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Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Commercial Helicopter Pilot

Commercial Helicopter Pilots operate helicopters for various purposes ranging from joy rides to emergency rescue operations. Pilot work may also include cargo, survey, charter, spotter or agricultural work. Often, those flying smaller charters are responsible for loading and unloading passengers and cargo.
(Note: additional requirements must be fulfilled in line with the current Civil Aviation Safety Regulations before a license will be issued. These requirements include theory tests, flying hours and a flight test.)

Summary of Training

Core Units - 29 required

  • 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 aircraft using aircraft flight instruments
  • 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
  • Taxi helicopter
  • 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

Elective Units – 1 required

  • Provide basic emergency life support

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

Job Pathways

This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Transport, Logistics & Warehousing

Work Type
Analytic & Scientific
Organising & Clerical

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2016: 190

Source: NCVER Apprentice and trainee collection, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this overall industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

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Availability Information and More Details

Commercial Helicopter Pilot - AVI50315
NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

36 mths 36 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ASbA
Classification T * T
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

A = identified by the State or Territory as an Apprenticeship

T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship

* = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

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Nominal durations listed are for full time occupations, stated in months. In some cases nominal durations provided may not include the completion of pre-requisites. This data is sourced from State and Territory Training Authorities and is provided for information only and must be confirmed with these authorities.

Commencements

Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection (June 2017 estimates), NCVER rounded estimates for the 2016 calendar year. Qualifications with no recorded commencements may not appear. This data is for general information purposes only.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA)

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ANZSCO Classification: 231114

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only. Apprenticeship Network providers should refer to DET guidelines regarding ANZSCO codes.

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