Flight Options Newsletter – December 2012

Seasons Greetings from Flight Options!

Welcome to the Flight Options Newsletter for December 2012.

This year has been one of high growth for Flight Options, the company has invested greatly in new infrastructure, personnel and technology throughout all divisions.

Under the direction of our Chief Pilot Phil Laffer, who has been with me now for 16 years, we have established a dedicated Cessna Citation business jet charter service complimented by customer FBO services.

The other component of Flight Options is pilot training, a subject that is very close to my heart. I have wanted for many years to establish my own flight training facility, and provide opportunities to others to get a start in aviation, for a career, or just to enjoy the pleasure of flying privately.

I’m proud to say that we opened the new Flight Options Flight Training Centre this month, which was the culmination of two and a half years of planning and six months of construction. The end result from the ground up is a new purpose-built facility, with dedicated classrooms, simulators and new glass cockpit aircraft, It was also important to me to find the right people with the experience necessary to provide the very best flight instruction.

My beginnings in the aviation industry came from being awarded an RAAF scholarship at age 16 and going on to instruct, before establishing the business aspects of my career. An important element of the Flight Training Centre is the establishment of two scholarships, one each for a female and male in the Sunshine Coast region. I feel it’s important that we support the community where our business is based and part of the scholarship program will be to work with local school, colleges and other education facilities to develop aviation programs. The two scholarships are just the start of what I would like to do to create a career path, from initial training to actually working as professional pilot in the industry, for these up and coming young pilots.

The year has also seen the development a new Flight Options standalone website: www.flightoptions.com.au

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our business associates and in particular, our customers, for their support in 2012, and on behalf of everyone at Flight Options, wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

– Steve Padgett – Flight Options Managing Director

New Flight Options Flight Training Centre

Flight Options has established a Flight Training Centre on the Sunshine Coast Airport, Queensland, Australia, offering private, commercial and advanced pilot training in a tailored and professional environment.

With top of the range aircraft and flight simulators, some of the most qualified and experienced fixed wing instructors in Queensland and the latest in innovative technology, our students don’t just gain a qualification; they gain a skill that will set them apart from the crowd.

Flight Options offers a range of courses from private and commercial to advanced pilot training. Flight Options courses include:
Flight Training Academy courses:

  • Private Pilot Licence
  • Commercial Pilot Licence
  • Command Instrument Rating (Multi-Engine)
  • Flight Instructor Rating
  • Professional Pilot Program

Business and Corporate Aviation courses:

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

Visit www.flightoptions.com.au/flight-training for more information.

Corporate Jet Charter

Utilising air charter services makes sense when your schedule demands that you make the most of your time. Flight Options Corporate Jet Charter operate Cessna Citation Business Jets out of both Bankstown Airport, Sydney, and Sunshine Coast Airport, Queensland available for both domestic and international missions.

Cessna Citation Mustang – Bankstown Airport, Sydney
At just under 650km/h, the Citation Mustang is significantly faster than old-technology turboprops, it will give you the power to take off from just 947m of runway enabling you to go places that larger aircraft can’t.
Aircraft Details
Speed:                                     Mach 0.63 / 340kts / 630kmh
No. of  passengers:                5
Crew:                                      Single pilot
Galley:                                     No
Toilet:                                       Yes
External Baggage                    Yes
Pressurised Cabin:                  Yes
Maximum Altitude:                    41,000 feet / 12,496m
Maximum Range:                     1,150nm / 2,130km
Click here for more information or to request a quote

Cessna Citation Ultra – Sunshine Coast Airport, Queensland
The Citation Ultra is a fast, cost effective business solution featuring 1,680 nm/3,111 km range, a well appointed 7 passenger cabin with a galley, private toilet, external baggage and excellent short-runway performance enabling access to regional airports and more remote locations.
Aircraft Details
Speed:                                     Mach .755 / 430 kts / 796 kmh
No of passengers:                  7
Crew:                                      Two
Galley:                                     Yes
Toilet:                                       Yes
External Baggage:                   Yes
Pressurised Cabin:                  Yes
Maximum Altitude:                    45,000 ft / 13716 m
Maximum Range:                      1, 680nm / 3,111 km
Click here for more information or to request a quote

Flight Options Deputy Chief Pilot David Miller is in charge of charter coordination for the company. David brings with him 27 years of aviation experience, he is a former owner and operator of Air Link – a regional airline based in Dubbo and has extensive RPT/Charter and operational experience. David has 15,000 hours flying time in many different types of aircraft including regional airliners and business aviation aircraft.

Flight Options aircraft are backed by the service and support of our sister company Aeromil Pacific. All aircraft maintenance is conducted at their Authorised Cessna Service Centre.

FBO Services

With highly professional and friendly staff and a luxurious, air-conditioned FBO lounge, Flight Options customers experience nothing but the best service when using our FBO services.

Flight Options offers FBO customers access to maintenance services, through our sister company Aeromil Pacific. Enjoy your stay, and fly away with piece of mind knowing you aircraft has been looked after by a Cessna Authorised Service Centre.

Flight Options offers customers fuel at an attractive rate.

Flight Options FBO services include:

  • Hangarage (if requested)
  • Maintenance services (if requested)
  • FBO facilities
  • Free WiFi

For more information visit the Flight Options website: www.flightoptions.com.au/fbo-services


Flight Options Flight Training Centre Official Opening
4 December 2012
Flight Options, part of the Aeromil Group of Companies, officially opened a new Flight Training Centre at the Sunshine Coast Airport, on Tuesday 04 December 2012. The opening of the Flight Training Centre marked a watershed in Flight Options’s company history and personally for Managing Director Steve Padgett. Since commencing his career as an instructor at age 19, Steve Padgett has always maintained a passion for teaching people to fly. The opening of the Flight Training Centre has realised a long held ambition for Steve Padgett to develop a high quality pilot training facility.

The day was a great success, with speeches from Steve Padgett – Managing Director of the Aeromil Group of Companies, Phil Laffer – Flight Options Chief Pilot and General Manager, Fiona Simpson – State MP for Maroochydore and Mark Jamieson – Sunshine Coast Mayor.
Click here for more information on the official opening of the Flight Options Flight Training Centre

Christmas Closure

Flight Options offices will be closed from:
COB Friday 21 December 2012 and will re-open on Wednesday 2 January 2013.
For 24/7 Charter call: 0418 638 345
For 24/7 Flight Training call: 0408 201 630

Looking forward to 2013

2013 will be a year of increasing growth for Flight Options. With the Flight Training Centre now officially open, the flight training department is set to expand.

Flight Options Charter is looking to expand their range of charter aircraft to include a Cessna Citation II Business Jet:

Cessna Citation II