Our Story – Sunshine Coast Flying School

  • Sunshine Coast Flying School is NOT your typical flying school. We provide unique pilot training opportunities not addressed by other flying schools anywhere in Queensland.

  • From 2012 operating the ‘Ultimate Thrill Ride’ we conducted extreme aerobatics flights at the Sunshine Coast Airport  providing the local community and visitors the opportunity to enjoy Airborne Thrills, Adventure Flights and for experienced pilots to undertake advanced pilot skills training. The popularity and demand for our adventure flights and advanced flight training courses continues to increase.

  • November 2018 co-owners Colin Appleton and Lawrie Stevens expanded establishing ‘Sunshine Coast Flying School’ with the addition of the fantastic TL 2000 Sting S4 and Sting RG Turbo aircraft. We now have four top class training aircraft addressing a broad scope of both RA and GA training requirements, from basic student pilot training through to advanced skills training for experienced GA pilots.

  • New courses include RPC to RPL conversions, RA Instructor Training, CTR, CSU+RG (RA or GA), Formation, Spinning and Aerobatics endorsement courses and more!

    We’ll be expanding our RA and GA training courses throughout 2021 and 2022, both directly and through like minded partners.


  • We have moved to new facilities, and formed exciting new partnerships at both Caloundra and Gympie airport locations. We no longer operate from the Sunshine Coast Airport due to the infrastructure reduction of training flight facilities and extended delays in clearances. However, we do access the airport for controlled space experience, endorsements, and training.


  • Our students learn to fly, really ‘FLY’ in 3 dimensions!

  • Regardless if you are taking your first lesson or you are an experienced pilot, you will gain more knowledge and skills at Sunshine Coast Flying School. From basic Recreational Pilot Certificate flight and Navigation courses to Instructor Rating, with Spin Recovery and Aerobatics Endorsement training, we offer far more flight training options than other flying schools in Queensland.

  • Learn new skills through advanced aircraft handling training and a smooth cost effective conversion process between the RAAus RPC and the CASA RPL, and on to GA training courses in our General Aviation aircraft like the Robin R2160 and high performance aerobatic aircraft like our awesome Extra 300. This is a big advantage for our students intending to pursue a pilot career in the ADF or the airlines.

  • We are also the Sunshine Coast Training Campus for the Australian Aerobatic Club and, under intense training developed by CFI, Colin Appleton, the Sunshine Coast Flying School has produced more State and National Aerobatics Champion pilots than any other flying school in Queensland! Browse our website store and choose your flight training course or one of our adrenaline packed adventure flights.

We are very pleased to be able to bring this unique combination of ‘intial RPC flight training’ plus ‘advanced pilot skills training’ and extreme airborne adventure experiences to our local community, tourists, thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies alike!  To our knowledge there is no other flying school anywhere in Australia that can do, what we do best!

So, start your aviation journey with us!  We can teach you to fly, really FLY!  Read More