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Hangar 7- Goolwa Airport, 492 Boettcher Road, Goolwa SA 5214

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Southern Cross Flight Simulator Services

Renewals - Recency - Training

Is your instrument rating coming up for Renewal?

Having to undergo an Instrument Rating Test is never a pleasant experience, so if yours is due soon why don't you pay me a visit at SOUTHERN CROSS FLIGHT SIMULATOR SERVICES at  Airpark Goolwa South Australia (YGWA).


I can guarantee to provide a friendly professional service and will offer you the empathy gained from my own 50 years of IR renewals in the RAAF and a major International Airline - it never gets any easier ; however, I will endeavor to make the experience as painless as possible.

YGWA is situated 34nm South of Adelaide International Airport where an ILS, VOR and DME are available; however, the other instrument approaches that you may need are available in uncontrolled, uncongested airspace at Kingscote (YKSC) on Kangaroo Island which is only 20 min. flying time from YGWA. YKSC has GNSS RNAV approaches.


We are equipped with an ELITE AT11i CASA Certified Flight Training Device (Sim) with a latest state of the art 220 degree wrap around visual system which can be use to practice circuits and circling approaches. The simulator can be configured for most Single and Twin engine aircraft including a Beechcraft King Air or a single engine turboprop aircraft.

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The Instrument panel is a conventional 'six pack’ with a real (i.e. not simulated) G430 GPS and interactive ATC is provided. The instrument panel provides NDB via fixed card or RMI and VOR via HSI or Omni Bearing Selector. GPS and RNP Approach tracking is via the HSI. I can complete the Ground Component and one Instrument Approach of your Instrument Proficiency Check ( IPC ) in the Simulator and we have a Flight Examiner, Chris Jones, available on appointment to conduct the airborne component, either in your own aircraft or there are aircraft available to be hired in the area. Landing Fees will be waived if you fly into YGWA and use the services of Southern Cross Flight Simulator Services.

About Us



"Dave has transformed me from an undisciplined aerobatic pilot to a safe and competent IFR trainee. The IFR world is a daunting challenge for us amateurs and Dave’s wealth of experience has softened the learning curve with lessons adapted to my wobbly foundations and poor habits. Read More

 Prof David Campbell  

"I attended sessions with Dave at Southern Cross Simulator Services because I wanted some additional coaching with my IFR flying. I had heard of Dave’s great reputation as an instructor from other pilots and was not disappointed. Dave’s coaching style is honest and exceptionally effective. Read More

Justin Cole

"As a student undergoing instrument flight training, I found Captain Holbourn’s wealth of knowledge and experience gained from over fifty years of military and civilian airline flying invaluable. He is an enthusiastic instructor, highly approachable and was adaptable to my needs and learning style. Captain Holbourn’s lessons have been an asset to my experiences as a pilot and he comes with my highest recommendation."

Alex Mihal

‘I’ve been a student of Dave’s on several occasions, initially for my Multi Engine Instrument Rating and later on for my annual IPC renewals. Spending time with Dave is always a pleasurable learning experience and his instruction is both caring and efficient. Dave’s Elite Simulator is state of the art and   uses genuine GPS equipment that you’re likely to see in real world GA aircraft... Read More

Ash Pullman

Dave generously shares the incredible  knowledge and experience he gained from his careers in the RAAF and airline industry. His approach to teaching ensures you understand the principles of IFR navigation helping to make the leap from abstract approach charts to precision flight. Dave's simulator is so realistic, you are convinced you are in the left hand seat for real! 

Richard Elkhoury 

I had previously held a PIFR when I went to Dave for my initial MEIR upgrade training. With a wealth of experience in the military and civilian flying, from large airlines to GA, Dave is an amazing instructor. He knows all the gotchas and is passionate about passing this information onto his students. His ability to explain concepts is extraordinary, you’ll be waiting for the complicated part to come but it never does! Backed by a very professional simulator setup, you’ll feel completely at ease. The only thing you’ll regret is not calling Dave earlier!

Ellen Franklin