Fixed Wing Flight Training – Full Time

Flight Training Adelaide offers an unrivalled Diploma of Aviation fulfilling the Australian airline pilot training requirements of appropriate theory knowledge and flying skills to be able cope in an ever-changing flying environment. Flight Training Adelaide is a CASA approved integrated fixed wing flight training school and we pride ourselves on providing world-class, customised aviation training solutions for the fixed wing aviation industry. Our training ethos is focussed on producing future airline captains, rather than simply training cadets to obtain a CASA pilot licence.


The Diploma of Aviation integrates ground theory lessons and practical fixed wing flight training, and is delivered over five modules of training, providing students with the required hours and CPL theory credits to achieve a CASA pilot licence. If you are looking to further your aviation career to become airline pilots or a commercial pilot working in all types of conditions, Flight Training Adelaide also offers an Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating). Further, multi-crew cooperation courses offered by Flight Training Adelaide will develop knowledge and practical skills used when pilots are be part of a multi-crew operation on fixed wing aircraft. The multi-crew cooperation course is also recommended for pilots who want to gain an Airline Transport Licence.


Below you will find information on the selection program as well as the fixed wing flight training courses offered on a full-time basis. FTA delivers the same high-quality training to both private students and airline cadets.

Fixed wing flight training


FTA’s selection program is one of the most robust in industry and the selection tools used are recognised as best practice for the selection of private and airline students. Successful completion of the selection program is a mandatory pre-requisite to be accepted on a course. Selection does not only give FTA an indication of your ability to successfully complete the training program, but it is also a requirement to access a VET Student Loan (VSL).
Further information on FTA’s selection program can be found here:
Commercial Pilot training program

2. CPL - CASA Commercial Pilot License

AVI50219 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplane)

This course is delivered over 31 weeks. During ground theory phases students attend class Monday to Friday, 08:30–16:30. During flying phases students need to be available six days a week. Flying lessons may be programmed any time from 06:00 until 23:00. Further information on the course can be found here:
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3. MECIR - CASA Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating

AVI50419 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating)

This course is delivered over 8 weeks. The first two weeks are full time ground school, with all the flying training being delivered over the remaining six weeks. Further information on the course can be found here:
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multi crew cooperation course

4. ATPL & MCC - CASA Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) and Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC)

AVI60216 Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Pilot in Command)

This course is delivered over 14 weeks. The initial eleven weeks cover the Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) ground theory component. On successful completion of the ATPL exams you will advance to the Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) phase for the last three weeks of training. The MCC program is delivered using FTA’s jet simulators.
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Casa pilot license

FTA’s Private Pilot Licence is designed for students who wish to have a ‘first taste’ of aviation. This program is ideal for individuals who are unable to commit to full time training. More information on the course can be found here

Instructor Training

Fixed wing airline training

FTA’s AVI50516 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor) course is delivered over 23 weeks. The first 12 weeks of theory training is conducted from home, culminating with 2 weeks of face to face training to consolidate. The remaining 9 weeks is practical flight instruction conducted at FTA. Further information on the course can be found here


Fixed wing airline training program

FTA’s MCC program is the same program as delivered to our Australian Airline partners. This 2 week program is delivered using FTA’ generic B737 Jet Simulator. Further information on the course can be found here


FTA’s AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) course is delivered over 7 weeks. The first two weeks are full time ground school, with the remaining 5 weeks covering the flying portion of the course on a full time basis. The flying is done in FTA’s DA40 aircraft. Further information on the course can be found here.


How long does it take to get a fixed wing pilot licence?

Obtaining a CASA Commercial Pilot License to become qualified fixed wing pilot at FTA requires you to complete a fulltime course delivered over 31 weeks. The course material is delivered over different phases and includes ground theory and practical flying lessons. Further training and qualifications are available.

How do you become a fixed wing pilot?

The minimum qualification is AVI50219 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane). Additional ratings on the licence such AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) will provide an advantage, allowing you to fly under all weather conditions and increase your knowledge on the inner workings of an aircraft.

Further training will depend on the career path you choose to take. If you want to be a flight instructor, we provide AVI50419 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor). If you wish to have a career in an airline, you may elect to undertake AVI60219 Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Pilot in Command).

To be accepted on a course you must apply and undertake a selection process which includes assessments. All students at Flight Training Adelaide are carefully selected to ensure they have the best possible chance to successfully complete the qualification.

Is fixed wing training easier than rotary wing training?

It depends if you ask a fixed wing or rotary wing pilot! In both cases, the decision to undertake a Commercial Pilot Licence for either fixed wing or rotary wing should be made after careful consideration. The courses are both demanding and require a high level of skill, knowledge, and commitment to be successful. Flight Training Adelaide is committed to developing safe, competent, and highly skilled pilots.

What is the procedure to get selected for airline training?

Flight Training Adelaide’s selection program is regarded as one of the most robust in the industry. Our selection tools are also recognised as best practice for the selection of both private and airline students. It is a pre-requisite to complete FTA’s selection program in order to be accepted into a course.

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