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 of many aviators for 70 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, privately or commercially, our team will help you make those dreams a reality. It is never too late to realise your dream of flying. Perhaps you would prefer to take a spectacular scenic flight around the Atherton Tablelands, the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, or even make that appointment out in the bush today, we can help with that.

Our fleet consists of 8 aircraft, including three Cessna 152’s, two 172’s, a 172XP and one PA-44 Seminole for twin and IFR training. We also have a Piper Cherokee 180 online fitted with hand controls for wheel chair bound students.

The North Queensland Aero Club operates from the 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 school with personalised One on One Training.
  • A School that operates 362 days of the year.
  • A School that has existed for 70 years.
  • A place where accommodation is readily available nearby the airport.
  • Class C International Airspace.
  • A tropical environment, where you experience many different weather patterns.
  • World Heritage Listed areas – The Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.
  • A place where Navigation Exercises takes you to stunning Queensland outback locations.
Meet our Team

The North Queensland Aero Club employs three full time Instructors and two part time Instructors. 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 25 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. 2018 marks 25 years service by our CFI and 15 years in the role of CFI. In 2019 the NQAC celebrates 70 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.


All potential students please note; the North Queensland Aero Club does not offer training through any external International training providers. The North Queensland Aero Club does not require payment to be made in full before commencement of any training, all flight training is pay as you go. We encourage all potential customers to contact the NQAC directly before making any upfront payments or enrolling in any training course not directly advertised by the NQAC.

The NQAC is aware of potential scam activity taking place internationally using our logo and website as a link for flight training, this information is incorrect. For additional information or to confirm any training course with the NQAC please contact us directly via phone or by using the ‘Contact Us’ links at the top of the page.

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Where to find us



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