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Flying lessons in Cairns: A guide to where, when and the best deals

Find out what it’s like to be a plane or helicopter pilot in Cairns.


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With blue skies all summer and mild dry winters, Cairns is an ideal place to learn how to fly.

Companies in the city offer rookies the opportunity to take taster flying lessons in both light aircraft and helicopters.

Here are a few of the top options.

Flying lessons in Cairns deals

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Where can I do flying lessons in Cairns?

  • GBR Helicopters - From Mareeba Airport
  • North Queensland Aero Club - From Mareeba Airport
  • Nautilus Aviation - From Cairns Airport

Our top pick:

Helicopter Trial Instructional Flight - Cairns

Helicopter Trial Instructional Flight - Cairns from RedBalloon


  • Take control of a helicopter
  • Spend 30 minutes in the air for $448
  • Spend 90 minutes overall, on land and in the air, getting to know the aircraft
  • Swoop over the Tablelands as you train

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Flying lessons in Cairns compared

CompanyBook withPrice (from)LocationDurationExtras/inclusions
GBR HelicoptersRedBalloon$448Mareeba Airport90 minutes overall, 30-minute flightCertificate of completion
North Queensland Aero Club - light aircraft trial flightNorth Queensland Aero Club$260Mareeba Airport60-90 minutes overall, 30-minute flightN/A
Nautilus Aviation - helicopter trial flightNautilus Aviation$595Cairns Airport60-90 minutes overall, 30-minute flightN/A

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