Our Story.

Recreational Aviation is all about affordable flying, fun and the starting point for an aviation career.

Aircraft and pilots are regulated by Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus), on behalf of CASA. Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus) is Australia’s largest sport aviation organisation and is the main body in Australia responsible for administering ultralight, recreational and Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) operations. There are over 10,000 members and 3,500 registered aircraft.

RA-Aus aircraft are amongst the safest forms of transport available.


Recreational Aviation

Affordable flying.

Recreational Aviation Australia GCSFT Gold Coast Sports Flying Training

Gold Coast Sports Flying Training (GCSFT)( Gold Coast Sports Flying Trust trading as Gold Coast Sports Flying Training).


Gold Coast Sports Flying Training is an accredited Flight Training School (FTS) with Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus) and we provide flying training in recreational aircraft. Our operations, training and aircraft are governed by RA-Aus.
RA-Aus administers ultralight, recreational, weight shift microlight and LSA aircraft. RA- Aus train and certify pilots, flying instructors and maintainers, register their aircraft fleet and oversee a large number of flight training schools across Australia. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA) sets the regulations and then works with self- administering organisations (such as RA-Aus) to ensure the regulations are applied and enforced.

By joining RA-Aus, your membership includes the issue of the Student Pilot Certificate and a host of other benefits which your instructor can describe. You can also find out more at www.raa.asn.au

In addition, you will also join the Gold Coast Sports Flying Club as a student member. This allows you to use the facilities of the Club during your learning-to-fly phases. Once you have gained your RPC, then you can convert your student membership into a full membership. You will be able to privately hire aircraft to fly or, who knows, maybe someday you’ll invest in your own personal aircraft!

Gold Coast Sport Flying Training

what They're Saying

Client Testimonials

"Being one of the first students for the GCSFC flight school, I wasn't able to get any feedback on what the instructor was like. I knew Chris Howarth to say hello to but not much more.  Being an instructor for some time, and a teacher, Chris has something vital for training students - great communication skills. A great pilot won't always make a great instructor and students definitely need the latter. Chris delivers instruction patiently and calmly which helped me overcome my nervousness & tension... the guy even reminds me to breathe when I'm taking off and landing, which I keep forgetting to do. In addition to that, Chris readily commends you when you've done well - it helps a lot if you're like me and keep beating yourself up. To those wanting to learn to fly 3-axis aircraft, I highly recommend GCSFC flying school... the instructor, the aircraft, the location, the price - it's terrific."

"Once you have flown you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards,

for there you have been,and there you long to return."

Leonardo da Vinci.

Ric Attard

Fireman Ric

What an experience I had! The training was excellent and very professional. 

I will most definitely in the future make use of your training again and would suggest and promote your courses to my friends and colleagues. 

Robinson Clarck

My son and I both enrolled in our flight training a while ago. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

The pre-flight lessons were interesting and easy to grasp. Errol is very passionate, friendly and knowledgeable. 

Getting my Pilot certificate has been one of my greatest achievements.

Michael Fletcher

At age 65, I’m finally realizing my dream to fly planes. I looked all over the Gold Coast area for a group that would meet my needs and finally found Chris and Gold Coast Sports Flying Club. I like Chris as a teacher – he is a wealth of information, teaching in a relaxed, low-pressure manner and making technical nuances easily understandable. I expected to be stressed and anxious as I learned high banks and how to deal with stalls. Instead, Chris has me following the curves of the inland waterways with a smile on my face that he says “not even a plastic surgeon would be able to get rid of”!   An added benefit is the experienced fliers I’m meeting at the club between lessons. Fantastic experiences and conversations!

Robert Wall

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