CQU partners with Aviation Australia to lift the quality of flight-ready pilots

Published:09 July 2020

A partnership between CQUniversity and Aviation Australia has the potential to raise the bar in qualifications of new pilots entering the industry.

Announced this week, the partnership, which is a first for CQU and Aviation Australia, will provide third year CQU Bachelor of Aviation students the opportunity to undertake a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Multi-Crew Cooperation Course (MCC) as part of their degree. A CASA-approved MCC course is a requirement to operate as a pilot in a multi-crew flight.

CQU’s Head of Aviation Professor Steven Thatcher said the partnership was the first step in an ongoing relationship with Aviation Australia.

“It benefits the airline industry as it provides a pilot that is multi-crew qualified and ready to join an airline”

He said the MCC course would provide the basis for a more expansive relationship with Aviation Australia as CQU moves into stage 2 of its aviation development, which follows the stage 1 opening of the Cairns Aviation Centre in October last year.

“Stage 2 development includes a unique degree-level course in aircraft maintenance, the Bachelor of Aviation (Airworthiness) which will see development of hangers and classrooms on Cairns International Airport.

“Further developments underway in stage 2 are the Bachelor of Aviation (Airport and Airline Operations) and Master of Aviation (Airport and Airline Operations) which will provide unique, ground-breaking courses for staff working in airports and the airlines to advance their qualifications.

“These courses will also be attractive to both domestic and international students that have ambitions to work for airports or airlines in non-flight operation roles.”

The Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) course is for students looking to become a professional airline pilot capable of managing a multi-crew environment.

Aviation Australia’s Head of Operations, Patrick Murray, said that the MCC course was an essential building block in a future airline pilot’s career.

He said, “Aviation Australia is very excited to partner with CQU on MCC and on the future development of new and contemporary aviation education and training programs”. 

More than 200 pilots have undertaken Aviation Australia’s highly-regarded MCC course that is delivered by some of Australia’s most experienced airline instructors.