Director of Flight Operations

Sydney, Australia
02 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
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At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Aviation offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including flight training and airborne research. The Flying Operations Unit, located at Bankstown Airport, delivers flight training and supporting theory as required by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and facilitates airborne research activities.

The Director of Flight Operations oversees the flight training operation, which presently has over 75 students annually and 20 instructors. Facilities include leased premises at Bankstown airport, a number of aircraft owned by UNSW Aviation, several aircraft leased/hired from private owners and flight simulators.

The role of Director of Flight Operations reports to the Head of School, and has the Head of Operations as a direct report.

About the role

  • $190,500 inclusive of 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Continuing
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The Director of Flight Operations is to manage all activities at the UNSW Flying Operations Unit for the School of Aviation, including maintaining a safe and efficient flight operations, flying training, ground based instruction and aerial work/survey as described in the UNSW Air Operators Certificate.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Maintain the Air Operators, Part 141 and 142 Certificates, implementing a safe and efficient flight training structure, consistent with applicable legislation.
  • Implement the strategic direction and policies of UNSW and the School of Aviation.
  • Oversee the continuous development and maintenance of best practice in flight training standards for all UNSW flying programs.
  • Ensure that Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requirements and standards are met, including the retention of certification for flying training and aerial survey.
  • Manage all facilities at the Flying Operations Unit, including 14 aircrafts.
  • Manage and plan for ongoing lease arrangements for Flying Operations Unit premises.
  • Manage the Flight Operations Unit staffing and other resources, including the ongoing recruitment and training of flying instructors.
  • Ensure that the training resources are adequate to accommodate student numbers and high quality training objectives and in accordance with CASA expectations. 
  • Participate in the strategic planning for the Flying Operations Unit and the School.
  • Liaise with various stakeholders in the aviation industry.
  • Liaise with academic staff and UNSW administration.
  • Promote and market aviation programs.
  • Implement the UNSW Health and safety management system within your area of responsibility. 

About the successful applicant

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in Aviation.
  • ATPL and Flight Instructor rating with the following (aeroplane) training endorsements: G1, CLR MEA, DF, IR, FIR.
  • Flight Examiner Rating or Approved Test Officer covering CPL, IR and FIR.
  • Demonstrated successful record of leadership and management in flight training in general aviation including operational, financial and personnel management.
  • Extensive knowledge of the civil aviation industry within Australian and internationally, particularly in regard to standards and regulations.
  • Proven ability to liaise, connect and build relationships within the Aviation industry.
  • Demonstrated experience with training overseas students.
  • Extensive experience as a flying instructor and test officer.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Competent in the use of computer applications and systems.
  • A strong understanding of and ability to implement workplace health and safety principles and practices.
  • Ability and capacity to direct and monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the safety management system.


  • Higher Degree.
  • Demonstrated experience with training overseas students.
  • Experience managing university flight training.
  • Hold a type rating on a transport category aircraft.
  • Demonstrated experience in university academic course management, particularly in coordinating and managing university flight training.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing a CASR Part 142 integrated training courses. 

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. For informal queries, please see the below contact details. 

Otherwise, please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.

Gabriel Lodewijks

Applications close: July 1st, 2019

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