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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. The program is taught by wo qualified teachers who have industry experience, commercial pilot’s licences and flight instructor qualifications.

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 - Primary Extension Program

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

About the Aviation Course

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 7 and 8 students 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 to 12. 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, 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.

You Tube Videos and Media

  • Dean Morris in Year 8 interviewed before, and after, his NASA SpaceCamp opportunity: HERE and HERE
  • Information on Melville SHS Aviation Course:  Melville Aviation
  • USA experience when going solo at 15 years:  Going Solo
  • An older video of a Today Tonight segment on our program to watch students take to the sky: HERE
  • A PerthNow article on Animal Air-Rescue with aviation alumni, Scott Morgan and Thomas Ayoub: HERE.


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 Teacher in Charge 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 for 2019
Applications have closed for all programs. Students can apply to be added to a wait list.

Interviews: 15 to 17 May 2018 TBC
(Interviews are in Year 6, so Year 5s who pass the test wait a year before attending an interview).

Entry in 2020

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

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

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 Teacher in Charge. 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.

For further information please phone 6274 1300.


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 at:

Contact Details

Reception: (08) 6274 1300
Absentee hotline (recorded message): (08) 6274 1322
Student Services Office: (08) 6274 1321
Absentee text line: 0419 915 097
Address: Melville Senior High School
Potts Street
Melville Western Australia 6156