AVAT11006 - Commercial Pilot Licence Air Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to the laws and regulations in Australia that pertain to the aviation industry necessary to hold a Commercial Pilot's license. Laws relevant to a variety of flight operations are covered. You will read and interpret regulations and aviation documents as well as understand flight rules and emergency procedures. You will also learn about the laws, rules, and procedures relevant to aerodromes, airspace and air services including emergency situations. Conduct in the aviation industry which would be considered negligence, breach of contract or a criminal offense will be discussed. Your knowledge of the international regulatory environment will be enhanced with a study of international aviation. The unit will also provide you with the skill to research and acquire the aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Commercial Pilot Licence Air Law syllabus.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: AVAT11005 Flight Fundamentals and AVAT11010 Aviation Safety Fundamentals

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
3. Examination 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 66.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 46.15% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have Your Say
More application to the CASA CPL air law exam is required.
The CASA syllabus will be covered in addition to application of air law in aviation industry practices.
Action Taken
This was implemented and resulted in a positive outcome. Completely new course developed by Lecturer. The quiz material incorporates questions from CASA sample questions.
Source: Have Your Say
More visuals such as pictures or short videos are required to make the lectures more interesting.
The existing lecture materials will be augmented with videos and interactive tutorials.
Action Taken
This was implemented and resulted in a positive outcome. Completely new course. A high amount of video content. Student feedback indicates satisfaction.
Source: Feedback from students
Assessment Deadlines
Assessment one due date should be moved to the end of Week 5.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply relevant laws and regulations to aviation flight operations
  2. Identify aviation industry conduct which would be considered negligence, breach of contract or a criminal offense
  3. Discuss the specific air laws, rules and procedures that apply to pilots and flight crew
  4. Analyse the government regulatory structure of aviation in Australia.

No external accreditation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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Intermediate Level
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