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Griffith Aviation partners with Qantas for Future Pilot Program

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Bachelor of Aviation students at Griffith University could become future pilots with Qantas thanks to a new partnership.

The Qantas Future Pilot Program provides students with access to experienced pilots during their degree, with selected students invited to complete an intensive 12-week Airline Transition Course.

Griffith University Aviation partners with Qantas for Future Pilot Program

Griffith Aviation student Kate Richards (far left) attended the launch of the program in Sydney (Photo: Griffith University)

Graduates can then transition to employment with QantasLink and complete their training under the supervision of QantasLink’s experienced training team and become qualified as First Officers flying the airline’s Dash 8 200/300 or Q400 fleet.

The program is open to a potential pool of 300 students in the next few years.

QantasLink Chief Executive Officer John Gissing said the program would build the next generation of exceptional pilots from within Australia’s top aviation schools and provided students with unparalleled benefits and job certainty not available with any other training program.

“Aviation students will have an enormous head start to their career as a pilot. They will not only benefit from a direct pathway to Australia’s largest regional airline, but will also have access to experienced Qantas Group pilots throughout their studies,” Mr Gissing said.

New pilots are usually only considered for employment with a commercial airline after spending time flying in the general aviation market, which is often gained by flying single-pilot charter aircraft usually in regional areas or by seeking employment outside of Australia.

“This fantastic initiative will equip high-performing and motivated students with the skills needed to transition into an airline and provide them with a platform from which to launch their career as a pilot within the Qantas Group.

“We are ensuring our students get the best possible start to their career and job opportunities secured early.”

Head of Griffith Aviation Associate Professor Gui Lohmann believes that Griffith Aviation offers a suite of initiatives that put Griffith students ahead in the industry.

“In 2018, Griffith Aviation is launching new initiatives to make sure our cutting-edge degrees are at the forefront of aviation education,” he said. “They include a new flight procedure lab, specific courses on Rotary Wings and UAVs, as well as the first ever Helicopter Pilot Training Graduate Diploma in Flight Management.”

To be eligible for the Qantas program, students need to be enrolled in the Bachelor of Aviation program, hold a GPA of 4.0 or above for the duration of their studies, and have Australian work rights.

Why choose the Bachelor of Aviation at Griffith University?

Griffith University has one of Australia’s largest and most highly recognised aviation teaching programs. Over the past 20 years teaching in this field, Griffith has built an international reputation for graduates who are industry ready. Griffith aviation staff have strong industry ties and are world leaders in aviation research.

The Bachelor of Aviation is a two-year, accelerated degree allowing students to progress more quickly into a flying career.

Students will be introduced to the sciences underpinning the theory and practice of aviation, and will also study courses in areas such as, navigation, planning, and the human factors in aviation. Through the Bachelor of Aviation, you will develop with the skills needed for lifelong learning in the evolving aviation environment.

The Bachelor of Aviation together with self-funded flight training will allow graduates to be ready to work in the aviation industry as a commercial pilot.

Program: Bachelor of Aviation
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 2 years

Apply to the Griffith University aviation program!

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Would you like more information about Griffith Aviation degrees? Contact OzTREKK Admission Officer Charlynn Lecompte at charylnn@oztrekk.com.

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