Visiting International Pilots

Hello and thank you for taking the time to find out how to fly legally in Australia.

Visiting pilots are welcome to Australia but there are a few things the visiting pilot needs to know and abide by while flying in this country.


Australia is an independent country with its own aviation laws.

They are laws which help to protect the interests of its citizens, their safety and their property from those that would disregard them. Australian Law requires all visiting and local pilots to have a current SAFA membership and the 3rd party insurance it includes, to legally fly in Australia. The inclusive insurance is compulsory and not optional.

This insurance is required to keep Australia’s existing flying sites open to our pilots.
City and State Governments require this insurance to be in place to protect their interest, otherwise they would shut down the flight sites.

The SAFA has to ensure Visiting Pilots have insurance coverage that can be accessed for claims in respect of accidents in Australia and in legal proceedings in Australia. The only feasible means of ensuring appropriate and accessible insurance is in place is for the SAFA to contract for such coverage throughout Australia.


Visiting pilots must be sure they have SAFA Visiting Pilot Membership (VPM), before flying in Australia.

It is preferable for this to be organised before arriving in Australia.

The VPM enables you to fly in Australia on your overseas qualification for the period of the membership.

Tandem operations carried out by visiting pilot members are strictly prohibited, unless you have undergone a Tandem Flight Check with an SAFA Chief Flight Instructor (CFI) and had approval of an application from the SAFA Operations Manager.

After receiving such approval, you may perform tandem operations, however, instructional or commercial tandem operations are strictly prohibited.


The following SAFA Visiting Pilot Memberships are available for overseas pilots who hold a current license from their home country organisation:

  • 3 months for $120

This form of membership is only renewable once in any 12 month period, from the date of the initial application. 

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日本人 (Japanese)

海外のパイロットのために用意されています。 95ドルのための•2ヶ月パイロットメンバーシップを訪問、次HGFAは自分のホーム組織から
から現在の免許証を持って 120ドルのために•4ヶ月 160ドルのために•6か月 メンバーシップのこの形式は、当初適用日から12ヶ月の期間に1回のみ再生可能です。


Australien Law exige que les pilotes et les pilotes locaux qui visitent d'avoir un abonnement en cours SAFA et l'assurance 3rd party il comprend à voler légalement en Australie. La visite suivante SAFA Membre des pilotes sont disponibles pour les pilotes étrangers titulaires d'une licence en cours de leur organisme d'attache:

  • 2 mois pour 95 $
  • 4 mois pour 120 $
  • 6 mois pour 160 $

Cette forme d'appartenance n'est renouvelable qu'une fois par période de 12 mois à partir de la date de la demande initiale.


  1. Under Australia law your pilot licence lapses if you are not a current financial member of the SAFA. Flying without a current recognised pilot certificate is an offence against Federal law and is referred by CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) for prosecution by the Australian Federal Police.
  2. Visiting Pilot Members (VPM's) must comply with federal aviation law. The SAFA Operations manual is a part of Federal Aviation Law.
  3. Access to most sites in Australia does not require local site/club membership with notable exceptions in Australia being Mystic at Bright and also Canungra because access at these sites is through local leases or local ownership of land the high cost of which is reasonably borne by the users because without those revenues to support that costly investment, these sites would be non-existent.
  4. Insurance costs money and the premiums paid by the SAFA are based on the SAFA's total membership numbers which includes the number of visiting pilots; and the charge is the same per member whether they fly for one day of the year or every day of the year.
  5. The average Australian pilot pays approx. $314 per year for SAFA membership plus a compulsory state levy to fly in Australia and many would only fly 10 days a year. Most VPM's fly intensely when visiting and pay $95, $120 or $145 for 2, 4 or 6 months respectively while the administration of the membership of VPM's per head is as costly as that of a local pilot.
  6. The SAFA made a policy decision to reduce the VPM fee to support International competition and pilot tourism and in the interests of supporting the concept of the International sport aviation community.

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