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In 2018, Trinity is proud to be able to offer Aviation as both an ATAR and General subject. This is a great opportunity for students who may not have previously chosen an ATAR science course, while also opening the door for non-ATAR students to pursue a variety of career pathways and TAFE study. The job outlook for pilots is promising, with the 2017-2036 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook forecasting a need for 637,000 new commercial airline pilots around the world in the next 20 years, with 253,000 of those in the Asia-Pacific region.

The 2017-2036 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook forecasts a need for 253,000 new commercial airline pilots in Asia-Pacific region

The Aviation course for Year 11 is broken down into two units. In the first, students investigate the aerodynamic principles associated with lift and drag, aircraft controls and flight instruments, and the various types of aircraft stability. In the second unit, students explore the development and principles of the internal combustion aircraft engine. They investigate fixed pitch propellers and various aircraft systems commonly found on light aircraft, the disposition of forces in specific flight manoeuvres. In aviation development, students study the structure of aviation in Australia today and the services provided. They also gain an understanding of the regulatory and support organisations servicing the aviation industry. 

In Year 12 students develop their understanding of aerodynamics and examine rotary wing, advanced aerodynamic features and high-speed aerodynamics. Students also understand the principles, purpose and need for safety management in aviation, including communication, leadership, assertiveness, judgement and decision making. Students further their understanding of aircraft engines, including the principles associated with turbine engines, investigate different types of propeller design and their operation, and further develop their ability to interpret performance charts for light aircraft. They are introduced to advanced cockpit displays, examine various aircraft navigation and electronic aids, and gain an understanding of how these are used in flight operations. 

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