International Students

The Royal Victorian Aero Club has been training pilots for close to 100 years. Our specialist instructors are experienced in working with students from around the world. RVAC operates flight training at Moorabbin Airport.

Study in Australia for international students is strictly controlled by the Department of Education and Training (DET), under the ESOS Act, and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). All education providers and courses offered must be included in the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). RVAC is so registered and has the CRICOS Provider Code 00277D. To obtain and retain registration, RVAC must undergo regular review by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Australian Skills Quality Authority representatives. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection issues and monitors Student Visas to approved students and acts in concert with DET to regulate the provision of educational facilities to international students.

Why train with the Royal Victorian Aero Club?

With the current Australian dollar exchange rate Flight Training in Australia is exceptional value for all International Students.


RVAC has a history of over 100 years of training pilots for professional careers in the Aviation industry in Australia and abroad. RVAC continues to play a significant role in aviation and has provided pilots to some of the most prestigious airlines throughout the world. RVAC Flight Training is one of Australia’s most reputable flying schools and a leader in providing contemporary and professional aviation training services for domestic and international students. With a dedicated team of qualified Flight Instructors, it has adapted to changes in aviation technology and in the aviation industry.  It has produced many pilots who have gone on to achieve prominence as aviators, industry leaders or in service of Australia’s defence forces.

Our Advantages

RVAC operates 362 days of the year and Moorabbin Airport is close to the CTA and other airports and has a nearby Training Area.

RVAC Flight Training is fully compliant with all CASA Standards and Requirements. Safety at RVAC Flight Training for all flight operations is our highest priority and is demonstrated in all our training standards. RVAC does not compromise on safety with training, is committed to high standards and produces students to above Civil Aviation Safety Authority requirements. It is our aim to produce the safest pilots available to the International Aviation Industry. This policy will not change.


RVAC has a depth of experience with students coming from diverse backgrounds and with various training requirements. Our experienced team of Flight Instructors is dedicated to the development of highly competent and disciplined pilots who will possess all the necessary skills to succeed with their aviation ambitions.

Located at YMMB

Moorabbin Airport is the leading General Aviation flight training airport in Victoria. The Airport’s Flight Training Schools train 800 commercial pilots each year, with 30% coming from international destinations. Learning to fly at Moorabbin Airport offers the trainee pilot an excellent aviation infrastructure:

  • 5 operational runways – in excess of 13km of sealed runways and taxiways
  • Over 40 aviation related businesses including hangars, flight operations, aircraft testing, flight simulator, aviation maintenance and other aviation support services.
  • A busy aviation environment with 250,000 movements per year – 70% of movements are flight training related.
  • Moorabbin Airport is not subject to curfews, operating 24 hours per day which facilitates flight training outcomes. The no-curfew enables pilots to train in all weather conditions.

Not for Profit Organisation

One of the other key reason for training with the RVAC Flight Training is the fact that we are a Club, meaning we are a not-for-profit organisation. Any profits the club makes goes back into the club, benefiting its students and members. We do this by improving the facilities, purchasing new aircraft and upgrading the existing fleet.

Registered Training Organisation

The Royal Victorian Aero Club is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO no. 22465).In Australia, a Registered Training Organisation is an alternative to university for post- secondary school studies. Registered Training Organisations offer courses which emphasize job-related skills and specific career pathways. A Registered Training Organisation is licensed to provide authorised vocational courses.As a Registered Training Organisation, the Royal Victorian Aero Club offers vocational courses in Aviation:

  • AVI50215 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)
  • AVI50515 Diploma of Aviation ( Instrument Rating)
  • AVI50516 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor)

All courses are in line with Civil Aviation Safety Authority qualifications and the VET Quality Framework.

It is advantageous and highly recommended for students determined to pursue a career in aviation to choose to complete their training with a Registered Training Organisation.

A Registered Training Organisation is authorised by the Australian Government and must pass and maintain stringent procedures to gain registration. Each Registered Training Organisation must ensure they have the appropriate infrastructure and professional trainers for students to achieve satisfactory progress.

The Royal Victorian Aero Club has an extensive fleet of aircraft and qualified staff with many years of experience and knowledge, enabling the delivery of well-structured theory and flight training.


Agents: Please note, we do not deal with Agents. Please call us on +61 3 8586 7777 if you have any questions.

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