CL29 - Bachelor of Aviation (Commercial Pilot)

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Overview

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Aviation (Commercial Pilot) will prepare you for a career as a commercial pilot. In this course, you will gain the aeronautical knowledge and experience 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 planning 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 should be eligible to apply for your first pilot licence, the Recreational Pilot Licence, and start your navigation training. 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. Towards the end of the second year, you should be eligible to apply for your Private Pilot Licence and start your Commercial Pilot Licence training.

During your third year, you will complete your Command Instrument Rating training and your Commercial Pilot Licence training and you should be eligible to apply for your Commercial Pilot Licence and Command Instrument Rating.

Career Information

When you graduate with the Bachelor of Aviation (Commercial Pilot) you will meet the aeronautical knowledge and experience requirements for careers as a commercial pilot in the air transportation industry. You would normally be legally qualified to work as a commercial pilot and have access to aviation careers in the air transportation industry, or a cadetship/ traineeship offered by some airlines. 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.

Course Details
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) BAv
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Where and when can I start?
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Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2021

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Term 1 - 2021

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Term 2 - 2020

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Term 1 - 2020

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Term 2 - 2019

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Term 1 - 2019

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Term 1 - 2018

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International Availability

Term 2 - 2021

Cairns

Term 1 - 2021

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Term 2 - 2020

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Term 1 - 2020

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Term 2 - 2019

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Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements

English Requirement

English Test

IELTS Academic                                  6.0 with no individual band score of less than 5.5

TOEFL Internet-based                          Overall score of 75 with no score less than 17

Pearson Test of English Academic        Overall score of 54 with no score less than 46

Other requirements

An offer of admission into the course will be conditional on a student passing: a Civil Aviation Safety Authority approved Aviation English Language Proficiency Test; and obtaining a Class 1 Aviation Medical and an Australian Security Identification Card, in Term 1 of the first year. These must be obtained at the student's expense. Please visit the CQUniversity international student webpages for additional information.

Security Requirements

Students must be able to hold an Australian Security Identification Card.

Health Requirements

Students must be able to hold an Australian Class 1 Aviation Medical.

Assumed Knowledge

OP English, Physics and Mathematics

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

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

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Predicted Enrolments

Year Number of Students
First Year 1
Second year 1
Third Year 1
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

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 accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Demonstrating respect for cultural and professional diversity as well as individual differences and capacities in the aviation industry.
  • Complying with the requirement under the Aviation Act to be a fit and proper person.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Successfully processing your own emotions and behaviour when dealing with stressful situations that can arise in the aviation environment.
  • Maintaining behavioural stability through successfully distinguishing your own personal behaviours, experiences and emotions from others and situations in a professional setting.
  • Being reflective with personal behaviours appropriate to professional performance and being positive and receptive to processing constructive supervisor/lecturer/peer feedback or criticism.
  • Complying with the behavioural requirements to be a fit and proper person under the Aviation Act.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Complying with the relevant workplace policies and practices in the aviation industry.
  • Complying with university and workplace policy with the use of social media, online discussion forums, email and other electronic forms of communication.
  • Complying with the policies and practices of organisations in which you may be placed or find employment.
  • Complying with the Aviation Act and Regulations.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Verbally communicating in English your aviation knowledge with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Actively participating in discussion and course activities with appropriate use and command of language to the context.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual, group or workplace.
  • Establishing rapport with all stakeholders in the delivery of aviation practice and responding appropriately to stakeholders and other professionals.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions, body movements and gestures, being mindful of space boundaries.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and responding appropriately during activities related to the course and in aviation practice.
  • Adopting non-threatening body language during challenging and/or stressful situations with others.
  • Competently and appropriately producing written assessment work in a logical, coherent manner, and with correct grammar and punctuation to the required academic standards.
  • Expressing complex and detailed information and knowledge in logical and legible formats, in a timely manner that meets professional standards and clearly communicates the intended message.
  • Accurately conveying and documenting information in a written form to develop and execute a case or cohesive argument that meets academic, professional and aviation practice requirements.
  • Competently using a desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X.
  • Using a computer with sufficient computer skills to engage in on -line learning, reading, initiating and responding to emails and other forms of electronic communication, and completing relevant assessments for the course. This includes being able to regularly access the Internet for coursework and research.
  • Competently using productivity software such as Microsoft Office, and operate associated electronic technologies in the contemporary academic and aviation environment.
  • Analysing, manipulating and displaying scientific information using a variety of specific programs relevant to aviation practice.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge and evidence in response to academic assessment items and in the aviation organisation in which you may be placed or find employment.
  • Completing academic learning activities and assessment tasks, and perform aviation skills within reasonable set time-frames.
  • Constructing written text proficiently, in English, using appropriate vocabulary, correct grammar and conventions of speech, including being able to paraphrase, summarise and reference in accordance with appropriate academic and professional conventions.
  • competently reading, writing and accurately interpreting information to convey language effectively in aviation practice.
  • Completing documentation that is accurate, clear and concise.
  • Demonstrating competency in applying mathematics knowledge and numeracy skills to accurately read and interpret various measurements.
  • Demonstrating effective use of mathematics knowledge and numeracy skills in the application of aviation practice.
  • Demonstrating competency in manipulating and analysing numerical data.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Having sufficient visual acuity to accurately measure and assess.
  • Having sufficient visual acuity to work in a team-based aviation environment.
  • Having sufficient visual acuity to identify hazards to self and others.
  • Perceiving fine detail on a computer screen and/or mobile/portable device.
  • Discerning an object from its background.
  • Having sufficient auditory capacity to hear verbal communication from other professionals in the delivery of aviation practice.
  • Having sufficient auditory capacity to work in a team-based aviation environment where verbal and non-verbal communication is essential to practice.
  • Having sufficient auditory capacity to capture auditory warning circumstances, movements or signals where other senses may not detect such stimuli.
  • Interacting with a computer through input devices such as a mouse or keyboard.
  • Correctly and successfully interacting with electronic and fixed position devices to perform aviation requirements.
Relational Skills

Examples are:

  • Having sufficient relationship skills to undertake flight training on aircraft and in the simulator.


Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Having sufficient reflective skills to be able to analyse and reflect upon flight and theory lessons.


Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating safely and effectively in intensive aviation tasks that require sustained level of physical energy and concentration over a long duration.
  • Actively participating in a variety of aviation tasks in both indoor and outdoor environments.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Incorporating a range of gross motor skills while participating effectively in aviation activities.
  • Moving with ease while undertaking aviation activities.
  • Working safely and effectively in a variety of physical environments applicable to aviation practice.
  • Using a variety of fine motor skills in various aviation activities.
  • Interacting with a computer through input devices such as a mouse or keyboard.
  • Correctly and successfully interacting with electronic and fixed position devices to perform aviation requirements.
Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • Respectfully and successfully interacting with flight providers, airport staff and other aviation professionals.


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

Examples are:

  • Correctly and successfully interacting with computers and associated devices to perform aviation requirements.


Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply new and existing technology and concepts encountered in the aviation industry in the role of a commercial pilot
  • 2. Demonstrate teamwork, leadership and communication skills required of a commercial pilot
  • 3. Evaluate critically, and solve, problems encountered in the role of a commercial pilot
  • 4. Plan and conduct a simulated commercial flight
  • 5. Operate an aircraft to the level of a commercial pilot with a command instrument rating
  • 6. Reflect critically upon the professional and ethical responsibilities of a commercial pilot in command from a national and international perspective.
  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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
More Details

Additional costs not included in the course fee.


Additional enrolment costs

Your enrolment will be conditional on you obtaining the following during the First Term of the First Year, and before you fly solo:

·         An Aviation Reference Number (ARN) from the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)

·         An Australian Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate from a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME)

·         An Australian Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)

·         An Australian Aviation English Language Proficiency assessment at level 4 or higher

The cost of these items is approximately $1,000* and is not included in the course fee.


Additional study costs

You will be required to purchase the following:

·         Navigation equipment and a headset                                                      $700

·         Books                                                                                                    $1,000

·         Uniform                                                                                                     $400

·         Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)                                            $1,000

The cost of these items is approximately $3,100* and is not included in the course fee.


Additional flight training costs

The course fee for the BAv (Commercial Pilot) includes flight training up to 227.3 hours total time (207.3 hours flight time and 20 hours simulator time), 100 hours of pilot in command time and 46 hours of instrument time. This should be sufficient to obtain your Australian Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and a Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR). If you require extra flight hours to reach the required standard for each unit, they will be charged at:

·         $480 per hour for single engine aircraft and,

·         $920 per hour for twin engine aircraft.


Additional CASA examination costs

The cost of your first attempt at each of the CASA theory examinations is included in the BAv (Commercial Pilot) course fee. However, if you are unsuccessful in your first attempt you will be required to pay for the cost of further attempts. The cost is approximately $160* per attempt.

 

*These additional costs are an estimate only, and government charges and fees, and industry costs may change over time.