FAQ

This is a few of the most common questions some of our students in the past have asked, have a read. If you still have questions, please feel free to email fly@mfs.com.au or call us on +61 3 9580 8822

Where is MFS?

MFS is located at Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne Australia

How long has MFS been training pilots?

Moorabbin Flying Services (MFS) is located on Northern Avenue, Moorabbin Airport, behind the Large DFO Shopping Centre. The flying school consists of two large theory classrooms and a hallway of pre-flight briefing rooms, for students to be trained in. Our larger theory rooms are equipped with roof mounted projection facilities, in order for us to brief our students using both whiteboard and digital media. We also operate a dedicated simulator training room for all our simulator training, which houses our full motion CKAS Motion Sim synthetic flight training device.

Our student pilots have access to a pilot lounge, plus a large pilot study area in order to plan their flights and ensure a quiet place to study. Our reception area is usually the hub of activity, with student pilots and instructors constantly coming and going from the flight line. MFS provides access to computer facilities and Wireless Internet, which is available throughout the entire building for weather briefings and submission of flight plans.

How many aircraft does MFS have?

MFS have a total of 12 aircraft ranging from light training aircraft to heavy twins used for interstate charters and advanced training. 8 single engine and 4 multi-engine aircraft. Read and see more here.

Getting your first job.

As with any profession, your first job can be the most challenging to obtain and aviation is no different. Unless you are part of a cadetship that offers immediate employment on completion of the course, a newly qualified commercial pilot will apply for a number of pilot positions until they are finally hired.

A proportion of new pilots will start out as a contractor and not full time. This may mean that your salary will not cover you weekly expenses. So what happens then? At MFS, we have already thought of this and have partnered with Chisholm TAFE to deliver a Certificate III in Tourism as additional study to your CPL training. This course in compulsory for all our CPL students.*

Why you ask? By having this additional qualification it can open opportunities to supplement your income while you’re flying part time. Importantly an aviation operator can see you have additional skills that maybe a direct benefit to their operation. Giving you an advantage over a new pilot with just a commercial pilot licence.

Having this qualification offers the opportunity to network, gain new contacts that may lead to further job prospects in the region.

We know of one operator who, before hiring a new pilot, likes to see them working at a non-aviation related business as it reassures them that you are more likely to stay.

It is important to be able to offer the aviation operator some additional and compelling advantages they will benefit from by hiring you.

*students that already have completed a cert IV or higher this course is optional. Students enrolled in the Sharp Airline’s First Officer Cadetship Program are exempt from doing this course.

Why MFS?

Our flight instructional team have a combined total flying experience in excess of 100,000 hours. We have a compliment of current airline captain’s and ex airline pilot’s flying for our organization. Our CFI (Chief Flying Instructor) has over 40 years of experience in General Aviation. This combination of experience amongst our instructional staff ensures that our students are receiving the very best and safest training possible. Our CFI is also a CASA approved testing officer which means you can complete your flying test/s when you are ready and not when the department decide they are ready to do them! I would also like to mention our aircraft to you. Our fleet is near new with the oldest aircraft being 9 years old and the newest is just over 3 years old giving us the newest fleet in Australia with an average age of just over 4 years. While on face value this may not seem to be that significant we believe that it is worth mentioning particularly when you compare our fleet with the average flying school fleet which is in excess of 35 years. We are in fact the only flying school in Australia that has a complete fleet of aircraft younger than the pilot’s flying them! Some schools will tell you they have new aircraft on their flight line, but when you turn up you find out they have 1 or 2 not a complete fleet. The best part of this is you will pay more or less the same money for one of our new aircraft as you will for one of these 35 year old museum pieces! We also have a range of both traditional analogue style aircraft and the latest “glass cockpit” technology for our students to learn in, which value adds to their training.

We don’t churn out pilots.

We are dedicated to providing high quality training. Our ground theory has been especially written to a very high standard and has been co-written by one of the leading authors in the field. Our instructors are “hand-picked” to our thorough selection process. Our aircraft, as mentioned above, is one of the most modern fleet in Australia.
To preserve quality training we don’t have 80 students in a class at any one time. Keeping our classes to around 15 students to each group ensures students have plenty of quality time with their instructors. Students are not lost in the crowd but can expect individual attention if need be and are valued as a person. This enables us to achieve a successful rate of approximately 98% of our students obtaining work in the aviation/aerospace industry.
We believe in a positive training environment for all, as this encourages learning, promotes the investigation of new ideas and thinking, interaction with the industry, is supportive & stable and provides equality for all.
Our curriculum is relevant to industry expectations and skill sets. Our students are important to us and are not “just-a-number”. Our Duty of Care is second to none, we understand there will be times when support is needed and we have a range of methods (academic or non-academic) available to help students can achieve their goals.
In addition to our flight training we include a number of industry relevant projects & visits which will enable you to be better prepared for that all important first pilot job.

How long will it take to complete my licence?

Private Pilot LicenseCan be done in 3 months by a dedicated person who is here everyday. However, typically a person may take up to a year or two to complete their private licence on a part-time basis. This will complete around 65 hours flight time together with the successful completion of their theory exams.

Commercial Pilot License Students entering into our integrated AVI40108 Cert IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Aeroplane Licence) has the choice of 2 options:

  • Option 1. Undertake the full-time course for 30 weeks (plus 3 weeks term break). This is broken down into 3 ten week terms of 5 days per week.
  • Option 2. Undertake the part-time course of 50 weeks (plus term breaks). This course is broken down into 5 ten week terms of 3 days per week.

Importantly student complete the course in a twin engine and not a single engine aircraft.
IFR. Students who have completed the above course have the option to undertake the integrated AVI50408 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Flight Operations). This is conducted in our twin engine Seminole.
Full time student can complete this in 1 ten week 10 weeks (5 days per week) or in 15 weeks (3 days per week).

Instructor rating.
This full time course has a duration of 8 – 10 weeks full-time.