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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Aircraft Load Controller

Aerodrome Reporting Officer

 A Load Controller is responsible for ensuring that accurate weight and balance data is generated in order to support safe, compliant and efficient flight operations.

This includes updating manifests, planning, coordinating and producing all loading, weight and balance documentation, ensuring the safe distribution of load within prescribed aircraft limitations, monitoring the performance of the departure control system and updating system information.

A Load Controller needs to have knowledge of the principles of weight and balance and their application in a commercial airline environment. An understanding of aircraft performance and its relationship to weight and balance measures is important.

This role requires strong organisational skills, excellent time management, a commitment to attention to detail and the ability to work autonomously.This role can involve shiftwork, including weekends, public holidays and nights.

The career opportunities within the Aviation sector are many and varied, taking employees across the country or around the world.

Industry facts

  • A Load Controller is an essential member of the Aviation sector.
  • 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.
  • With growth in regional aviation stronger than in established capital city routes, there is strong demand for many aviation roles right across the country.

Entry Qualifications

There is no specific licence requirement but a security clearance is required before you can work in an airport.

Security clearance:
You will need an Airport Security Identification Card (ASIC) to work in this role.

  • Certificate III in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)

Estimated Salary

$42,500 – $62,000 (Median $50,000)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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