At SAFT, we believe in chasing dreams, even if it sometimes feels like they are a lot bigger than you. Learning how to fly is a dream that many people have and most nurture it from a very young age. It is not difficult to see why because flying represents freedom and adventure. It is a life skill that can earn you a wonderful career and give you the opportunity to dive headfirst into a truly extraordinary hobby. So, if learning how to fly is so great, why is the aviation industry currently struggling to source new recruits?

What is it about being in the air that fascinates and intimidates, in equal measure? Well, we get plenty of chances to ask young people about their thoughts on taking to the air, because our SAFT aviation courses welcome future pilots from all walks of life. And, crucially, we keep hearing the same thing; that huge numbers of people shy away from aviation training because they assume they don’t have the right credentials.

So, it is time for us to dispel some of the most common myths about flying and show you why aviation is the right career path for you.


You Have to Be a Genius to Fly

While there are some rigorous tests that all prospective students must pass before being allowed to fly, you’re not going to be barred from the cockpit just because you got a D in algebra or you can’t quote Shakespeare. Ultimately, aviation is its own discipline and being a great reader or good at spelling isn’t necessarily going to make you a better pilot. At SAFT, we’re committed to supporting those with natural talent. If we think that you have what it takes, we’ll help you get there.  


You Have to Know the ‘Right’ People

Like many industries, aviation is built on connections. There is a diverse and varied network of pilots, up and down the country, who are there to support one another in all kinds of situations. However, it is not true that securing a good job, after training, is only possible with the help of friends on the inside. With your SAFT qualification, you’ll have an accolade that showcases your skill and potential. And, our experts will be on hand to put you in touch with the people that can take you further.


You Have to Be Wealthy to Fly

Okay, so we can’t lie; pilots who are just starting out usually earn less than they expect. The good news is that this is a temporary situation. Graduates can look forward to steady pay rises, great working hours per month, and a very appealing selection of bonuses and benefits. Like all careers, aviation requires you to work your way from the bottom to the top, but there all kinds of support networks and resources in place to guide you through this process. You don’t even have to pay for your training outright. You can take out a loan and pay it back later.


You Have to Be Super Fit to Fly

This is one of the most pervasive myths about flying and it discourages thousands of talented students every year. It is true that you have to meet an obligatory standard of physical fitness before you are allowed to start training. However, it is simply not the case that you have to be as fit as an athlete to pass the medical exams. The only things that are likely to bar you from aviation training are poor vision and any kind of underlying condition that might unexpectedly immobilise you. Even then, cases are considered very carefully, on an individual basis.


Why SAFT is the Best Choice for Aviation Training

With more than a century of flying experience, there is no better choice for aviation training than SAFT. Our experts are some of the most skilled mentors and pilots in the world. They have worked with students from all walks of life and they can’t wait to help you take to the air. If you have a passion for flying and are keen to kickstart your career in aviation, let us give you the right tools for the job.


MELBOURNE: Come join us at our Open Day on Sunday, July 25th to meet our instructors, see our planes, and learn more about the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) AVI50215, offered by Box Hill Institute in conjunction with SAFT. Study for your Commercial Pilot’s Licence in only two years part-time, with classes on evenings and weekends – so you can still keep your full-time job.