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CQU becomes first uni to provide flight training spanning entire mainland Australia

Published:23 March 2021

CQUniversity has partnered with Flight Standards to deliver flight training in the Northern Territory, Brisbane and Perth. PHOTO: Nick Browne

CQUniversity has signed a historic partnership that has seen it become the first and only university in the country to offer flight training across every mainland state of Australia.

The coup comes after the University signed a flight provider agreement with the Northern Territory’s Flight Standards that has four locations within its network including Darwin, Alice Springs, Brisbane and Perth.

CQUniversity Dean, School of Engineering and Technology Professor Steve Hall said the partnership showed the University’s commitment to continuously growing its Aviation program.

“This partnership is particularly poignant as it will give our Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) and Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) students who study with CQU across the country, an opportunity to train with a provider in every mainland state,” Professor Hall said.

“Flight Standards has a group of industry-experienced pilots with years of aviation and flight training experience that services the Northern Territory region as well as Brisbane and Perth, giving our online students who study in those regions a wonderful opportunity to fly with an already established flight trainer.”

Flight Standards Directors Cameron Marchant and Ben Mackney said they were thrilled to partner with CQUniversity to deliver flight training to CQU students based in the NT, Brisbane and Perth.

“Flight Standards prides itself on being able to deliver industry contextual training in regions where many pilots commence their careers in aviation,” Mr Mackney said.

“This partnership with CQUniversity represents a unique opportunity for students to benefit from our ability to complement academic studies with real-world flight training, ultimately to prepare them well for entry into the workplace.”

Flight Standards is well acquainted with what is required by commercial operators, particularly within the General Aviation sector, as they also operate two well-known aviation charter companies in the Northern Territory, both of which are well regarded as starting points for newly qualified commercial pilots.

The Territory Aviation Skills Centre (TASC) and the Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory also welcomed the partnership.

“We offer our support to your partnership, as we collectively work to develop a successful and sustainable aviation industry in the Northern Territory,” Chamber of Commerce NT Chief Policy Officer Stephen Goodall said.

“This partnership will provide local skills development that has not previously been available in the NT.”

CQUniversity has a suite of Aviation courses focused on airline pilot education and training. These courses include a Bachelor's degree and a Graduate Diploma which have both been uniquely designed to encourage students in both regional Australia as well as the capital cities, who have the ability and potential, to become airline pilots.

“This relationship with Flight Standards will provide our students with a fantastic integration of coursework through CQU and pilot training through Flight Standards.”

Flight Standards is the fifteenth flight provider to be signed with CQUniversity.