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Applications have opened for the new Qantas Group Pilot Academy, due to open its doors to the first student intake in Toowoomba in September this year.
Estimates suggest that 790,000 more pilots will be required globally over the next 20 years with around one third of them in the Asia Pacific.
Toowoomba in Southern Queensland of Australia was announced last year as the first of two locations for the Academy, chosen from a shortlist of nine regional cities. Alice Springs, Bendigo, Busselton, Dubbo, Launceston, Mackay and Wagga Wagga are all still under consideration for the second Academy site with a decision expected to be made soon.
“More than 22,000 people have so far registered their interest in the Academy so we expect there to be some exceptional talent amongst them putting their hand up to commence their pilot training.” says Qantas
Qantas will be offering a scholarships program to make a number of grants available. These range from covering the cost of accommodation through to full training.
Key information for interested students
The application process consists of a pilot aptitude test, core skills test and an interview. Testing will be held in selected cities, including Toowoomba and Adelaide. A $200 fee will be payable and any travel will be at the applicant’s own expense.
The following training programs will be offered at the Toowoomba site:
AVI50215 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)
AVI50415 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating)
AVI60216 Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Pilot in Command)
All three qualifications can be completed in 52 weeks (and may be extended if weather conditions affect flying hours).
On successful completion of the qualifications above, students will also qualify for the following CASA licences and ratings:
CASA Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL)
CASA Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (ME IR)
CASA theory credits for an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) and
CASA Multi-Crew Cooperation Certificate
No minimum academic qualifications are required, however a strong understanding of maths and science at a senior high school level is desirable. Students need to be at least 18 years of age to apply for a CASA Commercial Pilots Licence.
After graduation, students will automatically join the Qantas Group’s pilot talent pool and have access to opportunities with other partners which will help fast track placement in the aviation industry.
Students will have access to funding options and access to a range of scholarships.
For full details about the course, visit qantas.com/pilotacademy.