About Us

It's All About You, the Student Pilot

For those wishing to Pursue a Career in Aviation.

Great Southern Flying School (GSFS) is a boutique Flight Training Company with our Head Office located on the grounds of Barwon Heads Airport, as well as a base within Bendigo Airport.

We have highly experienced Instructors, with many thousands of hours of flight instructional time, as well as thousands and thousands of hours in Commercial operations, airline and Charter experience.

Meet Murray, Our Senior Flight Instructor

Murray Medway is the Founder & Senior Instructional Pilot of Great Southern Flying School, as well as Senior Charter Pilot for Medway Aviation.  Murray is a highly experienced & respected pilot with over 8000 hours experience behind the controls working across many facets of the industry.

Murray’s passion is aviation. You will always find him at an airport; talking about planes, flying planes or looking at planes. In his spare time he teaches Aviation theory & loves flying to the best golf courses around Southern Australia in his endless attempt to reach a single figure handicap.

Murray found his way into the Aviation Industry later in life.  Having spent many years working for multinational companies in the agriculture sector, Murray decided after a Trial Instructional flight that he was going to be a pilot, one flight and he was hooked.

After obtaining his Commercial license, Murray flew with a Regional Airline, where he spent 6 years working as an Instructor, training Australian and United Arab Emirates Pilots. Commencing as a Junior Grade 3 instructor he progressed through to become Senior Grade 1, then Chief Flying Instructor, then onto become Chief Pilot.

A snapshot of Murray’s Flying Experience:

  • After many local, national and international surveys, obtained a CASA type specialist endorsement on the B200 Kingair.
  • Ferried aircraft to Australia for the RFDS from NZ.
  • Worked for the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC); flying and training fire scanning pilots for Vic, NSW, Qld, Tas, SA and W.A.
  • Extensive Charter work throughout Australia & New Caledonia.

His favourite plane is the Kingair, his favourite flying location is anywhere above 26000ft.

Whilst Murray’s passion for the flying never diminishes, he has turned his attention to ensuring a strong aviation future within Australia by challenging and helping his students rise to greater heights.  His former students are now in the air as Emirates A380 pilots, Qantas 737 and A330 pilots, Virgin Australia pilots, RFDS pilots, Charter and Survey pilots, Agricultural pilots, Private pilots and recreational flyers.

Murray has instructed on training flights with pilots of all ages & experience levels; from a 13 yr old boy through to an 86 year old flying veteran.

Learning to Fly is not a cheap endeavour, and Murray’s passion & experience for the industry means he is able to help young people and their parents navigate the minefield and funding disasters that have taken over Aviation training.  If you want to learn to fly, talk to Murray about your Flying dreams, he will explain your options and arm you with the best knowledge to make the best decision for your individual circumstances.

What We Teach at Great Southern Flying School

We teach all required Aviation skills and knowledge, lessons in Flight and theory.  We comfortably offer both Training and Testing for the issue of:


Recreational Pilots Licence


Private Pilot


Commercial Pilot License


Multi-Engine Endorsements


Night VFR


Private Instrument Ratings


Command Instrument Rating-Single Engine


Multi-Engine Command Instrument Ratings

FIR Grade 1,2&3

Instructor Ratings and Upgrades

Kingair BE200

Complete Beechcraft Kingair BE200 Type ratings (including Simulator sessions)

Our Current Instructor base boasts a skill set ranging from A380 pilots, A320 First Officers, Regional Airline Pilots, Commercial Charter Pilots, RFDS and Aeromedical Pilots and some of the most experienced Fire scanning pilots in Australia.

While we love to instruct and pass our experiences and skills on to our valued students in Cirrus SR22, Cessna 172, Piper Warriors, Beechcraft Duchess Twin and Piper Chieftain Twins, we all also still fly commercially as well. This keeps our training, current, purposed, deliberate and at an elite level.

We have vast experience training both International Pilots and Australian Pilots. We have trained Cadets for International Airlines, Cadets for Australian Airlines, Private Pilots from scratch, Pilots starting their Aviation career at just 13yrs old, right through to a flight with an 86 year old former military pilot looking for one last “control of the bird”.   It has been our pleasure to share in their  amazing journeys.

You are never too young or too old.. if you want to fly, call us and discuss the options.
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