment calendar is the ‘Write a Book in a Day’ competition.  This competition involves teams of between five and ten students who must write, illustrate and word process a children’s book in a twelve-hour period.  All books are given to children’s hospitals throughout Australia and competition entry […]
  • SMGS Snowsports Program to screen ‘Finding the Line’

    To welcome the start of the 2018 snowsports season, the Snowy Mountains Grammar School snowsports program will be hosting a screening of the film Finding the Line at the Jindabyne Cinema on Thursday, 21 June at 6:30 pm. The 21st of June is the winter solstice. The screening of Finding the Line on this date […]
  • SMGS teams headed to the Australian Aeronautical Velocity Challenge Regionals!

    Earlier today, two teams of four students (a junior and senior team) departed for Ulladulla to take part in the Australian Aeronautical Velocity Challenge Regionals. Both teams will encounter challenges in the following three categories: Bottle Rockets Propeller Powered Planes Drones This is the first time SMGS has attended this event and we wish both […]
  • SMGS 2018 Athletics Carnival Program

    The 2018 SMGS Athletics Carnival will kick off tomorrow at 8:00 am! The 2018 program is now ready If you are planning on spectating, volunteering or attempting to break a school record 🙂 Good luck to all students competing and thank you to all parents and staff who are assisting at the event tomorrow. The program […]

Aviation Program

//Aviation Program

The Aviation program at SMGS is one of the few aviation educational opportunities offered at Senior School level in Australia.

The Aviation Program offered at SMGS is one of the few aviation educational opportunities o ered at the secondary school level in Australia. The courses o er those interested in ying as a career, or for recreation, or those interested in other careers in the aviation industry, the opportunity to begin their aviation studies while still at school. The following courses, providing commercial quali cations, are o ered at the school:

Course 1: RA-Aus Pilot Certificate

This course o ers both a theory component and ight training. An RA-Aus Pilot Certi cate quali es a pilot to y within a radius of 25 nautical miles from their training aerodrome and to y up to 10,000 feet above mean sea level, during daylight hours and in good visibility. This quali cation does not permit entry into ‘controlled’ airspace nor to carry a passenger. Furthermore, the pilot is only allowed to y a ‘light sports’ aircraft.

Course 2: RA-Aus Cross-Country Endorsement / Passenger Carrying Endorsement

The prerequisite for these courses/endorsements is an RA-Aus Pilot Certi cate. Students study legislation pertaining to carrying a passenger, navigation, meteorology and ight planning. The Cross-Country endorsement authorises a pilot to y almost anywhere in Australia, outside ‘controlled’ airspace.

Course 3: Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) Course (Quadcopter Drone)

This course prepares students to undertake the commercial Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) theory examination and a ying assessment provided by an external supplier.

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.

Program Success

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.

In 2017 Jack Celestino (SMGS Alumnus 2013) qualified for the Air Arabia Cadet Scheme and is being trained to fly an A320 passenger jet.

Click the image above to download the 2018 Aviation Program handbook.

Recent posts about Aviation

SMGS inaugural drone flying day

By | February 19th, 2018|Categories: Academies, Alumni, Aviation, Boarding, Co-Curricular, School of Aviation, Senior School, Technology|

Friday the 16th February saw the inaugural flying training day for students undertaking the RePL (drone) licence course. The day was conducted by John Flemming (Chief Flying Instructor – FPV Australia) and Phil Ryrie (Head [...]

Drone Course Set for Take-off at SMGS

By | September 29th, 2017|Categories: Academies, Aviation, Boarding, Co-Curricular, School of Aviation, Senior School, Technology|

In its 10th year of operation, SMGS’ School of Aviation is proud to announce the addition of the Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) Course (Quadcopter Drone). The course joins a stellar line-up of options boasted by [...]

SMGS Wins Innovative Schools Award for Second Year in a Row

By | September 4th, 2017|Categories: Academic, Academies, Aviation, Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Elite Snowsports Academy, Junior School, Let's Explore, Principal, Senior School, Snowsports|

Twenty-one years ago, Snowy Mountains Grammar School set out to offer a diverse range of opportunities, leading to the development of outstanding citizens equipped for an ever-changing world. Fast forward to 2017 and the school’s [...]

My first solo flight – written by Tolina Davis

By | January 25th, 2017|Categories: Aviation, Co-Curricular, Senior School, Uncategorised|

On 14th February, 2016, a day for celebrating those you love, I celebrated my love of the skies and flew solo for the first time. It was an amazing experience. I’ve studied aviation theory at [...]

Gaining my Pilot Certificate – by Nicholas Nanninga, Year 12

By | December 5th, 2016|Categories: Academies, Aviation, Boarding, Co-Curricular, Senior School, Uncategorised|

November has been an important month for me. Not only did I put P-plates on my first car but I also attained my RA-Aus Pilot Certificate, the freedom and independence of which is pretty [...]

Everything you need to know about the location of Snowy Mountains Grammar School

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: Aviation, Boarding, Co-Curricular, Equestrian, Mountain Biking, Senior School, Snowsports|

Location, location, location Snowy Mountains Grammar School is nestled in the foothills of Australia’s stunning alpine region and located on the banks of the beautiful Lake Jindabyne. This environment provides our students with opportunities that [...]