Aeropower Flight School

Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Helicopter)

Aeropower Flight School

Course details

CRICOS course code: 0101247

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational


The Commercial Pilots Licence is a 33 week course (with up to 4 weeks holiday) combining ground theory instruction, self study, classroom briefings and airborne instruction. It is conducted from Aeropower’s facilities at Redcliffe Aerodrome and utilises surrounding training areas and airspace. The goal of the course is to prepare students with the skills, attitudes and behaviours required to be a successful, safe and professional commercial helicopter pilot.

During the course several theory and flight examinations required by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducted culminating in a Commercial Pilot Flight Test by an Approved Testing Officer. These are the major assessment milestones of the course.

  • Theory Subjects
  • Helicopter Aerodynamics
  • Helicopter Engines Systems and Instruments
  • Helicopter Performance Operations and Planning
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Flight Rules
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Flight Sequences

Career Paths

At the completion of the course and successful attainment of required competencies you will be awarded a Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence. Armed with this licence you can then progress to a world of opportunities!!

  • Tourist Operations
  • Charter
  • Cattle Mustering
  • Logging
  • Medical Transfers
  • Search and Rescue
  • Law Enforcement
  • Film and Television
  • Agricultural Spraying
  • Executive Transfer
  • Survey
  • Animal Control
  • Aerial Photography
  • Energy Exploration
  • Surveillance
  • Training
  • Off-shore Oil Rigs
  • Tuna Spotting
  • Antarctic Research
  • Marine Pilot Transfers
  • Construction
  • Border Security
  • Heli-fishing / Heli-skiing
  • Powerline Maintenance
  • Pipeline Inspection
  • Military

Course Pathways and Official Arrangement with Other Providers

There are several courses that you can add to the basic Commercial Pilot Course. These provide additional skill sets that are used in the industry and may increase your the range of operations that you can be employed in. These are not included in the standard 33 week course.

  • Sling Endorsement / External Load
  • Low Level Approval
  • Robinson R44 Training
  • Turbine Endorsement
  • Night Flying Rating
  • Helicopter Underwater Escape Training

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): Please contact the provider
Duration: 33 weeks
Study mode: Full time

Aeropower Flight School

Hangar 32, Redcliffe Aerodrome
Nathan Road Brisbane Queensland 4022

Entry criteria

Minimum age of 18.

Our course is conducted in English and requires a minimum proficiency in the English language. Prior to enrolment you will need to provide:

  • Proof of completing an approved English course OR
  • a score of 5.5 or higher in an officially recognised English Proficiency Test (IELTS)

Minimum Physical Requirements

You will need to have a medical examination by a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner. Contact the Australian embassy to see if there is an approved Doctor in your country. If this is not possible, we recommend that you have a medical examination that includes an ECG, eyesight, hearing and general health check in your country prior to applying for your Visa.


Aeropower Flight School
Hangar 32, Redcliffe Aerodrome
Nathan Road Brisbane Queensland 4022