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There's flying. And then there's
FLYING
See how the Air Force stacks up
against other pilot careers
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F/A-18 Hornet

CORE FUNCTION – COMBAT

Capable of Mach 1.8, the Hornet multi-role fighter is equipped with a variety of advanced weapons including air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, and a nose-mounted cannon.

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E-7A Wedgetail

CORE FUNCTION – SURVEILLANCE

Able to gather and analyse information from a wide variety of sources, the Wedgetail is used to control military operations, provide an early warning of hostile activity, and support search and rescue missions.

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C-17A Globemaster III

CORE FUNCTION – MASS TRANSPORT

With three times the capacity and almost twice the range of a Hercules, the mighty Globemaster can carry 102 battle-ready troops, five Bushmaster armoured cars or three Tiger helicopters.

Vlad
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The best part is getting into the jet and feeling the power and freedom that you have – it's great.”

 
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Owen
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On my first Wedgetail flight I thought 'Wow, I'm flying a 737 at 24 years old' – not many people can say that they've done that.”

 
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David
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We perform a wide variety of roles from flying crucial cargo to important locations or being involved in disaster relief. It's really rewarding.”

 
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F/A-18 Hornet

Vlad
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"The best part is getting into the jet and feeling the power and freedom that you have – it's great."

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E-7A Wedgetail

Owen
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"On my first Wedgetail flight I thought 'Wow, I'm flying a 737 at 24 years old' – not many people can say that they've done that."

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C-17A Globemaster III

David
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"We perform a wide variety of roles from flying crucial cargo to important locations or being involved in disaster relief. It's really rewarding."

THE FIGHTER PILOT TRAINING JOURNEY

See a snapshot of the training process as a pilot graduates from CT-4B Airtrainer to PC9/A single-engine turboprop to the Hawk 127 fighter-trainer.
WATCH TRAILER
Be immersed in a full interactive experience, discovering what life’s like training as a fighter pilot and taking part in simulated training routines and exercises.
FULL EXPERIENCE
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FIGHTER PILOT TRAINING JOURNEY
Super Hornet
Watch trailer
Super Hornet
Full experience

WHAT COULD I BE FLYING?

 
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General Aviation
General Aviation Cessna 152
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Airline Cadet
Airline Cadetship Boeing 737
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JET
AIR FORCE
F/A-18 Hornet F/A-18 Hornet
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General Aviation
General Aviation Cessna 152
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Airline Cadet
Airline Cadetship Boeing 737
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JET
AIR FORCE
F/A-18 Hornet F/A-18 Hornet
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HOW FAST WILL I GO?

 
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General Aviation
GA
< 302 km/h
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Airline Cadetship
AC
< 920 km/h
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AIR Force
JET
< 2,220 km/h
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HOW MUCH WILL TRAINING COST ME?

HOW MUCH WILL TRAINING
COST ME?

 
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General Aviation $63,000

For a Commercial Pilot Licence.

You’ll also need to pay all your living expenses while training.

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AIR Force zero cost

To become fully qualified.

The best training in Australia, aircraft use, accommodation and meals will cost you absolutely nothing. In fact, in the Air Force you’ll be paid to train.

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Airline Cadetship over $100,000

Through a bachelor degree.

This would be the cost whether you train through a 3-year Bachelor of Aviation course or via obtaining a Commercial Pilots Licence. University accommodation could cost another $22,000 a year.

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$63,000 cessna (Commercial Pilot Licence)

You’ll also need to pay all your living expenses while training.

OVER $100,000 boeing (For full training course)

This would be the cost whether you train through a 3-year Bachelor of Aviation or via obtaining a Commercial Pilots Licence. University accommodation could cost another $22,000 a year.

ZERO COST boeing (To become fully qualified)

Training, aircraft use, accommodation and meals will cost you absolutely nothing. In fact, in the Air Force you’ll be paid to train.

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General Aviation 35,000
$35,000 After paying training fees and expenses for 1 year.
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AIR Force 80-90,000
$60,000 After paying training fees and expenses for 4 years.
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Airline Cadetship 60,000
$80-$90,000 After being paid to train for around 18 months.
TIME
After paying training feesand expenses for 1 year.
After being paid to trainfor around 18 months.
After paying training feesand expenses for 4 years.

HOW MUCH WILL I EARN ONCE TRAINED?

HOW MUCH WILL I EARN
ONCE TRAINED?

 
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HOW QUICKLY WILL I BECOME A CAPTAIN
AFTER GAINING MY WINGS?

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General Aviation Around
12 months
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AIR Force As little as 6 months
to 2 years
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Airline Cadetship Between 5
and 10 years
Around 12 months
Between 5 and 10 years
As little as 6 months to 2 years
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HOW WILL MY FINANCES LOOK OVER TIME?

Airline

After around five years and having paid for your training and living expenses, your earning potential should start to rise.

Airforce

You’ll be paid as you train then when qualified, get an excellent starting salary plus 18% Super, allowances and other great benefits.

General aviation

Over the course of your whole career, you’ll have the least financial rewards of the three options shown here if you choose general aviation.

WHERE WILL I STANDAFTER 4 YEARS?

TRAINING COST EARNINGS NET POSITION
$140K $0 -$140K
$63K $150K $87K
$0 $300K $300K

Figures are approximate and based on average costs and earnings.

 
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WHAT’S MY COMMITMENT?

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General Aviation Working in general aviation, you’ll have no specific commitments to honour.
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AIR Force You'll need to provide an Initial Minimum Period of Service of 11.5 years, which starts the day you enlist. However, if you fail your Air Force Pilot training you'll have no financial or long-term commitments to uphold.
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Airline Cadetship Depending on the airline you’ve committed to, you may be required to stay with them for six years or more following your cadetship.
  • AIR FORCE

    You'll need to provide an Initial Minimum Period of Service of 11.5 years, which starts the day you enlist.

  • AIRLINE CADETSHIP

    Depending on the airline you’ve committed to, you may be required to stay with them for six years or more following your cadetship.

  • GENERAL AVIATION

    Working in general aviation, you’ll have no specific commitments to honour.

 
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ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?

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