Qantas “Academy” set to start in a few months

Qantas Academy (basically a cadet program) is set to open mid-2019 with applications to start being accepted soon. 18 months of classroom work, simulator and other training will get you ready to either fly a Q400 for Qlink, mainline Qantas jets (second officer) or fly for Jetstar.

My best bet would be that you will probably be employed with Qlink.

Who’s applying?!

Qantas Pilot Academy

Well, it’s finally here…

Whether it’s flying a Dash 8 across to Longreach or landing a Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Los Angeles, our pilots say they have the best office in the world.

We train our pilots to the highest standards and we can draw on almost 100 years of aviation experience. We want to help shape the next generation of pilots and that’s why we’re establishing the Qantas Group Pilot Academy. It will open its doors in 2019 with an initial intake of 100 pilots.  Once it’s fully established we expect to train up to 500 pilots a year.

We expect the typical entrants to be high school or university graduates with a strong academic performance. After 18 months of classroom, simulator and real world flight training you’ll graduate. The training could lead to employment with one of the Qantas Group airlines, including Jetstar.

You can register your interest here:

Qantas Link Pilot Cadet Program

Qantas Link is Australia’s premier regional airline operating a fleet of 43 aircraft including the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400. Upon successful completion of the program, an applicant can expect to become a Qantas Link First Officer. Just like any other Pilot Cadet Program, this was designed for applicants that did not qualify for the competitive Direct Entry scheme. That being said, this program is by far one of the more competitive ones but it is very cheap compared to the others.

The minimum requirements for this program are:


Higher School Certificate (documentation required), with passes in Maths and English (approved bridging courses will be considered)
Tertiary studies are highly desirable but not essential.


Applicants must be 18 years old;
Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Residents or New Zealand Citizen (documentation required);
Hold and maintain a current Australian or New Zealand passport with access to all Qantas ports.


Australian Commercial Pilot Licence; and,
Australian Air Transport Pilot theory subjects.
New Zealand applicants must have converted their licence/ratings to an Australian Licence/Rating prior to applying for a position with the Trainee program.


Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating with all navaids including DME/GPS Arrival (RNAV/GNSS preferred but not required)
Hold a Basic Enroute GPS Qualification (CAO 40.2.1, Appendix IV, Section 1 – log book stamp required).
100 hrs as Pilot in Command.
Preference will be given to candidates with recent flying experience.


Current CASA Class 1 Aviation Medical certificate.
Pass a Pre Employment Drug and Alcohol Test


Ability to hold a Qantas Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)^.


Hold a Level 6 English Proficiency Language (EPL) test pass as required by CASA.

If you fit the criteria and are interested in working for a premier regional airline in Australia, Apply Here!