Welcome to White Star Aviation, a boutique Flight Training Academy ready to launch the next generation of inspiring aviators. 

We cater for self-funded pilots, eager to fly for fun and those ready to commence full-time study and commence their aviation career. 

White Star Aviation operates as a one-stop-shop, delivering flight and ground training, flight examination, aircraft acquisition, maintenance, aircraft hangarage and a pilot shop. 

Our clean and modern facilities are located at the Ballina Airport, less than 30 minutes away from Byron Bay and 60 minutes to the world-famous Gold Coast.


We provide a wide array of aviation services, including:

Flight Training

Offering training under both RAAus and CASA for the issue of an RPC, RPL, PPL, CPL, Instrument Rating, Flight Instructor Rating and Additional Endorsements.

Flight Examination

White Star Aviation has you covered for all your flight test needs whether it be in our aircraft or yours. Whether you’re a new licence applicant or an old hand looking to add a new rating or endorsement to your licence, our in-house exam

Aircraft Maintenance

White Star Aviation are positioned to cover all aspects of your aircraft maintenance requirements. We maintain a wide-range of General Aviation aircraft including, Cessna, Piper, Beechcraft and are approved to maintain RAAus aircraft as well. As a Tecnam approved service centre, we are able to maintain all models of Tecnam aircraft, offering a professional friendly service and pricing only available at factory approved service centres.

Pilot Shop

White Star Aviation is the proud home of Flight Store – the leading supplier of aviation products, pilot supplies and flying gear in Australia. Providing the highest quality and widest range of products with fast delivery Australia-wide. Whether you’re in the market for a new headset, some sunglasses, a pilot bag or just some maps and charts, pop in today and have a browse.

FBO Services

White Star Aviation offer private owners and corporate operators a range of services at the Ballina Airport including ground handling, catering, baggage handling, ramp parking, WIFI, printing and more.

Aircraft Acquisition

One of the ultimate attractions of private or business aviation is the ability to take to the skies on a schedule that fits your needs – be it through charter, fractional ownership, aircraft leasing or an outright aircraft purchase.



White Star Aviation is committed to providing a high standard of training that is delivered in an inclusive and supportive environment. We recognise that everyone is different, so take the time in supporting each of our students, working to each of their own unique motives and capabilities.

Our goal is to produce industry-ready pilots with a strong focus on practicality, rational, intelligence, logic and sense. Our highly trained and committed staff ensure that our training environment, and the delivery of content, not only exceed student expectation but contribute to the heightening demand for word-class Pilots.



White Star Aviation is situated in the beautiful Northern Rivers Region of NSW, surrounded by hinterland and the breathtaking East coast shoreline. Our clean and modern facilities are located at the Ballina Airport, less than 30 minutes from Byron Bay and 60 minutes to the world-famous Gold Coast.

Our location allows students the opportunity to fly in a class G airspace, offering less time at holding points, shorter times to the training area and above all, the ability to start their flying in a safer, low traffic environment.




White Star Aviation boasts a network of airline captains from Australia’s mainline carriers who are ready to advise, train and mentor you throughout both your training and into your chosen aviation career path.



The CKAS MotionSim1 boasts high fidelity motion and realistic visuals making it the perfect platform to provide initial flight training saving hours in the aircraft and reducing the over-all costs of training.

Students will complete 1 hour of Basic Instrument Flight in the CKAS MotionSim1 during their PPL training and another 4 hours of basic instrument flight and VOR orientation, tracking and intercepts during their CPL flight training.

The MotionSim1’s advanced features really shine during the Instrument Rating program in which 25 hours are completed in the device.



Not sure where to start? Why not test your capabilities with our Trial Introductory Flight (TIF) and enjoy a 30 minute flying lesson with you at the controls! 

You’ll control an aircraft under the direct supervision of an instructor, following the same sequence as a normal instructional flight including, a pre-flight briefing, aircraft pre-flight inspection and the relevant air exercise. You’ll experience how the controls work when operating an aircraft as you perform basic turns, climbs and descents whilst flying.

Whether you’re an aspiring pilot, thrill seeker or aviation enthusiast, it’s an experience you’ll never forget. 

$149 +GST 

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