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Academy news

Catch up on the latest Academy news.


A flying start

On Friday 3 May the Qantas Group Pilot Academy held its 26th graduation ceremony, recognising the next generation of pilots getting their wings. Making the evening even more special, three Pilot Academy Scholarship winners, Isabelle Wright, Allegra Taylor and Jasmine Kovacs, were among our latest group to graduate. 

Last year we announced that we would provide 50 scholarships to female and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to help them get their careers off to a flying start at our Pilot Academy. Isabelle, Allegra and Jasmine are the first aspiring pilots to graduate through our scholarship program. 

To top off the evening, two of our graduates were also recognised further with Isabelle named Dux of the Course and Jasmine awarded the Qantas Award for inclusive leadership, academic achievement, and exceptional flight standards. Congratulations to all the graduates!

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Pilot Academy Scholarship recipient graduates



Academy supports International Women's Day by inspiring the next generation

In celebration of International Women's Day on 8 March 2021, the Qantas Group Pilot Academy opened their doors to the next generation of women in aviation, to encourage girls to get involved in the industry.

The event, in collaboration with the Aerospace Gateway to Industry Schools Project (AGISP) and the Royal Aeronautical Society’s STEM outreach program Cool Aeronautics, brought female students from Years 7 to 10 across south-east Queensland and provided them with a sense of what they could achieve in the aviation industry first-hand, and visualise themselves in the variety of roles that are available to them.

Female speakers and industries presented to the students included Air Traffic Control, Aeronautical and aircraft engineering along with flight instructing and airline pilots.

Qantas Airways' Captain Lisa Norman – B787 Fleet Manager, provided an inspirational talk to highlight her own achievements and what each of the next generation of young female aerospace professionals could achieve. The students who attended enjoyed the day and the Qantas Group Pilot Academy looks forward to encouraging and supporting more females into the industry.

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Second course graduates

Qantas Group Pilot Academy Opening Day - 29 January 2020


First group of students achieve their Commercial Pilots Licence

A major milestone was achieved with the first Qantas Group Pilot Academy students successfully completing their AVI50219 Diploma in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence Aeroplane). 

These students are now studying for their AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating). During this more complex phase of training, they'll fly the Academy’s DA42 aircraft, and will be exposed to multi engine operations flying under instrument conditions.


Jet Fixed Training Device

The Academy is proud to announce the arrival and installation of its Jet Fixed Training Device. This device will be used during the Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) phase of the AVI 60219 Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Pilot in Command).

The training is delivered in the ALSIM ALX-97 Fixed Training Device. Students will fly 24 hours in the device, broken down as 12 hours Pilot Flying (PF) and 12 hours Pilot Monitoring (PM).


Students visit Brisbane Base

On Saturday 22 August, the first group of students visited the Brisbane Base as part of the Qantas Group Future Pilot Program (QFPP), an experience they'll never forget.

They were able to meet with various Pilot mentors and staff, and Airservices Australia, and listened to guest speakers, including Captain David Evans (A380 Training and Check Captain on flight QF32) who spoke of his own experience and wisdom in the industry.

The highlight for many of the students was being up close to a B787 and Q400 including sitting in the flight deck. Further visits are planned for students of the Academy as a component of QFPP.


Aerospace Gateway to Industry Schools Forum for Secondary School Teachers and Guidance Counsellors

In collaboration with Aerospace Gateway to Industry schools project, we welcomed secondary school teachers and guidance counsellors from around south-east Queensland to a forum focused on supporting the next generation of aviation professionals.

Hosted on Friday 18 September, 26 teachers and counsellors met at the Academy to discuss aviation careers beyond the flight deck, including various career pathways, as well as the industry outlook. Attendees engaged with students, toured the facilities and spoke with various industry representatives with an aim to support and encourage students who are interested in a career in aviation. 

Aviation High students visit the Academy

More than twenty Year 12 students from Brisbane’s Aviation High travelled to the Academy for a day that many described as “one they will never forget.” Many of the students are currently enrolled or participating in various aviation subjects as part of their secondary school studies.

Throughout the day students learnt about the various opportunities available at the Academy, and listened to first-hand accounts of student life from current students. Students toured the Academy, various industry representatives were available to discuss career pathways and students were invited to fly the Academy’s simulator.

The Academy is committed to supporting the next generation of future aviation professionals. 


First course graduates

Friday 16 October saw the first cohort of 11 students graduate from the Qantas Group Pilot Academy. Despite the challenges the industry has faced, all student’s demonstrated remarkable attitude and resilience throughout the year to graduate. They now enter the Alumni and will pave the way as pioneers from the Academy.

The Qantas Flying Award for achieving the highest scores during flight training was achieved by Ben Swart and the Qantas Group Award for inclusive leadership, academic achievement and exceptional flight standards was presented to Sophie Percival. The inaugural overall course dux was Holly Wheaton. All 11 students graduated with their Commercial Pilot Licence, Multi-engine instrument rating and ATPL theory subjects. Throughout the year they also completed phase 1 of the Qantas Group Future Pilot Program which included being mentored by various Qantas Group pilots.