SAFT aviation training is about daring to dream. It is about taking that nose for freedom and adventure that all aspiring pilots have and pointing it at those limitless skies. We are committed to supporting learners from all kinds of backgrounds and lifestyles, we know that there is no single definition of the word ‘pilot.’

The thing that makes the industry great is its diversity and variety. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be as fit as an athlete or have the brain of a chess champion to be a great pilot. You just have the natural talent and skills to take control of some truly extraordinary vehicles. So, if you have always dreamed of becoming an airline pilot, don’t let anybody tell you that it is not right for you.

As long as you meet the basic eligibility criteria, you can kickstart your training and embark on a whole new adventure today.


Age Requirements

In Australia, the aviation industry has some very clear and straightforward rules on age. You are legally allowed to start training to be a pilot only after you have turned eighteen. You cannot progress towards becoming a full co-pilot (and then a pilot in command) unless you have clocked up the necessary amount of flying hours and have passed all of the industry tests.

Only experienced pilots are allowed to make difficult flights or take off in poor weather conditions because additional training in IFL (instrument flight rules) is required for this. You will begin your learning using VFR (visual flight rules), which is based on the ability to navigate using geographical and landscape markers.   


Education and Qualifications

The thing about commercial aviation is that it never stops changing. The use of complex technologies means that the industry is always in a state of flux. The aim is to continually increase the safety of passenger planes, so every time that a ground breaking piece of tech is introduced, pilots must learn how to incorporate it.

For this reason, airlines pay special attention to candidates with exceptional maths, science, and physics grades. However, with SAFT aviation training, the focus is on the individual. Our courses are designed to bring out your strongest qualities and help you overcome learning obstacles. If we believe that you have what it takes, we’ll do our best to get you there.


Physical/Medical Health

Once again, it is not true that you need to be super fit to qualify as an airline pilot. There are all kinds of flyers, with a huge range of body types and personalities. What you do need is the fitness to pass obligatory medical exams. Your heart, eyesight, lungs, and physical dexterity must meet the minimum standards. The two major sticking points – and the things most likely to bar you from flying – are poor eyesight and an underlying medical condition with the potential to immobilise you while in the air.

The typical medical exam includes a comprehensive review of your medical file. If the examiner spots anything of interest, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss it further. You will also be expected to have a hearing and eyesight test, a lung function test, a blood and urine analysis, and a more general physical inspection. In Australia, as in most countries, passing the medical exam is a non-negotiable requirement.


Why SAFT Stands for Support and Professionalism

Our mentors and flying experts are committed to supporting learners of all ages, because SAFT believes that there isn’t enough encouragement out there for aspiring pilots. There are so many myths and misconceptions about learning to fly and they can end up preventing talented people from realising their ambitions. We want to show you that it isn’t about being the fittest, strongest, or cleverest around. It is about being passionate and having the natural talent needed to conquer the skies.