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The University of South Australia continues to be the only university in South Australia to offer Aviation as a tertiary qualification. It is one of only two Australian universities to operate its own flying school. With a fleet of 10 modern aircraft, including three recently acquired C172SPs, you are able to get hands-on experience in real-life situations such as shark patrols.

The Bachelor of Aviation is a technically oriented program that exceeds the knowledge requirements of the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority for the issue of both the Commercial and Air Transport Pilot Licences.

Being a professional pilot is more than the relatively simple act of physically flying an aeroplane. A professional pilot requires an in-depth knowledge of many diverse elements including aerodynamics, aircraft power plants and systems, meteorology, navigation, flight planning, computer controlled flight management systems, flight operation technology and crew resource management.

This program provides you with the knowledge and skills you will need to become a professional pilot.  The program also provides pathways for those who aspire to a career in aviation other than flying such as air operations dispatch, air traffic control and aviation management.

Important Information

This program exceeds the knowledge requirements of the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority for the issue of a Commercial or Air Transport Pilot Licence. For students wishing to obtain a commercial pilot's licence please visit to learn more about the medical requirements and conditions that may apply.

International Student Relocation Grants
International students seeking to relocate from interstate to Adelaide, South Australia to study this program may be eligible for a $1,500 grant to assist with their relocation costs (subject to eligibility). For more information and eligibility criteria please click here

Important information

Some medical requirements are needed for pilot licences.

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