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.
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.