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Sharp Airlines First Officer Cadetship

Why choose Sharp Airlines’ Cadet Pilot Program? (Australian residents only)

  • No other pilot training program guarantees students 500 hours aeronautical experience.
  • Sharp Airlines is the fastest growing regional Airline in Australia, with the longest-running Airline Pilot Cadet course in Australia (23 years).
  • Sharp Airlines offers the most complete hands-on course in Australia, the lowest instructor-trainee ratios in Australia (1:5), and the only airline company to guarantee you a 9-month cadetship at the end of your course in Australia.
  • You get what you pay for. Our prices reflect what our knowledge and experience you require to become a professional pilot. Learn with Sharp Airlines and you will have the technical know-how, confidence, experience — the ability — to fly with anyone, anywhere.

Sharp Airlines’ First Officer Cadetship Program provides an outstanding career opportunity designed to equip trainees with the ability to move confidently and successfully into the world of commercial aviation. Sharp Airlines’ cadets graduate with the skills, qualifications and experience necessary for finding employment within the aviation industry. Sharp Airlines’ cadets also have the advantage of experiencing all the hands-on activities of a busy, commercial airline company while achieving their qualification. 

To learn more about Sharp Airlines click here and to read our Safety & Quality Philosophy & Policy click here

January 2015 Course

Our Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Flight Operations) Cadetship course is unique

Sharp Airlines is committed to ensuring that our trainees are the best. The Course is 24 months long which includes a Diploma of Aviation ( Instrument Flight Operations) and flight training; you will be equipped with skills ranging from Dangerous Goods to public relations.

The Sharp Airlines First Officer Cadetship is the final 9 months of the 24 month program of advanced pilot training which is fully remunerated. During your training and cadetship candidates will obtain a minimum of 500 hours total aeronautical experience.

The course is designed to take the student with no experience through to a Commercial Pilots Licence and also to equip them with an Instrument Rating.

Sharp Airlines offers an Diploma in Aviation (Airline Transport Pilot) Cadetship. Acceptance into the cadetship is achieved through first completing AVI40108 Certificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Aeroplane Licence).

Further information



AVI40108 Cert 1V in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Aeroplane Licence)

AVI50408 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Flight Operations)


Selection Process and Criteria

Applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent residency to qualify to train with Sharp Airlines. Applicants are invited to inspect our facilities at Hamilton and Portland, an appointment can be made by contacting Helen Sobey at

The course does not attract any Government financial assistance, such as VET Fee Help / HECS).

We accept applications all year round. We also provide discount travel on our Airline Service from Essendon to Hamilton and return. On the same day we normally ask you to undertake a formal interview to assess you for a position in our course. We do occasionally attend Career Expos at various times of the year in Vicotria. Please contact our office for further details. What to bring:

What to bring:

  • Resumé.
  • School results.
  • Logbook if flying training has already commenced.

Potential applicants will be asked to:

  • Complete an application
  • Undertake an interview
  • Complete an application for an Aviation Reference Number (ARN)
  • Undergo a medical examination with your nearest approved Designated Aviation Medical Examiner



  • Pass in Year 12
  • Passes in english, maths and physics (equivilent to math methods in Victoria)
  • Good social skills
  • Outgoing personality
  • Demonstrated ability in sports

Following the assessment, if your application meets our requirements we will write to you and offer you a position in our course.

Course Structure

AVI40108 Certificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Aeroplane Licence)

Duration - Full Time

  • 42 weeks 
  • 1040 hours


  • Student Pilot Licence
  • Commercial Pilot Licence
  • Constant Speed Endorsement
  • Multi Engine Endorsement


  • Maintain aircraft radio communications
  • Manage human factors in aircraft flight
  • Navigate aircraft
  • Manage aircraft passengers and cargo
  • Manage pre and post flight actions
  • Control aeroplane on the ground
  • Take-off aeroplane
  • Control aeroplane in normal flight
  • Land aeroplane
  • Execute advanced aircraft manoeuvres and procedures
  • Manage abnormal aeroplane flight situations
  • Manage aircraft fuel
  • Control aeroplane solely by reference to full instrument panel
  • Control aeroplane solely by reference to limited instrument panel
  • Manage situation awareness in aircraft flight

AVI50408 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Flight Operation)

Duration - Full Time

  • 20 weeks
  • 500 hours face-to-face delivery 


  • Command Multi Engine Instrument Rating


  • Operate and manage aircraft systems
  • Conduct full instrument panel manoeuvres
  • Conduct limited instrument panel manoeuvres
  • Plan a navigation flight under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR)
  • Navigate aircraft - IFR
  • Perform an instrument arrival
  • Perform instrument departure - non published procedure
  • Perform visual circling approach
  • Perform NDB instrument approach
  • Perform VHF-Omni directional radio range (VOR) instrument approach
  • Operate multi-engine fixed wing aeroplane
  • Perform standard arrival route (STAR)
  • Perform instrument departure - published procedure (SIDSRD)
  • Perform instrument landing system (ILS) instrument approach
  • Perform distance measuring equipment (DME)/global positioning system (GPS)
  • Perform global positioning system (GPS)/non precision approach (NPA)


Metroliner Turboprop Endorsement

Duration - Full Time

  • 5 weeks
  • 200 hours


  • Turboprop Endorsement


  • Multicrew Coordination
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Engineering Groundschool
  • CAO 20.11 Training


Terms and Conditions

Students typically rent a flat or house in Hamilton starting at around $180 per week for a flat or $270 per week for a 3 bedroom house. We can provide rental lists and assistance if required.

Books and Equipment
Text books and navigation equipment are only supplied for those students undertaking the Full-time Commercial course. However students will be required to provide their own stationery.

All students will be required to sign a commercial pilot cadetship agreement.

While training for a Commercial Pilots licence at Sharp Airlines students are required to wear a uniform. Uniforms are provided at the student’s expense. Orders can be placed through our head office.

All students are covered for third party and damage to equipment whilst undergoing training in Sharp Airlines aircraft. Personal cover can be arranged through your own insurance agency if necessary.

Standards and Fees
You will find that the prices and training schedules stated are estimates only based on Civil Aviation Safety Authority guide-lines. We always endeavour to meet these prices and schedules. However, any additional flying required in excess of the stipulated hours to meet the required standard is at the student’s expense. During the cadetship all students will be expected to demonstrate a high degree of academic skill and airmanship. If at any time during the course it is the opinion of the Chief Flying Instructor that a particular student is not meeting the requirements of the course then their position will be reviewed. If a student’s cadetship is terminated all course fees will be refunded based on the number of hours completed.

Hamilton is serviced by bus from all capital cities; flights from Melbourne are available at substantial discount. Ideally a car is needed to commute between the aerodrome and the student quarters. For those students without a car, transport to and from the aerodrome can be arranged.


Course Fees for 2015*

Flight Hours Cost
8.0 hours Simulator Training


70.0 hours Solo Single Engine


44.0 hours Dual Single Engine (Includes CPL Flight test) $16,280.00
35.0 hours Dual Twin Engine Training


18.0 hours Simulator (Instrument Rating)


30.0 hours Twin Engine (Instrument Rating-includes IFR Flight Test)


12.0 hours Metro III/23 Turboprop Endorsement


Test and Landing Fees
General Flying Progress Test (GFPT)
Commercial Pilots Test (CPL)
Instrument Rating Test (IFR)
All landing and enroute fees



Licence Applications and Endorsement Fees
Aviation Reference Number
Private Pilots Licence
Commercial Pilots Licence
Single Engine<5700KG, CSU, Retractable, Multi Engine


Examinations (1 sitting only)
Basic Aeronautical Knowledge
Commercial Pilot Thoery
Instrument Rating Theory
Airline Transport Pilots Theory


Text Books, Equipment and Sundry Items
Student Pilot Study Books (Trevor Thom)
Commercial Pilot Study Books (Bob Tait)
Night Visual Rating (Chris Markam)
Advanced Types (Chris Markam)
Multi Engine (John Chesterfield)
Instrument Rating (Chris Markam)
Aircraft Operating Handbooks x 4
Navigation Computer, Ruler, Diversion Plotter, Cockpit Bag
Telstra Phone Away Card ($50 limit)
Aviation Security Information Card (ASIC card)
Unlimited use of Photocopier


CASA/Jeppesen Documents (1 year)
Jeppesen Airways Manuals
Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR's)
Civil Aviation Orders (CAO's)
Visual Terminal Charts (VTC's)
Planning Chart of Australia (PCA)
World Aeronautical Charts Cellosheen (WAC's)


Theory Courses
Commercial Pilots Theory
Instrument Rating Theory
Airline Pilots Theory
Dangerous Goods Awareness Course
Crew Resource Management Course
First Aid Cert II


Total (Includes $947.00 GST)

(Inc GST)

Payment/Term Dates

A deposit is paid in two stages. After successfully passing the first interview a $2,500 deposit is due within 14 days of the initial application being accepted. This initial deposit is fully refundable within 14 days if the applicant subsequently does not pass the final interview stage or fails the Class One Medical Examination.

If the applicant successfully passes the final interview a further deposit of $2,500 is due within 14 days of the final application being accepted.  Further payments are then due 28 days before the beginning of each term.  Payments not received by the due date will incur a late payment fee of 2.5% penalty interest per month or part thereof whilst the fees or any part of the fees remain outstanding.

Course Dates - 13 January 2014 - 17 April 2015

Cadetship - 20 April 2015 - 10 January 2016

Note: Leave on Public holidays is at the sole discretion of the Company.

Initial Deposit $2,500 Due 14 days from Initial Application
Final Deposit $2,500 Due 14 days from Final Application
Payment 1 $12,092 Due 16 December 2013
Payment 2 $12,092 Due by 3 February 2014
Payment 3 $12,092

Due by 24 March 2014

Payment 4 $12,092 Due by 12 May 2014 
Payment 5 $12,092 Due by 30 June 2014
Payment 6 $12,092 Due by 18 August 2014
Payment 7 $12,092 Due by 6 October 2014
Payment 8 $12,092

Due by 24 November 2014

Payment 9 $12,092 Due by 12 January 2015
Payment 10 $12,092 Due by 2nd March 2015

Note: Public holidays DO NOT apply

Prices are subject to change without notice.


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