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Bachelor of Aviation (Commercial Pilot) - CL29

If your career aspiration is to become a professional commercial airline pilot capable of managing a multi-crew environment, then the Bachelor of Aviation (Commercial Pilot) will prepare you for this. The degree will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to satisfy requirements for Commercial Pilot Licence and Command Instrument Rating, and to become a commercial pilot.

The Bachelor of Aviation (Commercial Pilot) will be packaged with an Aviation English course – Test of English for Aviation Preparation 

INTERNATIONAL
STUDY MODES

On Campus

UNITS/CREDITS

19/144

DURATION

3 years full-time

AVAILABILITY

Cairns

RECOMMENDED STUDY

OP English, Physics and Mathematics

CRICOS

097033M

The Bachelor of Aviation (Commercial Pilot) will prepare you for a career as a commercial pilot. In this course, you will gain the aeronautical knowledge and experience required to achieve a Commercial Pilot Licence and Command Instrument Rating. In the first year of your study, you will fly solo in the circuit area of the training aerodrome. You will learn about the physics of aviation, flight planning, navigation, performance, loading and operations pertaining to small general aviation aircraft. You will calculate basic flight plans and fuel plans. You will also study meteorological, and navigational factors that affect flying, such as aerodrome forecasts and area forecasts. You will develop knowledge of planning flights on navigational charts and airspace requirements. You will also be introduced to the laws that are relevant to aviation.

During your second year, you should be eligible to apply for your first pilot licence, the Recreational Pilot Licence, and start your navigation training. You will learn the aerodynamics, aeronautics, meteorology, navigation, flight planning and loading required by a commercial pilot. You will learn about the human factors that impact commercial pilots. Flight planning and navigation, both visually and using instruments, are also covered. Towards the end of the second year, you should be eligible to apply for your Private Pilot Licence and start your Commercial Pilot Licence training.

During your third year, you will complete your Command Instrument Rating training and your Commercial Pilot Licence training and you should be eligible to apply for your Commercial Pilot Licence and Command Instrument Rating.

Core Units 19 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

COURSE STRUCTURE
You are required to complete a total of 19 core units.
First year

  • Basic Aeronautical Knowledge
  • Basic Aeronautical Practice
  • Aviation Physics
  • Aviation Law
  • Flight Planning, Performance and Operation (Private Pilot Licence)
  • Aeronautical Flight Practice 1

Second year

  • Aerodynamics (Commercial Pilot Licence)
  • General Aeronautical Knowledge (Commercial Pilot Licence)
  • Meteorology (Commercial Pilot Licence)
  • Navigation (Commercial Pilot Licence)
  • Flight Planning, Performance and Loading (Commercial Pilot Licence)
  • Aviation Human Factors (Commercial Pilot Licence)
  • Instrument Flight Rules and Procedures
  • Aeronautical Flight Practice 2
  • Aeronautical Flight Practice 3
  • Advanced Aeronautical Flight Practice 1

Third year

  • Aeronautical Flight Practice 4
  • Advanced Aeronautical Flight Practice 1
  • Advanced Aeronautical Flight Practice 2
  • Advanced Aeronautical Flight Practice 3



    Licence Type

Flight Experience
First Year
Fly solo in the circuit area and training area of  the training aerodrome
Second Year (First Half)Recreational Pilot LicenceFly a single-engine aircraft within 40km of the airfield
Second Year (Second Half)Private Pilot LicenceStart your navigation training and visit multiple aerodromes in regional and outback Australia
Third YearCommercial Pilot Licence and Multi-Engine Command Instrument RatingAccumulate 100 hours of Pilot In Command (PIC) flight experience

UNIT INFORMATION

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

CREDIT TRANSFER INFORMATION

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, and able to supply a logbook for review, we will be able to undertake a competency assessment for evaluation.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2021Cairns
Term 2 - 2021Cairns
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
No information available at this time.
This course has no residential schools.
Entry scores are not applicable for this course.

English Requirement

English Test

IELTS Academic                                  6.0 with no individual band score of less than 5.5

TOEFL Internet-based                          Overall score of 75 with no score less than 17

Pearson Test of English Academic        Overall score of 54 with no score less than 46

Other requirements

An offer of admission into the course will be conditional on a student passing: a Civil Aviation Safety Authority approved Aviation English Language Proficiency Test; and obtaining a Class 1 Aviation Medical and an Australian Security Identification Card, in Term 1 of the first year. These must be obtained at the student's expense. Please visit the CQUniversity international student webpages for additional information.

Security Requirements

Students must be able to hold an Australian Security Identification Card.

Health Requirements

Students must be able to hold an Australian Class 1 Aviation Medical.

Assumed Knowledge

OP English, Physics and Mathematics

When you graduate with the Bachelor of Aviation (Commercial Pilot) you will meet the aeronautical knowledge and experience requirements for careers as a commercial pilot in the air transportation industry. You would normally be legally qualified to work as a commercial pilot and have access to aviation careers in the air transportation industry, or a cadetship/ traineeship offered by some airlines. With additional flight training you can explore opportunities in general aviation such as; flight instructing, tourism operations and agricultural operations such as mustering and crop spraying.
Not Applicable

Please refer to our international course fees page.

Scholarships are not applicable to this course.

Tertiary Admission Centre codes are not applicable for this course.

Explore our suite of aviation courses that prepare you for a career as a pilot or working in the airline industry. As an aviation student, you will learn from experienced lecturers and be supported by the latest in learning technology. Through simulations, and a range of flight training opportunities you will graduate with the skills, knowledge and experience to reach your aviation career aspirations.

YOUR FLIGHT TRAINING
The Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot) includes a total of 227.3 hours of flight training. This is broken into 207.3 hours of flight time and 20 hours simulator time. Within your flight time, you will have 100 hours of pilot in command time and 46 hours of instrument time. Upon successful completion of your flight training, you should meet the academic requirements to obtain your Australian Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and a Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR).
Your basic flight training will be delivered at Innisfail Aerodrome on four place Cessna 172 aircraft, and the more advanced flight training will be delivered at Cairns International Airport on an advanced single engine Cessna 172RG or Cessna 182, and twin engine Beechcraft Baron, Piper Seminole or similar twin engine aeroplanes.

STATE OF THE ART FACILITIES
The CQUniversity Cairns Aviation Centre is located at the Cairns International Airport. The facility imbeds CQUniversity students within the dynamic aviation industry in North Queensland. Our students have access to a twin jet airliner flight simulator located at the Cairns Aviation Centre. Training on the simulator will be embedded in the theory lessons so you gain a better understanding or aerodynamics and performance.

INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS
As an aviation student, you will benefit from CQUniversity’s industry partnerships that broaden not only your career opportunities but your connections and networks.

Our partnership with Aviation Australia provides you with the opportunity to undertake a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Multi-Crew Cooperation Course (MCC) in the third year of your Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations). A CASA-approved MCC course is a requirement to operate as a pilot in a multi-crew flight.

You will also benefit from our partnership with Hinterland Aviation that provides a pathway from a pilot career with a regional airline to a major national airline within two years of graduating. Our agreement with Cairns’ regional airline, provides opportunities for you to apply for a position with Hinterland Aviation after graduating from your aviation study with CQUniversity. Then after a period of two years, you will have the opportunity to apply for a position with Virgin Australia.  

Our easy to use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.

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