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Aerospace studies is an OP eligible
subject which is offered at Years 11 and 12. An introductory program is offered as an elective to students in Years 9 and 10.

The course provides students with a holistic understanding of the aviation industry and prepares students for the various career opportunities in the industry. The course has the support of Boeing and Qantas who offer work experience opportunities for students but also the support of major universities such as Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland and Central Queensland University who offer direct entry into some Engineering programs if the student achieves a high level of success.

It is a subject which can offer a gateway to career opportunities, a contributor to an effective OP score or simply a new, fascinating and challenging subject to study.

Course content

Upon successful completion of Aerospace Studies the students will understand
Basic Aeronautical Knowledge and the major theory aspects of flying up to the Recreational Aviation license standard. In addition, students will have developed an understanding of engineering factors, physics, navigation, airport design, safety management systems, business operations, governing bodies and the history of aviation.

This subject contains elements of History, English, Mathematics, Science, Physics, Engineering and Geography. All these elements contribute to its interest and challenge.

Flight simulators

Throughout the course students have access to flight simulators for fixed and
rotary wing aircraft, with some assessment tasks requiring competency in their use. Students often have access to remote controlled aircraft for hands on learning experiences. These hands on experiences allow students to translate their theoretical knowledge into safe practice and gain a deeper appreciation of flight.


Every year students are given opportunities to participate in field trips to develop their understanding of the aviation industry first hand. Students are taken to pilot training facilities such as Emerald Free Flying at Caloundra Airport, to Pro-Sky and the engineering facility at Gympie Airport, and to visit the control tower and see business operations at the Sunshine Coast Airport. Students are given access to many restricted areas not available the general public.


Many students who have successfully completed the aerospace course have
ended up in aviation-related careers. Students have gone on to become pilots, cabin crew, structural engineers, aeronautical engineers, air traffic controllers, customs officials and fire fighting crew to name but a few.

Successful students in this course have a significant advantage over other job applicants with their developed aerospace understanding and industry recognition of the course.



Brad has many years experience as an Engineer for Rail and Telecommunication industries. His degree in Engineering (Photonics) lead him to a successful career in project management for various government and private projects before he changed paths to become a teacher in aerospace, mathematics and science. He also holds post-graduate qualifications in linguistics, education, theology and project management. His passion for aerospace is second to none and brings an engineering and technological flavour to the subject.

Glenn Brown

Glenn is an experienced senior teacher with over 35 years in the teaching profession. He spent 20 years as a physical education teacher teaching in both primary and secondary schools before transitioning to teaching Business and Information Communication Technology and Aerospace at Noosa High. During this time he has performed many roles including acting Head of Department, Regional Curriculum Advisor in HPE, Sportsmaster, Research Project Officer for Australian Schools Commission, Network and MIS administrator, School computer co-ordinator, Microsoft /Intel 'Teach to the Future' accredited master trainer, Queensland State and Regional Cross country championships convenor. 

Glenn has been employed part time as a lecturer for Central Queensland University in Technology and ICT and also developed the CQU Noosa campus content management system and online learning courses for the Bachelor of Learning Management degree.  With many years of practical flying experience, he has performed the role of safety officer and flying instructor for the Suncoast Model Flyers Club and currently holds Gold level wings accreditation in both fixed wing and helicopters. During 2008 he coordinated the Noosa High team to compete in the inuagural UAV Challenge (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) at Kingaroy Airport.


Luke Lanham

Luke holds a current private pilot’s license, which sees him regularly fly over regional Queensland.

Combined with his educational degree, Luke has been able to impart his hands-on knowledge of flying to the Aerospace Unit. Whilst working towards his pilot’s license Luke also trained as an actor and has used this unique combination of the Arts and the intuition and dedication needed for both these careers to further enhance his teaching of Aerospace. Luke has also taught at a tertiary level at QUT and in London for a number of years.