Taking your future career sky high

If you’ve always dreamed of learning to fly a plane and have a thirst for knowledge about all things aviation or engineering, then the highly popular Aviation Specialist program could be for you.

Morley Senior High School is proud to be one of only four schools in WA to offer the Aviation Specialist Program. This program have been successfully running for more than 30 years, and is taught by an experienced flying instructor who has been involved in the aviation industry for many years.

Many students who have completed the rewarding aviation course at Morley Senior High School have had a jump start into the aviation industry, employed as airline pilots, drone operators, flying instructors, maintenance engineers and in airport management.

About the program

Aviation studies are offered to select students from Year 7 to Year 10, including advanced aviation studies in Years 11 and 12.

The program covers numerous learning areas including mathematics, technologies, science, humanities and social science and design.

Students are also given the exciting opportunity to learn to fly a lightweight training aircraft, which enhances their understanding of aircrafts and the environment in which they operate.

Program highlights include:

  • 3-axis motion flight simulator: Students learn what it feels like to fly an aircraft through this virtual environment. The moving platform is coupled with flight simulator software so that you roll, pitch and yaw as the flight controls are moved, and gives you a realistic view from the cockpit.
  • Flying training: We offer weekly excursions to Jandakot airport, where students begin learning to fly or attempt to control an aircraft in the skies over Perth. A number of our students have completed their first solo flights before being able to drive solo in a car!
  • Biennial Avalon Air Show: Aviation students are encouraged to attend a camp to visit the prominent Avalon Air Show in Melbourne. This event provides students with the opportunity to view new and historical aircraft designs and systems.
  • Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) related activities: This includes 3D printing, Scitech STEM Innovation Festival, Robotics and Pathways scholarships for Year 7, 8 and 9 students.
  • Drone flying: Keeping up with the latest innovations, we supply drones for Year 10 students to develop skills and techniques in drone flying.
  • Navigation flights: A highlight for our senior students is our annual navigation flight to Rottnest Island. Students hone their navigation skills, observe the procedures for the uncontrolled airfield and, of course, where else do you go for morning tea?
Application process

Year 6 and 7 students
Students wishing to enrol in the course are required to sit an entrance aptitude test. The test covers literacy and numeracy skills and gives the students the chance to show their interest through a general knowledge questionnaire.

The first round of testing takes place in Term One. Times for test sessions are generally listed on our <link to page on website>, Facebook page, and are shared with feeder primary schools and non-feeder schools in the region.

Students who are successful in receiving a placement are expected to remain in the program until at least the end of Year 10.

Year 8-10 students
Students who wish to join the course will need to attend an interview with the Deputy Principal, where recent academic records and the student’s school timetable will be reviewed to determine eligibility.

To find out more about applying for the specialist Aviation program, or to make a test booking, contact the school office.