Outback Pilot Cadet Program

The Outback Pilot Cadet Program offers outstanding training and real-life practices in remote communities. Students will experience a broad overview of working in a commercial operation, become familiar with outback life, and gain valuable knowledge about the different conditions and settings outback pilots encounter.

The program offers a unique opportunity for students to commence flight training with no previous flying experience and then graduate as a skilled pilot with the potential to secure employment on completion of the program*. Students are trained by Flight Options Pilot Academy and undertake work experience with Chartair, Australia’s leading charter and scheduled services operator.

Outback Pilot Cadet Program Course Outline

Stage 1 – Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL)

  • Training commences at Flight Options Pilot Academy.
  • Students will complete “on the job” work experience at Chartair, Darwin for two weeks Trainer – C172

Stage 2 – Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

  • Training continues at Flight Options Pilot Academy (trainer – combination of C172, C182 and FRASCA simulator)
  • Final 30 hours of training completed at Chartair, Alice Springs in their C210 and Chartair’s Senior Base Pilot will complete a Flight Check
  • CPL flight test undertaken at Flight Options Pilot Academy in a C182

Stage 3 – Multi-Engine Class Rating

  • Training continues at Flight Options Pilot Academy
  • Trainer – PA44T

Stage 4 – Multi-Engine Instrument Rating

  • Training continues at Flight Options Pilot Academy
  • Trainer – C172, PA44T, FRASCA simulator

The student pilot will receive a Certificate of Completion upon successfully finishing the program and may be selected to be employed by Chartair.

* Key selection criteria apply.

Outback Pilot Cadet Program Key Criteria

  • Must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen/Permanent Resident and hold a passport for either country and with the right to work in Australia.
  • No Criminal record.Hold a valid Australian State driving Licence at time of commencement of employment with the Airline.
  • Qualify to hold an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC).
  • Have read, understand and accepted all Airline Conditions of employment, including social media and confidentiality and behavioral standards.
  • Understand that basing of employment will be at the Airlines discretion and be for a minimum of three years.
  • Understand there will be a training bond relating to type rating at the Airline that is legally enforceable and will prorate to zero after 36 months from being checked to line.
  • Will undertake regular workplace visits to the Airline including:
    • Familiarisation flights
    • Simulator sessions
    • HFNTS training
    • Safety briefings
    • Short unpaid internships with functional departments
  • Have successfully completed one of the following CPL subjects: Basic Aeronautical Knowledge, Navigation, Performance or Meteorology, prior to commencement of the cadetship.
  • Be eligible for a Class 1 medical.
  • Possess and maintain good grooming, neat and tidy attire, be a team player and be a Flight Options and Airline “Ambassador”.
  • Have maintained acceptable attendance, commitment and demonstrated values throughout the pilot program, to Flight Options and the Airline.
  • Be able to meet English Proficiency (Level 6) requirements.
  • Demonstrated commitment and passion for aviation.
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