Flight Options Flight Training Centre Official Opening

Above from left: Phil Laffer (Flight Options Chief Pilot and General Manager). Hon Fiona Simpson (State Member for Maroochydore and Speaker of the House), Steve Padgett (Aeromil Group of Companies Managing Director), Mark Jamieson (Sunshine Coast Mayor) and Steve Robinson (Sunshine Coast Division 9 Councillor).

Flight Options, part of the Aeromil Group of Companies, officially opened a new Flight Training Centre at the Sunshine Coast Airport yesterday, Tuesday 04 December 2012.

Flight Options aims to bring a new approach to flight training, providing new facilities, new aircraft, the latest technology, innovative courses, a great location and highly experienced instructors.

Flight Options has been created to support customers who purchase Cessna aircraft from associated company Aeromil Pacific, and to promote flying. Steve Padgett, Managing Director, commenting on the Flight Options difference said “Many people talk to us about buying an aircraft and learning to fly, there are also many mature, successful individuals, with the means and application to learn to fly, but existing flying schools and old aircraft have just not motivated them to try. We aim to change that with our new flight training centre and promote flying once more as a satisfying pastime and challenging pursuit, as much as a route to a career in aviation.”

The Hon Alex Somlyay, Federal Member for Fairfax, the Hon Fiona Simpson, State Member for Maroochydore and Speaker of the House, and Mark Jamieson, Sunshine Coast Mayor will attend the official opening.

Flight Options Flight Training Centre is a new purpose-built facility, which includes simulator rooms, classrooms and flight briefing rooms with Category B simulators and Garmin G1000 training equipment. Airside, students fly new glass cockpit Cessna aircraft, equipped with Garmin G300 technology.

The new Flight Training Centre also offers advanced business and corporate aviation training utilising Flight Safety Level D full motion Citation Mustang simulators, the most sophisticated and advanced technology available for aviation training.

Flight Options key personnel includes: Chief Pilot and General Manager Phil Laffer, Chief Flying Instructor Tony Powell and Senior Base Instructor Mark Munn.

Flight Options instructors are highly qualified and experienced, employing innovative training techniques and the latest technology such as specialised flight training apps in an environment specifically designed for the pilot of the future.

Flight Options will be working closely with schools, colleges, community groups and the government to develop aviation courses that will advance the economic development of aviation in the region. Steve Padgett went on to say “I am also delighted to announce that we will be launching a local pilot scholarship program at the opening, an initiative we are very proud of as an investment in the local community and the future of aviation.”

Flight Options has also received international interest from as far afield as China, broadening the scope for further economic development in the Sunshine Coast region.

Flight Options Flight Training Academy courses:

  • Private Pilot Licence
  • Commercial Pilot Licence
  • Instrument Ratings
  • Flight Instructor Ratings
  • Aircraft endorsements

Flight Options Business and Corporate Aviation training:

  • Citation Mustang Conversion Training
  • Citation Mustang Recurrent Training
  • Citation Mustang Mentor Program

For full pilot training course information visit the Flight Training section of the Flight Options website: www.flightoptions.com.au/flight-training

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