Location

The Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia is an excellent training location due to weather, clear skies, low levels of air traffic, and suitable terrain for training.  This is coupled with an excellent choice of accommodation, first class medical services and exciting recreational activities.

What's great about our location?

Training Areas

The Sunshine Coast Airport has a control tower, and is within sortie distance to:

  • international airports
  •  military airports
  • numerous un-controlled airfields
  • dedicated private training areas and helipads; and
  • hinterland suitable for mountains, low level and tactical flight training. We have prepared detailed wire maps and helipads for Night Vision Goggles training for enhanced safety.

Navigation Aids

The Sunshine Coast Airport is within training sortie distance of Navigation Aids for Instrument flight training including:

  •  NDB
  •  VOR
  •  DME
  •  RNAV GPS
  •  ILS/LOC

Geography

Covering a total area of 7.69 million square kilometres, mainland Australia is the world’s largest island – but smallest continent.  In distance, the continent stretches about 3700 kilometres from north to south and 4000 kilometres from east to west, making it the sixth-largest nation after Russia, Canada, China, the United States and Brazil. Australia has one of the most urbanised and coast-dwelling populations in the world, with more than 80 per cent of residents living within 100 kilometres of the coastline. Australia currently has a population of almost 23 million people.


Weather

The Sunshine Coast certainly earns it name with an average of seven hours sunshine a day. The sub-tropical climate is ideal for the beach, alfresco dining,  year round activity, and especially flying. Winters are mild and daytime summer temperatures on the coastal region average around 28°C (82F). The hills of the hinterland tend to be a degree or two cooler. Evenings are pleasant with temperatures around 20°C (68F). During the winter months there are clear skies and daytime temperatures average 20°C (68F). Winter brings cool nights and evening temperatures on the coast average 10°C (50F).


Safety and Security

Australia is generally a safe destination with travellers enjoying unhindered travel experiences in terms of their personal safety and security. Our stable political system, well-maintained roads, low crime rate and high standard of health make it a safe and easy country to explore. With common-sense, you can safely enjoy Australia’s unique landscapes – from the vast outback to wild ocean beaches and pristine wilderness.


Cultural Tolerance and Diversity

Australian society is made up of people from a rich variety of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds, and this is a defining feature of modern Australian society. Australian supermarkets, markets, delicatessens, cafes, and restaurants offer an enormous variety of foods from around the world.