Reach new heights as a commercial helicopter pilot
Gain the skills and knowledge to become a commercial helicopter pilot. Learn how to perform normal and emergency commercial pilot duties to work in commercial or defence aviation flight operations.
Flight crew duties include applying technical and non-technical aviation skills and knowledge to a wide range of air transport operations, including passenger, charter and cargo operations.
Individuals working at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility in known or changing contexts and within broad but established parameters.
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This qualification forms some of the requirements for certification as a commercial pilot by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) as directed by Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) Part 61 Flight crew licensing. People seeking certification should check these requirements with CASA.
The Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter) requires a significant commitment from learners to enrol into this qualification in terms of the cost and also in the time and dedication required to complete the course. As such, South Metropolitan TAFE wants to ensure that the right candidates are enrolled in this course that are committed and are fully informed regarding the career outcome.
Prior to entry into this qualification, applicants must:
- Be over the age of 18 years to commence Commercial Pilot Training
- Hold a current Class 1 medical or equivalent in accordance with CASA licencing requirements
- Must hold a current Aviation Security Identification (ASIC)
- Must have completed the CASA Aviation English assessment
- Hold a Unique Student Identifier number
- Must attend a South Metropolitan TAFE information briefing session
- Undertake two hours in a VH registered aircraft with a CASA approved flight training provider to ensure that applicants can meet the physiological and psychological demands required for successful completion of the course and address and identify issues (such as airsickness or claustrophobia) so that applicants can be aware of flight training requirements and be well informed about the nature of study and work in this industry
- Must achieve a pass grade in the pre-entry aptitude assessment
Information relating to the dates and times of the pre-entry assessment and briefing sessions will be sent on application.
Attendance in class
This course is equivalent to 5 days per week over 15 months.
As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 12 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.
Students are expected to engage in learning through 600 additional hours over the duration of the course. (Flight delivery can be up to 6 days a week including weekends, nights and holidays over the 15 months). This includes completing indirectly supervised and unsupervised activities, including but not limited to pre and post flight activities and briefings, solo flights, research, assignments, study, exams and flight tests.
Students will be expected to attend the SM TAFE briefing room allocated at the training provider at all times during allocated flight training days or blocks. Students are to use this time to prepare and be ready for any available flights, study for CASA examinations and become proficient in managing procedural matters relating to commercial operations.
What you need
On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, industry exams, stationery (pen, pencil, exercise book, eraser, folder for notebooks and handouts).
Your pilot uniform is to be worn at all times as well as professional pilot gear as outlined in the mandatory pre-enrollment briefing.
In addition, the below is required:
- Current CASA Class 1 Aviation Flight Medical in accordance with CASA licensing requirements. (May take up to 2 months to receive)
- Current Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) in accordance with CASA requirements or evidence of an Approved Ready for Work ASIC (all Airports).
- Aviation Reference Number (ARN).
- Please see CASA’s website www.casa.gov.au for additional information on both how to obtain an ARN and locations of DAME and detailed information on aviation medicals.
- CASA General English language proficiency assessment (GELP) **
- See CASA’s website for additional information on this assessment.
- Provide verifiable log book evidence of a minimum 2 hours of dual flight training in a VH registered aircraft with a CASA approved flight training provider
- Course Textbooks
- Maintian Pilot Publications and Charts
- CASA CPL Theory Exams (all)
- Signed Individual learning agreement
The completion of this qualification will require the accumulation of flight time.
This will be conducted by Rotorwest Pty Ltd (Heliwest) at Jandakot Airport.
Contact: www.heliwest.com.au(opens in a new tab) .
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