Welcome to White Star Aviation, your ultimate destination for embarking on an extraordinary journey into the world of aviation. As a boutique Flight Training Academy, we take pride in nurturing the next generation of inspiring aviators who dare to dream big and reach for the skies.

A Passionate Team of Aviation Professionals:

At White Star Aviation, our success is driven by the passion and expertise of our ownership team. With a combined experience of over 100 years in General Aviation, these three aviation enthusiasts have come together to create a unique and empowering training environment. Their unwavering obsession with the aviation industry sets them apart, ensuring that you receive the finest guidance and support on your flight training odyssey.

Unmatched Training Excellence:

Our commitment to excellence is evident in every aspect of your training. The ownership team’s collective qualifications, skills, and approvals make them the perfect mentors for aspiring pilots like you. We prioritize safety, efficiency, and comprehensive learning, providing you with a solid foundation and the confidence to conquer the skies.

Discover Our Cutting-Edge Facilities:

With a vision to inspire greatness, we have established two state-of-the-art facilities within the picturesque landscapes of New South Wales. The Ballina Airport, nestled in the enchanting Northern Rivers region, and the captivating Armidale Regional Airport in the Northern Tablelands provide the perfect settings for you to spread your wings and soar towards your dreams.

Your Journey Starts Here:

At White Star Aviation, we believe that the sky is not the limit; it’s the beginning of a remarkable adventure. Whether you aspire to become a professional pilot or simply want to experience the thrill of flying, our Flight Training Academy caters to all levels of aviation enthusiasts.

Join the White Star Aviation Family:

Embrace the passion, expertise, and camaraderie that define our aviation community. By choosing White Star Aviation, you are not just enrolling in a flight training program; you are becoming a part of a supportive and vibrant family dedicated to the pursuit of aviation excellence.

Let’s Take Flight Together:

Are you ready to embark on a journey that will redefine your horizons and unlock a world of endless possibilities? Come aboard and discover the joy of flight with White Star Aviation. Take the first step towards a future where the sky is not just the limit but a canvas for you to paint your dreams.

Contact us today to learn more about our programs, facilities, and how you can become a part of the White Star Aviation legacy. Together, let’s reach for the stars and create a future that soars above and beyond!


Flight Training Academy Ballina

Jeffrey Harris (JJ)


Having spent his early years touring the world as the drummer for several Australian rock bands including Divinyls, Bang the Drum, 1927 and GANGgajang, JJ followed his thirst for flight and completed his Commercial Pilot Licence and Instructor Rating in 2006. Having amassed over 10 years of experience as a flight and Ground Instructor at various schools around Australia, JJ has developed a following of passionate students who describe him as the ‘eternal performer’ in and out of the aeroplane. With a resume peppered with operational management and safety roles including Operations Controller for Jet Craft, the world leading CAE/Oxford and numerous safety management positions, JJ is an all-round asset to the team!

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Nathan James

Director/Head of Operations/Flight Examiner

Nathan is acknowledged as a visionary in the development of Aviation training in Australia. His experience with airline specific syllabus design, development of new generation training and assessment methodologies and research into future training ideologies, distinguishes him as a leading authority in his field. He is a qualified Chief Pilot, Head of Operations and Flight Examiner with over 20 years of experience including General Aviation charter, flight training and as a Flight Training Examiner with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Nathan is the Director of four companies and throughout the years, has successfully continued to manage businesses in the IT, Aviation and education industries.

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Cliff Bedser

A380 Captain and Aircraft Sales Manager

Cliff’s aviation career spans 43 years!  Beginning as a certified aircraft maintenance engineer with Air Gold Coast at Coolangatta Airport, Cliff then founded ‘Gold Coast Aircraft Sales’ and for 20 years specialised in General Aviation aircraft importing, acquisitions and sales. Cliff currently fly’s the A380 Airbus for Qantas, holding an ATPL CASA and FAA licence with endorsements on most Boeing and Airbus types. He remains active in General Aviation and RA aus flying and really is the fountain of knowledge when it comes to the Australian aviation market.
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