The Bachelor of Aviation equips students for a professional career as a commercial pilot. Students undertake their professional pilot training program at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy (COAA), located at Moorabbin Airport, and obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and Multi-engine Command Instrument Rating (MCIR). They also complete a Multi Crew Cooperation and Jet Orientation Course or Flight Instructor Rating, and Frozen Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL), as well as studies in aviation human factors, aviation management and aviation technology.
This degree aims to provide students with skills and knowledge beyond the fundamental flying skills required to be a commercial pilot. The degree is designed to equip students to successfully operate in the aviation industry, in the cockpit and beyond. Graduates with the unique combination of flying qualifications and a bachelor degree may be seen as an asset to their employer.
Swinburne also offers an honours (fourth) year for this degree.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Are there additional fees for flying training?
Additional fees and costs are applicable to the flying training (practicum) units that form part of this course. You should take these flying training fees into account when considering this course. Eligible students can elect to enrol in the Graduate Certificate of Aviation (Piloting) to access FEE-HELP to assist with flying training fees.
2. What is a skills assessment test?
The skills assessment test is composed of a series of computer-based assessments that cover pilot aptitude, including hand–eye coordination, motor skills and spatial awareness.
3. Do I need a medical certificate to undertake flying training?
There are two medical standards required for completion of this degree. A Class 1 medical certificate is required for completion of a Commercial Pilot Licence and is valid for one year; a Class 2 medical certificate is required for completion of the Private Pilot License and is valid for four years.
It is recommended that you commence your Class 1 medical application and examination prior to applying and enrolling in this course to ensure you are able to undertake the required flying training. Find out more about required documentation.
4. Do I have to do my flying training with CAE Oxford Aviation Academy?
All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Aviation at Swinburne must complete flying training and associated theory components with CAE Oxford Aviation Academy. This is due to regulations outlined by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
5. Can flying training be undertaken part-time?
Flying training and associated theory components are only available to study full-time. This is due to regulations outlined by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
6. I already hold a Private Pilot Licence – can I gain exemptions (advanced standing)?
You can gain flying (practicum) exemptions for holding a Private Pilot Licence provided your complete a flight test consisting of around three navigational training flights. The flights are conducted at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy at your own expense. Successful completion of the test will allow eligible students to enrol in the Graduate Certificate of Aviation (Piloting).
7. I already hold a Commercial Pilot Licence – can I gain exemptions (advanced standing)?
You cannot gain exemptions for holding a Commercial Pilot Licence. You may conduct extra flying training at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy during your course but you will not have access to the Graduate Certificate of Aviation (Piloting). You may be able to gain exemptions for the three (3) theory units associated with the Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot Licences.
Flying students can access FEE-HELP
Eligible students can elect to enrol in the Graduate Certificate of Aviation (Piloting) to access FEE-HELP – this allows students to defer the cost of all components of their flying training up to the FEE-HELP loan limit.
- Semester 1 - 4 March 2019
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Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
Swinburne is the best option for aviation if you want to get your pilot training and a degree. You get all the qualifications required to work for an airline. It's such a cool thing to be 18 years old and able to fly yourself from Melbourne to New South Wales.
Bachelor of Aviation
New pilot pathway program takes off at Swinburne
Swinburne is partnering with Qantas under a new pilot pathway program that will see aviation students eligible to enter the airline’s regional brand, QantasLink, as a Turboprop First Officer. Under the Qantas Future Pilot Program, Bachelor of Aviation students will be mentored by experienced pilots during their degree. Selected students will be invited to complete a fast-tracked 12 week airline transition course.
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