Aerospace aims to raise students’ awareness of the aviation and aerospace industries, encourage students’ future participation in the aerospace industry and increase the skills and knowledge that will enhance students’ future employment prospects. It aims to foster and develop inquiring minds and intellectual skills that will help students think critically and purposefully about the aviation and aerospace environments as well as promote students’ appreciation of the need to become lifelong learners.
There are four mandatory areas of study:
Aeronautics and Astronautics
Safety Management Systems
The Business of Aviation and Aerospace
Within these areas of study, major topics will include basic aeronautical knowledge, aircraft systems, safety awareness, quality concepts, management principles, human resources management, airport and airline operations and air traffic management. Supporting topics will include meteorology and the history of aviation.
Study of the subject will be accomplished through a thematic approach. The four themes are Archerfield (Study of light aircraft), Amberley (Study of military aircraft), Brisbane Airport (Study of commercial aircraft) and Cape Canaveral (study of astronautics).
Download the Aerospace Systems Brochure here.
Aviation is a subject for students who are looking forward to either a career in aviation or flying for pleasure. During Years 10, 11 and 12, students are able to enrol in Aviation as an additional non-ATAR subject.
Students go to a flying school at the Archerfield Airport each week during the year. Initially students work towards performing their first solo and must be 15 years of age to do so. Students work towards a Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) and then, after successfully completing navigation flights, gain a Private Pilot Licence. Students will be required to pay their chosen flying school each week for their lesson. This is a pay-as-you-go arrangement with the hire rate of an aircraft and instructor plus landing fees meaning that each flying week costs between $300 and $400. The total cost to attain solo flight is estimated to be $6,000, with a further $5,000 to gain a Recreational Pilot Licence with the total cost of a Private Pilot Licence being roughly $22,000.
The theory, comprising Flight Radio Operator’s Licence (FROL), Basic Aeronautical Knowledge (BAK) and Private Pilot Licence Theory (PPL), is studied during Wednesday A and study at home. Topics include: aircraft familiarisation, aviation terminology, communications, aircraft general knowledge and control, rules and procedures of flight, theory of flight, meteorology and navigation.
For more details please download the Aviation Brochure here.
Aerospace Gateway to Industry Schools project
The Aerospace Gateway to Industry Schools project was established to support the growth and development of an effective workforce for the aviation industry sector. This program provides opportunities for young people to undertake structured workplace learning, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, full-time employment and further study through industry-school partnerships and has proven essential in meeting the Queensland Government’s aim of transitioning young people from school to work while completing school and gaining formal qualifications.
The program currently involves a total of 16 Queensland secondary schools (government and non-government), plus two aviation “hub” schools, with 300 students throughout Queensland studying Aerospace. There are more than 30 industry partners and supports including local aerospace entities, training institutions and universities who are creating pathways for students into Queensland’s aerospace industry. Indooroopilly State High School is a proud member of this project.
For further details, please contact Matt Reid, Head of Department – Partnerships, Digital Learning, Aerospace and Avation, on firstname.lastname@example.org