Learn to fly near Adelaide SA and make your dream come true

Passionate, knowledgable instructors. Well maintained and comfortable airplanes. Safe and affordable flying..



Welcome new fliers

Stephen Wills
Kerrie Palamountain
Roder Palamountain
Colin Gardiner
Eleanor Gardiner
Ed Peter
Jordan Mackavoy
Mark Milevski
Phil O'Connell
Luke Collins
Byron Harvie
Ross Kingham

Our latest fleet addition

Never to young to learn
14 years oid

BBcue day at MBLAFS

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Recent Achievements
Michael Obst - Cross Country
James Kissell - Navigation
Stan Nowakow-Pilot Certificate
Ed Peter- Passenger Endorsement
Mark Milevski- 1st solo
Ed Peter - Pilots Certificate
Ed Peter - Navigation
James Kissell - Pilots Certificate
James Kissell - Passenger
Samuel Marc - 1st solo
Ed Peters -1st solo
James Kissell - 1st solo
James Draper - 1st solo


Remember - MBLAFS BBcue
1st Saturday each month



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New Instructor

Ian McDonald joins our instructor team. Meet Ian here


Is Flying Safe?

Recreational flight is statistically among the safest outdoor sports. Although every activity - even walking outside to collect your morning newspaper - carries a degree of inherent risk, flying for fun falls well within the safety margins that most people expect for recreational activities.

And flying as a sport pilot eliminates several risk factors, making it potentially even safer than other general-aviation flying. Because the sport pilot's flight activities by definition entail daylight, favourable weather, good visibility, and light aircraft capable of low-speed flight, the sport pilot can focus on enjoyment instead of worry.

Engine failures

Yes engines can fail and this is a risk you cannot always control but we are trained to deal with this and therefore it’s not an unknown risk. It would be irresponsible to say that they don’t happen …because they do … but rarely. The question is what do you do if the engine does stop?

You will find throughout your training at MBLAFS we spend considerable time teaching and practicing three vital manoeuvres. 1. Engine failures on take-off. 2. Engine failures in circuit and 3. Engine failures from height. These 3 skill sets provide ample training to ensure that every trainee pilot can and will be able to land successfully should the engine ever stop.

Our recreational aircraft are designed with a great “glide ratio”. Jabiru aircraft have a 12:1 glide ratio. If you are say one mile high, you can glide for approximately 12 miles.
We are again fortunate at Murray Bridge as firstly the weather is flyable 95% of the time, but more importantly, the surrounding area in which we train is full of flat, unpopulated paddocks unlike other training facilities with vineyards and closely populated areas.

Is Flying Dangerous?

We get this question a lot mostly from non-aviators. Stats dont always reflect the truth…however…
    - Around 80 % of aircraft accidents are due to pilot error (read stupidity)
    - Most severe accidents are due to non-adherence to Visual Flight Rules (which govern Recreational Flying) vs flying in Instrument Flying conditions (IFR)
What can you do to stay away from being a sad news story?  It’s actually quite simple...
Basic tips that will keep you out of the accident statistics
    - Dont fly if you have a tight dead line. Catch a commercial or drive.
    - Only fly under the visual flight rules.  That is, by day and in clear weather.
    - Get the right flight training from the very beginning. Choose your flying school carefully
    - Fly with an instructor regularly to simulate emergency procedures.
    - Fly regularly to keep current.
Most of the friends we have are pilots but we know more individuals that have been involved in car accidents then aircraft accidents. I would prefer to fly my family long distances than drive. CASA really has a zero tolerance to alcohol and flying…again providing a safer environment.

Controlling Risk

You cannot control a lot of the risk when driving.  You can control the risks when flying.
When you fly an aircraft you haven’t got a stranger flying past you every few seconds only a metre apart so this sort of speaks for itself.  In the air the odds of hitting something are remote.

As the pilot you get to control the risks. If the weather is not looking too good, don’t go.  If you’re not feeling too well, don’t fly, stay home.  If the engine doesn’t sound right, land.

 So back to the original question, is flying dangerous?
The answer is that it is as safe or as dangerous as you want it to be. With the right training and attitude flying can be safer than driving a car.  (But I'm not sure I can put my hand on my heart and say safer than walking).   But you get the idea, it can be very safe.

All life has inherent risk; being born is a risky business.  The secret is to be aware of the risks and then prepare for them.

Finally our aircraft.

Our fleet is 100% Jabiru…Australian made and amazingly strong. Unlike many aircraft our fleet aircraft are all high wing, giving comfort on hot days and more importantly the aircraft are amazingly tough. Have a look at the testing video.


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Latest Prices

  • Current prices - Jabiru J160 and 170 H&F $160 per/h. With instructor $190 p/h
  • Current prices - Jabiru J230 H&F $180 per hour. With instructor $210 p/h
  • Trial Instruction Flight for $90 (30 mins)
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