The Flights

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We offer two levels of flight experience;
the ‘Flight Crew Observer Program’,
and the ‘Flight Crew Candidate Program’.

The first includes an approximate thirty-minute flight; this is designed for those who primarily wish to experience the sensations of military jet flight, without necessarily exploring the associated flight crew aspects.

The second includes additional flight crew experience, and an expanded, approximately sixty-minute flight.

Both programs require and include the same level of pre-flight preparation and training in safety-related matters, including normal and abnormal procedures. 

The Flight Crew Candidate Program requires additional training in some typical crew co-ordination procedures, including avionics applications.

We’ve designed two specific sorties, each with a slightly different emphasis.

The ‘Observer’ mission is for those who wish to sample the experience of military jet flight, without the associated additional duties associated with being a prospective flight crew member.

The ‘Candidate’ flight is wider ranging and is designed to show you some of the aspects of jet flight that a flight cadet would be exposed to at this stage in their training, together with a more comprehensive discussion of technical matters during the pre-flight phase.

Both flights shall only be conducted to the level of your comfort and enjoyment.

We do not seek to do anything that has not been planned, or that may cause you concern of any kind.

You will be regularly queried during the flight as to your feelings and comfort, and no manoeuvres shall be flown that have not been discussed and agreed.

‘Progressive’ is our aim and plan, with gentle and smooth introductions to all portions of the flight.

You can pause or shorten proceedings at any time.

After completion of your required pre-flight training comes ‘Suiting Up’.

We assist you to carefully don your flight suit/helmet/life jacket/G-suit, ensuring that they fit, and that you’re aware of their functions.

Your pilot will then brief you on weather, mission timing, and confirmation of the flight profile, as described below.

(This can be modified in minor ways to accommodate personal preferences; we recommend flying it as shown and discussed during your training.)

This flight will consist of three phases;

Departure and cruise

Five to ten minutes

Manoeuvring

Five minutes

Recovery & landing

Fifteen to twenty minutes

 (Times are approximate, and can vary due to factors such as weather or air traffic.)

Your time in the aircraft will be approximately thirty-five to forty minutes.

Flight time will be approximately twenty-five minutes.

These times can vary slightly, according to weather and air traffic conditions.

The flight route may vary for the same reasons.

After briefing, we proceed to the aircraft, and you will then be installed in the aircraft with the assistance of our ground crew and your pilot.

The normal and emergency features of the cockpit shown to you during training will be reviewed, with particular attention paid to ingress and egress procedures.

The flight will then proceed through engine start, taxi and take-off, with your pilot keeping you informed of their various aspects.

After departure from Essendon we’ll climb initially to either two or three thousand feet, departing to the South via the city environs, en-route to the lower reaches of Port Phillip Bay.

During this cruise phase, you’ll be shown turns, climbs and descents, in a progressive manner, commencing gently, up to your levels of comfort.

This is the time to embrace the immersive nature of the goldfish-bowl like environment that is uniquely ours, manoeuvring around any clouds present, perhaps seeing familiar places from our vantage point.

In the manoeuvring phase, we’ll commence with a demonstration of varying ‘G’ forces, in a progressive manner, via medium and steep turns.

If you’re comfortable, we’ll proceed to showing you some basic flight manoeuvres, commencing with gentle wingovers, and if desired leading to a looping and rolling sequence, as discussed during your training.

We’ll demonstrate a standard military pitch and break procedure at a convenient location.

This will consist of a low-level flyover at high speed, followed by a steep turn over the landing strip into a landing circuit pattern.

We’ll configure the aircraft for landing, and resume normal flight just before the landing point is reached.

The recovery and landing phase back at Essendon will be completed using standard civilian procedures.

On arrival, a de-brief shall be conducted, and you’ll be presented with your Flight Crew patch, and a certificate attesting to your accomplishment.

The cost of the Observer flight is $2,950

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This flight will consist of four phases;

Departure and cruise

Ten to fifteen minutes

Manoeuvring

Ten minutes

Simulated Ground Attack

Ten minutes

Recovery & landing

Fifteen to twenty minutes

 (Times are approximate, and can vary due to factors such as weather or air traffic.)

Your time in the aircraft will be approximately one hour and ten minutes.

Flight time will be approximately fifty minutes.

Remember these times can vary slightly, according to weather and air traffic conditions.

The flight route may vary for the same reasons.

After briefing, we proceed to the aircraft, and a final pre-flight inspection will be carried out together, showing the various items to be checked. 

(The aircraft will have already been prepared by our ground crew, with this inspection a final check.)

You will then be installed in the aircraft with the assistance of our ground crew and your pilot.

The normal and emergency features of the cockpit shown to you during training will be reviewed, with particular attention paid to ingress and egress procedures.

The flight will then proceed through engine start, taxi and take-off, with your pilot keeping you informed of their various aspects.

After departure from Essendon we’ll climb initially to either two or three thousand feet, departing to the South via the city environs, en-route to the lower reaches of Port Phillip Bay.

During this cruise phase, you’ll be shown turns, climbs and descents, in a progressive manner, commencing gently, up to your levels of comfort.

This is the time to embrace the immersive nature of the goldfish-bowl like environment that is uniquely ours, manoeuvring around any clouds present, perhaps seeing familiar places from our vantage point.

Ten minutes or so into the mission, we’ll be at seven thousand feet over the beaches of the Nepean Peninsula, with Cape Schanck to our left, and Port Phillip Heads to the right.

In the manoeuvring phase, we’ll commence with a demonstration of varying ‘G’ forces, in a progressive manner, via medium and steep turns.

If you’re comfortable, we’ll proceed to showing you some basic flight manoeuvres, commencing with gentle wingovers, and leading to a looping and rolling sequence, as discussed during your training.

The simulated ground attack uses a small island in Port Phillip Bay as the designated target.

The aircraft is manoeuvred in a pattern that identifies the target, and then carries out a low-level high-speed ground attack run, followed by an evasive egress, assessing results.

All serious fun!

We’ll demonstrate a standard military pitch and break procedure at a convenient location.

This will consist of a low-level flyover at high speed, followed by a steep turn over the landing strip into a landing circuit pattern.

We’ll configure the aircraft for landing, and resume normal flight just before the landing point is reached.

The recovery and landing phase back at Essendon will be completed using standard civilian procedures.

On arrival, a de-brief shall be conducted, and you’ll be presented with your Flight Crew patch, and a certificate attesting to your accomplishment.

The cost of the Candidate flight is $3,950

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