Dear Students and Staff,

The School of Aviation would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our students and staff for their perseverance and resilience during this unprecedented time.  The flexibility, adaptability and continued focus our students have shown are the qualities that will make our graduates the most employable as the industry comes out of this downturn.

All Aviation courses and learning resources have successfully migrated to online and are being taught remotely. This mode will continue for Term 2. While it is expected that face-to-face teaching may resume in Term 3, all courses will remain online to ensure all students can be supported, regardless of their location. Future students of the Bachelor of Aviation Management can enrol secure in the knowledge that they have full online access to our teaching staff and learning resources.

For students of the Flying program, Flying training has been suspended during this period of physical distancing, with current Flying students undertaking theory classes in the interim.  We have a new risk mitigation strategy in place and are very hopeful that Flying will resume soon.  For International Flying students commencing in Term 3, it is possible to replace the BAK with academic courses (12UOC) which can be taken remotely and commence BAK (a prerequisite for Flying) in Term 1, 2021, provided international borders are open before the end of January 2021.

The Aviation industry is a global, social and economically important industry that brings people together.  It is also a resilient industry that has bounced back stronger than ever from every crisis it has gone through, from the Asian Financial Crisis, 9/11, SARS and the Global Financial Crisis. COVID-19 will be no different. Aviation will recover and demand for Aviation graduates will continue to grow.  Countries like India, China and Australia will have an ongoing demand for aviation once travel opens up again as the distances are simply too great to use other modes of transport. From the technically challenging cockpit with awe-inspiring views, to the operational, logistical, safety, and financial challenges of managing airports and airlines, UNSW Aviation is uniquely placed to create graduates ready to take on opportunities in this exciting industry.

It is understandable that you may have questions regarding your study. Please, do not hesitate to reach out to one of us. We are here for you.

Best regards,

Prof Gabriel Lodewijks (Head of School), Mr Malcolm Good (Director of Flying operations), Mrse Lorda Omeissah (School Manager)