Cessnock Airport is a popular Flight training aerodrome servicing Newcastle and Lower Hunter based pilots and students. It is usually considered so popular due to its large training area, which it shares with Maitland Airport and other Hunter Region aerodromes. There are two flight training schools (Hunter Valley Aviation and Avondale Aviation, now owned by Wollongong University). The airport is also home to a helicopter joy flight centre. Early morning Hot air balloon flights are also common.