So you want to fly to Rottnest Island?

Many people dream of being able to fly themselves and their family or friends to Rottnest Island for the day. And with UFC it’s possible. Learning to fly isn’t as hard or as expensive as you might think. Our club has been helping people get their wings for over 50 years.

First up take a look at our learning to fly page – there’s now two different types of licences available (Recreational Pilots Licence and Private Pilots Licence). The recreational is a good starting point and is essentially a limited version of the PPL which lets you ‘add on’ extra privileges as you progress through training. The PPL allows you to do more but costs more and takes longer to acquire. You can also find a helpful article about the costs of learning to fly at Jandakot, Western Australia in our aviation blog.

The best way to get a taste of what it is like to learn to fly and actually experience first-hand what it is like to fly to Rottnest Island yourself is to take a 1 hour Trial Introductory Flight. You will fly the aircraft with the help of an instructor and experience the thrill of piloting an aircraft.

Learning to fly is a fantastic and rewarding experience you meet great people and learn many skills that will stay with you for life. If you want to know more contact one of our committee members.

Check out some of our Club Members photos from Rottnest Island:

Become a pilot from as little as $6460*

We have recently updated our Learning to Fly information page which contains all the updated information about the Recreational Pilots Licence (RPL) and Private Pilots Licence (PPL). This includes indicative costs for each type of licences, the benefits and limitations of each, minimum hours required, etc.

With the introduction of the RPL or Recreational Pilots Licence – students now have access to a much faster and more affordable method of getting flying without the restrictions that were previously placed on the GFPT. The RPL is intended for people who aren’t going to pursue a career in aviation and just want to enjoy the experience of flying for pleasure.

For more information see your Learning to Fly page.

*This is an indicative cost only. Costs vary depending on wide variety of factors and this should be considered a minimum for aircraft and instructor hire for someone with exceptional ability and existing equipment.

UFC and CFC Reciprocal Membership starts July 2014

After some negotiation, University Flying Club (UFC) has entered into an affiliation agreement with the Curtin Flying Club (CFC). This is seen as a reciprocal arrangement giving members of each club access to each other’s aircraft to the benefit of all. For members of both clubs, there will be no change to the fee structure initially. However, club membership fees will be aligned in due course so as not to disadvantage one club over the other. Aircraft usage costs will be as determined for each aircraft by their respective clubs. Each club will maintain their own committees and operate independently of one another.

For aircraft usage, each club will maintain the existing application, induction and checking procedures. How to go about these, contacts and aircraft location are detailed below.

About the Curtin Flying Club (CFC)

Curtin Flying Club commenced operations in 1975 with a leased C150 and the view of offering affordable flying to its members. It currently owns two C172SP aircraft: CYQ and KXW (G1000 equipped). Both aircraft are housed and managed through RACWA. Further information on the club can be obtained from the web site www.curtinflyingclub.com.au or from the President (Malcolm Roberts 0407242283; email yodel_bear@yahoo.co.uk) Vice-President (Peter Mitchell 0418924931) or Secretary (Peter Taylor 0417097813; email seccfc@curtinflyingclub.com.au). Access to the aircraft generally involves an introduction to club procedures at YPJT including the booking system and, depending on experience, a trial flight usually with a committee member. These are not mandatory and are based on merit. For those who wish to fly the G1000 equipped aircraft, a two hour introductory course on its operation is required (free of charge to club members) for those who are not familiar plus a short trial flight. Headsets can be hired from RACWA and the club has its own lifejackets for hire if needed.

 

About the University Flying Club (UFC)

University Flying Club was established in 1964, as a non-profit organisation with the aim of providing more affordable flying to members and the University Community. Over the years UFC has operated 20 aircraft, including various C150s, C172/RGs, Victa Airtourer 100s, PA38 Tommahawks and the Grumman AA5B.

The club currently owns a 2011 PiperSport VH-EZT. The aircraft is a 2-seater with modern 3-panel glass avionics. The aircraft is based at Jandakot Flight Centre (JFC). Hire approval involves a club induction at Jandakot and completion of check-ride with one of clubs nominated instructors. Headsets / lifejackets are provided free of charge and after-hours access is always available

More information can be found on the club website (http://uniflying.org.au/) or by contacting the President (Scott Palmer 0410556387). Note: There is no requirement to be affiliated with a University to join UFC.