Rotary and Fixed Wing Qualifcation (Pilot)


The purpose of this document is to provide a comprehensive list of all test material that is required to be completed by the Pilot Candidate in order to become a qualified Pilot. Due to the increased responsibility and potential for catastrophic failure, this role is held to a much higher standard compared to other roles. Completion of all material is required to pass; you will not receive your qualification or ability to fly in main ops if you only complete one/multiple components (e.g. fixed wing only).

The Qualification requires completion of 2 tests and 2 familiarisation courses. These consist of individual marked components for assessment. For the sake of simplicity, both the tests and familiarisation courses will be referred to as tests throughout this document, unless explicitly specified.  

Completion of JTAC training is highly recommended to complement the role and topics covered. 

The last Test, Advanced Pilot Course, is not required for the qualification. 

Responsibilities and Expectations

Prior to applying to complete the course, it is expected that you have done training in your own time and reached proficiency in all points below. This qualification is achieved as a test, not a series of lessons. Having said that, feel free to contact current pilots if you would like assistance in the lead up to a potential test or for flight instruction. It might be possible to shadow a pilot for an op, depending on multiple factors such as attendance, mission, perceived benefit etc. 

The tests can be conducted in one sitting or across multiple sessions due to the length and amount of topics to be covered. Your progress will be tracked by the instructor. All components will be given a pass/fail mark. Each test has a 1-2 week (TBD) cool-off period if you fail. It is up to the Instructors discretion if you are allowed to re-test the failed component/s, or are required to re-sit the entirety of the test. 

The use of auto-hover/auto pilot is not to be used during testing. 

Fixed Wing Test must be passed before continuing on to F/A-18 Familiarisation Course. F/A-18 Familiarisation Course is a slightly more informal than the previous Fixed Wing Test, allowing for minor verbal instruction and teaching, but the same expectations are applied. 

Rotary Test must be passed before continuing on to Apache Familiarisation. Apache Familiarisation Course is a slightly more informal than the previous Rotary Test, allowing for minor verbal instruction and teaching, but the same expectations are applied. 

As a qualified pilot, you'll be expected to maintain your competency on all aircraft. If new aircraft are added, you will most likely be required to gain competency with that craft. 

Prior Reading Material

Fixed Wing Test

  1. Rearming, Repairing, Refuelling 
  2. Knowledge of what the majority of munitions are, how to use them
  3. Outfit a Jet given a basic briefing 
  4. Take off 
  5. General Flight (Continuous Assessment)
  6. Landing
  7. Working with a JTAC
  8. CAS Craft - Gun runs, unguided bombs. 
  9. Quick CAS
  10. Accurate CAS
  11. AA Craft - Air to air engagements, missiles, guns
  12. Countermeasures and dealing with AAA
  13. How to dogfight, air to air engagements, missiles, guns
  14. Respecting a No-fly-Zone
  15. How to use Radar symbols, terminology logical assessment, keybindings
  16. Maintaining Radar coverage whilst on standby for CAS (verbal answer)
  17. How to maintain constant Radar in a group (verbal answer)
  18. Correct RATEL (Continuous Assessment)
  19. Airborne Insertion (Paradrop)

F/A-18 Familiarisation Course

  1. Take off from carrier
  2. Landing on carrier no auto pilot (Best to visually check first with a low pass, then land) 
  3. Maneuvering on carrier (folding wings, where to launch)
  4. Weapon systems (e.g. what does what WRT locking, soft vs hard target, using the right weapon)
  5. Utilising the camera and flying (lasing your own/s someone else's target, using it for spotting, how to relay enemy position to ground effectively, locking it to a position/auto track a point target)

Rotary Test

  1. Select a craft given a briefing*
  2. Outfit a Littlebird given a briefing*
  3. Outfit a ESSS given a briefing*
  4. Repair an aircraft
  5. Refuel an aircraft
  6. HUD knowledge (verbal)
  7. Basic Takeoff
  8. Basic Flight
  9. Basic Landings
  10. Give an ETA to landing
  11. Tight Landing (Compound)
  12. Tight Landing (Roof)
  13. Quick Landing (e.g. J-Hook)
  14. Offset Hover (next to building without landing)
  15. Pinnacle Landing (Chinook)
  16. Hot takeoff and landing
  17. Can Auto-rotate from power loss (<100m, approx 100km/h)
  18. Can land after AT loss (<100m, approx 100km/h)
  19. Can land after both power and AT loss (<100m, approx 100km/h)
  20. Nap of the earth flight
  21. Can read map
  22. Correct RATEL
  23. Working with a JTAC*
  24. Accurate CAS*
  25. Quick CAS*
  26. Can load cargo
  27. Can unload cargo

Apache Familiarisation Course

  1. Intimate knowledge of ALL weaponry
  2. Loadouts and rearming/refueling
  3. Roles of Pilot and Gunner
  4. How to work with the Pilot/Gunner
  5. Correct positioning (altitude, distance to target)
  6. Countermeasures
  7. how to dogfight
  8. effective use of radar, HUD, camera, TADS display

Advanced Pilot Course

(Required for Promotion to Commissioned Officer ranks, not required for pilot qualification)

  1. Air Control (e.g. being aware of everyone's loadouts, maintaining at least 1 asset in the air) ‘Squadron Leader’
  2. Intimate knowledge of all air platforms, their strengths, weaknesses and how to fly them 
  3. Intimate knowledge of how to use all weaponry, with different variants being the only query point (e.g. AGM64A - L)
  4. Can train/test new pilots
  5. Use of Growler
  6. STOL runways