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Aviation Studies

Melville Senior High School is 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. Two qualified teachers who have industry experience; commercial pilot’s licences and flight instructor qualifications teach the students.

NOTE: Melville SHS has opened up Specialist testing to Year 5 students. Unsuccessful Year 5 applicants will have the opportunity to sit the test again in Year 6.

Come Fly With Me

2018 Eight week Aviation course for Year 5 and 6 students. More information HERE
*Please note that the eight week course is now full, and no more places are currently available for 2017.

Specialist classes are offered from Years 7 to 10 and then Senior School Aviation Studies courses are available in Years 11 and 12. The course caters for the learning needs of all students, from those seeking a career in aviation, science or engineering to other aviation-related pursuits. Many former students have found employment in the aviation industry. Year 7s attend two sessions a week doubling to four sessions in Years 9 to 10 (from 2019).

Acceptance into this program is for six years from Years 7-12. If a student withdraws from the program before then or they do 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, which students can access from the beginning of the course. The addition of the flight simulator to the aviation program has further enhanced Melville SHS’s reputation as a leader within this field of study.

The school encourages all students to undertake intellectual, physical, creative and social activities and is a constant Top Public School Award winner. Many sporting and extracurricular activities are available allowing students to broaden their horizons. Aviation can be a part of your child’s pathway to success.

See Dean Morris, Year 8 interviewed before, and after, his NASA SpaceCamp opportunity.

See a YouTube video on Melville SHS Aviation Course

See YouTube of the USA experience when going solo at 15 Years

See an older video of a Today Tonight segment on our program to watch students take to the sky.

See a YouTube of Phillip Hawkins demonstrating the Simulator (winner of the Minister for Education's Aviation Scholarship).

See a PerthNow article on Animal Air-Rescue with aviation alumni, Scott Morgan and Thomas Ayoub.



Students who wish to apply for this program will need to take part in an exam and interview in Term 1 of Year 5 and/or 6. Top-Up testing is available in other years as vacancies become available. Contact the Coordinator for information on vacancies.
Aviation can be studied on the timetable grid with the Gifted and Talented and other Specialist Programs with the exception of Netball.

Entry in 2018
Applications have closed for all programs. Students can apply to be added to a wait list.

Entry in 2019
Applications are now open for students in Year 5 and 6 in 2018.

  • The application for Specialist enrolment is HERE
  • The Specialist and Focus Program Prospectus is HERE

Specialist Applications due: 16 March 2018
Testing Days: 4 or 6 April 2018 
Interviews: 15 to 17 May 2018 (Interviews are in Year 6, so Year 5s who pass the test wait a year before attending an interview).

Students sit one school based test for entry to all Specialist and Focus courses (no academic test for Netball). The test consists of writing, general abilities and Maths. The test requires no prior study however parents may purchase scholarship books on selective entrance tests that are available in education stores.
If successful in the test you and your child will be sent a letter requesting an interview with the course co-ordinator. After all student interviews are completed you will be sent a letter confirming the outcome. Interviews will be conducted at an advised time and these times cannot be changed.

Aviation students can also apply for the Gifted and Talented Program (separate testing by the Education Department - see drop down box). They can also sit concurrently for Academic Extension plus Music or Graphic Design Media. Please note that students cannot study both Aviation and Netball as they clash on the grid.


MASC is the Melville Aviation Support Group, made up of parents, alumni and friends keen to ensure the Aviation centre is a state-of-the-art educational facility.

Every year deserving students receive support from MASC in the form of scholarships and flight training subsidies so they can reach their ultimate goal of becoming a pilot, possibly even before graduating from school or obtaining their driver’s licence.

MASC encourages student-driven education where students set personal goals. With the support of the community, the Melville Aviation Studies Centre aims to support these talented individuals in reaching these goals.
 For more information contact the MASC President

For further information please phone 9330 0300.