HDFC Flying Scholarships 2019

Is this the start to your flying career?


Application closes on Sunday 13 October 2019

The Hastings District Flying Club (HDFC) is offering two $1,500 flying scholarships to promote aviation to the youth of the Hastings District.

About the Scholarship


Since 1961, HDFC has been offering flying scholarships. The first recipient was 17-year-old Jimmie Higgins. In 2006, the flying scholarships were reintroduced. Since its inception, approximately 33 scholarships have been awarded. Jimi Ludriks, a Wauchope boy was one of the inaugural recipients and is now a Boeing 747 First Officer with Cathay Pacific.


The scholarship value of $1,500 represents approximately 50% of the minimum aircraft hire as shown in the above table. HDFC membership and BAK theory kit will be provided by the club. Instructor and briefing costs are borne by the student and are paid to the instructor as they arise.

Upon accepting the scholarship successful candidates will contribute an equivalent $1,500 which then gives them $3,000 credit toward aircraft hire.


Scholarship training is valid for 12 months.




Flying training will be in the Sling aircraft under the tutelage of one of the club’s Recreational Aviation Instructors. The training will lead to a Recreational Aviation Australia pilot certificate. Lessons can be arranged 7 days a week.


We are one of the leaders in Recreational Flying Training. Our enthusiastic team of instructors draws on experience from many facets of aviation and will ensure that your flying training is conducted thoroughly, professionally and to the highest standards.

Applicant Criteria


Applicants must be -


  • Aged between 14 and 20 years

  • Submit their most recent school report, if they are studying

  • Outline why they would like to learn to fly

  • Take a Trial Introductory Flight to assess aptitude at a cost of $99




Hastings District Flying Club, P.O.Box 115, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444

Cost of Training 

Some of our scholarship flying students

Recreational Aviation Pilot Certificate

Estimated costs

TOTAL minimum $5,000

HDFC membership (must have)


RAAus membership (must have)

under 18 at $179/year plus $22 joining fee

over 18 at $250/year plus $22 joining fee

Basic Aeronautical Knowledge Theory Kit (BAK)


BAK briefings (must do) 12 topics, about 12 to 15 hours


Air instruction (at least 20 hours, usually 20 to 25 hours)
Discount available for 10 hours pre-paid

$150/hour aircraft hire

Instructor (20 to 25 hours)


Hastings District Flying Club

where people who believe in your flying dreams come together since 1958


incorporating Port Macquarie Recreational Aviation

Operates 7 days a week, since 1958

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Hastings District Flying Club

where people who believe in your flying

dreams come together since 1958

PO Box 115  
Oliver Drive Port Macquarie Airport
Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia 2444

T: (02) 6583 1695



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