How does it work?
- Lesson Formats
- Classroom training – for theory subjects
- Board briefs (usually about an hour) – covering key flight training concepts and techniques
- Flight training (from 1 hour to 3 hours) – which is normally one on one with the instructor where you will:
- Prepare a flight plan for navigation flights
- Have a pre flight briefing – reviewing the plan of action for the lesson
- Conduct the pre-flight inspection – preparing the aircraft for flight
- Conduct the flying lesson in the aircraft
- Demonstration (instructor shows you how)
- Direction (the instructor directs you as you perform a task), and
- Review (the instructor reviews you performing an action and provides feedback, when required)
- Conduct the post flight review – discuss your performance during the lesson, prepare a student record of the lesson and discuss preparation for the next lesson.
- Sample Timetable
Certificate IV Aviation – Sample Timetable
Flight training varies due to:
- Aircraft availability (helicopters goes through regular maintenance cycles. Every effort is made to minimise the impact of maintenance on flight training, however, there may be unforseen repairs, parts recalls or other events which may impact aircraft availability)
- Your choice of aircraft, total flight hours, electives and options, e.g. endorsements
- Study Breaks. You can take breaks during your flight training, as long as the Head of Training Operations has given approval, and your flight training is progressing on or ahead of schedule
- Your own progress. Whilst we have a recommended learning path, every student is different. Some students may struggle to find the initial co-ordination required to manipulate an aircraft and get it to hover. Other students will take to helicopter flight easily, managing to hover quickly and to go solo early, but then may struggle with more advanced lessons further down the course. Every student is different. This is why we do 10 hour plans. Every 10 hours we review your progress and plan the next 10 hours of flight training
- Trial Exams On completion of the commercial helicopter theory subjects, students will complete several trial exams. These are practice exams allowing student to become familiar with the style of questions presented in final exams.
- Written assessments The student completes a written assessment answering a range of different questions about a subject. They are an instruction tool to assess a student’s understanding of a subject. They are used to assess whether a student has the knowledge and understanding required to progress onto the next stage of flying.
- Oral assessments the student answers questions presented by the Instructor. They are used to assess whether a student has the knowledge and understanding required to progress onto the next stage of flying.
- Flight assessments at key points during the course, the instructor will perform a flight assessment, by observing the students flight techniques and marking them as being competent or not competent. A student must successfully complete all flight assessments before they can undertake the final flight test.
- Flight tests at the conclusion of the course, the student will sit a flight test, which they must pass in order to be awarded the qualification.
Formal Assessments for CASA CPL(H) Licence Outcome
For the issue of a Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopters), the trainee must pass the following formal assessments:
- 7 Theory Exams (conducted off-site at a CASA approved testing centre)
- Final CPL Flight Test (conducted by an Approved Testing Officer)
Failing to pass Assessments
- Every effort is made by the instructors to ensure you are ready for your assessments.
- In the event that you fail an assessment, your instructor will carry out remedial training to help you address any problems encountered in your assessment.
- The qualification is priced based on an agreed number of flight hours. However, it may take more than the agreed flight hours to successfully complete your assessment. You need to consider that possible eventuality in planning your budget and calculating your course costs.
- RPL and Course Credits
Recognition of Prior Learning
Due to the nature of the helicopter training syllabus there are many and varied levels of competencies that the participant could have obtained throughout either prior flying and/or theory. We recognise prior learning, but assessments must be determined upon application, and may require a gap analysis conducted in an aircraft.
Fees for the RPL assessments shall be determined upon application.
Since the flight training conducted is based on competency levels shown in the helicopter, often prior learning is acknowledged through an expedited training plan that covers all units, but in some units focus on refreshing and confirming knowledge and skills.
Despite a participant having the minimum number of hours to achieve a CASA qualification, the flying standard for this qualification is competency-based and even with prior learning the participant may need to allow for revision and currency of their flying training and / or ability.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has guidelines in the regulations in regards to overseas licence recognition. Becker Helicopters follows these guidelines and may liaise with CASA in order to establish recognition of flight experience gained overseas.
At times it cannot be determined how much RPL can be attributed until validation of log books and syllabus items that also are under joined by the ICAO standards internationally.
If you have completed flight training previously (without completing a qualification) and you want recognition for that training, then the following policy applies:
- A student must present their flight log book, statement of attainment and all other training records.
- Advice from CASA may be sought where training has been undertaken at an overseas training provider.
- Course credit may be given for units within the course, on the basis of:
- a full CASA recognised qualification has been awarded (e.g. GFPT, PPL, CPL(S)) or
- a foreign or military qualification has been recognised by CASA, or
- a student completes a gap analysis (3 flight hours, not necessary all at the same time) to evaluate their competency and currency in course units.
- The Senior Flight Instructor (or Flight Program Director) will consider the records of prior learning and the results of the gap analysis and will award any course credit and prepare a plan to complete the remaining course credits.