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.
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.