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About Flight Academy Australia

Based at Melbourne’s Essendon Airport, FLIGHT ACADEMY AUSTRALIA is approximately 5 nautical miles (10 kilometres) north of Melbourne CBD.

Aviation Pilot Training

The Academy’s special focus is providing airline pilot training for Australia & the Asia-Pacific region. We benefit from a close working relationship with Australian Government, Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia along with Civil Aviation Authorities of both The People’s Republic of China and Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Flight Academy Australia is a CASA Registered Training Organisation

The programs available include integrated courses & Diplomas from Recreational Pilot License (RPL) through to Commercial Pilot License (CPL), ATPL and Multi-Crew Training along with Multi-Engine, IFR, NVFR, Turbine & Instructor Endorsements.

We offer high quality instruction by experienced pilots & industry professionals; from ground theory in our modern, purpose built classrooms to flight instruction in our modern aircraft fleet comprised of single engine through to the Airbus A320 synthetic trainer.

A commitment to safety being our top priority combined with over 30 years experience ensures our services are provided in a safe environment with a proven safety record.

Essendon Airport benefits from two runways, a control tower, Class C airspace and published instrument approach procedures – making it most suitable for pilot training in all weather conditions.

Pilot Training at Bacchus Marsh Airport

In addition to operations at Essendon Airport, Flight Academy Australia has a branch at Bacchus Marsh Airport, about 50 kms west of Melbourne. This branch enables the Academy to provide training at Bacchus Marsh, an environment which consists of two long runways, sealed and unsealed, in low traffic CTAF airspace.

Flight Academy Australia (FAA) has a long list of satisfied clients including the Australian Air Force Cadets & produces the most professional pilots, with past graduates having gone on to a successful career in aviation both in Australia and internationally.

Strong Focus on Pilot Training

Flight Academy Australia (FAA) is a wholly owned and operated subsidiary of Melbourne Flight Academy Pty Ltd by Michael Lanza, a well known and respected operator with over 30 years operational experience in the aviation industry.

Mike’s extensive experience in the industry covers such areas as Flight Training, Instrument Training, Charter, Aerial Work and Survey as well as ground theory and endorsement on the Beechcraft King Air series of aircraft. Mike also provides Approved Testing Officer (ATO) services.

FAA operates out of the main terminal at Essendon Airport. With a strong focus on pilot training from Student to Commercial Pilot Licence standard, FAA offers potential trainee pilots with quality training carried out by experienced Flight Instructors.

Michael Lanza – Head of Operations, Chief Pilot, Director

Michael Lanza, Director Australian Ae4ronautical Academy

Michael Lanza, Director Flight Academy Australia

Mike is currently Head of Operations (HOO), Chief Pilot and Director of Melbourne Flight Academy Pty Ltd Trading as Flight Academy Australia (FAA).

Mike has extensive charter experience in Piper Chieftains and Cessna 400 series aircraft as well as in the Kingair B200 and C90 series aircraft doing charter throughout the South Pacific. Mike was instrumental in running the first Chinese Airline Course in Victoria. Mike was seconded to RMIT from General Flying Services (now CAE Oxford) to run the Chinese program at RMIT Flight Training Point Cook.

Mike also helped set up the AOC for Interair Flight Charter and Flight Training in 2003 where he was CFI and Chief Pilot. Mike then went on to set up Moorabbin Flight Training Academy at Mangalore, the largest privately owned flight training school in Victoria which supported over 100 pilot cadets at any one time.

Mike is also currently a King Air 200 instructor with Ansett Aviation Training in Tullamarine.

Tel: +61 430 511 313
Email: mlanza(@)flyfaa.com.au

FAA is also able to offer domestic and international Air Charter services in a range of aircraft to cater for the corporate and private sectors.

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All aviation training is provided by qualified Flight Instructors.