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Aviation Training Package Update

Aviation Training Package Update

Aviation Training Package Update

The AVI Aviation Training Package is in the final stages of design and review, with industry meetings held recently for the Ground Operations, Cabin Crew, Commercial Pilot and Rotary Wing Project Steering Committees’. Industry operators, enterprises and training organisations from across Australia’s aviation industry have provided excellent feedback towards the content and structure of the next generation of aviation skill sets and qualifications.

Flight Instructors

In this issue of the May TLISC newsletter, you’ll read about the substantial changes that will be included within flight instruction units of competency, skill sets and qualifications. Although of passing interest to many in the wider Australian aviation industry, the inherent flight skills, aeronautical knowledge and safety attitudes of the flight instructor are the bedrock upon which Australia’s enviable aviation safety record is laid.

Pilots that hold a Flight Instructor Rating (FIR) are expected to be proficient and competent across a broad range of subject matter areas, from instructing basic flight sequences, through to complex instrument flight activities. Within the AVI Aviation Training Package will be a qualification framework to enable Flight Instructors operating in the Australian VET environment to simultaneously satisfy VET and CASA regulatory requirements, and provide graduates the skills and knowledge to be immediately effective in their chosen profession.

The AVI50515 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor) qualification reflects the roles of individuals delivering training and assessment services usually within aviation Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and flight training organisations. This qualification, or the skill sets derived from units of competency within it, is also suitable preparation for those engaged in the delivery of training and assessment of competence in an aviation workplace context, as a component of a structured VET program.

The proposed core and elective model of the Flight Instructor qualification includes two components;

  • Core AVI/TAE units of competency that are mapped to achieve the Part 61 Manual of Standards Flight Instructor Rating competency standards;
    • FIR1 Conduct aeronautical knowledge training – AVIM5002 Conduct aeronautical knowledge training
    • FIR2 Assess competence – TAEASS402B Assess competence
    • FIR3 Conduct flight training – AVIM5003 Conduct flight training
    • FIR7 Conduct flight review – AVIM5008 Conduct flight review
    • FIR9 Multi-crew training endorsement -TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning and AVIM5005 Conduct training for the issue of an endorsement
  • TAE units of competency from the current TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment will comprise the remaining core units of this qualification;
    • TAEASS401B Plan assessment activities and processes
    • TAEASS403B Participate in assessment validation
    • TAEDEL402A Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
    • TAEDES401A Design and develop learning programs
    • TAEDES402A Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs
  • Completion of the Diploma will require a further 5 elective units, with at least 3 elective units must be selected from the elective units list. Up to 2 elective units with appropriate contextualisation may be selected from any currently endorsed national Training Package. Where the choice of a unit from another currently endorsed national Training Package is made, this unit must come from a qualification or course at Diploma or above and must contribute towards the vocational outcome of the qualification.
  • The Diploma packaging rules are sufficiently flexible to allow flying training organisations to customise a range of electives that achieve Standards for Registered Training Organisations and Civil Aviation Safety Authority regulatory and certification requirements.

Flight Examiners

The Flight Examiner Rating (FER) is one the aviation industry values, most particularly because of the inherent recognition of an examiners integrity and experience and the important role they play as part of the aviation safety system. The Flight Examiner Rating provides the holder privileges to conduct flight tests for licences, aircraft category ratings and operational ratings and their respective endorsements. The examiner issues all qualifications except the issue of a licence and the associated category rating. Flight Examiners also hold the privilege to revalidate operational ratings requiring proficiency checks. The privileges a Flight Examiner holds are given by way of endorsements.

A pilot seeking to become a Flight Examiner must satisfy the competency requirements within CASR Part 61 Manual of Standards Schedule 2, FER Conduct a flight test. To ensure that VET requirements are achieved as well, an AVI unit of competency that matches these requirements has been drafted for inclusion into the higher level flight instructor qualification, and will be titled AVIM6001 Conduct a flight test.

Chief Flight Instructor

The AVI60115 Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Chief Flight Instructor) qualification reflects the roles of experienced flight instructors delivering training and assessment services usually within aviation Registered Training Organisation (RTOs) and flight training organisations. They may have a role in leading other flight instructors and flight examiners and in providing mentoring or advice to new flight instructors and flight examiners as well as designing approaches to learning and assessment strategies across a significant area within the flight training organisation.

The proposed core and elective units of competency of the Chief Flight Instructor qualification includes a range of units of competency that have been selected to align with guidance within CASA’s Chief Pilot Guide.

  • Core units of competency:
    • AVIF5018 Manage aviation risk – New unit
    • AVIL4001 Manage shifts, crewing and rostering activities in aviation – New unit
    • AVIM6001 Conduct a flight test – New unit
    • AVIM6006 Deliver operational flight management training
    • AVIN6003 Manage flight training
    • TAEASS501A Provide advanced assessment practice
    • TAEASS502B Design and develop assessment tools
    • TAEDEL502A Provide advanced facilitation practice
    • TAEDES501A Design and develop learning strategies
    • TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills
    • TAEPDD501A Maintain and enhance professional practice
  • Completion of the Advanced Diploma will require a further 5 elective units, of which at least 3 elective units must be selected from the elective units list. Up to 2 elective units with appropriate contextualisation may be selected from any currently endorsed national Training Package. Where the choice of a unit from another currently endorsed national Training Package is made, this unit must come from a qualification or course at Diploma or above and must contribute towards the vocational outcome of the qualification.
  • The Advanced Diploma packaging rules are sufficiently flexible to allow flying training organisations to customise a range of electives that achieve Standards for Registered Training Organisations and Civil Aviation Safety Authority regulatory and certification requirements.

Finally, for those pilots seeking to undergo a training pathway towards the Advanced Diploma, or Flight Examiners seeking recognition of their existing skills and knowledge, all will be interested in a proposed new skill set for the flight examiner role. The Flight Examiner Pilot Skill Set is targeted at Flight Examiner Pilots who conduct flight tests, provide advanced assessment practice, provide advanced facilitation practice, and maintain and enhance professional practice within regulated aviation vocational education and training environments. It consists of the following units of competency:

  • AVIM6001 Conduct a flight test
  • TAEASS501A Provide advanced assessment practice
  • TAEDEL502A Provide advanced facilitation practice
  • TAEPDD501A Maintain and enhance professional practice

Industry validation through the project steering committees is planned to be in June, with all final versions of units, skill sets and qualifications available for wider industry review and feedback on TLISC’s Aviation Training Package page shortly.

Future aviation meetings are promulgated through the TLISC 2015 Aviation Meeting Schedules. If you wish to provide project or training package feedback at any stage, or to find out how you can become involved with TLISC’s work, please contact Dan Minton, Senior Training Package Specialist-Aviation on 0459 021 115 or Dan.Minton@tlisc.org.au.

 


PUBLISHED IN Latest News ON May 12, 2015

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