Flying Training in Australia


One of the most significant factors in the formulation of safe flying habits and good airmanship is the quality of ab-initio flying training. It is therefore
important for anyone involved in ab-initio training to receive adequate guidance on the required syllabus and the methods of teaching.

In recent years, the Australian flying training industry has been through a large number of changes, with some arising from the Civil Aviation Authority's
(CAA) implementation of a new 'Day-VFR syllabus, and others arising from major changes in the Australian aviation industry. While change has become a way of life for many industries, including aviation, it is important to ensure that student pilot training prepares new pilots for every flight that they will
undertake. The syllabus of instruction, as well as the methods by which students are taught, should seek to encourage the development of responsible attitudes and ensure that an adequate knowledge of aviation is acquired. Training of instructors should also adequately prepare them for the task of being a teacher.

This project provides a critical review of the new 'Day-VFR syllabus and highlights some of the deficiencies that BAS1 believes exist in Australian flying training. The major part of this report is concerned with the 'Day-VFR syllabus; however, discussions on the adequacy of instructional methods and techniques, instructor training, and methods of checking and training, are also addressed.

Type: Research and Analysis Report
Publication date: 21 January 1996
Related: General Aviation
Last update 07 April 2014
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