The Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) will prepare you for a career as a commercial pilot. You will gain the academic and aeronautical knowledge 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 planing 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 will learn the aerodynamics, aeronautical knowledge, meteorology, navigation, flight planning, and weight and balance required by a commercial pilot. You will learn about the human factors that impact commercial pilots. You will also cover flight planning and navigation both visually and using instruments.If you wish to become a commercial pilot you will need to complete the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) in addition to the Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations). All practical flight training components after your first solo flight are delivered in the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations). You will not be eligible for enrolment in the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) until you have successfully completed the first term of the Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations). Please check the Student Handbook for detailed information regarding the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations).
This course prepares you for aviation careers in the air transportation industry as a commercial pilot.
When you graduate with the Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) you will meet the aeronautical knowledge requirements for careers as a commercial pilot in the air transportation industry. When studied in conjunction with CQUniversity’s Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) you would normally be legally qualified to work as a professional commercial pilot and have access to aviation careers in the air transportation industry, or a cadetship/traineeship offered by some airlines. You may also be eligible to apply for the Australian Defence Force which recruits potential pilots for all services. 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.
|Duration||2 years full-time or 4 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||96|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Undergraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||ADAvFlightOps|
|AQF Level||Level 6: Associate Degree|
|Rank Threshold||SR 60 | ATAR 60|
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:
English test results remain valid for o more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
Each student will be assessed individually.
Students must be able to hold an Aviation Security Identification Card.
Students must be able to hold an Australian Class 1 Aviation Medical.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||CL11 - Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations)|
|Professional Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Compulsory Residential School||Compulsory residential schools will be required for the laboratory and presentation components in certain units.|
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Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting email@example.com. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have broad theoretical and technical knowledge with some depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to identify, analyse and evaluate information and concepts from a range of sources|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative thinking skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge and ideas with some depth in a discipline|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive, communication and analytical skills to interpret and transmit responses to sometimes complex problems|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to make a clear and coherent presentation of knowledge and ideas with some intellectual independence|
|6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in paraprofessional practice|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in a range of contexts and/or for further studies in one or more disciplines|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt fundamental principles, concepts and techniques to known and unknown situations|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work and in collaboration with others within broad parameters|
|Number of units: 12||Total credit points: 96|
After successfully completing Term 1 of Year 1 you will be able to make an appointment to see the Head of Course to determine your suitability to enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations). After successfully completing the first year of the ADAv (Flight Operations) you will be able to exit with a Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations).
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|AVAT11002||Basic Aeronautical Knowledge|
|AVAT11003||Basic Aeronautical Practice|
|AVAT11007||Flight Planning, Performance and Operation (Private Pilot Licence)|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|AVAT12006||Aerodynamics (Commercial Pilot Licence)|
|AVAT12007||General Aeronautical Knowledge (Commercial Pilot Licence)|
|AVAT12009||Navigation (Commercial Pilot Licence)|
|AVAT12008||Meteorology (Commercial Pilot Licence)|
|AVAT12010||Flight Planning, Performance and Loading (Commercial Pilot Licence)|
|AVAT12011||Aviation Human Factors (Commercial Pilot Licence)|
|AVAT12012||Instrument Flight Rules and Procedures|
Credit for Prior Learning - CL06 – Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations)
Students who hold a Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL), Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) can be awarded credit for the following units in the CL06 Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations):
Students who hold a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and have an examination pass mark equal to or more than 85% for the corresponding CASA examination can be awarded additional credit for the following units:
Students are required to produce evidence of this through their Knowledge Deficiency Report (KDR)
If a student holds a Command Instrument Rating on their Commercial Pilot Licence or Private Pilot Licence they can be awarded additional credit for the following unit:
If a student has a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL), they can be awarded additional credit for the following unit:
No credit will be given for AVAT11006, AVAT12010 or AVAT12011 based on a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). Credit for AVAT11006, AVAT12010 or AVAT12011 will only be given if a student can justify that they have successfully completed previous units at AQF 7 (Bachelor level) and have at least an 80% match with each of these unit’s learning outcomes.
Students seeking additional credit to what is awarded for the Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL), Private Pilot Licence (PPL), Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) will be required to complete unit mapping sheets for each unit that credit is being requested towards.
Please refer to the Aviation Credit for Prior Learning Tool Kit for further information. This kit will assist you to complete your application and outline additional documentation required.
How to Apply:
Students applying for credit transfer from another CQUniversity course, external institution or recognition of prior learning are required to submit a Credit Application Form.
The credit calculator may assist by providing an estimate of credit you may be eligible to receive towards your CQUniversity course.
For further information regarding credit and how to apply please visit the Credit Transfers and RPL website.
Additional costs not included in the course fee.
Additional study costs
Basic Aeronautical Practice AVAT11003
To satisfy the requirements of the unit Basic Aeronautical Practice (AVAT11003) you need to complete13.5 hours of flight training and reach first solo competency. If you meet the flight competency to undertake your first solo flight and you wish to undertake your first solo flight you will incur additional costs that are not included in the course fees, nor accessible through HECS-HELP. These additional costs are associated with obtaining:
· An Aviation Reference Number (ARN) from the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)
· An Australian Class 1 or Class 2 Aviation Medical Certificate from a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME)
· Depending on your training aerodrome, an Australian Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)
· A General English Language Proficiency assessment.
The total cost of these items can be up to $1,000* and is not included in the course fee, nor accessible through HECS-HELP.
You may also need to purchase the following:
· Navigation equipment $200*
· Books $800*
· Uniform $400*
· Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) $1,000*
The total cost of these items is approximately $2,400* and is not included in the course fee, nor accessible through HECS-HELP.
CASA examination costs
The cost of the CASA theory examinations is not included in the Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) course fee. The cost for each CASA Examination is approximately $160* per attempt.
CQUniversity currently has approved flight providers in the following locations:
New South Wales:
Flight Practical Work Order Validity:
“Where a work order to a Flight Provider requires a student to undertake flight training pursuant to the order and that flight training is not completed within a 12 month period from the date of the work order, then the flight provider will allocate a Non Completion grade to the student for that unit which will result in a Fail (F) grade at CQUniversity for the particular flight unit”.
The definition of Flight Provider is:
“Flight Provider is an organisation contracted to CQ University to provide flight training to students undertaking the CL17 Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) and the Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations). The flight training is to be specified in a document referred to as a ‘Work Order’”.
*These additional costs are an estimate only, and government charges and fees, and industry costs may change over time.