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What will I learn?

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.

Which department am I in?

School of Engineering and Technology

CRICOS

097033M

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$67,782.00 (36,71,831) per year
This fee is for 2021 and it may be subject to change in the coming year.
Start date

7 March 2022, 11 July 2022

Venue

Cairns Campus

Corner Abbott Street and Shields Street,

CAIRNS,

Queensland,

4870, CAIRNS, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Successful completion of the equivalent of Australian Year 12. An approved university foundation studies or formal Australian Certificate IV can also be taken to meet this entry requirement. American High School Diploma - Completed High School Diploma and a SAT 1 composite score of 1050 (out of 1600) or above (Evidence based Reading & Writing; and Maths. English requirements: 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; Cambridge English: C1 Advanced , Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency - Overall test score of 169 (with no individual band score of less than 162).

For international students

Completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent; or completion of AQF Certificate IV or equivalent; or completion of an approved university foundation studies program.

English Requirement

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

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) / Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) - Overall test score of 169 (with no individual band score of less than 162).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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