Orange Flight Training is a Recreational Flight Training School (FTS) operating under the Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) organisation.
We train students to the standard for their Recreational Pilot Certificate, including Passenger and Cross Country endorsements.
The FTS is situated at Orange Airport, in the Central Tablelands Region of New South Wales, and draws students predominately from the City of Orange, the towns and villages of Blayney, Canowindra, Molong, Millthorpe and surrounding rural areas.
We operate a Jabiru 160 aircraft, and also have access to a Jabiru 230, which, with its greater speed, is ideal for cross country training.
The school building consists of a large hangar accommodating our aircraft, and attached training room, briefing room/lounge with kitchen facilities, and a toilet and washroom facility.
Why Choose Orange?
Orange Airport is a fairly busy Regional Airport, with a mixture of Regular Public Transport aircraft, Air Ambulance, Flying Doctor Service, training aircraft of both fixed wing and helicopter types, helicopter charter and a steady stream of other visiting aircraft. Regional Express conducts several flights daily between Orange and Sydney, and Corporate Air flies the Brisbane-Orange-Melbourne-Orange-Brisbane route each weekday. More recently, the Helicopter Rescue Base operated by TOLL has re-located from the township to the airport. This mix of traffic is essential to allow student pilots to gain confidence to interact with others, and to build the communication skills necessary to converse over the radio.
It's not so busy, however, that it becomes threatening or scary to operate in. There's no control tower to direct operations, so students learn to arrange separation with other traffic using "alerted see and avoid" principles. Our two training areas abutt the airport, one to the south and the other to the north-west, so there's no delay in transport to a training area.
Weather conditions are generally good, with much less fog than Bathurst, which sometimes closes the airport till mid-morning. Of course there will be days when flying isn't advisable due to wind or low cloud, but that happens at all airports.
The major runway extension and taxiway upgrade which have been ongoing for the past few years have now been completed, and Orange Airport is back to normal operations. The south-western extension to the grass cross strip has not yet been commissioned due to it's grass surface not being usable, but the rest of the strip is back in service, allowing operations pretty much all the time. It is, however, sometimes closed after heavy rain makes the surface soft.
The diagram at right is an extract from Airservices Australia documents. Because it is updated four times a year, this copy is not to be used for operational purposes.