Read our student stories below and hear from the pilots who have experienced it all first hand through TFT. Learn about their journey and follow along to see where they are now!

Aaron Dorsett

Aaron Dorsett

Multi Engine Line Pilot: Arnhem land, NT

I experienced my Trial Introductory Flight with NAA in July 2021. Shortly after take-off, I was

I returned to NAA in January 2022, and completed my CPL (A) licence, Multi Engine
classification and instrument Rating in 9 months. While I was challenged almost daily, the
instructors and staff generously provided extra assistance and mentoring when required.
The most memorable advice I received was from Chief Pilot, Shannon Samarasekera,

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“Everyday you’re not looking for work, you’re losing valuable time. To improve your chances
of employment in your first aviation job, you’ll need to show up in person”.

I packed my life into 2 bags, headed for the Northern Territory and landed my first job flying
for a charter company based in Darwin and throughout Arnhem Land. My training at NAA in
a Beechcraft Baron and Piper Navajo prepared me for current position flying a multi engine
aircraft in the Top End.

I wouldn’t choose any other flight school than NAA, the professionalism of all instructors
and staff members is superb, the training facilities are excellent with a wide variety of
aircraft to fly. The learning environment at NAA is designed to get you ready for the real
world of aviation.

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Matt Steiner

Matt Steiner

Shark Bay, WA

Charter and scenic flights in C172, C206 and Beechcraft Bonanza

"When I was younger my dad had lots of aviation magazines that I would read that first got me into aviation.

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I chose TFT because of its location. I’m from Melbourne where I did a bit of flight training but there were no jobs for low hour pilots in Victoria. TFT is perfect for finding the first job as it has similar weather to where I was most likely to get the first position. Also meet great contacts in the area. The school has a good reputation with an excellent fleet.

The schooling itself is really well run. Getting the exams out of the way fast and first before flying is the move. Theory instructor Tim is really professional and the flying instructors are so accessible. The culture at TFT is perfect for a student pilot. Instructors Dean and Shannon are incredibly approachable and share so much knowledge. They instilled a lot of confidence in me for my flight test and have genuine interest in the students doing well.

Having instructors that have had lots of jobs previous to working at TFT made it easier to be job ready. What to expect, pathways, opportunity’s, how to approach employers etc. Shannon really goes out of his way to help the students. I probably owe myself picking up a job to his guidance."

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