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10 October 2014, Aviation Australia announces Board appointments

29 September 2014, Former Aviation Australia graduate recognised at Queensland Training Awards

19 September 2014, Aviation Australia forms strategic partnership in China

18 September 2014, Royal Saudi Air Force students graduate from Aviation Australia

8 September 2014, Aviation Australia announces establishment of Saudi Arabian company

18 August 2014, Aviation Careers Expo ready for Take Off

3 July 2014, Diploma of Aeroskills graduate Rachel Dudok announced finalist in QTA Awards

15 May 2014, Cairns Aviation Skills Centre celebrates 10 years

15 April 2014, Aviation Australia announces establishment of Riyadh College of Excellence

8 April 2014, Graduates Flying High with Aviation Australia

31 March 2014, Aviation Australia and University of Southern Queensland announce lift off for new aviation degree

24 March 2014, Final class of General Security Aviation Command graduates from Aviation Australia

17 February 2014, Qantas selects 14 Aviation Australia graduates for Apprenticeship Program

17 February 2014, Aviation Trader profiles Madelyn Stollery, Aeroskills student at Cairns Aviation Skills Centre

5 February 2014, Aeroskills Scholarship winner commences study at Brisbane campus

30 January 2014, Graduates Commence Apprenticeships with Alliance Airlines

12 December 2013, Aviation Australia Graduates Set to Fly into Apprenticeships

12 December 2013, Asia Pacific Flight Training (APFT) and Aviation Australia to provide EASA 147 Basic Aviation Maintenance Training 

30 November 2013, Jet-propelled to Aviation Career

27 November 2013
, Royal Saudi Airforce to commence Technical Training at Aviation Australia

26 November 2013, Cairns Aviation Skills Centre launches ATPL Theory Training for Pilots

25 November 2013, Aerospace Education Awards Recognises Gateway Schools

18 November 2013, Aviation Australia Recognised at Premier of Queensland Export Awards

24 October 2013, Aviation Australia and Alliance Airlines join forces with MoU to boost aviation industry skills and training

14 October 2013, Aerospace Gateway Schools Flying High

8 October 2013, "Practicing Survival" Aviation Australia story features in bmag this week

5 October 2013, Trade off to a Flying Start


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16 September 2013,
Award Highlights the Quality of Avionics Training in Cairns

13 September 2013, Royal Saudi Air Force Students Complete Technical Training Program

4 September 2013, Air school spreads its wings

3 September 2013, Group keen to shore up Far North's flight future

29 August 2013, The 13th Aviation Careers Expo Attracts Strong Interest

28 August 2013, Lawrence's hard work pays off with maiden scholarship

19 August 2013, Pupils join jet set in aviation school coup

13 August 2013, RACQ CareFlight Unveil Aviation Australia Logo on Rescue Helicopter

9 August 2013, Aviation Australia Awards Diploma of Aeroskills Scholarship

25 July 2013, Aviation Australia's Corporate Brochure Now Available for Download

23 July 2013, The 2013 Aviation Careers Expo is ready for take off

19 July 2013, Director-General, Department of Education, Training and Employment visits Aviation Australia

12 July 2013, A Moment in History – Aviation Australia restores 75 year old ANT-18 Link Trainer

8 July 2013, Australian Youth Aerospace Forum visits Aviation Australia

4 July 2013, Aviation Australia graduates another Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG) class

24 June 2013, Staff and Students Raise Vital Funds for Worthy Causes

18 April 2013, Aviation Australia Honoured with Logo Display on RACQ Careflight's Rescue Helicopter

18 April 2013, CASC Receives 2013 Innovation and Excellence in Workforce Development Award - Aviation

11 April 2013, Saudia Arabia's Security Aviation Command (SAC) visit Aviation Australia

11 March 2013, Aviation Australia and Hawker Pacific Sign Significant Training Partnership

12 February 2013, Scholarship winners commence study

4 February2013, Aviation Australia teach all over the world

17 January 2013, Flight Attendant Careers Now Boarding

14 January 2013, Funded positions still available for careers in aviation

4 January 2013, Aviation Australia all set for a big year

 13 December 2012The sky is the limit for Aviation Australia graduates

23 November 2012, Aviation Australia trains Apprentice of the Year

22 November, 2012 Apprentice of the Year - Again!

13 November 2012, Premier recognises Aviation Australia

29 October 2012, CC60 Graduate from Aviation Australia

19 October 2012, Good news for Brisbane

16 October 2012, UAV Challenge

15 October 2012,  RAAA Chairman fires his final salvo at bureaucacy

28 September 2012, Queensland Aerospace

19 September 2012, Aviation Australia and Hawker Pacific Celebrate Industry Milestone

14 September 2012, CareFlight welcomes Aviation Australia partnership

10 September 2012, Aviation Australia and Altara Join Forces

27 August 2012, Aviation Australia at AYAA Brisbane Aerospace Seminar

26 August 2012, Aviation Careers Expo 2012 records highest visitors and exhibitors ever

2 August 2012, ONLY 3 WEEKS - Aviation Careers Expo on August 25

27 July 2012, Minister Saxon Rice and Councillor Angela Owen-Taylor Celebrated SANG Students' Graduation

18 July 2012, Brisbane Airport hosts Contemporary Art Festival

5 July 2012, Australian Youth Aerospace Forum in Brisbane

2 July 2012, Mentoring the future of Australian Aviation   

 

 

 

Aviation Australia announces Board appointments

Aviation Australia has recently announced the appointments of Ashley Kilroy as Chair of the Board of Directors and Mike Gilmour as a Director.

Ashley, a Director of the Company from 2010 and acting Chair of the Board since January 2014, replaces Jim Walker. 

On his recent appointment, Ashley said he “was honoured to take up this new role for Aviation Australia and acknowledged Jim Walker for his dedication and leadership.” 

With over 40 year’s executive involvement with the aviation industry, Ashley brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the Board’s leadership.  Ashley is also a director with Queensland Airports Limited, and the Newcastle and Mildura Airports.

As the new Chair, Ashley warmly welcomed Mike Gilmour to the Board.  “He will be a great asset, with extensive experience as a senior finance and commercial executive, along with his directorships especially those from the educational sector.”

Mike is Chair of Open Minds Australia, has directorships with the sugar industry, and until recently was Chair of the Brisbane Metro Region TAFE, the South Bank Institute of Technology, and Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE. 

Ashley and Mike’s appointments are central to overseeing the continued growth and success of Aviation Australia.

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Former Aviation Australia graduate recognised at Queensland Training Awards

Rachel Dudok, a former Aeroskills student and recent graduate of Aviation Australia’s Diploma of Aeroskills has won the 2014 Queensland Training Awards, Metropolitan Vocational Student of the Year category.  The category is for outstanding achievement from a student who has recently completed a vocational education and training qualification in Queensland.  Rachel competed against other regional winners at the Queensland Training Award State finals at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 19th September.

Russell Burgess, Qantas’ Senior Coordinator, Apprenticeship Programs said “Congratulations to Rachel she has continued on from her apprenticeship with a focus to excel in her chosen career as an aircraft maintenance engineer. Her recent recognition by winning the Vocational Student of the Year at the Queensland Training Awards is further recognition of her commitment to succeed in the industry and is recognition of the training she received both at Qantas and Aviation Australia.”

Mr Bill Horrocks, CEO of Aviation Australia says “The Queensland Training Awards provide graduates such as Rachel the ideal platform to profile their individual accomplishments whilst promoting the exciting career pathways available the aviation industry.”

Aviation Australia has provided significant support to the industry since its establishment, and has played a key role in the growth of the Queensland as one of the Asia-Pacific's strongest aviation and aerospace hubs. The organisation has trained or supported the training of over 30,000 aviation personnel for more than 150 customers, both civil and military worldwide and is the largest initial maintenance engineering and flight attendant training provider in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also the only training organisation in Australia that provides students with engineering qualifications recognised by both the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Aviation Australia’s innovative approach to training is to create a learning environment based on practical real world problems for its students, staff and partners. Its teaching and learning programs are underpinned by simulated real life scenarios providing student’s access to state-of-the-art training aides and operational aircraft ensuring that their theory studies are industry relevant and up to date.

 

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Aviation Australia forms strategic partnership in China

On Wednesday 17 September, Aviation Australia signed a cooperative partnership agreement for the delivery of Aviation training to Chinese aviation students.

This partnership covers the full spectrum of Aviation Australia training programs including Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Training, Cabin Crew Training and Technical English. In addition to these programs, Aviation Australia will work to develop tailored aviation training focused on the needs of the Chinese market. The partnership will also see the establishment of a full time Aviation Australia office in Shanghai with a dedicated business manager based in China.

“This is the next obvious step for Aviation Australia”, stated Mr. Bill Horrocks, CEO of Aviation Australia. “Our expansion into the China market is in line with our organizations strategic plan. Our mission statement is Delivering excellence in training to help shape the future of the aviation industry worldwide” and this move into the China market ensures we are delivering on this goal”.

Mr Horrocks was in Shanghai, accompanied by Allan Brooks, General Manager of Aviation training for the signing of the agreement and the unveiling of the official office plaques. This event was covered by the local media and attended by representatives of Austrade and AustCham.

“The opening of our Shanghai office is the exciting culmination a plan we have been working of for some time. I am very proud of our teams in both Australia and China and we are delighted to have established this important initiative which will assist the rapidly growing Chinese aviation sector as we share the expertise that our organisation has been providing to airlines and aviation companies globally since the Queensland Government established Aviation Australia in 2001.”

 

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Royal Saudi Air Force students graduate from Aviation Australia

Today, 35 aircraft maintenance technicians from the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) have celebrated the successful completion of a specialised technical training program delivered at Aviation Australia’s Brisbane campus.  A graduation ceremony was held at Aviation Australia in the presence Brigadier General Osama Mohemmed Al Shuibi, Aviation Australia staff, family and friends.

The students have been based in Brisbane since February this year and launched their training with a five week aviation focussed English language course before commencing an accelerated program, designed to upgrade their skills to the latest international standards within their relevant trades.  The course also prepares the technicians for further type training upon their return to Saudi Arabia, and some may even have the opportunity conduct further training in Spain and the United States.

Mr Bill Horrocks, CEO of Aviation Australia says “This is the third group of RSAF technicians who have successfully completed this program since December last year.  The students’ accomplishment not only underpins our ongoing relationship with RSAF it has once again highlighted our capability to deliver high quality and internationally recognised training.”

Aviation Australia has provided significant support to the industry since its establishment, and has played a key role in the growth of the Queensland as one of the Asia-Pacific's strongest aviation and aerospace hubs. The organisation has trained or supported the training of over 30,000 aviation personnel for more than 150 customers, both civil and military worldwide and is the largest initial maintenance engineering and flight attendant training provider in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also the only training organisation in Australia that provides students with engineering qualifications recognised by both the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Aviation Australia’s innovative approach to training is to create a learning environment based on practical real world problems for its students, staff and partners. Its teaching and learning programs are underpinned by simulated real life scenarios providing student’s access to state-of-the-art training aides and operational aircraft ensuring that their theory studies are industry relevant and up to date.

 

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Aviation Australia announces establishment of Saudi Arabian Company

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:  

Aviation Australia has now established a company Aviation Australia Riyadh College of Excellence (AARCOE), in Saudi Arabia with it’s in country partner, Shamal Investments.  This is a significant milestone for Aviation Australia, extending the global presence of the company into the Middle East. 

In April of this year, Aviation Australia announced success in securing a five-year training contact with the Saudi Arabian Government’s Colleges of Excellence. 

Aviation Australia’s training college is located at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh and includes a comprehensive hangar and aircraft maintenance training environment.  Admissions are now open for students who will commence training in December 2014.

The Chief Executive Officer of Aviation Australia, Mr Bill Horrocks, said “This is another exciting step in our partnership in the Kingdom and a substantial achievement in expanding our global footprint.  I am extremely proud of Aviation Australia’s staff and their involvement in securing this long term investment for the company.”

The Aviation Australia Riyadh College of Excellence leverages Aviation Australia’s existing expertise in aircraft maintenance engineer training.  Established in 2001, Aviation Australia has been delivering international qualifications in aircraft maintenance engineering for customers including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Etihad and Air Asia along with a number of Saudi Arabian clients including the Royal Saudi Air Force. 

Aviation Australia is a leading supplier of aviation and aerospace training in both the Australian and international markets, providing graduates with the necessary skills and training to support the aviation industry worldwide.  Over the next five years, 2500 Saudi Arabian students will receive training at Aviation Australia’s College in Riyadh.


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Aviation Careers Expo Ready for Take Off

Returning in 2014 and now in its 14th year, The Aviation Careers Expo is recognised as Australia’s LARGEST and ONLY ‘aviation dedicated’ expo offering students, graduates and those seeking a career change the opportunity to explore a diverse range of career pathways available in the aviation and aerospace industries.

Hosted at Aviation Australia’s state-of-the-art training facilities at Brisbane International airport, this FREE career-inspiring event will take place this Saturday, 23August from 10:00am-4:00pm.

Aviation enthusiasts and career seekers are invited to explore a diverse range of industry exhibitors and attend career seminars presented by our Platinum Sponsors including Defence Force Recruiting, Airways Aviation, CASA and Aviation Australia.  The program also includes seminars delivered by our Gold Sponsors including Griffith University, Airservices Australia, Sarina Russo Institute and Sarina Russo Apprenticeships, Qantas Credit Union and exhibitor CTC Aviation Training. The seminar program provides career seekers an exclusive opportunity to speak directly with industry professionals and attain valuable career information.

Visitors can also take flight on one of the simulators provided by GeoSim and featuring for the first time this year, is the extraordinary Air Force Simulator Experience (AFSE) where you could find yourself at the controls of a Super Hornet.  Tours of an industry recognised training facility are on offer and visitors registering their attendance online, automatically go into the draw to win a guided runway tour sponsored by BAC.

This year’s event will also indulge visitors in a rare and unique opportunity to get close to real aircraft with up to 25 displays on show at the Static Aircraft Display.  Exclusive to this year’s display is the amazing opportunity to see a range of Australian Defence Force aircraft such as the Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet, the KC-30A MRTT Air-to-air Refueller, the Army ARH Tiger and MRH-90 Helicopters which is an experience not to be missed!

A full service cafeteria is available throughout the day, alongside two tasty BBQ’s with all proceeds being donated to RACQ CareFlight and the 212 (City of Redcliffe) Squadron cadets program (AAFC).

Be sure not to miss this jam-packed aviation experience and allow your career dreams to take flight!

For more information and register your attendance please visit: http://www.aviationaustralia.aero/expo

 

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Diploma of Aeroskills graduate Rachel Dudok announced finalist in Queensland Training Awards

Late last month, the minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek announced the finalists in this year’s Queensland Training Awards (QTA).

Rachel Dudok, a former Aeroskills student and recent graduate of Aviation Australia’s Diploma of Aeroskills has been named a finalist in the ‘Vocational Student of the Year’ category.  This category is for outstanding achievement from a student who has recently completed a vocational education and training qualification in Queensland.  Winners of this category will have the opportunity to compete against other state winners at the Australian Training Awards held in Adelaide in November this year.

Rachel is no stranger to these awards in 2012, Rachel won the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the year and went on to compete as a finalist in the Australian Training Awards.  In the same year, Rachel had also completed her apprenticeship with Qantas. 

Rachel is an exceptional advocate for Aviation Australia and for what the aviation industry has to offer.  Recognition at prestigious awards such as the QTA and Australian Training Awards provides an exclusive opportunity for Rachel to acknowledge her achievements, represent the aviation industry and promote her training pathway.

In 2013, Rachel was also a recipient of Aviation Australia’s first Diploma of Aeroskills scholarship which is awarded to a graduate for outstanding contribution and dedication to the aviation industry.  Rachel has since completed the diploma which is a pre-requisite qualification to become a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME).

Further details about the awards can be found at: www.qta.qld.gov.au

 

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Cairns Aviation Skills Centre celebrates 10 Years

In July, the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre (CASC) will celebrate ten years since opening its doors and this significant milestone will be celebrated at a dinner hosted in Cairns amongst state and federal representatives, existing and former directors and staff.

CASC was initially set up in 2004 in response to industry demand to provide skilled apprentices locally and to enable the facilitation of aviation training in Cairns, as a substitute to sending apprentices to Brisbane to complete their training. 

Today, CASC provides internationally recognised training for apprentices in aircraft mechanics and electronics; flight attendant training; ATPL Pilot theory, and is a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) approved examination centre. The centre is conveniently located in the general aviation precinct of the Cairns International Airport and is equipped with eight large classrooms, a fully operational hangar and state-of-the-art training equipment providing students the opportunity for real hands-on training and application of theory. 

Since 2004, CASC has provided a significant contribution to the aviation industry in Far North Queensland with the provision of skilled and industry ready graduates. From the moment students commence their training at the centre they are being prepared for productive roles within industry and to date, 514 apprentices and 6,640 aviation industry members have undertaken training at CASC.

Chris Pigott, Business Manager CASC said, “The benefit to local industry is only set to grow with our facility planning to expand its offerings this year and in response to the introduction of new aircraft types such as the new Boeing 787, which is built primarily from composite materials and carbon fibre and requires new aircraft specific training.  CASC will be the first centre in the region to offer composite training and this training is essential for aviation staff to master the different build and operation of the new aircraft.” 

CASC’s highly experienced instructional team has first-hand industry knowledge of the aviation and aerospace industries’ requirements and as a result, can ensure their aviation training is relevant as well as delivered to the high standard required and recognised by industry leaders. 

Each year CASC offers a limited number of Government subsidised positions for its institutional Certificate IV in Aeroskills and the next course is due to start 7 July 2014.  If an exciting career and working for some of the world’s prestigious aviation and aerospace companies is for you, call 07 4034 8101 or email: chris.pigott@aviationaustralia.aero

 

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Riyadh College of Excellence

Aviation Australia has recently signed a 5 year contract with the Saudi Arabian Government’s Colleges of Excellence to establish an Aviation College of Excellence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  The College will be located at a purpose built facility located at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.  This facility includes a comprehensive hangar and aircraft maintenance training environment.  Training will commence in September 2014 with an annual intake of 500 students who will undertake a 3 year course of training, graduating with qualifications that will enable employment in aviation aircraft maintenance and support roles in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Aviation Australia Riyadh College of Excellence leverages Aviation Australia’s existing expertise in Aircraft Maintenance Engineer training at its existing campuses in Brisbane and Cairns.  Established in 2001, Aviation Australia has been delivering internationally recognised qualifications in aircraft maintenance engineering for a range of international and domestic customers including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Etihad and Air Asia along with a number of Saudi Arabian clients including the Royal Saudi Air Force. 

The Chief Executive Officer of Aviation Australia, Mr Bill Horrocks, said “This is the culmination of a comprehensive tender selection process by the Colleges of Excellence.  Our global experience and reputation in aviation training including training students from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were seen as key discriminators in the selection process.  We are very proud to be provided the opportunity to develop such an important capability for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and we look forward to working closely with the aviation industry in the Kingdom to ensure the training meets their needs and ensure our graduates gain employment”

The Queensland Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek MP congratulated Aviation Australia on its successful tender to establish an Aviation College of Excellence in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and thanked the Saudi Arabian Colleges of Excellence for the partnership.

“For more than 90 years, Queensland has been at the forefront of the country’s aviation industry and the Aviation Australia partnership with the Saudi Arabian Colleges of Excellence further recognises the exemplary education our state provides,” Mr Langbroek said.

“This is an exciting partnership for Aviation Australian and the Queensland Government, further strengthening our relationship with our international neighbours and providing significant benefits to the Queensland economy.”

Aviation Australia is a leading supplier of aviation and aerospace training in both the Australian and international markets, providing graduates with the skills and training in aviation quality, safety and environmental standards to successfully gain employment in the industry globally.  Over the next five years, up to 2500 Saudi Arabian students will receive aviation training at the new Aviation Australia Riyadh College of Excellence facility.

 

 

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Graduates Flying High with Aviation Australia 

Have you ever wanted a career where no two days are the same, making great friends, travelling and working for some of the world’s most prestigious airlines?  The aviation industry is a major industry in Queensland and offers exciting careers for pilots, flight attendants, and aircraft maintenance engineers.

Aviation Australia, located at Brisbane Airport offers a nationally accredited flight attendant training program which provides students with the skills and experience required to give them an edge in what is an extremely competitive industry.  Our flight attendant course is run regularly throughout the year and this course has been developed by cabin crew experts, in conjunction with Australian and international airlines ensuring training is up-to-date and relevant.

Our purpose built Flight Safety Training Centre provides students with a unique opportunity to learn in an authentic simulated environment and to train on leading edge equipment, such as: full sized cabin simulators, cabin door trainers, fire and smoke trainer, aircraft escape slides, life rafts, and a large indoor ditching pool for water based emergencies. 

In the past six months, graduates of this program have secured their dream job as a flight attendant with leading airlines such as: Emirates, Jetstar (Altara), Cobham, Adagold, Skytrans, Alliance Airlines, Airnorth, Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines.  Our highly experienced instructional team has first-hand industry knowledge of the aviation aerospace industries’ requirements and as a result, Aviation Australia’s programs ensure graduates enter employment with the comprehensive knowledge and practical skills required for a successful career in the aviation industry. 

Karene Monalisa completed her training in 2013 and is now working as a flight attendant for Virgin Australia Regional Airlines and Karene said, “I chose to train with Aviation Australia to fully prepare myself and to get a taste of what the aviation industry has to offer.  I never regretted this choice and can only thank Aviation Australia for the amazing experience.”

If an exciting career, making great friends, travelling and working for some of the world’s most prestigious airlines and aerospace companies is for you, come along to our next Open Night on Wednesday 16th April at 6pm.  Secure your place by emailing: aeroskills.info@aviationaustralia.aero or visit: www.aviationaustralia.aero.

 

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Aviation Australia and University of Southern Queensland announce lift
off for new aviation degree

Aviation Australia has joined forces with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to launch a new management degree tailor made for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers. 

The new Bachelor of Business (Aircraft Maintenance Management) qualification is the result of close collaboration between Aviation Australia and USQ to address industry requirements for additional supervisory and management expertise for aviation professionals.

The USQ degree is open to Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering graduates, which is available either totally online, on campus in Toowoomba, or a combination of the modes.

Andrew Rankin, Aviation Australia’s General Manager Strategy and Business said “This program strengthens Aviation Australia’s position in the international market and in particular South East Asia, with the provision of a superior higher education pathway and product. The program is also available to our domestic students who want to move to into management with a university education.”

Graduates will emerge with two qualifications – a Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Avionics) or a Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Mechanical) issued by Aviation Australia, and a Bachelor of Business (Aircraft Maintenance Management) issued by USQ.

The University of Southern Queensland has established a reputation as one of Australia’s leading providers of on-campus and online (distance) education programs within Australia.  The University is committed to enhancing students’ aspirations and career prospects by expanding their pathways from vocational education and training to higher education

The first program offering commences in July 2014. 
For further information, visit the USQ website: https://www.usq.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-business-aircraft-maintenance-management

 

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Final class of General Security Aviation Command graduates from Aviation Australia

On Thursday 20th March 2014, the final group of students from General Security Aviation Command (GSAC) celebrated the completion of a technical training program at Aviation Australia’s Brisbane campus. 

The students have been based in Brisbane since May 2011 and commenced their studies with a technical English language program before completing the Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course.  This course is approved and recognised by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and was delivered using a blend of online and traditional classroom learning with practical hands on training using innovative training aides and a wide range of static aircraft. 

The ceremony was attended by senior staff from both organisations with Brigadier Jamal Yasin representing GSAC and Michael Lillehagen, the General Manager of Technical Training, representing Aviation Australia. The students will now return to Saudi Arabia to undertake further practical training and they will eventually be posted to various GSAC bases around the country.

Aviation Australia established a partnership with GSAC in 2010 to provide high quality and internationally recognised aviation training for GSAC technicians and to date over 130 graduates have completed the program.

Mr Bill Horrocks, CEO of Aviation Australia says “Our partnership with GSAC has proven to be highly successful and has once again demonstrated Aviation Australia’s capability to deliver world class and internationally recognised training.  These graduates will be returning to Saudi Arabia working as qualified aircraft maintenance engineers with international standard training.”

Aviation Australia has provided significant support to the industry since its establishment, and has played a key role in the growth of the Queensland as one of the Asia-Pacific's strongest aviation and aerospace hubs. The organisation has trained or supported the training of over 30,000 aviation personnel for more than 150 customers, both civil and military worldwide and is the largest initial maintenance engineering and flight attendant training provider in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also the only training organisation in Australia that provides students with engineering qualifications recognised by both the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Aviation Australia’s innovative approach to training is to create a learning environment based on practical real world problems for its students, staff and partners. Its teaching and learning programs are underpinned by simulated real life scenarios providing student’s access to state-of-the-art training aides and operational aircraft ensuring that their theory studies are industry relevant and up to date.

 

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Qantas selects 14 Aviation Australia graduates for Apprenticeship Program

Qantas, Australia’s largest domestic and international airline, has selected 14 graduates from Aviation Australia’s aircraft maintenance training program, as apprentices to be based at their Brisbane and Sydney Maintenance facilities.

13 of the graduates will commence their apprenticeships at the Brisbane Base Maintenance facility later this month, and will complete the practical elements of their apprenticeships within their respective trades, working on Qantas’ B737; B737 and A330 fleet. The final graduate will commence their apprenticeship in Line Maintenance in Sydney, working on Qantas’ B737; B747; B767; A330 and A380 fleet.

Mr Bill Horrocks, CEO of Aviation Australia said, “This is an exceptional result for these graduates as they now have the opportunity to train and gain experience in a world class organisation such as Qantas.  This outcome demonstrates our excellent record of employment for our graduates from the day students commence their training with us, they are being prepared for productive roles in the industry and this is very attractive to both students and employers, in particular Qantas.”

Russell Burgess, Senior Coordinator, Qantas Apprenticeship Programs said “Congratulations to all the successful candidates commencing an apprenticeship with Qantas in February 2014.  Qantas employed its first apprentice in Queensland in 1927 and this new intake continues a proud tradition of training by Qantas in the aviation industry. This intake also builds on a strong and ongoing relationship with training organisations in Queensland, and in particular Aviation Australia”

Each year Aviation Australia offers a limited number of Government subsidised positions for its institutional Certificate IV in Aeroskills providing students with the theoretical component and hands-on training required for a successful apprenticeship as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. 

Our highly experienced instructional team has first-hand industry knowledge of the aviation and aerospace industry requirements and as a result, Aviation Australia’s programs ensure graduates enter employment with the comprehensive knowledge and practical skills required for a successful career.  A high percentage of our more than 1000 graduates are employed worldwide or are continuing with further studies.

Adrian Brown, one of the graduates to commence their apprenticeship with Qantas said, “I found the instructors at Aviation Australia were a wealth of knowledge, not only with the subjects they were teaching but also in providing vital, real world inside knowledge and insight in the industry where they have worked.  You will leave Aviation Australia with more knowledge, contacts, skills and information that will benefit you on other aspects of life or career.”

If an exciting career and working for some of the world’s prestigious aviation companies is for you, contact Aviation Australia, no OP is required!  Simply call our friendly Sales Team on (07)3860 0900 or visit: www.aviationaustralia.aero or come along to one of our Open Nights.

 
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Aviation Trader profiles Madelyn Stollery, Aeroskills student at Cairns Aviation Skills Centre

Aviation Trader, February 2014 Online Edition

For Madelyn Stollery there wasn’t, in the first instance, much more than a passing interest in aircraft or aviation for that matter. She was content to play out her early childhood years in Mossman, just North of Port Douglas in far North Queensland, in a family without aviation connections. But strange things can happen and often do. Sometimes circumstances dictate and sometimes opportunities arise that can either be accepted or rejected. In Madelyn’s case she let things unfold as any normal teenager would allowing life to unfold in a fairly logical way, albeit, not with any real clarity in the beginning.

Perhaps it was her mother’s skill as a mathematician (she was a secondary school mathematics teacher) or perhaps it was a growing interest in ‘systems’ that contributed to the decisions Madelyn made. Perhaps it was both. Whatever it was, the die is now cast and she is about to graduate with a Certificate IV in Aeroskills, majoring in avionics.

I don’t imagine life was all that easy for this quietly spoken but confident individual. Growing up in a single parent family with three siblings no doubt had its challenges but these never defeated Madelyn’s quest for clarity and most probably, with her mother’s encouragement, developed in her a quiet determination to succeed. Perhaps in the early days the only thing missing was a catalyst, something capable of adding a degree of certainty, something that would show Madelyn the way forward. ‘I knew I wanted to do some form of engineering’ she says, ‘and having completed year 12 studies at Mossman High I got offers from James Cook University and Griffith University. At about the same time, mum, who as well as being a Maths teacher was also head of vocational education and training at Mossman State High received an email with an invitation to attend an open day at Aviation Australia’s Cairns aviation skills centre which we accepted.’

What she saw at the open day impressed Madelyn and she enrolled in the mechanical stream of the Aeroskills certificate course. Perhaps the fit wasn’t quite right however, and she decided that a gap year might be the best alternative. The gap year would give her an opportunity to take a step back and consider her future with greater certainty.

As anticipated, a year away from the pressure of study worked. ‘I was supposed to come back in early 2012 and re-enroll in the mechanical studies stream at Aviation Australia but I decided to switch to avionics. Having had the opportunity to think things through made a career path easier to identify and I guess the avionics stream made a bit more sense given the interest I had in computers and electronic technologies’.

The decision was the right one and Madelyn is due to graduate in June this year. Aviation Australia’s Cairns Skills Centre business manager Chris Pigott is a strong advocate. ‘Madelyn had committed herself 100% to the course, she’s a very popular student and she’s got a great future. She’s exactly the sort of person we would like to see in the industry and we hope she’ll go on and do great things’.

Exactly what the future holds remains to be resolved. ‘I’d like to work with a larger company, perhaps a national or international  airline like Qantas or a key high end service provider like Cobham. I’d like to work on larger aircraft and on bigger projects because I see that as a greater challenge. When I looked at aviation as a career I felt that the industry had a lot of growth potential, particularly in national and international travel and I wanted to be a part of that growth and to play an important role. I’m fascinated by the complexity of the systems that drive modern passenger aircraft and I know that avionics will play an increasingly important role in future air travel. I’d like to think that what I want to do will provide me with plenty of opportunities to learn and also that it will provide me with a secure future. I’m confident that it can do both but I guess only time will tell’.

One of the benefits in studying at Aviation Australia’s Cairns campus is the company’s partnership with Hawker Pacific. Not only does this provide apprenticeship opportunities, it also provides access to one of the most comprehensive MRO facilities in the southern hemisphere. ‘We have a very good relationship with Hawker Pacific’ says Chris Pigott. ‘When an aircraft of interest arrives for maintenance scheduling we often get an invitation to visit. They donate the services of one of their LAME’s to brief our students and even to show them the aircraft’s systems in operation. Our courses cover a very broad spectrum and sometimes it’s difficult if not impossible to simulate the sort of technologies embedded in modern aircraft in the classroom environment. Using ‘live’ aircraft is a huge benefit, it doesn’t get any better than that’.

Whilst Madelyn’s mother’s interest in mathematics had a significant impact on Madelyn’s career, her siblings have headed more towards the creative side of life. ‘Mum and I are one out I guess you could say. My sisters all have creative agendas, I guess I’m more of a logical thinker – I’d probably come up a bit short if you put me in the creative world although I’m sure that at times in the future I could well be asked to participate in creating something new. I could well be invited to express myself in the creative sense. I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it!’

Exactly what the future holds for Madelyn Stollery is not yet crystal clear nor is the area of specialisation. ‘I haven’t given a lot of thought to where I go from here but as graduation moves closer I’ll put my mind to it. I’d like to take a closer look at component maintenance but I’d need to get some work experience under my belt before I make a final decision.’

The common ground in the Stollery family is the pride they feel as they watch Madelyn’s journey unfold in a very positive way. ‘I guess it’s fair to say that Mum has been a great inspiration to me’ Madelyn says, ‘she’s supported me all the way. I imagine she’s pretty happy that some of her skills in mathematics rubbed off and that she can see a little bit of herself in me. I’m hoping that what I’m about to achieve in terms of graduation and what I might be able to achieve in the future will in some way repay the faith she has put in me and the guidance she has given me. I’d feel pretty happy if I got into a position where I could give something back, to acknowledge all the sacrifices that have been made, to acknowledge the opportunity I have been given’.

Madelyn Stollery is due to graduate in June 2014. She would welcome the opportunity to talk to prospective employers and is keen to find permanent employment in the industry. If you would like to arrange a meeting or talk more about employment opportunities call Chris Pigott on +61 (7) 4034 8105 or email chris.pigott@aviationaustralia.aero.

For details about Aviation Trader visit: www.aviationtrader.com.au

 
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Aeroskills Scholarship winner commences study at Brisbane campus

Mitchell Eickenloff, a former student from Aviation High School was awarded the Aviation Australia Aeroskills scholarship at the 2013 Aerospace Education Awards ceremony held at Parliament House late last year.  The awards ceremony is the pinnacle event held each year to celebrate academic excellence, passion and leadership demonstrated by the students and teachers from the Aerospace Gateway Schools program.

Mitchell was one of only two school leavers from the program, to win an aeroskills scholarship and impressed the judges by demonstrating his genuine desire and enthusiasm towards pursuing a career as an aircraft maintenance engineer.  The scholarship covers the cost of an institutional Certificate IV in Aeroskills to be undertaken at Aviation Australia including theory and off-the-job practical components.

Since Year 9 at Aviation High, Mitchell studied both Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and Aerospace Studies and was awarded the school’s 2013 Aeroskills award.  In addition to his studies, Mitchell also had the opportunity to undertake work experience with Prop Care Australia at Archerfield; Boeing Defence Australia at Amberley and spent 3 months with Airmed based in Oxford, United Kingdom.

Mitchell has now commenced his studies at Aviation Australia’s Brisbane campus and said, “Ever since I was very young, I have always had an interest in aircraft and in particular aircraft maintenance.  I was able to kick start my career goals through my studies at Aviation High and I am looking forward to learning about how the aviation industry works.  The skies really are the limit in aviation.”

In Mitchell’s spare time, he is heavily involved in the community in Scouts and his involvement has enabled him to travel around Australia and the world.  Mitchell is an “active leader” in Scouts and was recently awarded one of the highest regarded awards of Scouts Australia, which is the Queen’s Scout Award.

The aim of the Aerospace Gateway Schools program is to create pathways for students to enter into Queensland’s aviation and aerospace industries.  The program commenced in January 2004, initially as a partnership between Education Queensland, Boeing Australia Limited (as it then was) and Aviation Australia.  Six schools were initially targeted for the program and today there are a total of 24 Aerospace Gateway Schools, with 700 students throughout Queensland studying Aerospace studies and eight industry partners.  The success of the program has also resulted in three major Queensland universities launching direct entry programs for the Aerospace Gateway Schools.  

 

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Graduates Commence Apprenticeships with Alliance Airlines

Five graduates from Aviation Australia’s aircraft maintenance engineer training program are off to a flying start after commencing their apprenticeships with Alliance Airlines earlier this month.   

The graduates are now based at Alliance Airline’s maintenance hangar located at Brisbane International Airport where they will complete the practical elements of their apprenticeships within their respective trades, maintaining the airline’s Fokker Twinjet and Turboprop fleet.  Alliance Airlines are a dedicated FIFO operator and provide an essential service to the mining and energy industry with bases in Brisbane, Townsville, Perth and Adelaide. 

Aviation Australia and Alliance Airlines recently signed an agreement to enhance the organisations shared focus on aviation safety, operational excellence, and the long-term future of the industry. 

Mr Bill Horrocks, CEO of Aviation Australia said “We are very pleased with this outcome and these graduates can look forward to a great career with one of the leading organisations in the aviation industry. This result also reinforces our recently formed partnership with Alliance Airlines and our reputation for providing industry ready graduates.”

Scott McMillan, CEO of Alliance Airlines said “Apprenticeships are an essential element of the aviation industry which as well as providing opportunities for young people to start careers and to ensure a sustainable and skilled workforce.  Alliance is very proud of this investment in the future and our partnership with Aviation Australia”

Each year Aviation Australia offers a limited number of Government subsidised positions for its Institutional Certificate IV in Aeroskills providing students with the theoretical component and hands-on training required for a successful apprenticeship as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. 

Aviation Australia’s highly experienced instructional staff have extensive industry knowledge of the aviation and aerospace industry, and as a result, Aviation Australia’s programs ensure graduates enter employment with the comprehensive knowledge and practical skills required for a successful career.  A high percentage of our more than 1000 graduates are employed worldwide or are continuing with further studies.

If an exciting career and working for some of the world’s prestigious aviation companies is for you, contact Aviation Australia - no OP is required!  Simply call our friendly Sales Team on (07)3860 0900 or come along to one of our frequent Open Nights. For further information visit: www.aviationaustralia.aero

 
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Left to Right - Tristan Mathews (Structures), Shiraz Ahmad (Avionics),
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Aviation Australia Graduates Set to Fly into Apprenticeships

Engineering graduates from Aviation Australia’s aircraft maintenance training program are set to start 2014 with apprenticeships across Australia and overseas.

The apprenticeships have been offered by some of Australia’s leading aviation organisations such as Jetstar, Alliance Airlines, Hawker Pacific, Boeing Defence Australia and the RAAF.

The graduates recently completed the theoretical and practical component of their Certificate IV in Aeroskills across one of three trades – Avionics, Mechanical or Structures, and will now complete the practical elements of their apprenticeships with their respective employers with a united goal of becoming a fully qualified aircraft maintenance engineer.

Mr Bill Horrocks, CEO of Aviation Australia says “Aviation Australia has an excellent record of employment for our graduates and this year has been no exception.  We are extremely proud of this outcome and the high quality of our graduates who can look forward to great careers prospects with great companies and we are particularly pleased that our graduates continue to be well sought after in industry.  From the day they arrive our students are being groomed for productive roles in the industry and this is very attractive to both employers and students”

Each year Aviation Australia offers a limited number of Government subsidised positions for its institutional Certificate IV in Aeroskills providing students with the theoretical component and hands-on training required for a successful apprenticeship as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. 

Students have the unique opportunity to learn on a range of real aircraft and well equipped workshops which provides the opportunity for real hands-on training and application of theory.  Aviation Australia is a complete learning and lifestyle experience from which students emerge well qualified and well equipped to begin a career where the sky is the limit.

Our highly experienced instructional team has first-hand industry knowledge of the aviation and aerospace industry requirements and as a result, Aviation Australia’s programs ensure graduates enter employment with the comprehensive knowledge and practical skills required for a successful career.  A high percentage of our more than 1000 graduates are employed worldwide or are continuing with further studies.

   If an exciting career and working for some of the world’s prestigious aviation companies is for you, contact Aviation Australia, no OP is required!  Simply call our friendly Sales Team on (07)3860 0900 or visit: www.aviationaustralia.aero or come along to one of our Open Nights (scheduled  8th and 22nd January 2014 starting at 6pm). 

 

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Asia Pacific Flight Training (APFT) and Aviation Australia to provide EASA 147 Basic Aviation Maintenance Training in Malaysia and Australia

Aviation Australia and APFT have signed an agreement to deliver Aviation Australia’s EASA Part 147 Basic Aircraft Maintenance Engineering courses with shared delivery in Malaysia and Australia. Subject to final regulatory approval, the program is due to commence in February 2014.

Students who enrol in the program will be able to do the initial nine core theory modules in Malaysia at APFT facilities in Kota Bahru before transferring to Aviation Australia’s facilities in Brisbane for the remaining intensive theory and practical training modules. 

The program will enable students to receive Aviation Australia's high quality and internationally recognised programs with a reduced period of time living in Australia.

“We expect this program will be very attractive for Malaysian students who are seeking the highest quality internationally recognised training, but without the need to spend the entire training time in Australia” said Bill Horrocks, Chief Executive Officer of Aviation Australia. “In particular, this program will reduce the living costs for students and will minimise the impact of studying overseas by allowing students to remain in Malaysia close to family and friends, before moving to Australia for the reduced period of study.  The way we have structured the program, the students will receive the same program and quality of training as students who come direct to Aviation Australia, and will receive the same amount of practical training utilising Aviation Australia’s extensive training facilities in Brisbane."

The students will be able to complete either an EASA B1.1 Mechanical or an EASA B2 Avionics Diploma course, with an opportunity for students to also complete a Dual B1/B2 course at additional cost. 

Dato’ Faruk, Chairman of APFT says “We are extremely pleased to be involved in this program with Aviation Australia and we look forward to growing the capabilities in Malaysia to ensure our Malaysian students receive the highest standards of training” 

Aviation Australia has provided significant support to the aviation industry since its establishment, and has played a key role in the growth of the Queensland as one of the Asia-Pacific's strongest aviation and aerospace hubs. The organisation has trained or supported the training of over 30,000 aviation personnel for more than 150 customers, both civil and military worldwide and is the largest initial maintenance engineering and flight attendant training provider in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also the only training organisation in Australia that provides students with engineering qualifications recognised h the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) whilst concurrently delivering Australian ASQA accredited qualifications.

Aviation Australia’s innovative approach to training is to create a learning environment based on practical real world problems for its students, staff and partners. Its teaching and learning programs are underpinned by simulated real life scenarios providing students’s access to state-of-the-art training aids and operational aircraft ensuring that their theory studies are current and industry relevant.

 

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Jet-propelled to Aviation Career

HE's the aviation whiz kid who could one day be working on Australia's frontline fighter jets, but James McVinnish is taking things a step at a time.

The former Cairns State High School aerospace studies student was one of only two school leavers in Queensland to win an aeroskills scholarship at the annual Aerospace Education Awards, which were held earlier this month.

"I can't believe it, it still hasn't really hit me yet," James, 17, said.

Open to all Year 11 and 12 students undertaking the Aerospace Gateway Schools program, James wowed the judges with his video submission about why he wanted the scholarship.

"I've always been interested in aviation.  My dad was a pilot and, ever since i was little, we used to go flying and sit around in the hangars," James said.

Sponsored by Boeing Defence Australia, the scholarship pays for his course at the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre.  

James is due to start a Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical) this January and is guaranteed an interview with Boeing Defence Australia if he graduates as an aircraft maintenance engineer.

Despite the prospect of working with some of the military's high-end aircraft, James said he would be happy to work on anything he could get his hands on. 

By: Michael Serenc The Cairns Post

Picture: Regi Varghese

Story and picture supplied courtesy of The Cairns Post

 

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Royal Saudi Airforce to commence Technical Training at Aviation Australia

Recently, Aviation Australia signed an agreement to deliver a specialised training program for Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF)  technicians at Aviation Australia’s Brisbane campus.

The program is due to commence in December 2013, and is part of an ongoing partnership between Aviation Australia and RSAF to provide high quality and internationally recognised aviation training, and has been designed to provide the technicians’ technical skills to meet the latest international standards.

The technicians will undertake an aviation English language program prior to the commencement of their technical training, and will complete either a B1.1 Mechanical or a B2 Avionics course which is dependent upon their relevant trades and experience.

Mr Bill Horrocks, CEO of Aviation Australia says “We are extremely pleased to welcome the second group of RSAF technicians to Aviation Australia.  The first group completed their training in September this year, and this program proved to be highly successful with all of the students meeting the requirements of their trades.  This group of students includes experienced technicians who are upgrading their skills to the latest international standards, as well as a group of students who are beginning their careers as aircraft maintenance engineers and will complete our full basic training program over 30 months ”

Aviation Australia has provided significant support to the industry since its establishment, and has played a key role in the growth of the Queensland as one of the Asia-Pacific's strongest aviation and aerospace hubs. The organisation has trained or supported the training of over 30,000 aviation personnel for more than 150 customers, both civil and military worldwide and is the largest initial maintenance engineering and flight attendant training provider in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also the only training organisation in Australia that provides students with engineering qualifications recognised by both the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Aviation Australia’s innovative approach to training is to create a learning environment based on practical real world problems for its students, staff and partners. Its teaching and learning programs are underpinned by simulated real life scenarios providing student’s access to state-of-the-art training aides and operational aircraft ensuring that their theory studies are industry relevant and up to date.

 

Cairns Aviation Skills Centre launches ATPL Theory Training for Pilots

Aviation Australia’s Cairns Aviation Skills Centre (CASC) has launched ATPL theory training for pilots.  The introduction of this training is in response to market demands as a result of the new CASR Part 61 ATPL licensing requirements.

Partnered with Rob Avery Training Products, CASC are now offering the full seven subjects with the four most challenging subjects delivered in- class full time commencing 10th February 2014.  The remaining three subjects will be offered through distance learning and are fully supported with training materials and a student helpline. 

Assessment Services Limited (ASL) has also approved CASC to provide ATPL examinations on campus.  Chris Pigott, Business Manager CASC said “Our ATPL students can now sit their CASA ASL exams in house at the completion of each module on site.  Students will also have access to a fully operational Falcon-10 jet systems training device which is located on campus.  Aviation Australia is a world leader in aviation training for all aspects of aircraft maintenance engineering and cabin crew training, and is now pleased to be offering innovative training solutions for Pilots ”.

Rob Avery said, “I am very pleased with Aviation Australia’s decision to utilise my company’s ATPL training products in this exciting new initiative.  This initiative provides pilots with a substantiated training option allowing a hassle free ATPL training course and the underpinning ‘command knowledge’ which is required by airlines.”

For further information visit: www.aviationaustralia.aero/pilot/
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Aerospace Education Awards Recognises Gateway Schools

The annual Aerospace Education Awards held Parliament House on Wednesday 13th November formally recognised the efforts and achievements of the 24 Aerospace Gateway School students and teachers throughout 2013.

A famous quote once said by two famous brothers who were aviation pioneers, “It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skills” – Wilbur Wright.  The Aerospace Gateway Schools project empowers students with the knowledge and skills required to enter the aviation and aerospace industry.

The Aerospace Education Awards ceremony is the pinnacle event held each year to celebrate academic excellence, passion and leadership demonstrated by the students and teachers from the Aerospace Gateway Schools.   The ceremony was officiated by Minister Saxon Rice, Associate Minister for Technical and Further Education and attended by key representatives from the program’s industry partners, award finalists and their families and teachers from the Gateway Schools.

Over 50 nominations were received across the following award categories.  Congratulations to the following students representing their respective schools:-

  • Spirit of Boeing Award – Eric Briese, Balmoral State High
  • Royal Aeronautical Society AwardHayden Wieland, Iona College
  • Aerospace Gateway Schools Year 12 Aerospace Award – Claire Woodwell, Aviation High
  • Brisbane Airport Year 11 Aerospace Award – Lachlan Matheson, Mueller College
  • GAPAN Award – Juan Sperlin, Iona College & Lachlan Crowley, Springwood State High
  • GE Aviation Year 10 Award – Oliver Plowman, Iona College
  • Qantas Quest Award – Christopher Jesse, Iona College
  • Aeroskills Scholarship Awards – James McVinish, Cairns State High (Boeing Defence Australia) and Mitchel Eikenloff, Aviation High (Aviation Australia)
  • Raytheon Innovation Award – Samuel Black, Mueller College

The Teachers Innovation Award was extremely close this year with industry introducing a runners up prize.  Anthony Banks from Mueller College was awarded a Professional Development trip to ‘Space Camp for Educators' in the United States, and Peter Rolandsen, Indooroopilly State High was awarded a fully funded trip to the 2014 RAAA conference on the Gold Coast.  This prestigious prize is jointly sponsored by Boeing Defence Australia, GE Aviation and Brisbane

Leata Alaimoana, Aerospace Gateway Schools Project Manager said “the finalists and award-winning students and teachers here today represent the passion that exists for aviation across the Aerospace Gateway Schools program, and is also an opportunity for the industry partners to meet the future generation of aviation enthusiasts”.

Dimitri Lucchi an exceptional advocate for the Aerospace Gateway Schools project was invited to address the ceremony.  Dimitri studied Aerospace Studies at Iona College and was awarded an Aviation Australia Aeroskills Scholarship at the Aerospace Education Awards ceremony in 2008.  Dimitri commenced his studies the following year and within a month of completing his training, he successfully obtained an apprenticeship with Alliance Airlines where he is today.  Dimitri will be a fully qualified Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in 2014.

This event is sponsored in collaboration of industry and training providers including; Boeing Defence Australia Limited, GE Aviation Systems Australia, Aviation Australia, Brisbane Airport Corporation, Qantas, Royal Aeronautical Society, Raytheon, Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators and ATAE.

The aim of the Aerospace Gateway Schools program is to create pathways for students to enter into Queensland’s aviation and aerospace industries.  The program commenced in January 2004, initially as a partnership between Education Queensland, Boeing Australia Limited (as it then was) and Aviation Australia.  Six schools were initially targeted for the program and today there are a total of 24 Aerospace Gateway Schools, with 700 students throughout Queensland studying Aerospace studies and eight industry partners.  The success of the program has also resulted in three major Queensland universities launching direct entry programs for the Aerospace Gateway Schools.  

 

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Aviation Australia Recognised at Premier of Queensland Export Awards

Aviation Australia has been selected as a finalist in the Education and Training category at the 2013 Premier of Queensland Export Awards.  In 2012, Aviation Australia was awarded finalist in the same category and despite challenging global markets in the aviation industry, the company has maintained an international competitive advantage through delivery of its internationally recognised training programs.

Aviation Australia is a world class aviation training centre of excellence, established to support the growth of the aviation and aerospace industries in Australia and all over the world. The organisation has trained or supported the training of over 30,000 aviation personnel for more than 150 customers, for both civil and military aviation organisations worldwide.

The company was founded by the Queensland State Government in 2001 and exported its first product, a Certificate IV in Aeroskills, in 2002 to Air Nugini; a relationship it maintains today.

In 2003, training was delivered to countries within the Asia-Pacific region and in recent years to the Middle East. Key customers within the Middle East include the Royal Oman Police, Saudi Arabian National Guard and to the Security Aviation Command.

Mr Bill Horrocks, CEO of Aviation Australia said “this achievement was a result of our dedicated employees and in particular our highly experienced instructors.”

“In the last financial year, 41% of Aviation Australia’s revenue was made up of its export products.”

The University of Queensland won this category and Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE was also awarded finalist.

For further information about the awards visit: www.export.qld.gov.au

 

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Aviation Australia and Alliance Airlines join forces with MoU to boost aviation industry skills and training

Aviation vocational training specialist Aviation Australia and dedicated FIFO operator Alliance Airlines have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance the organisations’ shared focus on aviation safety, operational excellence, and the long-term future of the industry.

The two leading aviation companies have identified a number of areas of collaboration as part of the agreement. These projects as outlined in the MoU include:

1. Alliance Airlines agreeing to employ up to seven graduates of Aviation Australia’s Aeroskills training program as apprentices in 2014

2. An agreement to store an Alliance F100 at Aviation Australia’s Brisbane premises.

3. The opportunity to provide real-life training experiences for students in entry to service and refurbishment checks (subject to regulatory approvals)

4. Development of Aviation Australia’s cabin crew training programs to better reflect the specialist training requirements of Alliance and reduce the initial time to train for Alliance cabin crew

5. The joint development of a Fokker F100/F70 door trainer to enable F100/F70 door training at Aviation Australia for Alliance flight and cabin crews

6. A number of other potential programs of collaboration with a focus on the Fokker F100 and F70 aircraft.

Alliance Airlines Managing Director Scott McMillan said: “We are pleased to join Aviation Australia in this partnership which will facilitate a mutual exchange of best practice techniques and innovations in engineering, flight crew operations and training between our organisations.

“Alliance’s ongoing investment in its apprenticeship program demonstrates our commitment to the long-term future of the aviation industry in Australia. This commitment will further support the development of skills and expertise within our organisation, and enhance our delivery of safe and efficient service to our customers.”

Alliance has a track record of meeting and exceeding performance and reliability standards and in doing so has enhanced its position as a quality FIFO service provider. A key factor in Alliance’s success has been the Company’s in-house heavy maintenance operations, which enable it to control cost, quality and timing.

The CEO of Aviation Australia, Mr Bill Horrocks said that “the MoU we signed today is the first step in what we expect to be a long lasting partnership between Aviation Australia and Alliance. With both the companies recognised as leaders in the aviation industry and we see the items we have outlined today as the first steps in the partnership. Aviation Australia works very closely with industry and this MoU is another example of how we can ensure our graduates are closely matched to the training needs of the industry”

Aviation Australia provides comprehensive and world class training delivered by a team of highly experienced instructors with specialised training equipment and facilities to ensure students and airline staff gain the skills and knowledge required to perform at their best.

 

 

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Aerospace Gateway Schools Flying High

Monday 14 October 2013

Over the past few months many Aerospace Gateway schools have had the opportunity to experience first-hand the dynamic aviation and aerospace industry by experiential learning at various events.

In August, the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) hosted an event at Iona College to promote their Aerospace Engineering Courses.  QUT captured the Aerospace Gateway Schools students’ attention from the onset, by providing Quadcopters which were available for the students to fly.  The students divided into teams of three and four, spent the afternoon flying the Quadcopters over obstacle courses on the school oval and the event proved to be a tremendous success and was very well attended by students, teachers, parents and QUT representatives.  Chris Howarth, Senior Aerospace Studies Teacher, Iona College says, “I was very impressed with how quickly all of the students seemed to "catch on" to the techniques of flying the UAV models. It required a considerable degree of hand-eye coordination, so it was very satisfying to see the students experiencing success in such a short time. We set up an "obstacle course" as part of a flying challenge which seemed to go down quite well with the students. There were many excellent ideas shared among the various teachers and QUT staff and I thought the interaction among the students was excellent.”     

Industry site tours hosted by Aviation Australia, Brisbane Airport Corporation, Boeing Defence Australia, Virgin Simulator Centre, and Qantas Heavy Maintenance Hangar have provided the gateway schools with an exclusive insight into careers within the aviation industry.   Leata Alaimoana, Gateway Schools Project Manager says, “These tours are an important component of the Aerospace Gateway Schools program as it provides the students with first-hand experience of the different careers they can have in Aviation and it is also a direct link to future work experience opportunities.”

Most recently, the 2013 UAV Outback Rescue Challenge was held in Calvert Queensland on the 24th and 25th September. The UAV Challenge is a joint initiative between the Queensland Government, the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA, a partnership between QUT and CSIRO) , Aviation Development Australia Limited and AUVS-Australia - a prime example of government, industry and research organisations working together. Participants must develop an airborne delivery system that can deliver this package to a lost bushwalker, Outback Joe. Eleven teams from Queensland, Adelaide and Canberra competed at this year’s competition and despite hot, humid and tough competition the students demonstrated exceptional teamwork and skill over the two days. The overall winners were one of the gateway schools Calamvale Community College, and second and third place went to another gateway school Mueller College.  This event was supported by key industry partners including Boeing Defence Australia, Insitu Pacific, and Northrup Grumman.  Great work by Jonathon Roberts and his ARCAA team for organising and hosting this successful event.

The aim of the Aerospace Gateway Schools program is to create pathways for students to enter into Queensland’s aviation and aerospace industries.  The program commenced in January 2004, initially as a partnership between Education Queensland, Boeing Australia Limited (as it then was) and Aviation Australia.  Six schools were initially targeted for the program and today there are a total of 25 Aerospace Gateway Schools, with 700 students throughout Queensland studying Aerospace studies and eight industry partners.  The success of the program has also resulted in three major Queensland universities launching direct entry programs for the Aerospace Gateway Schools.  

 

 

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Trade off to a Flying Start

Nathan Hunt
licensed aircraft
maintenance engineer
Cairns Post - Saturday 5 October 2013

NATHAN Hunt didn't have a trade ... then one day an ad in the paper caught his eye.

What does your role entail? 
Servicing and repairs to airframe and engines at Hinterland Aviation aircraft.

How did you come to be in this industry? 
I saw an ad in the paper advertising Aviation Australia training school.  I didn't have a trade at the time and it sounded interesting.

What do you like about your job?
Every day vaires, working on airframes or engines, to trouble-shooting hydraulic systems or airconditioning.  Occasionally i will have the opportunity to work off-site; I have travelled to remote communities, tropical islands and PNG.

What are its challenges?
Some of the jobs can be extremely frustrating, working through tiny inspection holes to inspect or service a vital component.  It can take hours to do a job that would take five minutes on a bench.

What are the personal qualities best suited to the position?
Patience! It helps if you don't mind doing paperwork as well.

What are the opportunities for advancement? 
Different systems and engines require different licences, as you go along you can build your skills and acquire different licences. There is also the potential to progress within the company to hangar supervisor or chief engineer. 

 

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"Practicing Survival", Aviation Australia story features in bmag this week

Julie Thomson from Brisbane's bmag visited our facilities in September to find out more about the training we offer. What she discovered is "a world-class aviation training centre that sets a high bar for air safety". To read Julie's full story, click HERE.

 

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Award Highlights the Quality of Avionics Training in Cairns 

Erin Watters, an apprentice with FNQ Avionics has won the prestigious AEA, Aircraft Electronics Association’s South Pacific Trainee of the Year Award for 2013. This is an international award which recognises the efforts of apprentices in a particularly demanding technical trade. It also recognises the efforts of the employer and the registered training organisation that manage the hands on and theory requirements for the trade qualification. Erin is the fourth Cairns Based Avionics Apprentice to win this award in the past five years.

Erin began her apprenticeship with FNQ Avionics in January of 2012 after completing her theory training with Aviation Australia at the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre. Erin works on a variety of avionics equipment in a wide range of general aviation aircraft. Her cheerful demeanour and voracious appetite for knowledge has been noted by many people around the Cairns airport.

The AEA South Pacific Outstanding Trainee Award was presented to Erin by EDMO Asia Pacific and Hamilton Aero on 11 September. This annual award recognizes apprentices and trainee technicians, employed by an AEA member company, for their exemplary performance and demonstrated professionalism in the field. It is also indicative of the quality of the training that FNQ Avionics, Aviation Australia and the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre provide all their apprentices in Far North Queensland. Well done Erin!

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Royal Saudi Air Force Students Complete Technical Training

On Friday 13th September, Aviation Australia and 39 aircraft maintenance technicians from the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) celebrated the successful completion of an 8 month technical training program at Aviation Australia’s Brisbane campus. A graduation ceremony was held at Aviation Australia in the presence of friends, family, and Aviation Australia staff.

The students have been based in Brisbane since January 2013, and commenced their training at Aviation Australia with an aviation English language program prior to commencing their technical training.  The technical training program was developed specifically for the RSAF technicians to upgrade their technical skills to the latest international standards prior to the students conducting further technical training in Europe.  The students completed either a B1.1 Mechanical course or a B2 Avionics course, preparing them for further training to be conducted in Europe later this year following their return to Saudi Arabia.

Mr Bill Horrocks, CEO of Aviation Australia said “This is a significant achievement for the students who are the first group of RSAF students to graduate from Aviation Australia.  This program has been very demanding but has been highly successful with the students meeting the requirements for their relevant trades.  We hope this very successful first course will be the beginning of a long relationship with the Royal Saudi Air Force”.

Aviation Australia has provided significant support to the industry since its establishment, and has played a key role in the growth of the Queensland as one of the Asia-Pacific's strongest aviation and aerospace hubs. The organisation has trained or supported the training of over 30,000 aviation personnel for more than 150 customers, both civil and military worldwide and is the largest initial maintenance engineering and flight attendant training provider in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also the only training organisation in Australia that provides students with engineering qualifications recognised by both the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Aviation Australia’s innovative approach to training is to create a learning environment based on practical real world problems for its students, staff and partners. Its teaching and learning programs are underpinned by simulated real life scenarios providing student’s access to state-of-the-art training aides and operational aircraft ensuring that their theory studies are industry relevant and up to date.

 

 

 

 

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 Air school spreads its wings

CAIRNS’ only aviation maintenance training facility will offer world class graduates, after adopting new regulatory practices.

The Cairns Aviation Skills Centre’s decision to adopt European Aviation Safety Agency Part 147 training standards now means its engineering graduates will be able to work almost anywhere in the world.

‘‘We are getting more and more inquiries for European-style training in Cairns and it’s quite a big deal to get it,’’ CASC business manager Chris Pigott said.

‘‘We had to buy a jet, a commercial jet engine and then we had to follow the EASA guidelines for exams.’’

Mr Pigott said the centre’s decision to upskill had brought increased interest from Asian aviation companies, highlighted by the presence of 12 overseas

students from Malaysia, China and South Korea undertaking EASA exams in Cairns this week.

CASC will also take on a further 60 engineering students from Shanghai within the next six months to teach them the EASA curriculum.

‘‘We’re now getting a lot of companies who are coming from overseas to do their training, but they don’t want the Australian outcome. They want the EASA outcome.’’ Mr Pigott said.

‘‘It opens up a whole new world for us.’’

By: Michael Serenc The Cairns Post

Picture: Anna Rogers

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Group keen to shore up Far North's flight future

A LOCAL aviation lobby group has thrown open the door to membership, encouraging any individual, operator or business to join for free.

Australasian Aviation Group Cairns chairman Chris Pigott said the organisation wanted to broaden its reach to recruiting members involved in the local aviation industry who were not just based at Cairns Airport.

‘‘What we want to do is open it up to anyone who has anything to do with aviation in Cairns,’’ he said.

‘‘The airport’s going to have a lot of growth coming in the next few years... so this way, if we can get everyone who’s got an interest in aviation to come into the group, we can just build on the strengths of the group.’’

The recruitment drive will now offer free membership of AAG-C to all new and existing members after the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre board agreed to sponsor it.

Membership of the AAG-C was previously $300.

‘‘We feel it would be of added value to bring in other people, just so we can all work together and keep business local,’’ Mr Pigott said.

‘‘We also have networking functions where all the members get together and can then get to meet other people in other industries in Cairns. If the airport stops, Cairns stops. It’s pretty simple.’’

The AAG-C has about 60 members.

By: Michael Serenc The Cairns Post

Picture: Anna Rogers

Story and picture supplied courtesy of The Cairns Post

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The 13th Aviation Careers Expo Attracts Strong Interest 

The 13th Aviation Careers Expo was held on Saturday 24th August and attracted visitors from interstate and all over Queensland.  The event was supported by 24 exhibitors representing a broad sector of the aviation industry such as CASA, Defence Force Recruiting, Chopperline Flight Training, Griffith University, CTC Aviation Institute (NZ), Airservices Australia, Australian Wings Academy and Asia Pacific Aerospace.

The expo provided an excellent opportunity to those with a genuine interest in an aviation career to meet with industry experts and aviation training organisations, to seek advice on potential career paths.  Visitors were also treated to a real aviation experience at the Aviation Display area which featured a range of aircraft and aviation equipment, including the Australian Defence Force ARH Tiger and Navy Squirrel. 

The Seminar Program provided sponsors the ideal forum to impart careers information to  attendees and covered an extensive range of topics including, Aviation Career Pathways, Aviation Careers in the Australian Defence Force, Air Traffic Controllers, Pilot Training and Engineering and Flight Attendant Training.

“This Aviation Careers Expo is now in its 13th year and is still recognised as a major event within the aviation industry and continues to attract strong industry support.  The event is an informative and fun day for both exhibitors and visitors and feedback so far is extremely positive.”  said Mr Bill Horrocks, Chief Executive Officer of Aviation Australia.


 

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Lawrence's hard work pays off with maiden
scholarship

FATHER-of-one Lawrence Padilla is the first winner of Cairns Aviation Skills Centre's twice-a-year scholarship.

Mr Padilla, 29, who is married with one child, receives the $4250 scholarship ith all his fees paid for one year.

CASC business development manager Chris Pigott said Mr Padilla was deserving and had been working at an IGA supermarket after studies every day to help make ends meet.

"He's been doing it tough and we are delighted to award him the first scholarship,'' he said.

Mr Padilla is doing a certificate IV in aero skills Monday to Friday at Cairns airport. He said the scholarship was a great relief.  He said after the course finished he would look for a job in aircraft maintenance.

Mr Pigott said the centre was now able to offer advanced training to Asian students, including from Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Malaysia.

He said the addition of a corporate jet aircraft and accreditation as a European Aviation Safety Agency registered centre meant they were able to offer advanced training to Asian students who previously had to go to Brisbane.

By: Nick Dalton The Cairns Post

Picture: Regi Varghese

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Pupils join jet set in aviation school coup

A CORPORATE jet has been added to the hi-tech classroom at the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre. The 1980 Falcon 10 was once a high flyer's private aircraft until his world came crashing down and it was repossessed in Cairns a few years ago.

CASC business manager Chris Pigott said the four-seater passenger jet was now a valuable training aid based at Cairns Airport.

"We bought it for a fraction of its replacement value of $5 million without its engines,'' he said.

Mr Pigott said CASC had acquired an engine for training purposes but the aircraft would not be flying.

"It's a training aid and it's a quantum leap forward for us,'' he said. "It has all the same systems as a Qantas, Virgin or Jetstar jet.''

Mr Pigott said it joined two other aircraft - a small single-engine, fixed-wing aeroplane and a helicopter.

"We were really lacking a jet as a training aid and this is invaluable,'' he said.

CASC will be able to put 20 students a week through training in the Falcon jet.

"We will be able to power up all the avionics,'' he said.

"It's in very good condition. The interior was upgraded before it was repossessed, the undercarriage has been replaced.''

"It's got an oven, a TV, a bar, a toilet."

"We'll give it a polish and detail and bring the carpet up to scratch."

"We just need to put the engine (cowlings etc) back on.''

Mr Pigott said the jet would allow them to put through 40 to 50 students a year in advanced training and also enabled the organisation to deliver full European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) training for the first time.

He said the EASA rating, recognised as the world aviation industry standard, meant it could train up to another 100 students a year.

Mr Pigott said EASA was being adopted in the Asia Pacific region and would give CASC "enormous capabilities'' as an approved
examination centre.

He said the centre would be able to attract more students from Papua New Guinea and Asia and they would not have to go to Brisbane for training.

Mr Pigott said the jet would be offered as a prop for movies, television commercials and other media work.

"There's nothing else available in the region,'' he said.

By: Nick Dalton The Cairns Post

Picture: Regi Varghese

Story and picture supplied courtesy of The Cairns Post

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RACQ CareFlight Unveil Aviation Australia Logo on Rescue Helicopter

Tuesday 13th August, Aviation Australia’s CEO Mr Bill Horrocks, General Manager Strategy and Business Development Andrew Rankin and apprentice Stephen McCann travelled to RACQ CareFlight headquarters on the Gold Coast for the unveiling of the Aviation Australia logo on one of CareFlight’s rescue helicopters.

In 2012, CareFlight and Aviation Australia formed a valuable partnership through CareFlight’s Workplace Giving program where Aviation Australia provides access to its facilities at Brisbane Airport for training and events and through hosting various fundraising activities, and Aviation Australia staff provide personal donations through payroll contributions.   In addition, there are regular fundraising events conducted by staff such as barbeques.  Aviation Australia initially became involved in this program following a concept by apprentice Stephen McCann. 

Over the past year, Aviation Australia has contributed $30,000 to the not-for-profit community rescue service and has committed to another $30,000 over the next 12 months.  To acknowledge this achievement CareFlight now proudly display an Aviation Australia logo on their Bell 412 rescue helicopter based at Gold Coast Airport.

Mr Bill Horrocks says “Aviation Australia is very proud to be associated with CareFlight who do such a valuable service for Queensland and having our logo displayed on the aircraft is something  the staff at Aviation Australia are very proud of and worked hard to achieve. “It is a great way to recognise  Aviation Australia staff and their fundraising efforts over the past 12 months.”

The fundraising activities will continue at this Saturday’s Aviation Careers Expo held at Aviation Australia and of which CareFlight Queensland is an exhibitor.  The event can attract up to 3000 visitors and proceeds from two barbecues on the day, will be donated back to CareFlight Queensland.

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Aviation Australia Awards Diploma of Aeroskills Scholarship

Aviation Australia is pleased to announce the awarding of its inaugural Diploma of Aeroskills Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis in recognition of an Aviation Australia graduate’s outstanding contribution and dedication to the Aviation industry.  

The 2013 recipient, Rachel Dudok was presented this prestigious scholarship at a recent Aeroskills graduation ceremony at Aviation Australia.

Rachel is an exceptional advocate for Aviation Australia and was invited to address the graduates during the ceremony to provide them with an overview of her career so far and future aspirations within the aviation industry. She had this to say, “The knowledge I gained during my time at Aviation Australia, combined with my experience at Qantas have made it possible for me to work anywhere in the world. I love my job and think that if I can do it, anyone can.”

Upon graduating from her Certificate IV in Aeroskills course at Aviation Australia, Rachel was one of four students to be offered an apprenticeship with Qantas in Brisbane.  Her passion for and dedication to her career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer saw her receive the 2012 Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year for Queensland and go on to be a finalist at the National Training Awards. Rachel is also an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador, providing inspiration and motivation to students, apprentices and qualified Engineers alike.

“We are extremely proud to present this scholarship to Rachel and to support her in achieving her career goals,” commented Mr Andrew Rankin – General Manager Strategy & Business Development, Aviation Australia.  “The Diploma of Aeroskills Scholarship provides an excellent opportunity for Rachel to further her career within the industry, allowing her some financial relief while she focuses on  the additional training & study required to achieve the Diploma of Aeroskills.”

 

 

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Aviation Australia’s Corporate Brochure Now Available for Download

The comprehensive Corporate Brochure covers topics such as Aviation Australia’s history and vision, its contributions to the aviation industry and its community, available training, facilities and equipment as well as a detailed look at its strategic directions for the next 5 years. Download a copy here.

 

The 2013 Aviation Careers Expo is ready for take off

Now in its 13th year, the Aviation Career Expo is recognised as one of THE major events on the Queensland aviation calendar offering a unique opportunity for students, graduates, teachers, parents and those seeking a career change to explore the diverse range of career pathways available in the aviation and aerospace industries.

Hosted at Aviation Australia’s world class training facilities, this free careers expo takes place on Saturday, 24 August from 10:00am - 4:00pm at 25 Boronia Road, Brisbane International Airport.

Career seekers are invited to attend the Careers Seminar Program, run alongside the expo in a dedicated location within the venue, where they will have the opportunity to speak to industry experts and gain valuable insight into a myriad of aviation career streams.

Aviation enthusiasts can experience the exhilarating world of Aviation at the Aviation Display Area which features a range of aircraft and other aviation related equipment. With exciting competitions, chopper flights, training simulators and a behind the scenes look at one of Queensland’s state-of-the-art aviation training facilities it’s a day not to be missed.

And while you’re there, why not make a day of it by visiting the Aviation High Open Day, located on Widdop Street in Clayfield, from 10am to 2pm. This unique school focuses on Aerospace related education for Year 8 to Year 12 students who are passionate about aviation and aerospace and considering careers in these areas.

A full service cafeteria offering a range of catering options will be available on the day, supported by fundraising BBQ’s running at the exhibition entry and Aviation Display Area from 10am-2pm. All proceeds being donated to CareFlight Queensland and the Australian Air Force Cadets.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience a world of Aviation and find out how your career can take off.

For more information please go to http://www.aviationaustralia.aero/expo/

 

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Director-General, Department of Education, Training and Employment visits Aviation Australia

On Friday 19 July 2013, Aviation Australia was privileged to receive a visit from the Director-General of the Department of Education, Training and Employment, Dr Jim Watterson.

Accompanied by the Deputy Director-General for Skills Reform, Training and Employment - Mr Drew Ellem, and the Assistant Director-General for Employment, Skills and Training - Mr Geoff Favell, the Director-General had the opportunity to explore Aviation Australia’s Brisbane campus with a guided tour of its training facilities. The tour, led by Aviation Australia’s Chairman of the Board - Mr Jim Walker and CEO - Mr Bill Horrocks, allowed the Director-General to discover first-hand the training available to support the growing demands of the aviation industry. 

 

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A Moment in History – Aviation Australia restores 75 year old ANT-18 Link Trainer

Friday 12th July 2013 marked an historical day for Aviation Australia with the official handover of the newly refurbished ANT-18 Link Trainer to Squadron 212 of the Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC).

The ANT-18 Link Trainer, originally owned by the Royal  Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1938, spent almost 40 years providing crucial “fly-by-instrument” training for the RAAF’s pilots until it was passed on to the Air Training Corps in 1977. Having fallen into severe disrepair over the years, due to a lack of maintenance and understanding of its place  in today’s technologically advanced aviation industry, it was then passed on to Aviation Australia in 2012 by the AAFC in the hopes that it could be restored to its former glory.

Apprentices Stephen McCann, Melinda Ralph, Dennis Moore and Steven Rolfe, assisted by some of Aviation Australia’s engineering and work experience students, dedicated their spare time to lovingly restore this historical piece of training equipment. The refurbishment, taking just over 4 months to complete,  involved a complete overhaul of the fixed bellow system, various mechanical components, the rough air generator, vacuum turbine, interior wiring and repairable instrumentation. It was then given a complete facelift with the sandblasting and grinding back of years of wear and tear. Finally, it received its finishing touches with a fresh new coat of paint and the addition of refabricated wings, stabilisers and a rudder.

Commanding Officer of 212 SQN, Paul Rowbotham FLTLT (AAFC) was thoroughly impressed with the trainers restoration and enthusiastic about the learning opportunities it would provide his cadets. Mr Rowbotham, on behalf of the AAFC presented Aviation Australia’s Team Leader for Practical Delivery, Mr Hermann Cohrs, with a special plaque as a token of appreciation for making the refurbishment of the squadron’s Link Trainer a possibility.

 

 

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 Australian Youth Aerospace Forum visits Aviation Australia

Last week, Aviation Australia was honoured to host a tour of its facilities for a group of 60 students as part of the annual Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF). 

Organised by the Australian Youth Aerospace Association, the forum is a five day event hosted at the University of Queensland campus in Brisbane.  It provides senior high school students with the opportunity to explore the diverse range of careers and pathways within the aviation and aerospace industry.

The AYAF’s tour of Aviation Australia was part of a wider airport based tour, designed to showcase the various opportunities available to students upon completion of secondary school.

The students had the opportunity to get up close and personal to a range of operational aircraft and innovative training equipment. They were delighted by the amazing stories and industry experiences shared by some of our most knowledgeable instructors.

Along with other leading organisations within the aviation community, Aviation Australia is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of this event and looks forward to continuing to support this important industry initiative.

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Aviation Australia graduates another Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG) Class

On Thursday 4th July, Aviation Australia celebrated the successful completion of its sixth group of students from Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG).  The group of 9 students completed a 12 month Avionics program at Aviation Australia’s Brisbane campus, following an initial English Language training program.

The students are part of an ongoing initiative between Aviation Australia and Specialised Training Australia (STA), to provide high quality and internationally recognised aviation training to the foreign market.  Aviation Australia partnered with STA in 2011, to deliver a specialised program to over 200 SANG students and will continue this training until 2014.   The students will now return home to complete the remainder of their qualifications, with some pursuing the opportunity to undertake further ‘Type Training’ in the United States.

The students’ significant achievement was celebrated in the presence of His Excellency Nabil AL Saleh (Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Australia & New Zealand),  Dr Abdulaziz Bin Taleb (Cultural Attache to Australia), Lieutenant Colonel Omar Fahd Al Husan (SANGAviation Program Officer), Youhanna Yassa (Special Representative – ANZMENA) and  representatives of both STA and Aviation Australia staff. 


 

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Staff and Students Raise Vital Funds for Worthy Causes

Aviation Australia has been very active within the community this past month, raising money for two leading charities, the Australian Cancer Council and Multiple Sclerosis Australia.

On Tuesday 4th June, staff and students eagerly took part in ‘Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea’ by hosting a morning tea here at our Flight Safety Training Centre.  The morning tea required a gold coin donation in return for a delicious plate of home-made goodies lovingly provided by staff.  The morning’s activities raised over $500, of which Aviation Australia matched dollar for dollar resulting in a total contribution of $1,000. These funds will go towards assisting the Cancer Council’s vital research, prevention programs and support services across Australia. 

But the staff’s generosity didn’t stop there…

For the last 3 years Aviation Australia has passionately supported the Brissie to the Bay bike ride to fight MS and this year was no different. On Sunday, 23rd June our team of cycling enthusiasts hit the bitumen alongside 5,700 riders raising over $1,600 to support the fight against the crippling illness Multiple Sclerosis. 

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all staff and students who supported the events, your generous donations have gone a long way to make a difference for these worthy causes! 

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Aviation Australia Honoured with Logo Display on RACQ Careflight's Rescue Helicopter

On Thursday 18 April 2013, Investors and Supporters of RACQ CareFlight’s rescue service were honoured with a cocktail function to recognise their contributions and support throughout the year. The evening included a host of special guests ranging from Corporate Sponsors to Individual Donors, without whose support the provision of 24/7 emergency response helicopter rescue service to communities of southern Queensland would not be possible.

Hosted at Aviation Australia’s Flight Safety Training Centre, the evening’s proceedings paid tribute to a number of contributors to CareFlight, including Aviation Australia’s ongoing support of the organisation through their Workplace Giving program, various fundraising events and the provision of its facilities for training and events. To acknowledge Aviation Australia reaching the milestone of a$30,000 contribution in 12 months, RACQ CareFlight announced they will proudly display the Aviation Australia logo on one of their Bell 412 rescue helicopter based at the Gold Coast Airport

Mr Bill Horrocks, Aviation Australia CEO had this to say about the company’s Corporate Sponsorship of CareFlight,” Aviation Australia is proud to support CareFlight and we became a corporate sponsor last year when one of our apprentices came up with the concept.  We approached CareFlight with a proposal which CareFlight were very happy to proceed with.  The Aviation Australia staff have worked very hard on fundraising and it is wonderful for the staff to be recognised by CareFlight for the achievement in this way”

The event also included the launch of the 2013 CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge, a 250km charity ride from Toowoomba to the Gold Coast.  With each rescue mission costing in excess of $12,500 the invited riders consisting of a group of 30 elite cyclists, athletes and CEOs will be raising much needed funds to ensure the continuation of this vital service.

Brad Solomon, a Flight Paramedic for RACQ CareFlight shared the inspirational story of special guest and former patient, Paul McRobert who just 9 months ago was involved in a horrific accident that almost claimed his life. While out training on his push bike in Banora Point, the Tugun triathlete was hit by a truck at 80km launching him 8 metres into the air and landing him on his head where he lost consciousness. Initially transported by ambulance to Tweed Heads Hospital, he was later airlifted by the CareFlight helicopter to the PA Hospital in Brisbane where doctors were better equipped to treat his injuries.

Less than a year later and after suffering severe internal bleeding, a broken back, a shattered pelvis and fractures in his foot, Paul will courageously attempt to complete a section of the cycle challenge. He will be participating alongside a number of other former RACQ CareFlight patients as well as renowned athletes Matt Rogers, a former professional rugby league footballer and Troy Bayliss, 3 x world super bike champion will also be participating in the challenge.

The function was a great success, with RACQ CareFlight representatives and their invited guests enjoying an inspiring evening in a unique venue, surrounded by Aviation Australia’s world-class training equipment and being treated to first class service provided by Aviation Australia’s very own Flight Attendant students.

”The Aviation Australia Flight Safety Training Facility provided a unique venue for CareFlight to host our supporters and guests. We’re very proud of the relationship we have with Aviation Australia who support CareFlight’s community helicopter rescue service through a strong partnership.” commented Wayne Evans, Senior Relationship Manager for CareFlight.

RACQ CareFlight and Aviation Australia look forward to continuing this valuable partnership to ensure the ongoing success of this important not-for-profit community rescue helicopter service.

 

 

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CASC Receives 2013 Innovation and Excellence in Workforce Development Award - Aviation

Cairns Aviation Skills Centre (CASC) Chairman, Mr Murray Ireland along with CASC Business Manager Mr Chris Pigott and Aviation Australia Chairman, Mr Jim Walker last week attended the inaugural Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) Awards for Excellence.

The awards, presented in Melbourne on 18 April 2013, recognised the remarkable accomplishments and exceptional contributions made by organisations in training and workforce development across Australia in the Transport and Logistics Industry.

Attended by Australian industry leaders, the awards night celebrated the achievements of winners across nine award categories for which CASC were recognised for their contribution to the Aviation industry and jointly awarded the 2013 Innovation and Excellence in Workforce Development Award - Aviation.

This prestigious award acknowledges the achievements in Aviation as a result of the combined efforts of the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre, industry, Aviation Australia and the continued support of the Queensland Government.

“The CASC has worked closely alongside industry to ensure its aviation training is not only relevant but delivered to the high standard required and recognised by industry leaders, thereby ensuring sustainable and appropriate employment opportunities exist within Australia”, Chris Pigott - CASC Business Manager.

As part of the Workforce Development Initiative, CASC implemented a number of strategies to ensure the initiative’s successful outcome, one of which was the establishment of its aviation dedicated Training Centre. Situated within the Cairns Aviation Precinct, the Training Centre consists of four large classrooms and an operational hangar which houses a range of aircraft and state-of-the-art training equipment providing a practical work environment for students.

CASC’s outstanding facilities combined with its delivery of industry relevant training has resulted in the successful graduation of close to 300 students who are employed by airlines and aerospace companies in Cairns, the rest of Australia and around the world. It has also provided a facility from which to upskill and improve the capability of an existing workforce, while also attracting additional business to the Cairns Airport.

CASC continues to explore and implement innovative strategies in partnership with industry to ensure the ongoing development of the aviation workforce.


 

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Saudia Arabia's Security Aviation Command (SAC) visit Aviation Australia

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Aviation Australia is honoured to have recently received a visit from Major General Mohammed Eid M. Al Harbi and Brigadier Abdul Aziz Alaseeri Riyadh from the Saudi Arabian Security Aviation Command (SAC).  SAC currently have more than 70 students studying towards a Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering at Aviation Australia’s facilities in Brisbane, and a total of 44 SAC students have graduated from the program since the contract with SAC was established in 2010.

While here, the SAC representatives met with Aviation Australia management and staff to review the progress of their engineering students currently studying at Aviation Australia.  Major General Al Harbi also took the opportunity to meet with the students, presenting students with awards acknowledging their academic achievements during their time at Aviation Australia.

“SAC continue to be a great supporter customer of Aviation Australia and we are very pleased to have Major General Al Harbi and Brigadier Riyadh here to see first-hand the progress of the students and the facilities of Aviation Australia” said Bill Horrocks the CEO of Aviation Australia.  “Especially pleasing has been the excellent feedback General Al Harbi has provided on the quality of our graduates who have completed their  training with Aviation Australia and  who are now operating as maintenance engineers for SAC”.

The SAC students at Aviation Australia complete an aviation based technical English language program, followed by a Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course. Approved and recognised by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Aviation Australia’s Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering training is delivered over 18 months using a blend of online and traditional classroom learning with practical hands on training using innovative training aides and a wide range of static aircraft.

 

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Aviation Australia and Hawker Pacific Sign Significant Training Partnership

Monday, 11 March 2013

Today, Aviation Australia and Hawker Pacific signed an agreement to formalise their previous Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a specialised training program in Cairns. The program is intended to provide advanced practical expertise to Aviation Maintenance Engineering (AME) students graduating from the Aviation Australia’s International Training Diploma program.

“The MoU was agreed to in June 2012 and has been working well for both parties so we think this is a great time to formalise the processes we have put into place” said Hawker Pacific’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr Doug Park.

The agreement allows students who have been undertaking an International Diploma at the Aviation Australia campus in Brisbane to  relocate to Cairns following two years of theoretical instruction, to complete an intensive 10 week program of practical experience with Hawker Pacific.  The program offers these students an opportunity to apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge to gain valuable real-world experience in a specialist aircraft maintenance facility.

Aviation Australia, as the training provider of the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre, has agreed to manage up to 20 AME trainees at a time and facilitate their placement with Hawker Pacific.

Under the MoU, a number of students have participated in trial programs.  The initial group through the program comprised 10 engineers from the Royal Oman Police (ROP) who arrived in Cairns in early August 2012.

“These AME trainees have been working for the ROP for some time and have come to Aviation Australia to gain internationally recognised qualifications” said Mr Bill Horrocks, CEO of Aviation Australia. 

“Whilst in this program they are supervised and mentored by some of Australia’s most highly qualified and experienced licenced aircraft maintenance engineers (LAME’s).”

The Cairns Aviation Skills Centre located adjacent to the Hawker Pacific Facility is a local industry owned facility that provides all aspects of aviation training to North Queensland, Northern Territory and PNG based aviation communities.

“This is an exciting and ground breaking program for Cairns, the Aviation Australia organisation and Hawker Pacific. We are excited to be able to provide AME students with a tailored training solution through access to a world class working facility with an enhanced focus on practical training outcomes,” said Mr Horrocks.

“Aviation Australia’s International Diploma program is a great example of Australian expertise being exported globally and we see this program growing in the future as this enhancement to the training is marketed globally,” he said.

Hawker Pacific has worked closely with Aviation Australia a key training provider of avionics and mechanical technicians, which has provided over 50 apprentices to the Cairns facility over the past eight years.

“We expect this to be a long and mutually beneficial partnership which we see as a great strategic fit for Hawker Pacific, particularly as we look to continue to grow our organisation internationally, said Mr Park.

This training program between Aviation Australia and Hawker Pacific will produce students to the internationally recognised European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards, an accreditation the Hawker Pacific Cairns faciity has held for many years.

 

 

 

 

 

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Scholarship winners commence study

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Joel Catlin and Arnold Corpuz started at Aviation Australia this year as the scholarship winners from the Aerospace Gateway to Industry School’s Program 2012 annual Aerospace Education Awards. The scholarships, along with a host of other awards, were presented at a prestigious ceremony at Parliament House last November. They were attended by the Honourable John-Paul Langbroek, Minister for Education, Employment and Training and a representation of the event sponsors including Boeing Defence Australia Limited, GE Aviation Systems Australia, Brisbane Airport Corporation, Qantas Airways, Skills Queensland, Royal Aeronautical Society and the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators.

There were two scholarships presented on the day, one by Aviation Australia and one by Boeing Defence Australia. These were awarded to year 12 students from the Aerospace Program Schools who fulfilled a number of selection criteria which included creating a video as to why they were interested in becoming an aircraft maintenance engineer.

The scholarships cover the cost of an institutional Certificate IV in Aeroskills to be undertaken at Aviation Australia including theory and off-the-job practical components.

Bill Horrocks, CEO of Aviation Australia welcomed the young men to Aviation Australia and wished them well with their studies.

“We are very excited that they have started with us this year. It is evidence that the Gateway to Industry School’s Program is serving its fundamental mission to train tomorrow’s workforce in line with industry requirements” he said.

He went on to discuss how important it is for us to work together closely with the industry.

“This program provides us with an opportunity to work closely with a broad range of stakeholders within the aviation industry here in Queensland and we really value that opportunity. The success of the program is a direct result of our successful collaboration with Boeing and all of the partners.”

The Aerospace Education Awards is the pinnacle event held each year to celebrate the achievements of students studying at Aerospace Gateway Schools. The Program facilitates engagement between Queensland secondary schools (government and non-government) engaging with aerospace industry partners, local aerospace entities, training institutions and universities to create pathways for students into Queensland's aerospace industry.

The Aerospace Gateway to Industry School Program was established in January 2004 as a partnership between the Queensland Government, Boeing Defence Australia Limited (formerly Boeing Australia Limited) and Aviation Australia to support the growth and development of an effective workforce for the aviation sector. The program is now managed by Aviation Australia on behalf of Skills QLD. It aims to provide opportunities for young people to be exposed to the industry through industry-school partnerships that incorporate mentoring, site tours, and academic recognition.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aviation Australia teach all over the world

Monday, 4 February 2013

Not only has training started at the Brisbane Campus but instructors from Aviation Australia this month will travel to Malaysia to deliver training to a number of international airlines.

Aviation Australia works closely with Airlines around the world to provide high quality, relevant training with regulatory approved outcomes. This is the fifth year Aviation Australia instructors have made this trip to Kuala Lumpur to deliver this training to Air Asia engineering students.

In 2012, Aviation Australia was recognised for the work it is doing internationally as one of the finalists in the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards, and has export customers across the Asia Pacific and Middle East.  

Aviation Australia was founded by the Queensland State Government in 2001 and commenced exports in 2002 with training provided to Air Niugini, a relationship it maintains today. Aviation Australia trains aircraft maintenance engineers to the standards of both the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency. 

 

 

 

Flight Attendant Careers now Boarding

Thursday 17 January 2013


On Wednesday, 23 January, Aviation Australia opens its doors and welcomes you to our Cabin Crew Training Centre Open Night at 15 Boronia Rd, Eagle Farm.

We invite you to join us for the evening, and see for yourself why we are the industry leaders in Cabin Crew Training.

Many of our graduates are living their dreams working as flight attendants for airlines in Australia and overseas….why not you!

To attend this event, please email events@aviationaustralia.aero, or call (07) 3860 0900 

 

 

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Funded positions still available for careers in aviation

Monday 14 January 2013

Aviation Australia has a number of government funded positions still available for its Aeroskills courses starting this year at both the Brisbane and Cairns campuses. Queensland students interested in studying the Certificate IV in Aeroskills in the Avionics, Mechanical (rotary or fixed wing) may be eligible to receive substantial subsidies from the Queensland government to help with fees.

The Certificate IV course covers all theoretical basic training for becoming an aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) and a subsequent career as a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer (LAME). A quick look on Seek will tell you that these skills are currently in high demand throughout the Australian aviation industry and the courses offered by Aviation Australia provides opportunity for credits with CASA against the basic license examinations.

At Aviation Australia students work in purpose built hangars on operational equipment so when students finish studying their certificate they are job ready and have already had ‘hands on’ experience. Also, they are trained by instructors who have many years’ experience in the industry and are passionate about aviation maintenance.

No aircraft leaves the ground without being checked by an engineer and the job allows you to work on the most exciting and advanced technology in the world. So if you are wondering what to do with yourself this year and are looking for something out of the usual 9-5 mundane career with the possibility of work all over the world then maybe this is for you.

Five new class groups started on Monday 14 January in Brisbane and Cairns starts on the Monday 21 January with one class. If you or someone you know would like more information please contact Aviation Australia at http://www.aviationaustralia.aero or call 07 3860 0900.


 

 

 

Aviation Australia all set for a big year

Friday 4 January 2013

Students will be flying high at Aviation Australia on Monday 14 January as the first Flight Attendant Training Course starts for the year. This will be the 62nd full time course to come through the Flight Safety Training School since 2006.

Aviation Australia is highly regarded as the premium independent flight attendant training facility in Australia. The facilities are of such a high standard that they are outsourced to major airlines, said Harsha Patel, Manager of the Flight Attendant Training School.

“Our facility is the only one of its kind in Australia that is independent of the airlines and is world class. In fact, the airlines actually use our specialist facility to do their own cabin crew training and refreshers – a big advantage for our students who may be applying for jobs with these airlines”.

The course itself is an intense eight week course designed to ensure when students leave here they are industry ready.

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will receive a Certificate II in Aviation (Flight Operations), as well as certificates in Responsible Service of Alcohol, Applying First Aid, Aircrew Security Response Program and a CASA approved Dangerous Goods Certificate.

Aviation Australia recognise that training students is not enough and therefore they have developed a specialised employment services business unit designed to assist those who successfully complete the course.

Furthermore, in August 2012, Aviation Australia signed a memorandum of understanding with Altara to work together to address the increasing demand for flight attendants in the aviation industry. Altara is an aviation consulting, auditing, training and resources company and has helped employ over 700 flight attendants for Jetstar, Tiger Airways and China Southern Airlines.

Both Aviation Australia and Altara are committed to serving the aviation industry, with particular emphasis on the training of aviation professionals and the provision and employment solutions.

Aviation Australia is the ideal launching pad into the dynamic, global aviation industry. The training program has proved to be a huge success, with more than 410 graduates now employed by more than34 airlines around the world, and a number of airlines are recruiting flight attendants directly from this course.

  

 

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The sky is the limit for Aviation Australia graduates

Thursday 13 December 2012

On Thursday 13 December, Minister John-Paul Langbroek was among the guests at Aviation Australia’s last  graduation ceremony for 2012. The graduation celebrated the finishing of one flight safety class, two International Diploma classes and six Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Certificate IV classes.

Representatives for the aviation industry, including Australian Aerospace, GE Aviation, Qantas, Boeing Defence Australia, Air Nuigini, , CAE Australia, Alliance Airlines, and the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators also attended the graduation. Minister Langbroek, in his address, commended Aviation Australia for the close working relationships they have built with the aviation industry which was evident by the turnout of industry at the graduation and their sponsorship of many of the prizes handed out on the day.

Mr Bill Horrocks, CEO of Aviation Australia, said “Graduates could look forward to being snapped up by major airlines and aerospace companies and have great career prospects within the industry. Aviation Australia has a specialised employment services team who assist the students to find placements with airlines or aerospace companies.

“Aviation Australia is the leading aviation training organisation in the Asia Pacific region, and the primary training school for aircraft maintenance apprentices.  Our graduates are renowned both in Australia and internationally for having superior aviation skills making them highly attractive to future employers,” he said.

The aircraft maintenance graduates completed the theoretical and practical component of their Certificate IV in Aeroskills across three trades – Avionics, Mechanical and Structures. The graduating students will now seek employment within the industry to complete the practical elements of an apprenticeship to become an aircraft maintenance engineer.

The flight safety students have successfully completed their Certificate II in Aviation Operations, providing them with the skills and experience needed to work as Flight Attendants in the aviation industry.

As well as the Queensland based students, the graduates included students from Malaysia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and Oman. 


 

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Aviation Australia trains Apprentice of the Year

Friday 23 November 2012

Rachel Dudok, who studied aeroskills at Aviation Australia, is this year’s Queensland Apprentice of the Year and was also a finalist in this year’s national awards held recently in Melbourne.

Rachel now works for Qantas as an aircraft maintenance engineer, and  was one of four graduates to be offered an apprenticeship with Qantas upon completing a Certificate IV in Aeroskills at Aviation Australia.

Rachel says she has always loved aviation and joined the Airforce Cadets when she was fourteen years old. At school she had an academic aptitude for physics and maths. Upon completing year 12, Rachel studied mechatronic engineering for three years before she realised that it was not the career direction she wanted. She wanted a career that was more ‘hands on’. 

At a careers expo Rachel met the Aviation Australia staff, took home a brochure, and has never looked back.

When asked how she felt about going into such a male dominated industry, Rachel said she had always been a little against the norm but admits to being a little apprehensive before she started. She says she knew that she was there to learn and just kept focussed on her goals

Although Rachel did not win the national section of the awards her facebook status on Saturday morning read – “I am still the best in Queensland. And that is still a great accomplishment”. 

Aviation Australia offer courses in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering as well as Flight Safety Training. Anyone interested in pursuing a course in these areas can visit http://www.aviationaustralia.aero

 

 

 

 

 

Apprentice of the Year - Again!

Thursday 22 November 2012

Aviation Australia and Hawker Pacific subsidiary Avionics Australia are again celebrating another of their protégés being announced as the Aircraft Electronics Association’s South Pacific Apprentice of the Year.

Mr Mick Elcoate, who is a second year avionics apprentice at Avionics Australia, has been honoured with the prestigious award making it the third year that an Avionics Australia apprentice has received the award. Furthermore, all three recipients of the award conducted their initial training with Aviation Australia at the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre.

Mr Elkins, Avionics Australia Manager, said that “Mr Elcoate’s success was highlighted by the solid relationship that exists between Hawker Pacific and Aviation Australia”.

"It's reflective of the way we're working with the local community and aviation school, employing new apprentices and training them," Mr Elkins said. "I think that close partnership is paying dividends in the quality of apprentices that we are getting."

Mr Chris Pigott, Cairns Business Manager agrees, “Industry partnerships are a critical ingredient in our success. We work closely with our industry partners, like Hawker Pacific, and as a result over 85% of Aviation Australia’s graduates are employed in the aviation industry” he said.

Aviation Australia is the largest initial maintenance engineering and flight attendant training provider in the Southern Hemisphere. It was established by the Queensland government in 2001 to skill domestic and international students for employment in the aviation industry worldwide. 

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Premier recognises Aviation Australia

 

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

 

Aviation Australia was chosen as a finalist by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman for this year’s Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards announced on Thursday 8 November at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

Successfully exporting training in the current financial climate and achieving finalist status showcases Aviation Australia’s as a world class aviation training centre of excellence.  Through professionalism and quality in training, Aviation Australia has been able to meet the needs of its international customers.

Aviation Australia trains aircraft maintenance engineers to the standards of both the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency.

The company was founded by the Queensland State Government in 2001 and exported its first product, a Certificate IV in Aeroskills, in 2002 to Air Nugini; a relationship it maintains today.

In 2003, training was delivered to countries within the Asia-Pacific region and more recently to the Middle East. Key customers within the Middle East include the Royal Oman Police, Saudi Arabian National Guard and to the Security Aviation Command.

Mr Bill Horrocks, CEO of Aviation Australia said “this achievement was a result of the hard work and professionalism of the employees of Aviation Australia and especially the instructors.”

“In the last financial year, 41% of Aviation Australia’s revenue was made up from its export products.”

The Premier is quoted as congratulating the finalists for having achieved great success through innovation and determination to meet the changing needs of the global export market. The other finalists in the category were Sentis and Browns English Language School.


 

CC60 Graduate from Aviation Australia

 

Monday, 29 October 2012

Aviation Australia has started another group of young men and women on their way to having successful careers in the ever exciting, aviation industry. Seventeen young people from all over Australia are now qualified to pursue their dreams of becoming a flight attendant.


Founded by the Queensland State Government with the support of major aviation organisations and universities, Aviation Australia specialises in Flight Attendant, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and English Language training and is a training partner to over 60 airlines, aerospace companies, governments, defence forces and regulatory authorities around the world.


Aviation Australia is the ideal launching pad into the dynamic, global aviation industry and our training program has proved to be a huge success, with more than 410 of our graduates employed by 34 airlines around the world, and a number of airlines are recruiting flight attendants directly from this course.


In August of this year, Aviation Australia and Altara signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which they agreed to work together to address the increasing demand for flight attendants in the aviation industry. Altara is an aviation consulting, auditing, training and resources company with headquarters based in Melbourne. It has helped employ over 700 flight attendants for Jetstar, Tiger Airways and China Southern Airlines.


Both Aviation Australia and Altara are committed to serving the aviation industry, with particular emphasis on the training of aviation professionals and the provision and employment solutions. So we have no doubt that this latest group of students will be up in the air in no time at all.

 

 

 

 

 

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Qantas to spend $30m on Brisbane engineering base

Friday, 19 October 2012

Qantas will spend $30 million on expanding its heavy maintenance base in Brisbane as it prepares for an eventual consolidation of its aircraft engineering facilities in Australia from two to one.

The airline has previously flagged that it plans to eventually close a heavy maintenance base at Avalon Airport near Geelong in Victoria, and shift the work to its eight-year-old Brisbane facility.

Qantas's chief executive, Alan Joyce, said today that the airline's $30 million investment in the engineering base at Brisbane would involve expanding a hangar from one to three lines of maintenance. The work includes new aircraft docking systems, safety equipment and new hangar doors.

"Brisbane is the obvious candidate to become our one heavy maintenance site, given the purpose-built hangars and modern equipment," he told a business luncheon in Brisbane today.



To read more click here

 

 

 

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UAV Challenge 2012

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Aviation Australia was again a proud sponsor of the Unmanned Airborne Vehicle (UAV) challenge. Held in Kingaroy during the first week of October this year’s event was again a great success.

There were two challenges involved in this year’s UAV challenge; the Search and Rescue Challenge and the Airborne Delivery Challenge. The first of these involves developing a UAV that is capable of locating ‘Outback Joe’ (who is a strategically placed dummy) in the Australian outback and delivering unto him some much needed supplies.

The second challenge, the Airborne Delivery is open to students in Australian High schools. The goal is to deliver an emergency package again to ‘Outback Joe’. The students are required to develop an airborne delivery system to deliver such a package to a lost bushwalker – or in this case – Outback Joe.

Aviation Australia’s own Marc Parsons took part in the judging of the Airborne Delivery Challenge and Marc said he was amazed with the ingenuity of the participating students. One group succeeded in dropping a package within 12 cm of Outback Joe.

UAV’s are already used extensively within the defence forces but also can have many practical civilian uses and this year’s UAV Challenge saw government, industry and research organisation working together to highlight that potential. 

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RAAA chairman fires his final salvo at bureaucracy

 Monday, 15 October 2012

The who’s who of Australian aviation came together last week for the annual Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA) Convention.

Australian Aviation has this morning released an article outlining the speech given by outgoing Chairman of the RAAA, Michael Bridges at the convention. Mr Bridges has been chairman of the RAAA for the past seven years and in his speech he discusses what he refers to as the over regulation of commercial aviation. 

To read more, click here

 

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Queensland Aerospace: where to from here?

Friday, 28 September 2012 

The latest version of Aviation Business showcases a comprehensive feature (pages 14-21) about the record of government and industry working together in Queensland to develop a successful aerospace sector.

(Nancarrow, D, 2012. Queensland Aerospace: where to from here? Aviation Business Magazine, 28 September.)

To read more click here.

 

 

Aviation Australia and Hawker Pacific Celebrate Industry Milestone

Wedneday, 19 September 2012 

An important milestone has been reached this week with the Hawker Pacific aviation support facility in Cairns having offered employment to more than 50 graduates of aircraft trade apprentice training with Aviation Australia at the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre Campus (CASC).

Jason Burzacott, Vice President of Aircraft Product Support Services Australia for Hawker Pacific said, “Having the ready availability of locally trained aviation staff is a significant enabler for Hawker Pacific to be a world class provider of aircraft maintenance in an industry with such an acute skills shortage. Our ability to recruit and retain highly skilled staff is essential to meeting our current and future expansion plans for Hawker Pacific in Cairns.”

Mr Burzacott further commented that, “Hawker Pacific is a global company with facilities throughout the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions, and interestingly, the company’s highest number of aviation apprentices are located at the Hawker Pacific facility at Cairns, Australia.

“Hawker Pacific is extremely proud of the 70 additional head count numbers, including apprentices, that have been added into our Cairns Facility since the facility was built in 2006 and the contribution this makes to the local Cairns economy and to the aviation industry in general.

“We now have around 120 permanent staff, up from 52 when we moved in.  This could not have been possible without the significant contribution of trained apprentices from CASC (Cairns Aviation Skills Centre).”

The Honourable, Michael Trout MP, Member for Barron River, congratulated Hawker Pacific and Aviation Australia on this achievement and applauded both organisations on their significant contribution to creating job opportunities in Cairns.

“Aviation plays a huge part in the LNP’s forward vision for Queensland, and Cairns is at the forefront of bringing one of its election promises to fruition.

“We are very fortunate to have such a state of the art specialist training facility in the heart of Cairns producing aviation professionals of the highest calibre.

Member for Cairns, Gavin King said his eyes were opened to the remarkable work and economic contribution of both the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre and Hawker Pacific during a tour of both facilities earlier this year.

 

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CareFlight welcomes Aviation Australia partnership

Wedneday, 14 September 2012 

RACQ CareFlight Rescue has welcomed a partnership with Aviation Australia what will see the Queensland non-profit reimbursed for $15,000 per year worth of underwater escape training at Aviation Australia’s Brisbane Airport facility.

In addition, CareFlight said 50 Aviation Australia employees had donated another $15,000, bringing the total value of the partnership to $30,000.

“We rely largely on agreements of this nature to continue providing our world-class medical service to the communities of southern Queensland,” CareFlight’s Leanne Angel said. “CareFlight is thrilled to welcome Aviation Australia on board as a partner and we thank them for their pledge of ongoing support.”

CareFlight said its underwater escape courses train thousands of aviation, marine, defence and emergency services professionals each year, with revenues supporting the organisation’s aeromedical services.

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Aviation Australia and Altara Form Partnership to Address Increasing Demand for Flight Attendants 

Monday, 10 September 2012 

Aviation Australia and Altara recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which they agreed to work together to address the increasing demand for flight attendants in the aviation industry. The MoU signing took place on Friday 24th August 2012 after the Flight Attendant Graduation Ceremony for Cabin Crew class CC59. Altara is an aviation consulting, auditing, training and resources company with headquarters based in Melbourne. It has helped employ over 700 flight attendants for Jetstar, Tiger Airways and China Southern Airlines.

Both Aviation Australia and Altara are committed to serving the aviation industry, with particular emphasis on the training of aviation professionals and the provision and employment solutions. Altara has also committed to offering a perpetual award to outstanding students, the “Altara Cabin Crew Dedication Award”, as a result of this partnership. This award will be presented to the outstanding graduate of each Flight Attendant Training course. CC59 was the first graduating class where this award was presented and the recipient was Sun Mi Kwak, due to her outstanding overall performance and the portrayal of qualities which will allow her to excel as a flight attendant.

Mr Bill Horrocks, Chief Executive Officer of Aviation Australia said, “This is an exciting and motivating initiative between Aviation Australia and Altara. We understand the skills shortage issue the industry is facing and we are pleased to launch this partnership with Altara to meet the industry’s needs in providing human resource solutions.” He continued, “We see this as a boost to our current Flight Attendant Training course. The partnership with Altara enhances the promise of us delivering excellent aviation training and now, with this award, it also motivates and encourages students to go that extra mile.”

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Aviation Australia at AYAA Brisbane Aerospace Seminar

Thursday, 27 August 2012 

Australian Youth Aerospace Association (AYAA) hosted the Brisbane Aerospace Seminar in the evening of 22 August at the University of Queensland. It was a seminar targeted towards university students from Queensland’s leading aerospace universities who would like to gain insights and out-of-text-book knowledge from key industry leaders in Australia. The seminar was held in an environment that encouraged networking opportunities and discussions between industry experts and students.

Featured speakers of the evening were Boeing, Brisbane Airport Corporation, The Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA), Raytheon, Aerospace Concepts and Aviation Australia. A broad spectrum of topics was discussed at the seminar, ranging from aerospace history to research, from technologies to career pathways.

Colin Jameson, Aviation Australia Manager of Strategy and Business Development, who attended the seminar as a speaker said, “Aviation Australia is pleased to support initiatives such as this by young talent in the aviation and aerospace industries. These are a group of energetic young adults who share the same passion and are keen to learn. Aviation Australia is pleased to have been provided this opportunity to speak at the seminar as we are always keen to promote Aviation Education and the industry in general.

AYAA is a non-profit organisation aimed at providing high school and university students with exposure in the aerospace industry. It is an Australian wide organisation with involvement in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland and managed by mostly undergraduate students undertaking a degree relating to space or aeronautics.  

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Aviation Careers Expo 2012 records highest visitors and exhibitors ever

Thursday, 26 August 2012 

The 2012 Aviation Careers Expo, Australia’s largest and only aviation-dedicated careers expo was held last Saturday (25 August) and attracted a record number of visitors and exhibitors in its 12th year. The six-hour event had in excess of 3,000 visitors and more than 25 exhibitors from broad areas of expertise, such as Chopperline Flight Training, Defence Force Recruiting, CAE Oxford Training Academy, Swinburne University of Technology and Qantas Engineering.

The event was free and open to the public, with a focus for individuals who are interested in an aviation career.  The event provided an excellent opportunity to meet with potential employers and aviation training organisations to seek advice on potential career paths. There were also many fun activities available to visitors regardless of age throughout the day. 

Apart from competitions and draws for visitors to win great prizes, for the first time ever, one of the Sponsors, Chopperline was offering Scenic and Trial Introductory Flights at discounted rates. Back by popular demand from previous years, the Seminar Program was highly popular with attendees and exhibitors, with speakers providing insights on topics such as Aviation Careers Pathways, Women in Aviation, Unmanned Aerial Systems and Project ResQu. Speakers who participated in the Seminar Program, to name a few, were, Griffith University, Airservices Australia, ARCAA/QUT and CAE Oxford Aviation Academy. 

Visitors were also treated to an array of aircraft from different eras in the static aircraft display area. One of the highlights which proved to be most popular throughout the day was the opportunity to get up close and personal in the cockpit of the Fokker F28 on display in the exhibition hall. Visitors were also given the opportunity to have their photos taken for free in the pilot seat by the official event photographers. In addition, the free flight simulator provided by GeoSim Technologies attracted a high number of visitors, with many budding aviatiors keen to try their hand at flying.

Guided tours were available on the day to provide visitors an opportunity to have a look behind the scenes of Queensland’s aviation training facilities. The Australian Air League cadets also added some more fun to the event by presenting hourly ceremonial drill and flag presentation. 

“Aviation Careers Expo 2012 was a tremendous success and was definitely a fun day out for everyone. We received many positive comments about this year’s event from both visitors and exhibitors. We certainly look forward to the next Expo and hope to deliver an even better experience for all our visitors next year,” said Mr Bill Horrocks, Chief Executive Officer of Aviation Australia.

Preparations for the 2013 Aviation Careers Expo are now underway and the organisers will be contacting potential exhibitors soon to lock in their plans for what has become a key event on the aviation calendar.

  

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Don't Miss out - Aviation Careers Expo!    Saturday, August 25

Thursday, 2 August 2012 

Aviation Careers Expo 2012, the nation’s largest and only dedicated aviation careers expo returns this year on 25 August (Saturday) from 10am to 4pm. Aviation Australia is proud to host this major event on the aviation industry calendar at its state-of-the-art facilities within Brisbane International Airport precinct. With exciting and innovative event highlights, this year’s Expo looks set to provide visitors a ‘real aviation experience’.

Now in its 12th year, the Aviation Careers Expo continues to fly to greater heights with more than 20 confirmed exhibitors to date. On top of that, there are several key industry players that are supporting the event as Platinum sponsors such as Oxford Academy of Aviation, Swinburne University of Technology and Chopperline Flight Training. Event exhibitors also include Daedalus Aviation, Airservices Australia, Sky Education Australia and Griffith University. With some of the industry’s biggest names coming together under one roof, visitors are guaranteed a unique and engaging opportunity to explore careers in aviation and aerospace.    

Highlights of the Aviation Careers Expo include a chance to get up close and personal with aircraft at the Static Aircraft Display. Visitors also have the opportunity to experience being an aviator by riding on a free flight simulator sponsored by Geosim Technologies.  

On this informative and fun-filled day, the Seminar Program offers visitors free interactive sessions with industry experts who are ready to shed light on possible careers paths. Organised Aviation Australia tours are also available for those who are interested to have a look behind the scenes of Queensland’s state-of-the-art aviation training facilities.

For more information, visit www.aviationcareersexpo.aero.

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Aviation Careers Expo 2012

 

Minister Saxon Rice and Councillor Angela Owen-Taylor Celebrated SANG Students' Graduation

Friday, 27 July 2012

Queensland Government Assistant Minister for Technical and Further Education, Saxon Rice recently visited Aviation Australia for the Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG) students' graduation. It was the first visit since her newly appointed role and portfolio.

At the ceremony, Minister Rice presented certification of graduation to a group of 15 students who had completed a 12-month Avionics Aeroskills training program in Aviation Australia's Brisbane campus since July 2011. 

Councillor Angela Owen-Taylor, Deputy to the Lord Mayor on International Relations and Multicultural Affairs also participated in the graduation ceremony awarding prizes to students. 

Councillor Angela Owen-Taylor said, “Brisbane City Council is proud to support the international connections between Aviation Australia and the Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG), and the other international relationships Aviation Australia has built.”

“Brisbane’s Sister City of Abu Dhabi also has links with Australian Aviation through other programs with Etihad Airways,” she continued.

“The SANG training program is an ongoing initiative and a joint effort between Aviation Australia and Specialised Training Australia (STA) to provide high quality and internationally recognised aviation training to the foreign market, as well as to foster diplomatic relationships amongst the two nations,” said Mr Bill Horrocks, CEO of Aviation Australia. 

This program is in partnership with STA to train and skill 204 SANG students continuously until 2014. Mr Horrocks said, “It has been a very successful training program so far and this is the second group of students that graduated here since 2011.”

Apart from Minister Rice and Councillor Angela Owen-Taylor, the SANG students’ milestone was celebrated in the presence of His Excellency Hassan Talat Nazer (Ambassador for the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Australia), Lieutenant Colonel Omar Fahd Al-Husan (SANG Aviation Program Officer), and representatives of both STA and Aviation Australia staff. 

 

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Brisbane Airport hosts Contemporary Art Festival

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

From 24 August to 2 September, Airport Village will be home to an inaugural event on the Brisbane events calendar - Art with Altitude festival. Vibrant public art installations, QTC theatre performance, children's art workshops and live music will be available here for ten consecutive days. Visitors will be able to enjoy these exciting events free of charge. 

Art with Altitude is an initiative by Brisbane Airport Corporate (BAC) to complement its current extensive public art collection at Brisbane Airport and it is also as an extension of BAC's commitment to public art. It is a platform for the community to experience the best of contemporary art, support emerging artists and foster creativity in Brisbane. 

The festival will showcase art pieces themed 'Land to Sky and Beyond' from a range of talented local, regional and Indigenous artists. This event will be produced by the renowned Urban Art Projects (UAP), curated by Megan Cope and co-curated by Natasha Smith, an Indigenous artist. 

"Prepare to embark on a journey of the sense with playful and interactive sculptural, lighting and kinetic installtions," said Ms Cope. 

Airport Village is situated at Brisbane's north side, just off Airport Drive, Brisbane Airport. The village also has an existing public art and green spaces, retail and dining option for visitors to explore. 

Should you require further information, please visit artwithaltitude.com.au or contact Leonie Vandeven, Media Manager, BAC at 0401 696 638.

As part of the airport community, Aviation Australia supports and promotes BAC's dedicated efforts and commitment in advocating public art. 

 

 

 

 

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Australian Youth Aerospace Forum in Brisbane

Thursday, 5 July 2012 

Aviation Australia was proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the Australian Youth Aerospace Forum which was held from the 25th to 29th June this year. THis forum was a platform that provided senior high school students the opportunity to investigate careers and pathways in the aerospace industry.

The forum was designed to showcase the various university and industry opportunities available to students upon completion of secondary school. Participating students listened and learned from some of the most respected and renowned aerospace professionals in Australia, such as speakers and representatives from Boeing, Raytheon, Defence Force, Griffith University and Aerospace Concepts.

The main forum activities were held at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology and the students also toured some local aerospace facilities as part of their learning journey, including a visit to Aviation Australia's state-of-the-art facilities on the 28th of June.

 

 

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Mentoring the future of Australian Aviation

Monday, 2 July 2012

On 18 to 22 June, two of the Aviation Australia subject matter experts joined Aviation High Business Week as mentors, offering business knowledge, encouragement and moral support to five teams of Year 11 students. Aviation High Business Week is an intensive five-day learning program that allows students to learn about the business of aviation by running their own airline through a computer business simulation program called Simulate.

Students worked within a team environment, which allowed them to experience both individual and team dynamics. And the mentors were present to help students to breakdown the program into manageable tasks and guide them through the assigned tasks where necessary.

Marc Parsons, one of the mentors from Aviation Australia of this learning experience commented, “I was working with a team of 15 students at Aviation High. They have demonstrated exceptional organisational skills and high-level of cooperation within the team.” Marc was the mentor for the team named Alpha Infinite Airlines.

 “I think this is an excellent program that allows students to learn more about the aviation business in a practical way. Students responded positively with attitude to excel and through this practice, we could definitely spot some promising future leaders in this business”, Dylin Dreyer said, another mentor from Aviation Australia who guided the team True Blue at Aviation High.

Team True Blue also scored highest marks and became the winner of the final oral presentation and TV commercial aspects at the end of this program. 

Aviation Australia is proud to join other key industry partners such as Virgin Australia and Raytheon at the Aviation High Business Week to mentor the future of Australian aviation.

 

Aviation Australia Cycles for a Good Cause

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Well done and congratulations to the Aviation Australia team who successfully participated in this year’s MS Brissie to the Bay bike ride on Sunday, 24th June.

The team was made up of 27 enthusiastic riders from Aviation Australia and QMI Solutions. In the lead up to the big day, the staff, students and community rallied together to raise an astounding $11,500 to help the fight against multiple sclerosis (MS). The team proudly placed 11th overall, with the event raising close to $812,000 in total.

A round of applause must also go to those that helped us across the finish line, the Aviation Australia team Sponsors, QMI Solutions and Glyder Dynamic Wear.

Another achievement highlight of this event is Samantha Monroe, one of Aviation Australia’s representing riders who raised an incredible $3,200 with a touching personal inspiration. Click here to read more about her drive behind this success.

The MS Brissie to the Bay bike ride has been part of the Brisbane cycling scene for over 20 years and is loved for its fun and friendly atmosphere. It was certainly a fun day for everyone, with the team of riders ranging from 17 to 60 years. There were four great courses to choose from:  the family friendly 10km around the Brisbane Riverside, the scenic 25km ride to Balmoral, the classic 50km to Wynnum and the challenging 100km course out to Wellington Point!

Thank you to all of those who supported the team, your generous donations have gone a long way to make a difference for a worthy cause!  

  

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Aviation Australia and Hawker Pacific Enter Significant Training Partnership

Source: Aerospace & Defense News, 12 June 

Aviation Australia and Hawker Pacific have today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a specialised training program at Cairns Queensland Australia intended to provide advanced practical expertise to Aviation Maintenance Engineering (AME) students graduating from Aviation Australia’s International Training Diploma program. The signing took place at the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre with the Member for Barron River the Honourable Michael Trout MP in attendance. The students, who have been undertaking training at the Aviation Australia Brisbane campus, will relocate to Cairns following 2 years of theoretical instruction, for an intensive 10 week program of practical experience with Hawker Pacific, facilitating the application of their newly acquired skills and knowledge at the world class Hawker Pacific maintenance facility at Cairns.

Aviation Australia as the training provider at the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre has agreed to manage up to 20 AMEs in training at a time and facilitate their placement with Hawker Pacific for 10 week blocks for the purpose of gaining valuable experience within a real life specialist aircraft maintenance facility with a staff of over 110 people. The Cairns Aviation Skills Centre located adjacent to the Hawker Pacific Facility at Cairns is a local industry owned facility that provides all aspects of aviation training to North Queensland, Northern Territory and PNG based aviation communities.

“This is an exciting and ground breaking program for Cairns, Aviation Australia and Hawker Pacific, in being able to provide AME students with a tailored training solution through access to a world class working facility with a focus on practical training outcomes,” said Chris Pigott, the Business Manager of the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre, who will be overseeing the program on behalf of Aviation Australia. “We expect this to be a very popular program for Aviation Australia which, on top of the world class training, will provide a significant boost to the Cairns economy with up to 20 international students undertaking the program at any time. Aviation Australia’s International Diploma program is a great example of Australian expertise being exported globally and I see this program growing in the future as this enhancement to the training is marketed globally”, he said.

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We open our doors!

Friday, 8 June 

On Wednesday, 20th June, Aviation Australia opens its doors and welcomes you behind the scenes for our Friends and Family Open Night.

The event is dedicated to those associated with our current engineering students studying within the Technical Training Centre.

We invite you to join us for an evening, and see for yourself why we are the industry leaders in Aviation Training.

The occasion will include a guided tour of our world-class training facilities, the chance to meet our dedicated team of instructors and staff, as well as a presentation to answer all of your questions.

To attend this event, please email events@aviationaustralia.aero, or call (07) 3860 1064. Please RSVP by Monday 18th June, to confirm your attendance. 

 

Date:    Wednesday, 20 June

Time:   6pm – 8pm

Address:Aviation Australia, Technical Training Centre

25 Boronia Road

Brisbane International Airport 

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Aviation Australia adds assets to cater for growth

Source: Aviation Business Asia Pacific, May/ June 2012

While much of the local training market is in the doldrums, because of the high Australian dollar and the emergence of off-shore competition, Aviation Australia says its international student market remain strong.

An initiative of the Queensland Government, Aviation Australia has put more than 2000 local maintenance engineers and cabin crew attendants into the workplace in the 10 years of its existence; alongside those fee-paying international students, both business to business and self-sponsored.

Now the organisation is investing in equipment, facilities and human resources to underpin further growth and to align itself more precisely with the new CASA licensing regulations.

In June last year CASA dictated a shift from a knowledge-based licensing environment to a competency-based regime, motivating Aviation Australia to align its resources to enable it to expand its competency-based qualification outcomes in an authentic environment.

‘We recently purchased a King Air C90 through Hawker Pacific and we will keep that as an operational aircraft,” says CEO Bill Horrocks. “We will put it on the Australian register and we will use it to do our competency assessments and on the job training for our students, even though it may not actually fly.”

“This is an example of how we use any profit at Aviation Australia makes, by reinvesting in training equipment. That’s what is expected of us, from a dividend point of view, investment to train and skill individuals to support the aviation industry.”

The equipment stores were also recently enhanced by the donation by Qantas of an RB211 engine off a B747, which Bill Horrocks describes as ‘Qantas’ way of investing in the industry training system through us.

Aviation Australia currently has around 470 students under training – and about half of those are international students. But the organisation is also now taking apprentices from the Northern Territory.

“We’re picking up apprentices for block release,” Horrocks says. “These are working apprentices who needs to be released to conduct off the job training. They are being released to us at our Cairns campus. A number of training organisations around Australia use our courses, but this is a first for us in terms of apprentices being block released across to us for training from the Northern Territory.”

Bill Horrocks hints at more success in the international market to announce over the coming months. 

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Cairns Aviation Skills Centre (CASC) 

Source: Cairns Post, May 19 2012

The aviation industry in Cairns is the back bone of the Cairns economy and currently directly employs 6,300 people with another 23,200 aviation dependant jobs in the region.

This represents about 22% of the regions employed workforce and about 21% of economic activity in the region.

The western side of the Cairns airport delivers a diverse range of services including maintenance repair organisations ,engine and propeller overhaul and repair, fixed and rotary wing regular public transport, charter and tourism services, aeromedical services, police air wing , private aircraft owners, Royal Flying Doctor Service, fuel supplies, fire fighting, mail delivery services for the Cape, coastal surveillance, aircraft detailing ,weather services, corporate jet handling, Customs, domestic and international  freight, aircraft brokering, pilot training, engineering training and cabin crew training.

Cairns being at the gateway to the Asia Pacific Region also brings millions of dollars of off shore maintenance work each year to the region and in fact some maintenance organisations currently conduct over 60% of their total work load each year on foreign registered aircraft that have been flown to the region for specialised engineering maintenance.

To support the continued growth of the aviation companies in Cairns aviation training was established and is conducted at the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre (CASC).

The Cairns Aviation Skills Centre was established by local industry leaders and was assisted by Federal and State Government grants. The Cairns Aviation Skills Centre once established contracted Aviation Australia to deliver aviation training and has for the past 9 years delivered Avionics and Mechanical apprentice training along with all other aviation related training including most recently Cabin Crew.

Today more than 267 aircraft apprentices have graduated from the facility and are mostly engaged in local employment.

 

 

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A head start to a career in aviation

Source: The Sunshine Coast Daily, 26 May 2012

Tahnee and Amy Sievers' flight attendant careers are off to a flying start.

The Pelican Waters sisters completed a full-time eight-week course and were among the first in Australia to train with newly upgraded fully simulated aircraft cabin trainers. The latest technology incorporates simulated fires with smoke, hydraulic doors, and deployable oxygen masks for de-compression training.

It is remote controlled and operated from an instructor station fitted with 14 video and infrared cameras for safety and recording of all training.

Tahnee and Amy graduated yesterday from their Certificate II in Aviation (Flight Operations) at Aviation Australia in Brisbane.

"I wanted a career in aviation as it would give me a good career, a good lifestyle and an opportunity to travel," Amy said.

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We are coming to Melbourne!

22 May 2012

For the first time, Aviation Australia will be taking part in the Herald Sun Melbourne Career Expo, Victoria’s premier education, training and employment exhibition.  

With a particular focus on our Flight Attendant Training Program, this is the perfect opportunity for guests to talk to our knowledgeable staff and find out how you can join the glamorous life of a Flight Attendant. 

The event will take place from 27th – 29th July at the Melbourne Convention Centre. See us at stand #187.

Aviation Australia has trained over 830 students in the Certificate II in Aviation (Flight Operations) since 2006 and their graduates boast working for some of the top airlines around the world including Virgin Australia, Etihad Airways, Qantas and Emirates Airlines.

 

Aviation Australia’s Examination System

14 May 2012

The Australian and European air safety regulatory bodies, CASA and EASA recently completed reviews of Aviation Australia’s assessment procedures and examination database.

Aviation Australia supported these reviews and provided the regulators with full access to relevant information. Aviation Australia was not under any formal direction and nor was there any regulatory action required.

At the conclusion of the reviews CASA and EASA stated that Aviation Australia satisfies their requirements for assessments and examinations.

The integrity of student exams is central to the business of Aviation Australia. Reflecting this fact, close management of the company’s exam database and procedures has the highest priority. This included the introduction in early 2011 of increased exam security measures and independent qualified exam supervisors.  

Aviation Australia is committed to providing professional and quality training to all of its students and customers. These are essential ingredients to Aviation Australia being the leader in delivering excellence in aviation training.

 

Success for Aviation Australia’s first Part-Time Flight Operations course

9 May 2012

Soaring on the success of Aviation Australia’s full-time Flight Operations Certificate II course, six students graduated recently from the company’s inaugural part-time course. The recent graduation was the culmination of the students training over 12 weeks where they learnt all of the necessary skills and theory to be employed as flight attendants with airlines either in Australia or overseas.

The part-time course is a recent innovation at Aviation Australia, which offers students who cannot attend full time training the opportunity to prepare for their dream  job as a flight attendant. 

Since Aviation Australia’s inception of Flight Attendant Training in 2006, the company’s full-time Flight Operations course has prepared more than 780 graduates for employment with 34 airlines worldwide.

Aviation Australia is dedicated to delivering professional and high quality training and skills to assist students gaining employment within the aviation industry.   The company’s training philosophy ensures graduating students are well prepared for their new and exciting careers whether it be as a flight attendant or as an aircraft maintenance engineer.

Madilyn Fletcher, a successful graduate from the part-time course, said ‘I decided to pursue a career in aviation to travel the world and meet new people’, Almost immediately after graduation, Madilyn, along with her fellow students Natasha Dodds and Lisa-Jane McLean, were interviewed by Tiger Airlines, Jetstar and Qantas. 

Aviation Australia’s part time course consists of 6 hours of theory and practical tuition each week over a 12 week period.   Students complete 15 modules, including aviation medicine, emergency evacuation procedures, airline employment and aviation security.

Laurence Beraldo, Business Manager for Flight Safety Training Services commented that ‘running part-time classes allows our students to pursue their dream job whilst balancing the demands of other commitments such as work, family, and study.

He also said, ‘the combination of classroom based theory, online examinations and practical training within our state of the art training facilities gives our graduates a distinctive advantage when they seek employment with airlines worldwide.’

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Aviation Australia graduates to join Etihad

Eight graduates from Aviation Australia will shortly join Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi.

The graduates from Australia’s leading aviation training organisation will spend the next two years in the UAE capital deepening their technical knowledge of aircraft maintenance systems.

Aviation Australia is the only training organisation in Australia that provides students with engineering qualifications recognised by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the European Aviation Safety Agency, and the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority.

This is the third time Etihad Airways has hired technical graduates through Aviation Australia, and brings to 22 the number of Queensland graduates brought to Abu Dhabi.

The graduates will complete their aircraft maintenance certification, acquiring aircraft maintenance licenses, which will help them to eventually become fully licensed aircraft engineers.

On completion, the graduates will become part of Etihad Airways’ team of aircraft engineers, and work at the airline’s maintenance hub in Abu Dhabi, or at one of the airline’s six line maintenance outstations in Sydney, Mumbai, Dublin, Lahore, London-Heathrow and Manchester.

Etihad Airways Vice President for Maintenance, Jeff Wilkinson, said: “The relationship between Queensland and Abu Dhabi has been made even stronger with these latest graduates coming to complete their development at our world class facilities in Abu Dhabi.

“Australia is a hugely important for Etihad Airways. We have made enormous investment in the local market flying beween Abu Dhabi and Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane 21 times a week, with an additional three flights a week between Abu Dhabi and Sydney operated by our partner Virgin Australia.”

“Aviation Australia is one of the world's most comprehensively resourced training centres, and has been established to support the development and growth of both the Australian and international markets. Aviation Australia currently offers courses for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Flight Attendants and English Language Training in our Queensland campuses.”

http://www.aviationbusiness.com.au/news/aviation-australia-graduates-to-join-etihad

 

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ABC 612 Radio visits our Cabin Crew Training facilities

November 17, 2011

Scott Rollinson from ABC 612 Radio recently visited our Cabin Crew training facilties and observed our Cabin Crew students in action.  Check out the link below to the story which went live on the 17 November.

http://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2011/11/17/3369540.htm?site=brisbane

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Aviation Australia celebrates 10 years

October 4, 2011

Today, Aviation Australia has celebrated 10 years since its inception in 2001.  The celebration was hosted at Aviation Australia’s Flight Safety Training facilities at Brisbane Airport amongst staff and special guests; Anna Bligh, Premier, and Minister for Reconstruction; The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe, Minister for Employment, Skills and Mining - Department of Education and Training and Aviation Australia’s Board of Directors.

Aviation Australia was initially set up by the Queensland Government in 2001, to train aeroskills apprentices.  Today, Aviation Australia specialises in Aircraft Maintenance Training; Cabin Crew and English Language Training in its Queensland campuses, and is a training partner to over 60 airlines and aerospace companies, governments, defence forces and regulatory authorities around the world.

Aviation Australia is also the only training organisation in Australia that provides Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) basic courses (EASA credits are transferable internationally). Aviation Australia’s training programs comprehensively cover every subject required under the CASA 100.66 and EASA basic requirements.  

Mr Bill Horrock’s, Aviation Australia’s CEO says “We are very proud of our achievements and today we are able to acknowledge these achievements and recognise our staff and Board of Directors for their contribution and hard work over the past 10 years.”

“Aviation Australia facilities are very different to what they were in the beginning.  We started with one office housing 21 staff, with temporary training facilities located off site to today, housing over 100 staff and up to 400 students at any one time.  We are now one of the world’s most comprehensively resourced aviation training centres, with our main campus located at Brisbane Airport and another campus located in Cairns.   We have a world class training facility which has been established to support the development and growth of aviation and aerospace industries in both the Australian and international markets.”  says Mr Horrocks. 

 

Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG) students graduate

AVIATION AUSTRALIA GRADUATES TAKE TO THE SKY

September 16, 2011

Aviation Australia’s reputation as a training centre for aviation training excellence strengthened this week, with the graduation of its first group of Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG) students on Tuesday 13th September. The group of 17 students have been based at Aviation Australia’s Brisbane campus since May 2010, and have successfully completed the theoretical components of the Certificate IV in Aeroskills program. The program included English language training and upon completion of this component, the students commenced their 12 month technical training.

Once the students return to Saudi Arabia, they will continue to work towards the completion of their Certificate IV in Aeroskills. They will be required to complete practical training components of the Certificate IV, under supervision of qualified personnel.

Aviation Australia has partnered with Specialised Training Australia (STA), to deliver this program to 204 SANG students and will continue delivering this training until 2014. Mr Bill Horrocks, CEO Aviation Australia says “This is the first group of students to graduate as part of this overall program. This program has been very successful with all students meeting the full requirements within their relevant trades.”

 

Aviation Australia Launches PART 66 Roadshow

August 26, 2011

On the 27th of June 2011 CASA released new Australian maintenance regulations and subsequently issued all Australian AME licence holders with a Part 66 licence.

Many of these licenses reflect "exclusions" which limit the privileges of the licence holder against the full category of licence.

To assist AME's through these new regulations, Aviation Australia will be holding nationwide information sessions on training and career pathways for Part 66 AME licensing.

In these forums attendees will have the opportunity to determine how the training towards licensing process works and learn about the broad range of flexible training options available to lift exclusions, gain additional endorsements and ratings plus how initial licensing may be achieved.

For more details please click here.

 



 
 
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