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TABLE OF CONTENTS

WELCOME MESSAGE ..................................................................................................... 2

ABOUT US ........................................................................................................................ 3

KEY PERSONNEL ......................................................................................................... 4

OUR AIRCRAFT FLEET ................................................................................................ 6

OUR BOEING B737NG-800 SIMULATOR .................................................................... 7

ADDITIONAL COURSES ............................................................................................... 7

WHAT OTHER COURSES DO YOU OFFER? .............................................................. 8

WHY CHOOSE AUSTRALIA FOR PILOT TRAINING?.................................................. 8

LIVING AND STUDYING IN AUSTRALIA...................................................................... 9

WEATHER IN MELBOURNE ......................................................................................... 10

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ............................................................................ 11

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (CONTINUE) ................................................... 12

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (CONTINUE) ................................................... 13

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (CONTINUE) ................................................... 14

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (CONTINUE) ................................................... 15

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WELCOME MESSAGE

On behalf of the entire team, I would like to introduce you to Australian Pilot Training Alliance
(APTA) and congratulate you on your decision to undertake your flight training with us. Choosing
where you will get your flight training is a very important decision and we are delighted to be in
this journey with you!

At APTA, we take pride in delivering our courses that provide our students with qualifications
and skills that not only exceeds the benchmark set by the Australian Civil Aviation and Safety
Authority, but also meets the standards expected by an airline for an entry level position. Our
senior flight instructors have amassed several years of real airline and or charter flying
experience which facilitates our students to gain invaluable insights about the expectations of
the industry. Furthermore, we ensure that all our instructors irrespective of their grade hold the
required qualifications and experience that is indispensable to train our students; they also
possess the same level of passion, motivation and determination that we have for our students
as we want to ensure that all our students will get the most out of their learning experience with
us!

We endure to maintain the highest standards of flight training without losing the sight of the
needs of every single student that trains with us. Principles of respect and fairness are clearly
displayed in our Code of Conduct. As a student at APTA, you will be treated as an equal
regardless of your race, religion, gender, marital status or disability. We do not tolerate any form
of harassment or bullying by any of our staff or students towards any other individual. We realize
that there is a great deal of effort and investment involved in reaching your goal and we promise
that we will do our utmost best to help you prepare for your aviation career in the shortest
possible time.
Every student has a story to tell, a journey to take and a
career to commence. I look forward to hearing and
sharing these experiences with you; welcome to our
amazing flying experience.

Fred Sada
Director
Australian Pilot Training Alliance (APTA)

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ABOUT US

Australian Pilot Training Alliance (APTA) was established in 2005 in response to the various
changes that had taken place in the Australian General Aviation industry over the past few
decades to promote standardised and cost-effective training environment across all its member
organisations. This resulted in creating a unique alliance between several FTOs in Australia. Of
the three hundred fifty odd flight training organisations in Australia, none has the capability and
calibre to deliver the experience that we are able to offer. Some of approvals and accreditations
we hold are as follows:
• CASA Part 141 approved
• CASA Part 142 approved
• Registered Training Organisation (RTO 22508)
• CRICOS Approval

Australian Pilot Training Alliance (APTA) trades in Australia with two distinct brands:

1. Vortex Air Elite Training Academy (VAETA), and


2. Melbourne Flight Training (MFT)

The VAETA brand specialises in Airline oriented flight training programs while MFT caters to the
recreational and domestic sectors of the market.

Vortex Air Elite Training Academy was destined to be different from other flight training
organizations right from its inception. Gaining a commercial pilot license was usually the end of
a student’s journey with their flight training organization. But at VAETA it was the beginning of a
new chapter! VAETA was envisioned to meet the ever-growing demand to supply charter-ready
pilots for Vortex Air Charter company. Pilots trained by VAETA and employed by Vortex Air are
highly sought after by many major airlines because of their skills and experience which often
facilitates them to effortlessly advance through the intensive selection process at the first go and
secure their next career in the airline industry.

Vortex Air Charter Company has been in the air


charter business for over 35 years, conducting both
passenger and cargo flights in and around the various
states of Australia. Vortex Air provides the
comfortable, convenient alternative to commercial air
travel specializing in luxurious as well as adventurous
flights to various destinations around Australia.

Tasfast Airfreight is a sister company of Vortex Air dedicated to providing freight management
solutions. They have been connecting Tasmania with the rest of Australia for nearly 25 years.

Vortex Aircraft Maintenance is the maintenance wing of Vortex Air providing professional
maintenance solutions to both Vortex fleet as well as to other valuable clients in Australia. With
their distinct knowledge and vast experience, they are able to provide maintenance services to
various types of aircrafts whether it is a narrow-body Beechcraft 1900s or a light aircraft such as
a Cessna C152.

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KEY PERSONNEL
Flight training at VAETA is carried out by the best instructors in the Aviation Industry. They have
years of professional experience flying as charter & airline pilots.

Naser Qushair – APTA & VAETA CEO, Line Captain


Naser has extensive background in the aviation industry. He is a qualified
airline pilot holding Australian ATPL Licence and FAA Licence with type
ratings on A320 and Fokker FK50. He has worked for airlines in Middle East,
India and Africa. Naser has held numerous senior airline management
positions including General Manager position for one of the airlines in west
Africa region as well as for a flight training organization in Australia and in the
UAE prior to becoming the CEO of both APTA & VAETA.

Glen Buckley - APTA Head of Operations


Glen entered the flight training industry after career change in his late twenties.
And has been involved for over 25 years. He had held teaching position in
Japan and Fiji island. He opened his own flying school in 2006. He has 15
years of experience as CFI / Head of operations. He holds a Grade 1
multiengine IFR training endorsement. Over 80% of his flying has been with
international students and this has been his passion.

Andrew Warland-Browne - APTA Head of Safety


Andrew Warland-Browne started his aviation career in 1992 where having
completed his Commercial Licence at Archerfield, he obtained an instructor
rating and by 1997, he was a Grade 1 Instructor, Chief Flying Instructor, and
Approved Testing Officer. In 1998 he was asked by CASA to help develop the
first pilot guide for Archerfield, which became the first of the series. The VFR
Flight Guide is widely lauded as one of the most useful publications that CASA
has produced for the aviation industry.

Maurice Toneatto - Senior Base Pilot/Grade 1 Multi-Engine IFR Instructor,


Line Captain (Vortex Air Charter)
Maurice Toneatto is a Grade 1 Multi-Engine/IFR Instructor with over 6,000
hours experience including RPT in turbine aircraft. Maurice has considerable
experience in aerial survey, aerial photography, coastal surveillance and fire
spotting operations throughout Australia. Outside of aviation Maurice is a
practising Architect and loves trekking through the ranges on his Anglo Arab as
well as catching a swell on the southeast coast.

Jacqui Armstrong - Senior Base Pilot/Grade 1/ Flight Instructor Rating


Instructor
Jacqui comes to APTA with over twenty years of experience in flight training,
charter and the airline industry. She holds a Grade 1 multi engine IFR instructor
rating and has several thousand hours of flying experience. Prior to joining
APTA, Jacqui was a highly respected training captain on a turboprop aircraft
with a major Australian Airline operator.
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Nicholas Brown – Boeing 767 First Officer/ Airline preparation mentor
Nick has been involved in Airline recruitment and is keen to mentor pilots
wishing to apply for that first Airline job. Nick's career foundation has been
through general aviation charter operations in the remote West Kimberley
town of Broome W.A. He has experience in the airline industry serving as a
First Officer on Boeing 767-300 ER, 737-800 NG and Bombardier Dash 8
Q400. Nick leads our exclusive in-house Airline Orientation Course.

Joel James – Commercial Pilot/ APTA ICT support/ VAETA Sales and
Marketing Specialist
Joel is one of our very first students from India. He had completed his
Commercial Pilot licence with us after which he went on to gain his
bachelor’s degree in aviation and his master’s in business administration.
He has several years of experience working as senior manager and is an
accomplished management expert. He is currently completing his flight
instructor rating at VAETA while working with us.

Sreya Brown – MFT Grade 1 Instructor Training Manager (International


Students)
Sreya completed her Bachelor of Aviation Management from Massey
University in Auckland. She began working in Broome, WA in various roles
such as operations controller and jump pilot. She currently works with us
as a Grade 1 flight instructor.

Shubham Shingote - MFT & VAETA Grade 3A Flight Instructor


Shubham was born in Nagpur, India. He had lived abroad in Kuwait and UK
before settling in Australia with his family. He completed his commercial
pilot licence from RMIT and then he did his multi engine instrument rating.
His passion for aviation led him to pursue flight instructor rating at MFT
shortly after which he was employed as a flight instructor at VAETA and
MFT.

Keziya Ani George – APTA Network & Administrative Specialist


Keziya completed her bachelor’s degree in computer science from India.
She worked in Dubai (UAE) as an ICT instructor before moving to Australia
to do her master’s in network and security at Monash university. Presently,
she works as an internal administrative coordinator and IT infrastructure
support at APTA

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OUR AIRCRAFT FLEET

As VAETA is a Part 142 flight training organisation, it provides us with the unique opportunity to
deliver training on any aircraft from a light aircraft such as Cessna C152 right through to a heavy
Boeing 737NG-800.

We are aware of the specific requirements of the DGCA regarding the types of aircraft that can
be flown, and we have tailored our fleet accordingly. Through the utilisation of our own simulator
and service level agreements with partner organisations, your access to aircraft and simulators
is extensive.

SINGLE ENGINE AIRCRAFT


• Cessna 152
• Cessna 172
• Piper Warrior
• Cessna 172RG
• Cessna 182 G1000

MULTI ENGINES AIRCRAFTS


• Piper Seneca
• BE76 Duchess
• PA44 Seminole
• Piper Chieftain

SIMULATORS ON SITE
• Elite I-Gate 623
• Elite I-Gate ATi
• Full Motion B737NG-800 simulator

SIMULATOR PARTNERSHIPS
• Airbus A320 I, II, III, CEET
• BAe 146
• Boeing 737 classic
• Dash 8 100/200/300
• Embraer 120
• King Air 200
• Metro III/23
• Saab 340

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OUR BOEING B737NG-800 SIMULATOR

Full Motion B737-800 simulator

VAETA is extremely proud of the introduction of our Boeing 737NG-800 simulator. This is a first
for a flight school in Australia and gives us a distinctive capability that no other school can offer.
Our inhouse simulator will be utilized for Airline preparation and MCC courses.

The Airline preparation course is designed exclusively for the pilots who have completed their
commercial pilot and MEA-IR with VAETA to be airline ready, be familiar with airline operations
and be able to understand the concept of Airline operations and Multi Crew flying. The course
will cover the following areas:

➢ Jeppesen introduction,
➢ RVSM, FMS, TCAS, EFB familiarization
➢ High speed performance and Aerodynamics
➢ High Altitude operations, Advanced Weather
➢ Despatch and ICAO flight plan, Jet engine operations

ADDITIONAL COURSES
Multi Engine Aeroplane - Instrument rating (MEA IR)
Complete the IREX theory examination required for your
Command Instrument Rating. Complete all practical flight
training for the Command Instrument Rating. Minimum 25
hours multi-engine training including 10 hours simulator.

Flight Instructor Rating


Learn to become a flight instructor and teach others the skills you have learned

Night VFR Rating


Fly at night in VFR (visual) conditions, a good introduction to practical instrument flying

Multi-Engine Endorsements
A must-have, for anyone wanting to fly any multi-engine aircraft.

Pilot in command PA31-350.


Building actual commercial flight time experience while
under supervision (ICUS) is a great way to learn practical
day-to-day operations in a real commercial environment.
You will be the pilot in command and fly with an experienced
commercial pilot to build time on PA31-350 aircraft on both
passenger and cargo flights to Tasmania and elsewhere.

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B1900 First Officer Program - Our graduates are
offered access to the first-officer program on Beech
1900C which is only available through the Vortex Air
Elite Training Academy. You will be the FO on multi-
crew operations throughout the southeastern states
of Australia. This exciting program will provide the
necessary experience and accelerate your career.

WHAT OTHER COURSES DO YOU OFFER?


Other Aviation Courses
These courses are offered to international students and are delivered at our campus in Australia
by industry professionals in association with ATT Dubai. All courses approved by UAE GCAA
Courses include:

• Flight dispatcher
• Accident investigation
• Diploma in Aviation Management

WHY CHOOSE AUSTRALIA FOR PILOT TRAINING?

Traditionally students deciding to head overseas for


pilot training will consider the USA, Canada, NZ or
Australia as the destination for flight training. The
recent trend towards Australia as the preferred
destination can be attributed to several factors.

• Australia has a well-established reputation for delivering pilot training to airlines and pilots
from across the world. The qualifications obtained in Australia are recognised and respected
internationally.
• Increasingly, many countries are making it more difficult for International Students and often
Visa applications are rejected. This causes anxiety amongst students and their families. The
Australian Government is highly supportive of developing our international reputation for
educational excellence. Student Visa applications for APTA/VAETA students are efficiently
approved in all but exceptional circumstances. In fact, the Australian market is developing
rapidly because of the difficulty in obtaining Visas for other Countries, and particularly the
U.S.
• The Australian Government has far higher levels of
International Student protection in place than other
Countries. The Australian Government invests
significantly in the education sector to ensure world
leading standards are achieved. Students funds,
students’ rights and student’s welfare are highly
protected with struct obligations provide on us as
providers.

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• English is spoken in Australia, and exposure to the English language enhances the students
experience. As English is the international language of aviation, this brings a significant
advantage to students.
• Australia is considered a world leader in matters related to aviation safety. The Civil Aviation
Safety Authority tightly oversees all flying training operations. The expectations placed on us
are high. This is further enhanced by our own active and robust safety department and
associated Safety Management System. Australia is one of the safest countries to train in
and has exceptional levels of emergency services and medical support for those rare
occasions where they may be needed.
• Australia, and particularly Melbourne are renowned for the weather conditions that pilots are
exposed to. Many International students that have graduated to airlines reflect on their
opportunity to be exposed to all types of flying conditions. Whilst some international
destinations may proudly boast of their ideal sunny weather, we proudly boast of the
experience a trainee pilot will obtain. Some Countries such as Canada can experience
prolonged periods of unsuitable weather which impacts on training and costs. Training
programs in Melbourne are rarely impacted by weather delays.

LIVING AND STUDYING IN AUSTRALIA

Melbourne is Victoria's capital city and the


business, administrative, cultural and
recreational hub of the state. The entire
Greater Melbourne area covers 9992.5 km 2
and has a population of around 4.5 million.
The City of Melbourne municipality covers
37.7 km 2 and has a residential population of
over 148,000 (as of 2016). It is made up of
the city centre and a number of inner
suburbs, each with its own distinctive
character and with different businesses, dwellings and communities living and working there.

Our main base is located at Moorabbin Airport in Melbourne. The Airport is located
approximately 5km from a beautiful suburban Melbourne beach, in an upper middle-class area
of Melbourne. The area is safe and well serviced. The drive time from Moorabbin Airport to the
Central Business District is approximately 30 minutes.
You will probably notice some lifestyle differences between Australia and your home country.
Here are some insights into Australian culture:

• Australians are quite casual and informal. For example, most


Australian students refer to their lecturers and tutors by their first
names.
• Australians expect everyone to be treated equally. It is customary
to thank shop assistants and other service staff when they assist
you.
• Smoking is not permitted in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and
many other public covered areas, such as train stations.
• Littering is prohibited, as is drinking alcohol in a public place.

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Most Australians will be happy to help you if you’re unsure of something.

Your living costs will vary according to factors such as your lifestyle and location. To give you
an idea of what you might expect to spend on living expenses each week, the Australian
Government has provided a guide:

• Groceries and eating out: From AUD$80 per week


• Gas and electricity: From AUD$35 per week
• Phone and internet: From AUD$10 per week
• Public transport: From AUD$15 per week
• Car (after purchase): From AUD$ 50 per week

Australia is a diverse and multicultural country. It is extremely welcoming towards international


students and migrants and celebrates the various cultures from which they come. With that said,
as with many other countries around the world, Australia is not free from crime.

WEATHER IN MELBOURNE
Melbourne is known for its fickle weather - the city has been described as having four seasons
in one day - but it can still be enjoyed all year round, and it is ideal for pilot training.

Summer (December – February)

Melbourne warms up in summer with mean temperatures between 14 - 25.3°C (57.2 - 77.5°F).
These months are dry, with occasional hot spells that can last more than three days.
Melbourne’s top temperatures are usually in January and February, when temperatures can
occasionally soar past 30°C (86°F)

Autumn (March – May)

Autumn sees cooler weather with average temperatures ranging from 10.9 – 20.3°C (51.6 -
68.5°F). Morning fog usually clears to welcome fine, sunny days, however toward the end of the
season there can be extended periods of light winds.

Winter (June – August)

In winter, average temperatures range from 6.5 - 14.2°C (43.7 - 57.6°F), and snow falls in the
north-east of Victoria, known as High Country. The weather is frequently cold and cloudy, and
nights can be accompanied by frosts. Heavy rain is rare at this time of year.

Spring (September – November)

During spring average temperatures range from 9.6 - 19.6°C (49.3 - 67.3°F). The season is
known as the most variable of the year, when weather can quickly change from calm and sunny
to cold and windy. Pack your umbrella – October is the wettest month with roughly 10 days of
rainfall.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

➢ APTA is both a Part 141 and 142 Organisation, what does that mean?

In Australia since September 2018, a new regulatory structure was introduced with two distinct
type of flying schools. They will be classified as a Part 141 organisation, or a Part 142
organisation. In APTAs case, we hold both a Part 141 and a 142 approval.

Part 141 schools generally being a smaller school, and catering to domestic students only, rather
than international students. Part 141 schools deliver training for “non-integrated” training for
single pilot licences and ratings. Non-integrated training is generally a less structured course of
training and therefore requires more hours to obtain a licence. A commercial pilot licence course
in a Part 141 school requires 200 hours of training, whereas a commercial licence in a Part 142
school only requires 150 hours of training.

Part 142 schools are larger schools delivering the more substantial levels of flying training
including recurrent training and contracted checking for Charter and Airlines, as well as
integrated training for PPL, CPL, ATPL. Integrated training being the more structured training,
therefore having a reduced hours requirement i.e. A Part 142 can offer a 150-hour Commercial
Licence compared to the Part 141, which can only offer a 200-hour Commercial Pilot Licence.
The Part 142 Organisations are the only organisations that can deliver multi-pilot crew licences
and multi crew ratings.

➢ Can I visit the CASA website to verify that APTA holds a Part 141 and 142
Approval?

Evidence of our Part 141 an evidence of Part 142 Approval can be found here;
https://www.casa.gov.au/search_aoc/Australian%20Pilot%20Training%20alliance

➢ I noticed that APTA is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). What does


that mean?

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are those training providers registered b y the
Australian Skills and Qualifications Authority (ASQA), and Australian Government Department
that monitors the delivery of vocational education and training. RTOs are recognised as
providers of quality -assured and nationally recognised training and qualifications. Only RTOs
can deliver nationally recognised courses. Our approval can be verified via the attached link
https://training.gov.au/Organisation/Details/22508

➢ I notice that APTA holds CRICOS approval. What does that mean?

The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS), is
a listing of all approved organisations in Australia. Our Company currently holds approval to
deliver two courses to overseas students, Our Organisations approval can be verified via the
following link
http://cricos.education.gov.au/Institution/InstitutionDetails.aspx?ProviderCode=02844F

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (CONTINUE)
We currently offer two courses
• Diploma of Aviation 092714D (Commercial Airline Pilot), a 52-weeks course and
• Diploma of Aviation 092715C (Instrument Rating) being a 20-weeks course.

With the applicable Australian qualification being issued on successful completion.

➢ Is the Australian CPL like the Indian DGCA requirement?


The requirements for the Australian CPL are slightly varied to the Indian DGCA requirements.
Your training program will be modified to ensure that it meets the DGCA requirements and
Australian requirements.

➢ What is different in an Indian DGCA requirement compared to the CASA


requirements?
• 100 hours Pilot in Command (PIC)
• 50 hours Cross Country
o Each leg 100nm or similar
• 40 hours Instrument Time
o 20 in an aircraft
o 20 in a sim, but at least 10 must be in a multi sim
• 15 hours of multi engine time
o Training is to be preceded by a 20-hours ground school and certificate issued.
o 3 hours at night
o 3 hours instrument
o 3 hours checks of at least one-hour duration. Day check conducted first.
o Valid for 6 months, so completed as late in the training as possible to facilitate
time to return to India and convert.
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➢ The Indian DGCA requires 200 hours. Shouldn’t I choose a Part 141 school with
a 200-hour CPL rather than a Part 142 school with a 150-hour course?

Indian Students will be enrolled in our 150 integrated CPL course, which has been designed
specifically with additional hours to meet the DGCA requirements. This provides the most
efficient and cost-effective approach.

Enrolling in a 200-hour course at a Part 141 school will incur an additional 10% Australian GST
tax, whereas the Part 142 school delivering a 150-hour course with an additional 50 hours to
meet DGCA requirements will not attract the 10% GST. This provides a significant saving to the
student.

Only the Part 142 school will hold the CRICOs approval, which is required to train International
Students. Therefore, an international student cannot enrol in a Part 141 school if they require a
Student Visa, they can however enrol in a Part 142 school.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (CONTINUE)

➢ What happens when I finish my training with you, and I have any problems
converting my licence?

Without doubt, one of the main advantages in dealing with APTA/VAETA is the ongoing support
that we offer. Often International Students from other organisations return to India and have
difficulty converting their licence. Many of these difficulties could have been avoided if the flying
training provider had the knowledge of the DGCA requirements that VAETA has.

For example, whereas most counties log in decimals, in India the preference is hours and
minutes i.e. 1.2 hours in an Australian logbook would be entered as 1 hour and twelve minutes,
documents should be written in blue rather than black, and many documents will require their
flying school seal. Prevention is the best cure, so we have the knowledge to ensure you get it
right the first time.

We also maintain an office in Delhi. This is not an agent. This is our own staffed office and will
be available to assist both prior to your departure, and on your return. The office is staffed by
pilots with significant levels of experience.

➢ Can my parents get regular updates on my progress?

Each of our bases has a Senior Base Pilot and a Training Manager on site. Throughout your
son or daughters training they will be able to provide us with a comprehensive report of the
students’ progress. To ensure quality control our Head Office staff travel every three months to
India, and we would encourage you to meet with the staff face to face in India wherever practical.
Arrangements can be made through our Delhi office.

➢ APTA has several bases, can you tell me about those?

APTA maintains bases at a number of locations. Our main training base is located at Moorabbin
Airport in Melbourne, as is our Head Office.

Moorabbin Airport is home to the largest commercial flight training centre for fixed and rotary
wing aircraft and Australia's third busiest airport by aircraft movement, currently recording
250,000 movements per annum! It has five intersecting runways, the longest being Runway
17L/35R with a length of 1,335 metres (4,380 ft.). Usually, two parallel runways are used at the
same time.

We maintain two additional bases at Ballarat Airport and Latrobe Valley Airport, approximately
100 kms to the West and East of Moorabbin Airport. An additional facility was recently activated
at Goulburn Airport approximately halfway between Sydney and Canberra. Through the use of
these varying locations we can modify training programs to have varying levels of congestion
and expose students to different climactic and geographical conditions. It also gives our
International trainees the opportunity to do some amazing sightseeing across different parts of
Australia! All of our bases have accommodation available for large groups of students when
required.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (CONTINUE)

➢ Why is APTA a better option for me than many of the other International
Schools?

 No other flight training organisation holds more credentials that APTA i.e. Part 141 and
Part 142, as well as being a Registered Training Organisation and holding CRICOS
approval.
 We have an impeccable safety record achieved over 15 years of operations.
 We are committed to no hidden fees. We will be entirely transparent and honest in all of
our dealings with you.
 We maintain our own office in Delhi, rather than use an “agent” or representative. You
will get honest advice.
 Often schools require large upfront payments that potentially expose the student’s funds
to risk. We offer ongoing payment arrangements to eliminate risk.
 VAETA offers a number of additional benefits depending on your program, our Delhi
office will be able to provide more details. Please ask about;
 Charter observation opportunities
 Pilot maintenance Course
 10-hours B737 Airline Preparation Course
 Two weeks “Airline Theory Course”

➢ I’m a female interested in becoming a pilot, are there any special


considerations?

Unfortunately, only 4% of pilots internationally are female. With QANTAS working towards 50%
of their pilots being female, that highlights the exceptional opportunities available for women
considering a career in aviation. Without doubt, Australia is one of the world’s most forward
thinking and progressive nations, and we strongly encourage you to pursue your dream. There
are no aspects of pilot training that indicate gender difference has anything to do with capability
as a pilot. Only by women choosing to enter aviation can strong role models for other aspiring
entrants be developed.

➢ How often do your courses start?

APTA offers start dates throughout the year. Your start date will be tailored to your personal
requirements and will be dependent on visa processing times. Visa processing times are very
efficient in Australia, so your personal preference will usually be the deterrent.

➢ Do you have any successful graduates that we could talk to?

Yes, we do. Many of our past graduates are flying either in India or for one of the other large
International Carriers. Many of those past graduates have made themselves available for
refence checking of our organization and personnel. We hope you appreciate that we cannot
give their details out to every single person. If you would like to discuss VAETA with a past
graduate, please advise our Delhi Office and they will accommodate your request.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (CONTINUE)

➢ My parents need an exact breakdown of how much it will cost to get a


Commercial Pilot Licence, can you help me?

We aim to be highly transparent in all our dealings with students and their families. We
appreciate that a significant investment is being made in your future, and it’s important that all
parties have clear expectations. Some of that equipment will be issued prior to departure from
India from our Indian Office, and the balance on your arrival in Australia. To reduce costs for
students we opt for electronic documentation rather than paper copies, therefore Trainees
should have access to a laptop computer during their studies. Please note that all prices are in
Australian Dollars. The pricing includes a “David Clark” brand headset at $600. Cheaper
alternatives from $200 are available.

• English Language Proficiency Test $100


• Set of Pilot Training Notes $65
• AIPs (Electronic version of rules) N/C
• Aircraft checklists $25
• Aviation Security Identification Card $205
• Civil Aviation Order (Electronic) N/C
• Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (Electronic) N/C
• Civil Aviation Regulations N/C
• PPL and CPL Theory Course $1800
• ERSA (Book of aerodromes) $36
• Enroute Chart $15
• Medical Examination and issue $800
• Headset (David Clark) $600
• Logbook $35
• Navigation Computer $65
• Navigation Protractor $15
• Navigation Ruler $18
• Planning Chart Australia (PCA) $15
• Visual Navigation Chart (VNC) $15
• Visual Terminal Chart (VTC) $15
• World Aeronautical Chart (WAC) $15
• CASA Theory Exam Fees $1200
• CPL Flight Test Fee $800

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‘we teach the world to fly’

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Australian Pilot Training Alliance
CRICOS Provider Number: 02844F, RTO Number: 22508

Head office: 2 Third St, Moorabbin Airport VIC 3194 Australia


Tel: 61 (03) 8586 7478
info@vortexaireta.com.au
www.vortexaireta.com.au

We hope to see you flying with us!

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