Melville Senior High School conducts one of only four Aviation Specialist programs in WA. Founded in 1985, the program has grown a great deal over the years with enrolment numbers currently over 100. The program is taught by qualified teachers with industry experience, commercial pilot’s licences and an in house qualified flight instructor. The Aviation students also get the opportunity to fly drones and obtain a Drone Licence. Many former students have found employment in the aviation industry.

In keeping with the future of aviation Melville is the first school to conduct training for the qualification of Remote Pilots Licence (RePL) which allows students to pursue employment as a drone pilot. Training begins in year 9 and completes in year 10 with the licence qualification. This licence is heavily discounted compared to outside companies that conduct training which makes it affordable for all students.

Thinking of being an Aerospace Engineer?

Aeronautical engineering or aerospace engineering involves the design and development of aircraft, artificial satellites, spacecraft and high-speed ground transportation systems. For those interested in pursuing a career in aeronautical engineering, it’s essential to get off on the right foot as early as high school. Though college and university requirements may vary, there are aerospace engineering aspects with the Aviation Studies course that relate to the field of aeronautical engineering. Physics courses are a crucial element of aeronautical engineering and combined with Melville High School’s maths and science core units, students would be able to attain acceptance into any Australian University that has an Aerospace engineering degree.

In addition to their core curriculum, students in years 7-10 will study aeronautics, principles of flight, rockets, drones, space flight, with associated aspects of engineering and aircraft mechanics. This is further enhanced with the year 11 and 12 Aviation program which allows to students to focus their studies on contexts related to general aviation, such as: Advanced aerodynamics, navigation, meteorology, rotary aerodynamics, engines and systems, navigation aids, human physiology and performance in flight, and flight training.

Flight Training

Students have the opportunity to partake in flying training during school hours, in real aircraft (at their expense ) as an option. Flight training rates are heavily discounted as the school has their own flight instructor. Grants and subsidies are available for successful applicants as well. The school also has two full motion flight simulators available for use.

About the Aviation Course

Acceptance into this program is for six years from Years 7 to 12.  We cater for the learning needs of all students, from those seeking a career in aviation, science or engineering to other aviation-related pursuits. Year 7 and 8 students attend two sessions a week doubling to four sessions in Years 9 to 10 (from 2019). If a student does not achieve adequate standards, an interview will be required with the Deputy Principal and students outside the local intake area may not be able to continue at the school.

A purpose-built Aviation Centre within the school, houses the majority of the course. The remainder of the course time is spent at airports and in the skies above Perth in the flight program. We are currently the only school within Western Australia that can boast two full-motion flight simulators, enhancing Melville SHS’s reputation as a leader within this field of study.

Entry Requirements Years 7-10
  • A genuine interest in aviation.
  • Satisfactory academic performance. School reports, references and personal qualities of the applicant will be considered in determining acceptance into the course.
  • Complete a written test and if successful an interview.

Come Fly With Me – Primary Extension Program

An eight week Aviation course is available each term for Year 5 and 6 students interested in applying for the program.  For more information, or to apply, please download the following form.

Aviation Testing & Interviews

Enrolment in the program involves a testing process when students are in Year 5 and / or 6. This involves an academic test, and an interview in Semester 1. Students in other year groups are welcome to apply to join the program as sometimes vacancies arise. Aviation interviews will be taking place in late May (dates to be confirmed).