AVISS00039 – External Load Pilot Skill Sets

Course Overview


AVISS00039 – External Load Pilot Skill Set

Provided by Becker Helicopter Services Pty Ltd – RTO Number 5446 – CRICOS Provider Code 01742J

This Skill Set is part of the AVI Aviation Training Package and targets those pilots who work specifically in the External Load Pilot operational environment.

2 weeks: this comprises 2 teaching weeks and 0 weeks of holidays.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Prior to commencing this course, you need to have:

    • Appropriate helicopter pilot qualifications and experience; and
    • Pass a Class Two Medical; and
    • 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).
  • Flight Hours

    Flight Hours

    Standard Course:

    • 10 aircraft hours
  • Aircraft


    Normally completed in a AS350D Squirrel helicopter, which is a 6 seater turbine aircraft fitted with a cargo hook.

    Another aircraft may be used as long as it has an external cargo hook, falls within the Becker Helicopters AOC, and has appropriate insurance coverage

  • Electives


    • Not Applicable.
  • Course Outcomes

    Course Outcomes

    • AVISS00039 External Load Pilot Skill set
  • Lesson Formats

    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.
  • Assessments


    • Trial Exams – On completion of the theory subjects, students will complete trial exams. These are practice exams allowing student to become familiar with the style of questions presented in the 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.


    Formal Assessments

    Successful completion of this course depends on the successful completion of the following formal assessments:

    • External load theory assessment
    • Final Flight Assessment (conducted in the Aircraft by an Flight Instructor)

    Failing to pass your formal assessments

    • Every effort is made by the instructors to ensure you are ready for your final assessment.
    • In the event that you fail your final assessment, your instructor will carry out remedial training to help you address any problems encountered in your final assessment.
    • You need to consider the possibility that you may fail an assessment, and need additional time or flight hours to complete the course. It is important this is taken into account when planning your budget for aircraft hire.
  • Timetable


    During the course, you will have two timetables:

    • Theory timetable, and
    • Flight training timetable.

    The theory course is conducted in a classroom with no more than 10 students at one time.

    Flight training is conducted in stages:

    • Instructor-led instruction in Classroom / Ops room
    • Long Brief – group briefing
    • One-to-one instruction (may have 2 students if doing multi-crew or shared crew arrangements) for :
    • Pre-flight brief
    • Flight exercise (may include a in-flight observation competency checklist)
    • Post-flight brief
    • Post-flight assessments (written / oral)