How Do I get Started ?
Once you have made the decision to commence your flight training, there are a few simple steps to go through that will make your training seamless. We recommend the following order of events
1. Apply for your aviation reference number (ARN)
Navigate to the following link - https://www.casa.gov.au/manuals-and-forms/standard-page/forms , and download Form 1162. You can fill this out online and email it with a copy of you identification to the email address supplied in the "guidance page" CASA will process this generally within a week. You can phone them and request the number, and they will also mail you, a notification of the number
2. Make an appointment for a medical
You will need to complete an aviation medical, carried out by a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME). Follow this link to find a DAME - http://services.casa.gov.au/avmed/default.asp. You will require a CLASS 1 medical for a commercial licence, or, a CLASS 2 medical for a private licence. NOTE : YOU WILL NEED YOUR ARN PRIOR TO COMPLETING THE MEDICAL. The Class 1 Medical requires an eye examination and a blood analysis. Appointments to see an Optometrist can be a lengthy wait period. A specialist at "Specsavers" at Domain Central shopping centre can often offer a quicker appointment. Tel.-0747283299. We generally use the Townsville Family Medical Centre for the initial consultation - 07 47591100
3. Apply for your Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)
The security card can take up to 6 weeks to process, so it is important to make the application early in your training. The ASIC application is a complex form and does require a letter from this school specifying that you are training at Townsville Helicopters. The CFI of our school can certify the documents and photos. Once you have the required documents and completed what you can on the form, drop them in, and we can help you finalise it all. Follow this link for the ASIC application https://aviationidaustralia.net.au/application.html .
NOTE: You do not require any of the above to commence your flight training, however all are required PRIOR to being allowed to fly solo ( without an instructor) This generally happens around the 20 hours(of training) mark. We do recommend that you start the applications so there are no holdups when you are ready to take the exciting step of Solo flight