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Aviation FAQ: Course Structure

Choosing to study aviation at CQUni can open up a number of exciting career opportunities as a pilot. Whether you’re interested in becoming a commercial pilot or pursuing a career in the airlines, studying aviation at CQUni will be the launch pad to a rewarding career.

Aviation FAQ: Course Structure

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Hi, I’m Shannen.

Choosing to study aviation at CQUni can open up a number of exciting career opportunities as a pilot. Whether you’re interested in becoming a commercial pilot or pursuing a career in the airlines, studying aviation at CQUni will be the launch pad to a rewarding career.

You will benefit from studying a unique course structure that combines aeronautical knowledge with flight training.

Understanding the course structure and what it means for you can be a little confusing. So I’ll talk you through how students study the course in more detail.

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Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations): First year

  • Learn foundations of aviation
  • Enrol in Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) on completion of first 4 units
  • Satisfy Instrument rating

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In the first year, you will learn the foundations of aviation including the physics, laws, and navigational factors that affect flying.

Upon the successful completion of your first term of full-time study, you will be able to enroll into the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) and begin to gain your flight hours.

At the end of your first year of study, you could exit the course with a Diploma of Aviation, and your instrument rating.

However if you want to gain your commercial pilots licence or pursue a career in the airlines, you would need to continue studying into the second year.

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Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations): Second year

  • Learn about human factors, flight planning and navigation
  • Continue Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations)
  • Satisfy Commercial Pilot license

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In the second year, you will build on the foundations of aviation and learn about the human factors that impact commercial pilots along with flight planning and navigation.

Upon completing the second year you could exit with an Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations), and combined with completion of the Graduate Diploma you would satisfy the requirements to apply for a Commercial Pilot License.

If you want to pursue a career in the airlines, you would need to continue on to study the third year of the course.

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Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations): Third year

  • Learn how to manage a multi-crew environment and maintain safety management system
  • Continue in Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations)
  • Satisfy requirements for Air Transport Pilot License
    • Multi engine command instrument rating

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In the third year, you will expand upon your aeronautical knowledge and learn how to manage a multi crew environment and develop and maintain a safety management system.

Successful completion of the third year will qualify you to graduate with a Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) together with the Graduate Diploma, satisfying the requirements to apply for an Air Transport Pilot License.

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Career entry to the Airlines

  • Graduate with approx. 210 flight hours

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Major airlines require 2,000 hours of flight experience for command position.

You will complete approximately 210 hours of flight training in the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations).

This flight training meets the requirements for a Commercial Pilot License and Multi Engine Command Instrument rating.

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Career entry to the Airlines

  • Leverage CQUni’s partnerships to launch your career with a regional airline

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Our partnership with Hinterland Aviation provides an opportunity for graduate pilots to pathway into a career with a regional airline where you will continue to build your hours for entry into a career with the airlines.

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If you would like more information on flight training, licenses or fees check out our videos.

Or, if you are ready to apply, visit the How to Apply section on the course page to start your application