The Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) will prepare you for a career as a professional airline pilot capable of managing a multi crew environment. In this course you will study the academic and aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Air Transport 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, 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.
In your third year, you will build on the knowledge and skills relating to aerodynamics, navigation, meteorology, flight planning and other aeronautical knowledge to bring you to the level required for the Air Transport Pilot Licence. In addition, you will learn how to manage a multi crew environment and develop and maintain a safety management system.
If you wish to obtain your Commercial Pilot Licence and Command Instrument Rating you will need to complete the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) in addition to the Bachelor of Aviation. All practical flight training components beyond first solo in the circuit area of your training aerodrome are delivered in the Graduate Diploma. You will not be eligible for enrolment in the Graduate Diploma until you have successfully completed the first term of the Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations). Please check the Student Handbook for detailed information regarding the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations).
The Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) prepares you for aviation careers in the air transportation industry as a professional airline pilot. When you graduate with the Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) you will meet the aeronautical knowledge requirements for a career as a professional airline pilot in the air transportation industry. When studied in conjunction with CQUniversity’s CM54 Graduate Diploma of Aviation you would be qualified to work as a professional 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.
Aviation management is a broad and dynamic
field and there is unlimited amounts of aviation business administration jobs that are
necessary to keep air travel moving safely. This major provides a broad range
of skills, both technical and managerial, that will prepare you to
become an aviation professional who understands the theory behind airline and
airport operations and can apply these principles to a practical work
long-term careers in airline and airport management. Aviation
professional jobs require critical thinking and clear communication skills.
You are going to be working with people not only your company but again cross
company lines or across industry lines or with regulatory people to maintain
the safest travel industry in the world. Graduates complete a degree in aviation
management receive a diverse training in skills that are necessary for an
airline or airport management career and are hired by airlines and
related organizations such as airports, government agencies, tourism
authorities, freight forwarders, airport ground handling companies, consulting
firms, IT firms and air safety authorities.
|Duration||3 years full-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||144|
|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)||B|
|AQF Level||Level 7: Bachelor Degree|
Indicative Year - 2024
Indicative Year - 2023
Indicative Year - 2022
|Rank Threshold||SR 68.00 | ATAR 68.00|
English Language Proficiency Requirements
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 no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.
Each student will be assessed individually.
OP English, Physics and Mathematics.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||CL06 - Associate Degree of Aviation CL11 - Diploma of Aviation|
|Compulsory Residential School||Compulsory Residential Schools are 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.
Students who are wishing to complete the Flight Operations major are required to hold a Class 1 Aviation Medical throughout the course.
Students who are wishing to complete the Flight Operations major are required to obtain an Australian Security Identification Card (ASIC) before commencing flying in the second year and maintain that current throughout the course.
Students who are wishing to complete the Airline and Airport Operations major may be required to obtain an Australian Security Identification Card (ASIC) to complete AVAT13025 Aviation Placement and AVAT13026 Aviation Capstone Project units.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas|
|6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters|
|KNOWLEDGE Develop an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture in contemporary and historical context using the respectful and appropriate protocols and terminology|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Engage in reflective self-evaluation of own cultural values and perspectives to proactively create an inclusive workplace that affirms and celebrates cultural diversity|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Display leadership by creating inclusive work environments and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a culturally respectful manner|
|Number of units: 19||Total credit points: 144|
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).
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|AVAT11002||Basic Aeronautical Knowledge|
|AVAT11003||Basic Aeronautical Practice|
|AVAT11006||Commercial Pilot Licence Air Law|
|AVAT11007||Flight Planning, Performance and Operation (Private Pilot Licence)|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|AVAT12006||Commercial Pilot Licence Aerodynamics & Aircraft General Knowledge|
|AVAT12007||General Aeronautical Knowledge (Commercial Pilot Licence)|
|AVAT12008||Commercial Pilot Licence Meteorology|
|AVAT12009||Commercial Pilot Licence Navigation|
|AVAT12010||Commercial Pilot Licence Flight Planning|
|AVAT12011||Commercial Pilot Licence Human Factors|
|AVAT12012||Instrument Flight Rules and Procedures|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|AVAT13008||Navigation (Air Transport Pilot Licence)|
|AVAT13009||Meteorology (Air Transport Pilot Licence)|
|AVAT13010||Aerodynamics and Aircraft General Knowledge (Air Transport Pilot Licence)|
|AVAT13011||Advanced Human Factors|
|AVAT13012||Flight Planning, Performance and Loading (Air Transport Pilot Licence)|
|AVAT13013||Multi Crew Cooperation|
|AVAT13014||Applied Safety Management Systems|
Only the Airline and Airport Operations major of this course is available to international students. If you are an international student aspiring to a career as a pilot, please apply for the CQUniversity CL29 Bachelor of Aviation (Commercial Pilot) course. This course is designed specifically to prepare international students for a Commercial Pilot Licence outcome and include all the Commercial Pilot Licence flight training.
Credit for Prior Learning - CL09 - Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations)
Credit for prior learning will be assessed only after you have accepted your offer with CQUniversity.
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:
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.
No credit will be given for units AVAT13*** unless 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 complete 13.5 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:
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:
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 BAv (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, flight training and industry costs may change over time.
*Flight training costs listed in the Offer Letter are estimates only.