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Flying Instructors teach others the theory and practical skills of flying an aircraft so they may obtain a pilot licence. They utilise flight simulators and dual-controlled aircraft. Instructors must have expert knowledge of maintenance procedures and aircraft components, and hold a Commercial Pilot License, and an Instructor Rating.

Flying instructors teach emergency procedures for both in the air and on the ground, and flight maneuvers such as taxiing to the runway, take-off and landings. They also teach students how to inspect their aircraft before each flight and the current regulations and safety standards.

Instructors may be required to hold a Night Visual Flight Rules Rating, and/or a Command Instrument Rating to teach night flying techniques.
Career prospects for Flying Instructors are good as it is an occupation in demand. Some take on pilot roles, while instructing. Others move on to upper management roles within Aviation using their subject matter expertise.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Australian aviation is a major economic driver. The sector contributes around $7 billion to the economy and employs 50,000 Australians directly and a further half million indirectly.
  • Employment for this occupation to 2016-17 is expected to grow slightly. Air passenger movements within Australia are predicted to double to 279 million a year within 20 years.
  • An ageing of the workforce is exacerbating existing demand for this occupation.

Industry facts

  • This occupation is recognised internationally.
  • Australian aviation is a major economic driver. The sector contributes around $7 billion to the economy and employs 50,000 Australians directly and a further half million indirectly
  • Employment for this occupation to 2016-17 is expected to grow slightly. Air passenger movements within Australia are predicted to double to 279 million a year within 20 years

Entry Qualifications

Licence:

  • Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor)
  • Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instruction)

Estimated Salary

$38,000 – $108,000 (Median $41,000)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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