COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 and your training

If you’ve been contemplating training with us this year, you probably have a few questions.

As we are an education provider offering highly specialised training to the helicopter industry, which is deemed essential, we are able to operate.

However, we are proceeding with caution – take a look below to see how we’re responding to COVID-19 to keep everyone safe, while ensuring that essential training can still take place.

We’re sure you may still have questions specific to your situation, so please contact us.

Do you have a COVID-19 risk management policy?

Yes, we have developed a series of internal procedures in accordance with federal and state government directives.

Measures we are taking include:

  • Limiting student numbers on every course to maintain social distancing
  • Providing a minimum of 4sqm per student in theory training rooms
  • Virtual theory training for students who are unwell or in isolation (this procedure is CASA and EASA approved)
  • Twice-daily sanitisation cleaning at a minimum of high-touch areas in training facilities
  • Providing hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities for students
  • Training students on hand and respiratory hygiene and social distancing

These measures are being updated in accordance with Queensland Health guidelines.

Can I undertake training with you this year?

Type training

Our 139 course in September is still going ahead, but S-92 training for this year has been placed on hold. The 139 type course will be run in accordance with any health directives that remain in place in September, and enrolled students will receive updates from us ahead of their training.

Once we have a clearer idea of how long the current restrictions will remain in place, we will announce dates for the first 139 type course in 2021.

Engine training

As advertised, we are also in the process of developing a new M250 engine course. Once an appropriate date is confirmed to run these new courses safely, we will alert everyone on the waitlist. If you’re interested in joining the waitlist, please email us.

Private training

Given that some operators currently have staff on stand-down, you may be eager to use this time productively by undertaking team training. We are still able to run private training for organisations, and we’re working collaboratively with operators as well as CASA and EASA to develop solutions for this.

For example, we’re running an upcoming one-day familiarisation course virtually for a team that’s currently on stand-down in Australia and elsewhere around the world.

Are you accepting international enrolments?

At this stage, we are not accepting international enrolments for type training in 2020. This is due to current border closures that are forecast to last for the duration of the year; we feel it would be inappropriate to accept international bookings for the year, only to have cancel the training.

However, as indicated in the private training section above, there may be ways we can organise virtual training depending on the situation.

What happens if I enrol in a course but become unwell?

We allow all enrolled students to transfer their training course once and we are happy for you to delay your training if you are unwell. Please contact us if you find yourself in this situation so we can accommodate you.

Should I expect a delay in OJT Journal processing?

Our internal processing times haven’t changed, but we cannot guarantee that there won’t be delays from Australia Post or CASA. Please alert us before you send your OJT Journal for review, so we can process it as a priority when it does arrive.

 

Last Updated: 24 April, 2020