It’s easy to see why Griffith Aviation degrees are highly sought after as Australia’s most highly recognised industry programs. Successful graduates continue to fill pilot seats and senior management positions at Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia and Regional Express services. There are also a myriad of additional opportunities in charter, flight instructor or aerial service contract work within the industry.
Industry engagement is a paramount consideration of Griffith Aviation with an Advisory Board established to ensure students not only meet the requirements for professional registration, but also have the skills and knowledge that future employers want. The current Industry Advisory Board boasts outstanding, hands-on aviation and scientific expertise, coupled with a complementary business acumen which ensures a positive, all-encompassing direction for Griffith Aviation’s study and research programs.
Learning and Teaching
Griffith Aviation’s professionally equipped teaching staff includes a number of experienced pilots. Our pilot-lecturer contingent spans the breadth of global aviation, including former representatives of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Royal Air Force (UK), South African Air Force as well as major commercial airlines. Complementing industry and research expertise in aviation safety and management, aviation law, meteorology, psychology and navigation, aircraft operational procedures, disaster management, sustainable development, plus the industry’s impacts on tourism and transport infrastructure, makes Griffith Aviation one of the most comprehensive learning environments within the aviation sector.
Griffith Aviation offers its Graduate Certificate in Airport Management program fully online, providing unsurpassed study flexibility. Our Master’s Program continues to gain worldwide traction, and is a valued and important study advancement among seasoned aviation professionals. Upon graduation individuals boast a more thorough theoretical competitive advantage and are eligible to pursue doctoral studies or conduct independent research into the aviation sector.
Such is the appetite for aviation among young Australians, the Bachelor of Aviation Management offering has now been expanded to entice industry newcomers. The revamped offering not only maintains a consistent intake of current industry professionals, but is also available through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).
Postgraduate degrees maintain a strong industry focus, with the Graduate Certificate in Airport Management existing as a partnership between Griffith Aviation, the Griffith Business School and Queensland Airports Limited (QAL). Successful completion of this program provides a springboard towards attaining the Master of Aviation Management and with it the opportunity to advance a career towards senior management roles within the industry.
As the name suggests, Griffith Aviation’s MATES (Mentoring Aviators Through Educational Support) program is open to all undergraduate Aviation students, providing ongoing professional development and peer mentoring opportunities throughout your study program. At the outset, individuals are allocated into flight groups and nominated Flight Leader and Deputy Flight Leaders direct groups across numerous challenges throughout the duration of the program. Weekly networking events bring the entire cohort together in a social environment, where students gain practical insights to the industry, listening to guest speakers across the many and varied aviation professions.
Providing more social, fun-filled flight experiences is Griffith University Soaring Society (GUSS), which introduces recreational and competitive gliding to students and professionals across the entire university community.
Our team of academic staff are involved in numerous research studies. Current research includes; investigating issues in pilots transitioning from glass to analogue cockpits; early pilot training and pilot learning and development.
Teaching staff undertake research in the travel and tourism sectors of Australia’s aviation industry services at domestic and international levels. Griffith University currently has two research agreements with Queensland Airports Limited (QAL). The first helped establish a survey which has collected more than 16,000 responses from Gold Coast airport passengers in order to understand travel patterns and consumer behaviour.
QAL engaged with a Griffith University Industry Collaboration Scheme to study the ‘willingness-to-pay’ concept for transport infrastructure. Gold Coast Airport continues to be subject to a number of forecast infrastructure improvements so it is ready for the Commonwealth Games in 2018. This research project is very timely to understand the needs of customers and the value individuals place on potential new developments. QAL is also a partner for an Australian Research Council Linkage project to consider financial mechanisms such as “land value capture” to help meet costs when the Gold Coast light rail system is extended to Coolangatta. Other partners include the City of Gold Coast, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and Q:Link.