Training ex Merimbula


What We Offer

Thank you for your interest in flight training at Merimbula Air Services. We hope this answers a few of your questions and leaves you with a clear picture of the path to become a pilot.

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We have 2 instructors at Merimbula Air Services:

Alan Lindsay


who holds an Air Transport Pilot Licence, instructor qualifications as well as numerous ancillary qualifications to benefit your flying experience:

  • Instructor rating with a grade 1 training approval
  • Recreational Aviation CFI
  • Flight examiner approval
  • Authorised theory exam supervisor
  • English language assessment approval
  • Master Science (Aviation) UNSW
  • Mechanical Engineering Advanced Diploma

Having an instructor with these skills will greatly enhance your learning experience. Alan has all the required qualifications to take you from never having been at the controls of an aircraft, to becoming a highly competent licensed pilot.

Matthew Allen

was taught to fly by Alan, who has had a continuous hand in his flying career. This ensures a stability and consistency in training. Both instructors work closely together, debriefing after lessons to ensure the best result for the student. Matthew holds a Commercial Pilot Licence and an Instructor rating with a Grade 2 training approval. The Grade 2 approval allows Matthew to send you solo once ready, to train you in all flight sequences, referring you to Alan for the final flight test.

No prior qualifications or skills are required to fly a plane. We teach you how to control the plane and some basic theory, and then have you flying on your first lesson! With dual controls we can help you or take over as required.

There are several different grades of pilot licence, each new level building upon the previous. You can stop wherever you like and enjoy the benefits of your new license, or continue with additional training to achieve the level you require. We do hire the aircraft to students once they have reached one of these milestones:

  • RPL- Recreational Pilot Licence
    The RPL allows you to hire the plane (or buy one) and fly 25 nautical miles (about 45kms) from the airport of origin and carry up to 5 passengers.
  • PPL- Private Pilot Licence
    This builds on the RPL with an addition of learning how to navigate cross country. The PPL provides you the additional privilege to travel anywhere in Australia. You can share costs of the flight, but not be paid for flying.
  • CPL- Commercial Pilot Licence
    Allows you to fly the aircraft you are endorsed on and earn an income.
  • ATPL- Air Transport Pilot Licence
    Highest level qualification allowing the holder to act as pilot-in-command on larger aircraft (eg. Airliners).

Certain aircraft have special design features such as a retractable undercarriage, and we can train and endorse you on those as well.

The path to become a pilot is relatively straight forward and does not require a particularly high degree of academic prowess. We offer a trial instructional flight so that you can see just how easy it is! Many purchase this as a gift voucher. If you continue with your training, this flight counts toward your total hours.

While there is a medical examination required before you fly solo, it has the same requirements as a truck driver medical, and is not overly limiting.

There are no minimum hours to keep the licence. It just requires a check every 2 years, with a qualified instructor. (We can also do this for you).

We train in 2 different aircraft:

  • We utilise the Grumman Tiger, a 4 seat aircraft that is fast, economical and fun to fly.
    Great for navigational trips as it will travel at 130kts and carry fuel for 5 hours of flight time.
    Cost is $350 per hour (dual) including your pre-flight briefing.
  • The Piper Tomahawk was designed as a 2 seat training aircraft. It will travel at 95kts and will carry fuel for 4 hours of flight time.
    Cost is $330 per hour (dual) including your pre-flight briefing.

We pride ourselves on giving great value flight training and there are no hidden costs.

While some are a little nervous undertaking flight training, they soon discover that these basic aircraft are straight forward to control and easy to fly. Nonetheless, becoming a licensed pilot will provide you with an incredible sense of personal achievement.

Let us know if we can help you further or if you have more questions.

Matthew Allen 0410 208111
Alan Lindsay 0428 588083

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Great day for practicing some prec searches! ... > More< Less

12 June, 2021
Great day for practicing some prec searches!

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Is that searching for precious people? Did you find me? I was on the lounge reading 👌

Not much snow at Thredbo on the return trip from Yarrawonga. Still a lovely trip. ... > More< Less

21 April, 2021
Not much snow at Thredbo on the return trip from Yarrawonga. Still a lovely trip.

Awesome day getting approved as a Parks Victoria tour guide.
Matthew is all checked out ready for Gabo island tours.

Leaving Merimbula Airport around 9:30 the flight to Gabo Island is down the coast. This takes in Eden, Boyd’s Tower, Greencape Light House and the spectacular sights of the Sapphire Coast.
We fly over the island for a birds eye view before landing (flight time approximately 30 mins).
A leisurely stroll past the assistant and light keepers historic granite houses onto the blacksmiths hut, starts to explore some of the vast history of the island.
The lighthouse itself is a granite masterpiece with walls over half a metre deep. Up the original steel staircase for 7 stories gives an unforgettable view! Simply amazing. (Penguin colony and the granite quarry as well as the stunning coast)
Once we have had our fill and eager for more of the rich history, it’s onto the museum room, were we read about the past keepers and the history of the light and it’s journey from a whale blubber lantern constantly manned, through to today’s technology.
Plenty more photo opportunities on the path back to the plane.
The trip back doesn’t disappoint with an abundance of unique sights.

Apologies for the lack of photos, I was too busy taking it all in.
Contact Merimbula Air Services for bookings! Phone 02 64951074
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11 February, 2021

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That's amazing Matthew Allen ..hope one day to enjoy this with you.. congrats..

Nanna would be so proud of you as are we, all the Sams

Well done Matt. Will have to look into that one

Way to go Matthew Allen.. That's Awesome😃

Well done!



Congratulations Matthew Allen 🥳

Well done Matthew Allen

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Huge congratulations to Tim on first solo this morning!
There was a bit of wind, and he had to deal with the Rex flight coming in, but took it all in his stride.
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5 February, 2021
Huge congratulations to Tim on first solo this morning! 
There was a bit of wind, and he had to deal with the Rex flight coming in, but took it all in his stride.

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Congrats Tim. You probably then went for a surf as well

Congratulations Tim.

Not even the skies are safe, the last haven for the anti-tim community

This is awesome Tim Allman

Nice job Tallman! P.s. loving the hair


Great job!

Great work Tim. May this be the start of hundreds if not a thousand hours you may spend with your feet in the air. you will forget so much as you progress... but not the first time the tall fellow lightens the load. Congrats.

Fantastic Tim... what a great thing to achieve 👏🙏

Congratulations buddy

Thanks Matt and Merimbula Flight Training!


Move over Tom Cruise ... there is another Top Gun in the skies ✈️ Well Done Tim 💜

I'm not familiar with this Rex character but he's no match for this guy in the striking green polo

I would also like to extend congratulations to Tim Allman for stealing Milk Arrowroot biscuits from Edna and then denying it.

awesome achievement, Tim!

Congratulations Tim Allman

Good stuff!

Oh my god!!!!

Wow 😳 congratulations!

I'd tap that!

Accepting applications for mile high club yet??

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