Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)

Our Skill Seekers' Journey_Box Hill InstituteI have travelled to most countries, certainly seen all of Australia from the bitumen, and I can’t wait to see more of it from the air.

Rob Beillian has always loved flying and had hoped to become a Private or Commercial Pilot. Fortunately for him, Box Hill Institute and Soar Advanced Flight Training joined forces to deliver a Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) allowing Rob to achieve his dream.

Rob is due to complete his Diploma of Aviation at the end of the year. “It just seemed to come together at the right time and was conveniently located in terms of Box Hill for theory and Moorabbin for the practical elements – midway between home and work. It works out quite well and still gives me relative work life balance,” he said.

The Diploma of Aviation has provided Rob with a good grounding in aviation law and its rules. “It’s certainly not like getting a Driver’s Licence,” he said, “but it’s not as daunting as I first thought it might be. There’s a good balance and pace between theory and practice.”

Importantly, the course has allowed Rob to continue in his professional career while studying. “The learning is not overly technical and classes are at the right times of the day and week for me to balance my working career.

“There is a lot more to it than I first thought, especially for the pre-flight and post-flight inspections. It requires practice, preparation and more practice. It’s not like you can just pull over to fix something or grab a coffee and think about the next steps. You have to prepare your flight end-to-end and always be ready for any contingency or emergency,” he said.

Rob said, “The course and especially the SAFT instructors have done a great job in breaking down each element into a steady learning program. It continues to build each week as does your confidence and it’s surprising on reflection at how far you develop in a relatively short timeframe.”

Rob plans to master solo flight first then move on to private and commercial flying so that in three years, he can pursue flying as a full time career.

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