The North Queensland Aero Club is Far North Queensland’s oldest, premier flight training school, scenic operator and light aircraft charter company. The NQAC has been part of the exciting journey for many aviators for over 66 years. Our team of expert, friendly instructors and office staff are willing to assist you in any way possible to help you achieve your goals. Whether you want to fly recreationally, privatly or commercially, our team will help you make those dreams reality, it’s never too late to realise your dream of flying. Perhaps you would prefer to take a spectacular scenic flight around the Atherton Tablelands or Great Barrier Reef and rainforest, or even make that appointment out in the bush today, we can help with that too.

Our fleet consists of 9 aircraft, including three Cessna 152s, two 172s and a 172XP (which is approved for IFR). We also have a Piper Cherokee 180 online fitted with hand controls for wheel chair bound students. A  Jabiru J160D which is used for Recreational Flight Training, a cost effective alternative to general aviation is also part of our fleet.

The North Queensland Aero Club operate from Mareeba Aerodrome on the picturesque Atherton Tablelands. A short 45 minute drive from Cairns, or 22 nautical miles and 10 minutes by air.


Where else in the world will you have the opportunity to learn to fly in:

  • a place where accommodation is readily available nearby the airport
  • a School that operates 362 days of the year
  • a school with personalised One on One Training
  • a School that has existed for over 66 years
  • Class C International Airspace
  • A tropical environment, where you experience many different weather patterns
  • a World Heritage Listed area – The Great Barrier Reef
  • a place where Navigation Exercises take you to interesting places in the Queensland outback
Meet our Team

The North Queensland Aero Club employ three full time Instructors, one part time Instructor, and one casual Instructors which includes two RAA certified Instructors for our recreational flight school. Flight Tests are conducted in house by our Flight Examiner. The collective experience of our instructing team spans over fifteen thousand flying hours and more than 22 years in the industry. The smaller, clubhouse feel means you get a learning experience tailored to your exact needs with dedicated one on one training. 2013 marks 20 years service to our CFI and 10 years in the role of CFI. In 2014 the NQAC celebrated 65 years of operation and remains one of the only aero clubs in Australia that operates as a professional flying school as well as a social venue for its members.

Location & Weather

Where to find us



Bill Owen
Chiropractic Works
Chillagoe Guest House
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Stattons Plumbing Company
Atherton Hinterland Motel