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!

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