AVI50315 – Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter)
CRICOS Course Code 092810D
Provided by Becker Helicopter Services Pty Ltd – RTO Number 5446 – CRICOS Provider Code 01742J
This qualification was released on the 5 December 2015, and replaces AVI40208 – Certificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Helicopter Licence), but is not considered equivalent.
Maximum Duration: 73 weeks, including 58 teaching weeks and 15 weeks of holiday, based on 20 contact hours per week.
Standard Duration: 34 weeks, based on 35 contact hours per week.
On successfully completing the required theory and achieving the required practical competencies, you will be awarded with:
- AVI50315 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter)
- Statement of Attainment reporting the results for the units successfully completed as part of the qualification.
Convert to CASA Issued Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter)
This course meets the competency requirements of a Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter) under Part 61.
Once you have completed this course, you may choose to continue in order to obtain a CASA issued Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopters).
To obtain a CASA issued Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopters) under Part 61 you need to:
- pass the CASA theory exams
- meet the minimum flight hours requirements for navigation, pilot in command, and total hours
- pass a flight test conducted by a CASA approved Flight Examiner.
For more information, see Pilot Licences.
- Entry Requirements and Pre-requisites
Prior to commencing this course, you need to:
- be at least 16 years old (18 years old if you are an international student studying under a Student Visa)
- pass a Class Two Medical
- have completed minimum Year 10 (Year 12 preferred), or an international equivalent
- Demonstrated General English Language Proficiency by having:
– successfully completed a CASA General English Language Proficiency (GELP) Assessment, or
– attained an Aviation English Language Proficiency (AELP) level of ICAO 3 or higher, issued by a CASA approved Language test centre (for ICAO assessment).
NOTE: Conditional Entry may be authorised by the Chief Pilot if a Level 2 English Language Proficiency is demonstrated during a BHS administered General English Language assessment, subject to on-going integrated English language training of a minimum of 5 hours per week until a Level 3 (GELP or ICAO 3) as been attained, and subject to no solo flight until a Level 3 (GELP or ICAO 3) General English Language proficiency as been attained.
- must meet Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) requirements as determined by Becker Helicopters Chief Pilot.
We strongly recommend you ensure you meet these criteria prior to enrolling in this course.
There are no pre-requisites qualifications required for this course.
Note: Please make sure you meet the Entry Requirements for this course.
- Electives and Course Variations
Electives and Course Variations
The AVI50315 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter) course has a range of electives. To complete the Diploma, you must complete at least one elective.
However, training can be conducted in any aircraft from the Becker fleet, or alternatively, you can provide your own aircraft.
For Civil Students
For civil students, training is normally completed in a Robinson R22 helicopter, a 2 seater piston helicopter. It is a popular training helicopter because it is cost effective.
For Military Students
For military trainees, training is normally completed in a Turbine Bell206BIII Jet Ranger, as well as an approved Bell206BIII Jet Ranger Flight Simulation Training Device.
Other Aircraft types
Becker Helicopters can conduct the flight training in other aircraft if required. If you require training in a different aircraft, then please let us know your requirements.
Use of a different aircraft type is subject to the aircraft being approved on the BHS AOC, and Flight Instructors holding the appropriate class / type / design feature ratings and endorsements.
You will normally select the aircraft you want to complete the training in at the time of enrollment, as it directly affects the course costs. You may change the aircraft you conduct the training in, as long as the request is made in writing, and that you acknowledge the change in course costs writing.
The table below lists the course units and competencies for the Diploma of Aviation. It also identifies the lesson in which these competencies are assessed.
Note: Please refer to the course syllabus for a detailed list of lessons covered in this course, including the flight hours in the Simulator, Dual and Solo/Pilot in Command (PIC).
Core Units (29 Units)
- AVIE4001 - Maintain aircraft radio communications
AVIE4001 Maintain aircraft radio communications 1 Operate radio equipment 2 Manage radio equipment malfunctions 3 Operate transponder
- AVIF0004 - Implement aviation risk management processes
AVIF0004 Implement aviation risk management processes 1 Identify aviation hazards and assess risk 2 Identify risk controls 3 Control aviation risk 4 Monitor and review effectiveness of risk control
- AVIF0005 - Implement aviation fatigue risk management processes
AVIF0005 Implement aviation fatigue risk management processes 1 Identify fatigue hazards and assess risk 2 Identify fatigue risk controls 3 Control fatigue risk 4 Monitor and review effectiveness of fatigue risk control
- AVIF0007 - Implement threat and error management strategies
AVIF0007 Implement threat and error management strategies 1 Recognise and manage actual and potential threats 2 Recognise and manage actual and potential errors 3 Recognise and manage undesired aircraft states
- AVIF0008 - Manage safe flight operations
AVIF0008 Manage safe flight operations 1 Maintain effective lookout 2 Maintain situational awareness 3 Assess situations and make decisions 4 Set priorities and manage tasks 5 Maintain effective communication and interpersonal relationships
- AVIF0011 - Manage aircraft passengers and cargo
AVIF0011 Manage aircraft passengers and cargo 1 Manage passengers during normal operations 2 Manage passengers during an abnormal or emergency situation 3 Manage cargo
- AVIF0014 - Manage human factors in aviation operations
AVIF0014 Manage human factors in aviation operations 1 Manage personal performance 2 Communicate effectively within an aviation environment
- AVIH0002 - Plan a flight under visual flight rules
AVIH0002 Plan a flight under visual flight rules 1 Determine aircraft meets requirements for VFR flight 2 Obtain and use operational documents 3 Prepare flight plan for VFR flight 4 Determine operational requirements 5 Make flight notification 6 Program navigation system
- AVIH4001 - Navigate aircraft under visual flight rules
AVIH4001 Navigate aircraft under visual flight rules 1 Prepare navigation documents and flight plan 2 Comply with airspace procedures 3 Conduct departure procedures 4 Navigate aircraft en route 5 Navigate at low level and in reduced visibility 6 Perform lost procedure 7 Perform diversion procedure 8 Use instrument navigation systems 9 Execute arrival procedures
- AVILIC0002 - Licence to operate a commercial helicopter
AVILIC0002 Licence to operate a commercial helicopter 1 Communicate in an aviation environment 2 Perform pre- and post-flight actions and procedures 3 Operate aeronautical radio 4 Manage fuel 5 Manage passengers and cargo 6 Manage a safe flight 7 Recognise, direct and manage threats and errors 8 Navigate aircraft 9 Control helicopter on the ground 10 Control helicopter in lift-off, hover and landing 11 Taxi helicopter 12 Take-off helicopter and approach to hover 13 Control helicopter in normal flight 14 Control helicopter during advanced manoeuvres 15 Manage abnormal situations and emergencies 16 Operate using full instrument panel 17 Operate using limited instrument panel 18 Navigate using radio navigation aids and systems 19 Operate at non-towered aerodromes 20 Operate in Class G airspace 21 Operate at a controlled aerodrome 22 Operate in controlled airspace
- AVIO0002 - Manage disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference with aviation
AVIO0002 Manage disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference with aviation 1 Monitor passenger behaviour 2 Identify and resolve disruptive or unlawful interference 3 Take action to manage unlawful interference 4 Report and document unlawful interference
- AVIW4001 - Manage pre- and post-flight actions
AVIW4001 Manage pre- and post-flight actions 1 Complete pre- and post-flight administration 2 Perform pre- and post-flight actions/ inspection 3 Perform and certify daily inspection
- AVIW5018 - Operate and manage aircraft systems
AVIW5018 Operate and manage aircraft systems 1 Operate and manage aircraft systems during normal flight 2 Manage aircraft systems during abnormal and emergency procedures
- AVIY0001 - Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments
AVIY0001 Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments 1 Establish serviceability of flight instruments and instrument power sources 2 Operate aircraft using full instrument procedures 3 Recover from unusual attitudes using full instrument procedures 4 Operate aircraft using limited instrument procedures 5 Recover from unusual attitudes using limited instrument procedures 6 Re-establish visual flight 7 Perform steep turns
- AVIY0002 - Operate in controlled airspace
AVIY0002 Operate in controlled airspace 1 Apply controlled airspace procedures 2 Apply abnormal and emergency situation response procedures
- AVIY0003 - Operate in Class G airspace
AVIY0003 Operate in Class G airspace 1 Operate in uncontrolled airspace 2 Navigate in uncontrolled airspace
- AVIY0004 - Operate at non-towered aerodromes
AVIY0004 Operate at non-towered aerodromes 1 Conduct pre-flight preparations 2 Taxi aircraft at a non-towered aerodrome or landing area 3 Perform aircraft departure 4 Perform arrival and landing
- AVIY0005 - Operate at a controlled aerodrome
AVIY0005 Operate at a controlled aerodrome 1 Conduct pre-flight preparations 2 Taxi aircraft at a controlled aerodrome 3 Perform aircraft departure 4 Perform arrival and landing
- AVIY0008 - Apply aeronautical knowledge to aviation operations
AVIY0008 Apply aeronautical knowledge to aviation operations 1 Utilise aviation terminology 2 Apply knowledge of basic aircraft power plants and systems 3 Apply basic aerodynamic theory 4 Apply knowledge of aviation navigation charts 5 Apply knowledge of aircraft operations, performance and planning
- AVIY0009 - Apply the principles of civil air law to aviation operations
AVIY0009 Apply the principles of civil air law to aviation operations 1 Compile aviation documentation 2 Apply flight crew licensing knowledge 3 Apply flight rules and conditions of flight 4 Apply air service operations legislative requirements 5 Apply aerodrome and airspace knowledge 6 Apply aviation emergency and search and rescue (SAR) knowledge
- AVIY0020 - Taxi helicopter
AVIY0020 Taxi helicopter 1 Perform air taxiing manoeuvres 2 Perform air transiting manoeuvres
- AVIY4007 - Manage aircraft fuel
AVIY4007 Manage aircraft fuel 1 Plan fuel requirements 2 Manage fuel system 3 Refuel aircraft
- AVIY4011 - Control helicopter on the ground
AVIY4011 Control helicopter on the ground 1 Start engine and rotor 2 Stop engine and rotor 3 Control main rotor disc and anti-torque system
- AVIY4012 - Control helicopter in hovering flight
AVIY4012 Control helicopter in hovering flight 1 Lift off to hover and perform hover checks 2 Hover helicopter in cross and tail winds 3 Perform turns around mast 4 Perform turns around nose and tail 5 Perform sidewards and backwards flight 6 Land from the hover 7 Manage a mishandled landing 8 Manage a mishandled lift off
- AVIY4014 - Take off helicopter and approach to hover
AVIY4014 Take off helicopter and approach to hover 1 Carry out pre take-off checks 2 Take off helicopter 3 Approach to hover 4 Perform go-around procedure
- AVIY4015 - Control helicopter in normal flight
AVIY4015 Control helicopter in normal flight 1 Climb helicopter 2 Maintain straight and level flight 3 Descend helicopter 4 Turn helicopter 5 Control helicopter at any speed 6 Perform circuits and approaches 7 Comply with airspace requirements
- AVIY4017 - Execute advanced helicopter manoeuvres and procedures
AVIY4017 Execute advanced helicopter manoeuvres and procedures 1 Turn helicopter steeply 2 Perform autorotative flight 3 Land on and lift off sloping ground 4 Land, manoeuvre and take off in a confined area 5 Execute limited power take-off, approach and landing 6 Take off and land at a pinnacle or ridge line
- AVIY4018 - Manage abnormal and emergency helicopter flight situations
AVIY4018 Manage abnormal and emergency helicopter flight situations 1 Manage a forced landing from level flight, after take-off or on approach 2 Manage an engine failure at the hover or during taxi 3 Manage a tail rotor malfunction in flight and at the hover 4 Manage a jammed flight control system 5 Manage a malfunction of a helicopter operating system 6 Manage upset recovery
- AVIZ4001 - Manage situational awareness in aircraft flight
AVIZ4001 Manage situational awareness in aircraft flight 1 Maintain situational awareness 2 Assess situations and make decisions 3 Set priorities and manage tasks 4 Work with others in managing situational awareness
Elective Units (At least one (1) elective)
- AVIY0021 - Operate helicopter at low level
At Becker Helicopters this unit is included in the standard syllabus.
AVIY0021 Operate helicopter at low level 1 Plan low‑level operations 2 Manoeuvre helicopter at low level 3 Perform quick stop manoeuvre 4 Execute forced landing from 200 ft AGL 5 Operate at low level in hilly terrain
- AVIF0001 - Apply aircraft safety procedures
AVIF0001 Apply aircraft safety procedures 1 Prepare for airside operations 2 Operate around aircraft 3 Implement aviation safety emergency procedures
- AVIF2014 - Undertake aircraft underwater escape and survival
AVIF2014 Undertake aircraft underwater escape and survival 1 Prepare for aircraft ditching 2 Undertake evacuation from an aircraft 3 Conduct rescue recovery process 4 Control survival hazards
- AVIH4012 - Plan a flight under night visual flight rules
AVIH4012 Plan a flight under night visual flight rules 1 Determine aircraft meets requirements for NVFR flight 2 Obtain and use current operational documents 3 Prepare flight plan for NVFR flight 4 Determine operational requirements 5 Make flight notification 6 Program navigation system
- AVIH4013 - Navigate aircraft under night visual flight rules
AVIH4013 Navigate aircraft under night visual flight rules 1 Select, operate and monitor navigation aids/systems 2 Navigate aircraft at night 3 Conduct a diversion to revised route or alternate aerodrome at night 4 Make visual departure at night 5 Make visual approach at night 6 Comply with ATC rules and procedures for NVFR flights 7 Manage hazardous weather conditions
- AVIN0001 - Command an aircraft in a multi-crew environment
AVIN0001 Command an aircraft in a multi-crew environment 1 Establish aircraft command 2 Manage tasks and workload 3 Communicate organisational objectives and required standards 4 Make effective decisions 5 Lead flight crews and individuals
- AVIN0002 - Supervise and manage safe flight operations as pilot in command
AVIN0002 Supervise and manage safe flight operations as pilot in command 1 Supervise flight crew and flight operations 2 Manage routine flight operations 3 Manage contingency flight operations
- AVIW3026 - Conduct night vision imaging system operations
AVIW3026 Conduct night vision imaging system operations 1 Prepare for night vision imaging system operations 2 Conduct night vision imaging system operations 3 Conclude night vision imaging system operations
- AVIY0007 - Conduct aerial application operations
AVIY0007 Conduct aerial application operations 1 Conduct pre-flight actions 2 Conduct planning and risk management 3 Perform operational area evaluation 4 Fly between operational and application areas 5 Conduct an aerial survey 6 Operate within the vicinity of power lines 7 Apply substances through aerial application 8 Apply substances through aerial application 9 Jettison a load
- AVIY4058 - Pilot a helicopter during external load operations
AVIY4058 Pilot a helicopter during external load operations 1 Plan and prepare for external load operations 2 Conduct pre-flight briefings 3 Operate helicopter 4 Manage abnormal and emergency situations 5 Conduct post-flight activities
- AVIY4059 - Pilot a helicopter during rappelling operations
AVIY4059 Pilot a helicopter during rappelling operations 1 Plan rappelling operations 2 Conduct pre-flight briefings 3 Operate helicopter 4 Manage abnormal and emergency situations 5 Conduct post-flight briefings
- AVIY4060 - Pilot a helicopter during hoisting operations
AVIY4060 Pilot a helicopter during hoisting operations 1 Plan hoisting operations 2 Conduct pre-flight briefings 3 Operate a helicopter during hoisting operations 4 Manage abnormal and emergency situations 5 Conduct post-flight briefings
- AVIY5024 - Operate aircraft in the traffic pattern at night
AVIY5024 Operate aircraft in the traffic pattern at night 1 Control aircraft on the ground 2 Activate pilot activated lighting 3 Take off at night 4 Manage emergency situations at night 5 Perform a go-around 6 Land at night, with and without the use of aircraft landing lights
- AVIZ0001 - Maintain and manage situational awareness as pilot in command
AVIZ0001 Maintain and manage situational awareness as pilot in command 1 Establish and maintain situational awareness of self and flight crew 2 Set crew priorities and manage tasks 3 Work with others in managing situational awareness
- HLTAID002 - Provide basic emergency life support
HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support 1 Respond to an emergency situation 2 Apply appropriate first aid procedures 3 Communicate details of the incident