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 unmanned aerial vehicles, the physics of aviation and basic aeronautics. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of computer programming as well as 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).
This course 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 careers as a professional airline 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 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||3 years full-time or 6 years part-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)||BAvFlightOps|
|AQF Level||Level 7: Bachelor Degree|
|Rank Threshold||SR 65 | ATAR 59.9|
|Rank Cut-Off||OP 17 | SR 65 | ATAR 59.9|
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.
Each student will be assessed individually.
OP English, Physics and Mathematics.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||CL06 - Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) CL11 - Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations)|
|Professional Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
|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.
|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|
|Number of units: 20||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|
|AVAT11004||Unmanned Aerial Vehicles|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|AVAT12006||Aerodynamics (Commercial Pilot Licence)|
|AVAT12007||General Aeronautical Knowledge (Commercial Pilot Licence)|
|AVAT12008||Meteorology (Commercial Pilot Licence)|
|AVAT12009||Navigation (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|
|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||Aviation Human Factors (Air Transport Pilot Licence)|
|AVAT13012||Flight Planning, Performance and Loading (Air Transport Pilot Licence)|
|AVAT13013||Multi Crew Cooperation|
|AVAT13014||Aviation Safety Management Systems|
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 Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL), Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and/or a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) can be awarded credit for the following units in the CL09 Bachelor 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.
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 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.
CQUniversity currently has approved flight providers in the following locations:
· Sunshine Coast
· Gold Coast
*These additional costs are an estimate only, and government charges and fees, and industry costs may change over time.