Australian Jump Pilot Academy (AJPA)



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The Australian Jump Pilot Academy has graduated masses of accomplished pilots who are now now enjoying successful and rewarding careers in the skydiving industry and also assisted with the development of pilots whom have moved into charter, survey, corporate and airline operations around the world.

We are committed to providing our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure they safely and efficiently operate the aircraft to a standard expected by commercial operators.

Our courses are designed in-house by industry professionals with countless years of experience conducting skydiving operations and the training of professional jump pilots, with our examiners bringing with them a wealth of real world experience.

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Being the industry training leader our course graduates are highly sought after by many operators across the country. The Australian Jump Pilot Academy has agreements in place with other skydiving operators throughout Australia to supply adequately trained JPA pilots on an as needed basis.

Pilots whom successfully complete a course of instruction with AJPA are placed into an employment pool which can be accessed by a number of potential employees when employment opportunities arise, with AJPA very proud to have successfully sourced employment opportunities for over 50 (and still growing) course graduates in the past 24 months.





Our team of highly trained jump pilot examiners is the most experienced team in the industry and are committed to ensuring the environment and content of our courses exceed the expectations of potential employees and operators.

Our dedicated and highly professional team have extensive experience in the jump flying and aviation industry, with over 15,000Hrs of PJE experience between them they are able to deliver unrivalled commitment and passion to the training and education of aspiring jump pilots. All of our examiners are trained to the highest of standards and are approved by the Australian Parachute Federation.





C208 Caravan Formation Enhanced

The Cessna 208 caravan is one of the most commonly used aircraft in the skydive industry, known for its reliability and versatility in all weather conditions have made it the staple aircraft for any large scale Drop Zones.

The C208 caravan is the largest single-engine airplane ever produced by Cessna, shuttling up to 21 skydivers to breathtakingly high altitudes thanks to the 675 Shp PT6 engine.

AJPA also has access a number of the state of the art and fastest Jump aircraft in Oz being the Texas Turbines TPE331-12JR equipped 900 SHP Supervans as well as the PT6A-42A 850SHP Blackhawk Caravan. These aircraft can shuttle parachutists to 15,000ft in  under 10 minutes, providing an exhilarating experience for the pilots and skydivers alike.



Australian Jump Pilot Academy’s fleet consists of single engine piston and turbine aircraft at the highest levels of safety and reliance. We take great pride in presenting our customers with quality aircraft and place a large emphasis on aircraft presentation.

The 300SHP IO-550 equipped Cessna 182’s and 310 SHP TIO-540 / IO-540 equipped GippsAero GA8 Airvan’s produce roar grunt ensuring you climb to your exit high in the quickest time possible. With conventional IFR avionics suites all aircraft are equipped with either Garmin 430’s or Garmin 530’s GPS’s. Cessna 182 aircraft are approved for 6 POB, with the GA8 aircraft approved for 9 POB.

The GA8 Airvan is one of the most commonly used aircraft in single-engine entry level charter jobs in Australia assisting applicants secure their first job.




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The AJPA head facility is located at the Illawarra Regional airport 15 minutes South of Wollongong NSW and 1 hour South of Sydney at 32 Airport Rd, Illawarra Regional Airport, Albion Park Rail NSW 2527.

Our main training base is located at the picturesque Lake Macquarie Aerodrome (Formally Aeropelican Airport) 15 minutes South of Newcastle NSW at 864 Pacific Hwy, Marks Point NSW 2280. Onsite accommodation is available for a small fee.

With prior notice, courses are also available at our Moorabbin (YMMB) Facility in Melbourne Vic, with additional bases to open in the near future.