Phoenix Aero Club (formerly the NSW Police Aero Club) has been teaching pilots to fly since 1977. Phoenix Aero Club was based at Hoxton Park Airport until that airport closed on the 15th of December 2008, and then moved to Camden Airport. In April 2011 it acquired the Liverpool Flying School. We hold a CASA CASR Part 141 Flight Training Certificate for Recreational, Private and Commercial Pilot flight training.
John Naughton was our first CFI, followed by Keith Robey MBE, our longest serving CFI at Hoxton Park. Senja Robey then held this role until 2012. Following Senja, Rene Ledergerber was our Chief Flight Instructor & Chief Pilot until the end of 2015. After Rene, George Raby was our Chief Pilot and Head of Operations (the new title for CFI under CASR Part 141), until October 2016.
Ben Holloway has been appointed as our current Head of Operations and Chief Pilot, and has vast experience in flying training for private and commercial purposes. John Hoore, Harley Bruce, Matt Whittington, and Finn Haythornthwaite are also instructing for the Phoenix Aero Club.
We are sad to announce that Senja Raymond Robey has passed away at the age of 93.
Senja had been a former long-serving Instructor and Chief Flying Instructor of Phoenix Aero Club and was still an active Committee Member and Life Member of the Club. Senja was the wife of the late Keith Robey, who also served as Chief Flying Instructor at Phoenix Aero Club, and the mother of former Instructor, Chris Robey.
We in the aviation world (and especially the hundreds of students she taught to fly) and the Club have benefitted immeasurably from having her in our lives.
ATSB Media Release – Remembering Senja Robey
Australian Flying – Senja Robey, Pioneer Aviator
Why is Phoenix Aero Club different from others?
When you do a Trial Instructional Flight you will be able to inspect our facilities and aircraft and meet our instructors over a cup of tea or coffee. We run selected ground instruction courses on fixed dates, and tailor your flight training to suit your needs. We aim to provide you with your own personal instructor, thus offering the best possible training. All our aircraft are well maintained and well equipped. When taking your family or friends flying, you can rest assured that they will feel safe and comfortable flying with you. We aim to make learning to fly fun, in an informal yet professional environment, which is what flying is all about.
Phoenix Aero Club is located at Camden Airport (YSCN) , about 60 km or 45-60 mins drive southwest of Sydney, Australia. The road entrance is off Macquarie Grove Road, Camden NSW.
Camden Control Zone (CTR) is Class D airspace SFC to 2000ft during Control Tower Operational Hours 0800 to 1800 EST and EDST daily. Outside Tower Hours aircraft movements are controlled by pilots themselves using CTAF procedures. Camden Airport has a sealed 1464m 06/24 runway and a grass 723m 10/28 runway. There are separate runways and facilities for glider operations. Aerodrome elevation is 230 ft AMSL. The Tower and CTAF frequency is 120.1 MHz, the Ground frequency is 121.9 MHz and Pilot Activated Lighting is available for Night Ops.
Training at Camden Airport has many advantages over Bankstown as it has less traffic and less waiting time and is situated right next to the Training Area giving you more time in the air to learn your new skills. The training area for pilots is readily accessible, just northwest of Camden towards Warragamba Dam, at the base of the Blue Mountains.