Royal Queensland Aero Club can also assist with your flight reviews and renewals for:
- Aeroplane Flight Reviews (formally biannual flight reviews); and
- Instrument Renewals.
Night VFR Rating
This Rating entitles you to fly during the hours of darkness. Up to this point all your flying will have been during daylight hours.
Firstly you will be trained in night circuit operations. The cues that are used at night are quite different from those which are used for daylight operations. Once your Instructor is happy that you have competently mastered the techniques, you will be sent for some solo consolidation of your newly developed skills.
After the completion of the circuit phase of your night training, you will then once again move further afield with night cross-country navigation exercises. You will learn the art of drawing a mud-map for the expected route, as well as polishing your skills using radio navigation aids.
At the completion of your training, you will need to complete a flight test; once again this is normally done by our CASA Approved Testing Officer.
Multi Engine Endorsement
If you can picture yourself lining up on the runway for take-off moving a whole handful of throttles forward, then a multi-engine endorsement is for you!
Your initial multi-engine endorsement will cover all aspects of operating an aircraft with more than one engine, in both normal and non-normal operations.
Initially you will go out to the training area for some basic aircraft familiarisation, before moving along to practice flying the aircraft on only one engine (asymmetric). Then it is back into the circuit area for some circuits – firstly with both engines working and then, when you have mastered the speed of the aircraft, it is time to hone your asymmetric skills. That is simply how to handle the aircraft when only one of the engines is operating.
Our three Beechcraft Duchess aircraft are ideal initial twin endorsement trainers.
An initial twin endorsement will take a minimum of 5 hours of flight training.
Formation Flight Rating
RQAC is well known for its formation flying teams. Many of our recreation pilots are part of this fun activity. We have had formation teams from 2 aircraft to an impressive flight of 10 aircraft, which was formed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers first flight. For pilots interested in joining the team or simply wishing to learn the art of formation flying, instruction can be provided at any time.
Manual Propeller Pitch Control Endorsement
Basic training aircraft used for the PPL level of training are normally fitted with a fixed pitch propeller. In other words the angle of the blade of the propeller (pitch) is set at manufacture and is not able to be changed in flight. More sophisticated aircraft are fitted with variable pitch propellers controlled via a constant speed unit (CSU). This enables the pilot to manually alter the pitch of the propeller blades relative to the airflow, which allows the aircraft to operate in a more efficient manner, and therefore fly faster and use less fuel.
The operation of this system requires a special design feature endorsement now known as the manual propeller pitch control endorsement.
Retractable Undercarriage Endorsement
The more advanced aircraft are also fitted with undercarriages that can be retracted into the aircraft fuselage in flight. This allows for far less drag on the aircraft in flight, once again allowing for higher speeds and less fuel consumption.
The operation of this system requires a special design feature endorsement known as the retractable undercarriage endorsement.
Pilots will usually complete both the MPPC and RET endorsement at the one time on the Cessna 172RG Cutlass; this endorsement will typically entail around 3 hours of flying.
Tail Wheel Endorsement
Most modern aircraft are fitted with a tricycle undercarriage – that is they have two main wheels and a nose wheel. Older vintage aircraft and aerobatic aircraft are often fitted with tail wheels. That is they have 2 main wheels and the third wheel is located under the tail of the aircraft instead of at the nose of the aircraft. This type of undercarriage arrangement requires a separate endorsement, as the handling characteristics of the aircraft on taxiing and landing are significantly different.
For pilots who undertake aerobatic training, the tail wheel endorsement will be covered as part of the aerobatic training.
If you are looking for a more unusual outlook on the world, or for those who would simply like to take their aircraft-handling skills to a new level, we offer aerobatic training in the Decathlon.
Some pilots develop a real passion for aerobatics, and for those souls the prospect of flying straight and level is just plain boring! For them true exhilaration comes from turning and twisting their aircraft across the sky in ever more unusual attitudes. For these pilots, we are able to offer advanced aerobatic training. This can simply be for great personal enjoyment and satisfaction. If the prospect of a little competition takes your fancy then perhaps you would be interested in matching your aerobatic skills against other pilots at competition level. You are able to choose the types of maneuvers that you are interested in trying including loops, barrel rolls, aileron rolls, spins to name but a few. The hours taken to complete the training will vary according to the number of maneuvers that you wish to master, and the level you wish to achieve.