Do I have to meet a standard medical condition?
Yes! Certificates are used to determine a pilots medical status. There are three classes of certificate that may be issued each of which is a prerequisite to a particular pilot licence.
|Recreational||Recreational aviation medical certificate||May also hold a Class 1 or 2|
|Private||Class 2||May also hold a Class 1|
Class 1-3 certificates are issued by CASA after one or more medical examinations by at least a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner, and other specialists.
The recreational aviation medical certificate is issued by a medical practitioner and meets the modified Austroads medical standards.
Do I have to undergo a Security check?
Yes! Aviation and government regulations require that all pilots, or others (over 18 years of age) who perform activities in relation to aircraft, undergo a security check by AusCheck that must be validated prior to the engagement of an activity. AusCheck will check for criminal records, conduct a security assessment (ASIO), and check your residential status (citizenship and/or Visa approval).
You will be required to provide photos and proof of identification documents, some of which will need to be authenticated (notarised).
What importance does Apta place on safety issues?
The regulatory authority for the Australian civil aviation industry is the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). It’s motto “Safe Skies For All”, demonstrates that safety is THE biggest consideration over everything else. Consequently, the development of policy and regulations are cognisant of being ultimately in the interests of safety. This ensures that the industry as a whole inherits and contributes towards a culture of being safety conscious.
As a CASA authorised school for the training of pilots, APTA is very much a part of the safety culture. Our business systems, procedures, and our people, including trainees, all contribute towards maintaining safety awareness and allowing it to permeate into every corner of our operations. Every person is actively encouraged to pursue any safety issue be it perceived or actual until a successful resolution is achieved.
Am I covered by insurance?
It is a condition for any business that provides a service to the public to have Public Liability insurance. APTA has Public Liability insurance.
I want to learn to fly but get dizzy easily.
This is a common condition with just about everybody. It is an inbuilt response by your body to the presence of potential danger causing a feeling of nausea which goes once you move away.
When taking to the skies as a student with an instructor, and also due to the safety procedures that occur prior to the flight, the opportunity for potential danger is knowingly reduced and replaced by a feeling of confidence. The result, no dizziness! The same applies to parachutists, bungee jumpers, etc.