Take to the Skies with a Diploma of Aviation

Take to the Skies with a Diploma of Aviation

Dec 31, 2021, 8:10:34 AM Business

Have you always dreamed of being paid to fly a plane? Whether you’re charting passengers from one side of the world to the other or delivering important cargo to a remote destination, earning money while doing what you love doesn’t have to be a far off fantasy. By obtaining a Diploma of Aviation, you will be well prepared to tackle anything the sky throws at you.


If you have any interest in flying professionally, you probably know about the Commercial Pilot’s Licence — the qualification that CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) requires to conduct private and commercial air operations. A Diploma of Aviation, offered by many top flight schools around the country, takes this one step further with additional subjects and training exercises designed to teach you everything you know to safely take to the skies.


What is a Diploma of Aviation?


A Diploma of Aviation is a type of qualification offered by many flight schools. The exact contents of the course will depend on the specific flight school you are attending. However, generally speaking, a Diploma will cover all of the content required to pass your Commercial Pilot Licence, plus added material to ensure you are well prepared to apply your skills in the real world.


There is a big difference between simply learning how to fly and being confident that your qualification has prepared you to explore and succeed professionally. A well-organised and comprehensive Diploma of Aviation will open up many avenues that you had previously not even considered. 


What will I learn?


Don’t be fooled by the name, a Diploma is a comprehensive course that is designed to take you from complete beginner to experienced and confident professional pilot. 


Let’s assume that you’re undertaking a Diploma as a novice. By the end of the course, you will understand every single aspect of flying a commercial plane. This includes flight planning, how to safely and accurately operate an aircraft, operational decision making, navigation techniques, and managing a busy airspace. 


A Diploma will contain both theoretical and practical units, as is required for someone to obtain their Commercial Pilot Licence. It will provide you with the opportunity to log your 150 hours of flying and prepare you well for the 7 theory exams you must pass.


Diploma of Aviation vs. Commercial Pilot Licence


Many people wonder, what’s the difference between obtaining a Diploma of Aviation and a Commercial Pilot’s Licence?


To start with, in most cases a Diploma program follows CASA’s (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) Commercial Pilot Licence syllabus. Obtaining a Diploma will therefore enable you to achieve your dream of being paid to fly — what more could you want?!


In comparing the two, you will probably notice that a Diploma takes longer and may come at a higher cost. There is a reason for this. Typically, a Diploma is designed to take someone from complete novice to qualified, experienced pilot. A Commercial Pilot’s Licence program, on the other hand, often asks that you hold either a Private Pilot Licence or Recreational Pilot Licence as a prerequisite. This assumed knowledge base means that the course does not need to cover rudimentary materials.


While a Diploma of Aviation may be more expensive, it can actually be a far more cost-effective option for complete beginners.


A Diploma of Aviation may also have a focus on providing students with broad ranging skills that can be applied in numerous different environments. Obtaining your Commercial Pilot’s Licence doesn’t limit you to just flying commercial planes. In reality, there are an array of different positions that demand the skills and experience you possess, including agricultural piloting and freight travel. 


Picking a flight school


With a number of different flight schools in Australia offering a Diploma of Aviation, what should you look for when making your decision? 


Well, to start with, make sure that the program you choose is structured according to CASA’s Commercial Pilot License syllabus. The last thing you want is to invest all this money and time to find that you haven’t learnt the theory or skills required to be a commercial pilot.


You should also look for a school that is sizable enough to provide you with plenty of flying opportunities. Ideally, the school will have a number of different modern planes at their disposal, state-of-the-art facilities and passionate, experienced instructors.


Undertaking a Diploma of Aviation is a significant journey, one that will see you achieve your dream of being paid to fly planes for a living. We can guarantee it will be well worth the time and effort. After all, what could be better than an office amongst the clouds?

Published by Kevin Lashley

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