Flying Instructors teach the theory and practical skills of flying aircraft.

Specialisations: Gliding Pilot Instructor, Helicopter Pilot Instructor.

You need to be an experienced pilot to become a Flying Instructor. You will need a commercial pilots licence and you will need to complete a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Flight Instructor Rating and Training Endorsement. The Flight Instructor Rating and Training Endorsement is issued by Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Gives in-flight instruction, supervises solo flights, accompanies students on training flights and demonstrates techniques for controlling aircraft.

All Air Transport Professionals

  • $2,558 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Flying Instructors

  • 870 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 75% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 10% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Flying Instructors (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 850 in 2011 to 870 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Flying Instructors work in Queensland and South Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (75%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 10% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training49.5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing33.5
Public Administration and Safety10.9
Manufacturing2.5
Other Industries3.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateFlying InstructorsAll Jobs Average
NSW26.031.6
VIC22.925.6
QLD26.020.0
SA12.47.0
WA11.510.8
TAS0.52.0
NT0.31.0
ACT0.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketFlying InstructorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.05.0
20-2410.9-9.39.3
25-3427.4-22.922.9
35-4416.5-22.022.0
45-5414.4-21.621.6
55-598.3-9.09.0
60-647.4-6.06.0
65 and Over14.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationFlying InstructorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree24.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma40.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV15.5-21.121.1
Year 128.5-18.118.1
Year 110.4-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.4-12.512.5

You need to be an experienced pilot to become a Flying Instructor. You will need a commercial pilots licence and you will need to complete a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Flight Instructor Rating and Training Endorsement. The Flight Instructor Rating and Training Endorsement is issued by Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

You must also be registered with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • a pilot licence issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Aviation Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Air Transport Professionals who work well in a team, can communicate clearly and are reliable.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Transportation

    86% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    70% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Geography

    63% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  4. Education and Training

    60% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. English Language

    54% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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  1. Contact With Others

    93% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    93% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  3. Telephone

    93% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  4. Being Exact or Accurate

    92% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  5. Impact of Decisions

    90% Important

    What results do your decisions have on other people?

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