Let your career take-off in the aviation industry with this advanced qualification. This course will provide you with the specialised knowledge and skills required to work as a commercial helicopter pilot.
AVI50319 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter)
Take off to a career in the aviation industry with this advanced qualification. This course will prepare you with the specialised knowledge and skills required to work as a commercial helicopter pilot. According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as air transport professionals grew very strongly over the past five years. This trend is set to continue with the number of job openings over the next five years expected to exceed 4,000.
As a qualified pilot you can find yourself working in a range of different areas. You could pilot scenic flights in the tourism industry, work in rural operations mustering livestock, conduct transport charter operations, or work with State Police or the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) operating search and rescue missions.
TAFE Queensland has partnered with Airwork Helicopters and Townsville Helicopters to deliver this course. The course provides all the theoretical and practical skills required to be issued with a CASA licence to operate as a commercial pilot. Learn about aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation, radio communications, and operating in controlled and non-controlled airspace. You will also get to execute advanced helicopter manoeuvres and learn how to implement threat management strategies.
Successful completion of this course will allow you to start your career as a commercial helicopter pilot.
Students in Townsville can gain experience in two separate helicopters, allowing you to fly more than one type of aircraft and making you highly desirable to future employers. Choose from a Robinson R22, Robinson R44, and a turbine-powered helicopter. Learn more.
Brisbane students complete their training with Airwork Aviation at the Caboolture Airfield, just a 40 minute drive north of the Brisbane CBD and close to Archerfield, Sunshine Coast and Amberley airspace. The airfield is located outside of controlled airspace, allowing you to spend more time flying and less time waiting for air traffic control.
The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 1 elective unit from the list below.
|UNIT CODE||UNIT NAME|
||Maintain aircraft radio communications|
||Implement aviation risk management processes|
||Implement aviation fatigue risk management processes|
||Implement threat and error management strategies|
||Manage safe flight operations|
||Manage aircraft passengers and cargo|
||Manage human factors in aviation operations|
||Plan a flight under visual flight rules|
||Navigate aircraft under visual flight rules|
||Licence to operate a commercial helicopter|
||Manage disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference with aviation|
||Manage pre- and post-flight actions|
||Operate and manage aircraft systems|
||Operate in controlled airspace|
||Operate in Class G airspace|
||Operate at non-towered aerodromes|
||Operate at a controlled aerodrome|
||Apply aeronautical knowledge to aviation operations|
||Apply the principles of civil air law to aviation operations|
||Manage aircraft fuel|
||Control helicopter on the ground|
||Control helicopter in hovering flight|
||Take off helicopter and approach to hover|
||Control helicopter in normal flight|
||Execute advanced helicopter manoeuvres and procedures|
||Manage abnormal and emergency helicopter flight situations|
||Manage situational awareness in aircraft flight|
Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.
If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.Learn more about university pathways
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Entry Requirements for Australian Domestic Students ONLY: The following are the mandatory entry requirements for enrolment with TAFE Queensland in the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter).
Prospective students must:
be in possession of, or in the process of applying for a current Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) for flight crew.
Domestic and International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply to International and Domestic Students:
Before enrolling in this program, the student must meet the below Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requirements:
Prospective students are to be advised that the CASA theory study and exam component includes solving of basic mathematical problems as well as the ability – after completing ground-based theory study - to determine outcomes of multiple choice online supervised CASA exam questions.
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:
Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs. For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.
North and Far North Queensland
As part of this program the following resources will be required:
If you are completing this program in Townsville, you will also require the following region-specific charts for practical navigation:
Your instructor will let you know when these need to be purchased. Charts can be purchased at the school, or online from Aviation suppliers for approximately $12 each.
Due to wear and tear, you may need to purchase more than one copy of each chart during your training.
Please be aware that additional costs may be incurred for any unsuccessful examinations undertaken with The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
TAFE Queensland will invoice the student the cost of re-examination as per the following:
Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.
All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.
You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.
International students can either apply directly through our application portal Studylink, or through one of our education agents. Our registered agents can assist you with your visa application and guide you through the enrolment process. If you are from this list of countries, you will need to apply through an agent.
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