Learn to be a pilot at the

Sheldon College Aviation and Space Academy


On the successful completion of the Sheldon College Aviation Program, students will receive industry recognised credentials provided through the Sheldon College Partnership with the Australian Wings Academy. 

The Aviation Program includes Work Experience in industry and the hands-on flying of aeroplanes and the commencement of a Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane). Students are encouraged to enter the Sheldon College Aviation Program in Year 11 to complete the Aviation Foundation Program.

The Aviation Foundation Program is tailored to provide a comprehensive introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of Aviation. Students undertaking the Aviation Foundation Program will become familiar with aircraft equipment and gain the theoretical knowledge required to confidently progress to full flight training during Year 12.

Year 12 students are eligible to enrol into the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) and can study for their Private Pilot Licence during Year 12. 

"Year 11 and 12 students can realise their ambitions to fly through a range of Aviation and Space programs available at Sheldon College."

Mrs Diane Vandermeer, Director of Senior Schooling
Students undertaking the Aviation Program will study the following:
  • Introduction to Aviation
  • Diploma of Aviation
  • Private Pilot's licence
  • Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplane

On graduation from Sheldon College, successful Aviation Program graduates will go on to complete their training with the Australian Wings Academy to apply for a Commercial Pilot Licence to fly commercial aeroplanes for airlines such as Qantas.

Video right; Thomas Roots, Year 12 Student and Pilot

Study Drone Piloting


Year 11 and 12 Students can realise their ambition to be a Drone Pilot through the Aviation and Space Academy Programs available at Sheldon College.

Industries of all kinds are benefiting from the use of drones to do work that was once expensive, difficult and/or dangerous. As drone technology develops, new opportunities will present themselves and offer more employment opportunities. Drone technology is going to revolutionise the way many industries function.

On the successful completion of the Sheldon College Drone Pilot Program, students will receive industry recognised credentials provided through the Sheldon College partnership with Ace Aviation.

Year 11 and Year 12 students have the opportunity to learn from industry leaders through enrolment in the Certificate program and will gain a deep understanding of drone technology and related career opportunities. Students will learn how to read aeronautical maps, understand CASA Rules and Regulations and UAV Maintenance and gain hands-on drone flying experience. On completion of the course students will receive a Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight), an Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate and a Drone.

"Industries of all kinds are benefiting from the use of drones to do work that was once expensive, difficult and/or dangerous."

Mr Murray James, Director of ICT

International Space Design Competition


Our Space Settlement Design students commence this program in Year 4, through the Junior Space Design Competition.

At a senior level, the International Space Settlement Design competition, run as an Engineering industry simulation, puts high school students in the shoes of Aerospace Industry Engineers designing a city in space. Student Engineers demonstrate creativity, space environment knowledge, technical competence and management skills to design and present a solution to a space design problem.

Sheldon College students from Year 4 to Year 12 have the opportunity to participate in the annual Australian Space Design Competition (ASDC). From the competition finalists, two winning schools are selected to represent Australia at the International Space Settlement Design Competition at the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, where students get the opportunity to work with students from the US and other countries and to meet NASA engineers, some of whom worked on the original Mercury and Apollo missions.

"Since joining the International Space Settlement Design Competition in 2012, Sheldon College students have represented Australia five times, with the Australian team winning the competition in 2012 and 2014."

Dr David Hughes, Space Program Co-ordinator

Register your Interest

Register your interest in the Sheldon College Aviation Program by contacting the Sheldon College Office of Senior Schooling on (07) 3206 5550.