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Beginner Programs

Want to know what it feels like to touch the sky? Our beginner courses will show you whether flight training is right for you and all hours will count towards your pilot licence if you continue.


Recreational Aviation Programs

Jump into our Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) to experience the latest technology and achieve your flight training goals more cost effectively.


General Aviation Programs

Whether you want to fly for fun or pursue a career in aviation, working towards a GA pilot licence will give you the know-how you need to succeed.


Airline Interview Preparation Programs

Airline Interview Preparation Programs aim to develop your technical, theoretical and practical flying skills in preparation for your airline cadet pilot application.


Diploma of Aviation

Our Diploma of Aviation (CPL) is a 150 hours integrated flight training program preparing students to become a professional commercial pilot in 12 months.


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Our Flight Training

At Learn to Fly Melbourne (LTFM), we use an innovative business model, high quality aircraft and experienced staff to provide you with cost effective training that helps you reach your goals faster. We train everyone from novices through to advanced pilots and can make your flight training process easy, from the time you start building flying hours on day one.

As a flying school we deeply care about your experience as a student. We have helped numerous students achieve their flying goals and along the way we make sure you receive genuine support from us. Every student is unique and so is your journey to becoming a pilot. Our team and instructors will help bring out your best effort so you can get everything you can out of your time with us and enjoy yourself day in and day out.

Our Facilities

The school is structured and staffed with the aim of providing the highest levels of ground instruction and flying tuition, our instructors are well qualified and experienced. Student’s flying time will be supplemented by simulator time in a new TRC 472 simulator offering 180 degrees panoramic vision and glass cockpit technology, modelled on the Cessna 172.

These services combines with the best geography, airport and navaid facilities, together with Melbourne’s many variable weather conditions will give student the best opportunity to develop their skills as a professional pilot. The practical and theoretical curriculum at Learn To Fly Melbourne is based on building block principles with defined goals so that student will be able to assess their progress throughout the various stages of their course.


Meet the team

  • Junior Instructors
  • Senior Instructors
  • Consultants

Meet the team

Ermin Guido Javier Jr. - APTA

Senior Instructors

Ermin is the APTA Group Head of Operations, he served as a military pilot with the Philippine Air Force before moving to Australia, he is now a Grade One Multi Engine IFR instructor. Ermin has extensive exposure to management structures, lines of reporting and accountability. He has a high level of respect for the craft of instructing, and particularly enjoys aerobatics and feels strongly that this is an area that we need to develop.

Alex Hartkopf - LTF

Senior Instructors

Introducing Alex Hartkopf! Our RA Chief Flying Instructor (CFI), GA Grade 1 Instructor and RA Testing officer. Alex is an accomplished young man with over 3000+ flying hours and a double degree in Aviation and Finance. His German descent allows him to make great excellent schnitzel although he insists he’s grown up as a local Melbourian!

Cameron Mitchell - LTF

Senior Instructors

Cameron Mitchell is our RA Senior instructor and GA Grade 2 instructor. Cam almost pursued a career as a Sky Diving instructor but he later realised he liked being in the plane and not jumping out! Cam enjoys a chilled beverage in the summer sun. Originally from Melbourne Cam dreams of flying for an airline or flying for the Royal Flying Doctors service.

Wesley Kwok - LTF

Senior Instructors

Wesley Kwok has recently joined our fantastic team. Graduating with a Bachelors in Aviation from Swinburne University, he brings humour and instant noodles to the table. With his witty personality and shy demeanour, Ryan is the perfect fit with the LTF gang. Ryan dreams of being a house dad, and plans to have a girlfriend in every state in the world! Ladies, get ready!

Anurag Rawat - LTF

Senior Instructors

Anurag Rawat loves to eat! Co-managing an Indian restaurant he specialises in curries from the Himalayas. Anurag also manages aircraft maintenance. Having gained an bachelors in aviation business, Anurag loves all K-9s. He’s soon to take his dog flying!

Andrew Warland-Browne - APTA


Andrew is the APTA Group Head of Safety, he was a Grade 1 Instructor, Chief Flying Instructor, and Approved Testing Officer. In 1998, Andrew has started working as a contractor for CASA before being recruited to a full time position within the CASA Aviation Safety Promotion team. Andrew was a founding member of the CASA Aviation Safety Advisors whose mission it is to help the industry stay informed of a number of safety initiatives and education.

Wes Mason - APTA


Wes handles Document Management & Technical Services at APTA. Wes started his aviation career in 1985 with Qantas, Wes was a member of a major project to implement the unified departure control system, a key component of the merger between Qantas and Australian Airlines. During his time at Qantas, Wes worked in several areas of the company and his operational experience included expertise in customer service, systems management, load control and training.

Laveniya Ruthralingam - APTA


Laveniya is the APTF Group Internal Coordinator, she holds a CPL and Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating. She used to be casual B737 Flight Simulator Instructor. Laveniya will be assisting the key personnel of APTA as the Internal Coordinator.

Darren McPherson - LTF


We are very pleased to introduce Senior Captain Darren McPherson as our esteemed consultant. Captain McPherson has over 30 years of valuable flying experience and more than 18,000 hours! Starting his career as an aero club boy, Captain McPherson is an great example of what can be achieved through perseverance and dedication. He currently flies the A330 and A350. We are extremely lucky to have his wealth of knowledge onboard. Captain McPherson coaches our Airline Interview course and has since helped many students get their first airline job.

Isaac - LTF


Isaac is a Senior First Officer at a major International Airline, he flies A330. He is our flight training consultant in China. Isaac is also the ICAO English Testing Officer.

Horace Ho - LTF


Horace Ho is our flight training consultant based in Hong Kong. He pursued his dream of flying at Learn To Fly Melbourne, and he is now finishing his training with an Instructor Rating. Horace holds a bachelor degree in Biotechnology and he plays with his DNA during his free time. We are very proud to have him onboard. He is also the team captain of team LTFM at the Outback Air Race 2018. Woo way to go Horace!

Shuntai Tan - LTF


Shuntai Tan is our Singapore based flight training consultant. Shuntai completed his RPL in 5 weeks allowing him to fly solo! Shuntai aims is to become an airline pilot and is passionate about helping fellow Singaporeans aviators achieve their dreams.

Thierry d'Argent - LTF

Senior Instructors

Thierry is Grade 1 flight instructor with more than 3000 hours experience in flying different type of aircrafts from microlights to multi-crew operated, turbo propeller multi-engine aircrafts in different parts of the world.

Joel Fernandes - LTF

Senior Instructors

Joel Fernandes originally from Auckland New Zealand, says he likes the aussies better! Joel has a bachelors in Aviation and loves technology. He has worked as a front-end developer before returning to flying. As well as being a Grade 3 instructor, Joel is quite the man and holds a Boeing 727 Rating! Be sure to ask him questions about it!

Kamya Ghose - LTF

Senior Instructors

Kamya Ghose reins from the snowy peaks of Christchurch, New Zealand. Born in India, Kamya can converse in 3 languages! She is a Grade 3 Instructor and holds a bachelors in International Business and Marketing. Kamya loves taking selfies and looks after Marketing duties part time. Come take photos with her!

Ryan Chong - LTF

Senior Instructors

Ryan Chong originally from Hong Kong can converse in 3 languages! Working as a Grade 3 he insists his two favourite things in the world are Watermelon and Cats! Having completed a degree in Electronics and Communication Wesley enjoys music and says his secret talent is singing in a Cantonese!

Bob Yan - LTF

Senior Instructors

Bob Yan a city Sydney man migrated to Melbourne in 2017. Bob is our youngest Grade 3 instructor. He has a bachelors in Aviation and is also a qualified bartender! Bob is fluent in both Mandarin and English but says his secret talent is doing impromptu backflips! Meet the mysterious Jackie Chan of Learn To Fly.

Our Fleet




The Sling is a unique, all-aluminum aircraft with the feel and heft of a much bigger aeroplane. It was designed to be a cross country and recreational airplane, though it has proven to be an excellent trainer for pilots due to its amazing handling, near 360-degree panoramic visibility, 7-hour fuel range and great design.




The Sling is a unique, all-aluminum aircraft with the feel and heft of a much bigger aeroplane. It was designed to be a cross country and recreational airplane, though it has proven to be an excellent trainer for pilots due to its amazing handling, near 360-degree panoramic visibility, 7-hour fuel range and great design.

  • Lockheed Martin Prepar3D 2.0 Flight Simulator Software

  • G1000 Student Trainer from Flight 1 Aviation Technologies

  • Driven by Personal Computer

  • TRC Professional Rudder Pedals

  • Two Adjustable Seats

Our TRC 472 Flight Simulator is modelled after the popular Cessna 172 Skyhawk, all details are precisely reproduced according to the exact dimensions of the original panel and they can be found in exactly the same position. Training with the TRC 472 is extremely close to reality, but much more economical and fun.

DA40 is a four-seater reliable and durable aircraft, made out of light-weight and solid composite material. Powered with a CD-135 jet fuel engine and the Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system, enabling a seamless transition from RPL to CPL training. DA40 offers spectacular balance between performance and durability making it a perfect training aircraft.

The Cessna 172 is one of the most popular aircraft ever made, with over 43,000 being produced to since their birth year in 1955. They are used primarily for training and/or private use and are still in production today. Learn To Fly operates two Cessna 172s, R & S models, and they are almost identical to one another.

A twin-engine variant of the Cherokee family, the Piper Seminole is one of the most popular multi-engine trainers in the industry. With systems similar to the Piper Arrow, the Seminole provides an easy transition to multi-engine flight.

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