Flight Options Pilot Academy is 100% Australian owned and operated company, part of a group of companies owned by Steve Padgett OAM

Flight Options Pilot Academy is a long established pilot training facility and represents a significant investment in pilot training in Queensland and on the Sunshine Coast. We have extensive modern facilities with three new large class rooms just completed. With 4 Cessna 172’s, a Cessna 182 and Piper Seminole (twin engine) currently in our ever growing fleet of Training Aircraft. Our Cessna 172 and Piper Seminole (twin) Simulators use the latest learning technology, coupled with our highly experienced instructors and in-house testing (ATO), we can provide you with the quality pilot training.

We also utilise our own large private hangar and private aircraft ramp operations.  And, personalised service!


Flight Options Pilot Academy is a Part 142 CASA approved flight training organisation where you can learn to fly, pursue a professional pilot career through Bachelor and Diploma of Aviation courses, career paths into the Airlines and, complete a range of courses to upskill your qualifications and enhance your flying knowledge:

  • Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL)
  • Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
  • Bachelor of Aviation-partnership with CQUniversity
  • The Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)AVI50219
  • Airline Pilot Cadet Program
  • Instrument Rating (SE IFR and ME IFR)
  • Flight Instructor Rating (FIR)
  • A range of other Endorsements

Flight Options Advanced Training and Simulation is our sister business which is designed to assist existing pilots upskill their qualifications. For further information click here.

Sunshine Coast Airport (YBSU) is an ideal location for pilot training, with a new 2.5km runway, giving new pilots flight training experience in controlled airspace and non-controlled airspace. The Sunshine Coast Airport is an easy one hour drive from Brisbane and within easy reach from all across Queensland’s South East. A range of accommodation, shopping, cafes and leisure activities are located close by. The Sunshine Coast offers ideal training and flying conditions, a warm sub-tropical climate with more than 260 days of sunshine each year.

Flight Options Pilot Academy also operates pilot training at Gympie Airport (YGYM) creating more pilot training opportunities throughout the Northern Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Cooloola Coast and Wide Bay regions.