Pilot Training at Bankstown Airport

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The School of Aviation is proud to be able to provide very high quality flight training in connection with its academic programs. This takes place at a dedicated Flight Training Unit based in its own premises at Bankstown Airport, Sydney.

Bachelor of Aviation - Flying Stream

UNSW Aviation does not offer recreational flying/flight training. Only students enrolled in the UNSW Aviation flying programs will undertake flight training at the UNSW Aviation Bankstown facilities.

The Flying Stream of the Bachelor of Aviation program aims to educate and train pilots to the highest international standards. The Operations Management and the Flying Stream share a common academic core consisting of Science, Engineering and Aviation subjects. In place of some academic modules, the Flying Stream offers students a comprehensive range of training at the highest possible standards.

Students will attain a minimum of Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) on completion of the degree with advanced options available including Air Transport Pilots Licence (frozen), Instructor Rating and Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating.

Students complete their training during block release from the academic program and will accrue up to 240 hours of actual and 60 hours of simulator-based flying.


All flight training is strictly monitored by the University's Director of Flying Operations, Mr Brian Horton and aims to exceed all regulatory standards set by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. The University owns and operates six single engine DA-40 and one twin engine DA-42 Diamond aircraft for training purposes and hires a number of other aircraft types based upon demand and individual student requirements. Training is carried out by our own dedicated staff of flying instructors to assure the highest possible standards.

Air Transport Pilot Licence (Theory)

UNSW Aviation is proud to be able to offer ATPL (Theory) courses under the direction of Len Sales. Len is one of the most experienced instructors of ATPL (Theory) in Australia and is extremely well respected by the industry.

Applicants are assumed to have passed the CASA CPL and IREX examinations and have thoroughly revised all basic CPL concepts.

For information on course dates and fees, click here

If you need any more information about the School of Aviation, please feel free to contact:

Flying Operations Unit
School of Aviation
University of New South Wales
Site 570 Airport Avenue, Bankstown Airport NSW 2200
PO Box CP292, Condell Park NSW 2200

Tel. +61 2 9791 3047 (internationally) or 02 9791 3047 (within Australia)
Fax. +61 2 9791 9357 (internationally) or 02 9791 9357 (within Australia)
E-mail: flyingoperationsunit@unsw.edu.au