Cairns Aviation Skills Centre (CASC)

Aviation Australia’s Cairns Aviation Skills Centre (CASC) opened in 2004 and caters for both domestic and international engineering students. Providing certificate and diploma-level aircraft maintenance engineering courses to enable students to kickstart their careers in the aviation industry, our Cairns aviation school features a range of aircraft so students can get the hands-on experience required to develop their engineering skills and knowledge.


The following aircraft are invaluable training aids that allow students to learn and carry out actual repairs and maintenance on real aircraft under the supervision of licensed and fully accredited training staff.

Falcon 10 Jet

A private executive 6 seater jet

Cessna 152 Trainer

The Cessna 152 is a two-seat aircraft used primarily for flight training

Robinson R44

A four seat, light helicopter for general aviation

Piper PA-31T Cheyenne

A small twin turboprop business aircraft with 6 seats

Sikorsky S-76A

A medium sized commercial utility helicopter, capable of carrying 14 people

A Fully Outfitted Cabin Simulator

Modelled after ATR Regional transport aircraft


Hangar Workshop

Cairns Aviation Skills Centre students learn and develop practical and technical skills needed to repair aircraft structures.

Technical Library

Houses aircraft maintenance manuals for all Aviation Australia hangar aircraft and allows students to learn the correct use of maintenance manuals as required for the repair, service and maintenance of aircraft.


Student parking is available in the car park opposite the facility and in front of the Cobham Hangar.

Sunbus provides regular services from the northern beaches, south to Gordonvale. A convenient bus stop is available 200 metres from the campus (on the Captain Cook Highway).

A technical training reference library is available where library publications may be loaned on a short-term basis under the approval of a staff member. ‘On loan’ library materials are the responsibility of the student and students will be required to pay full replacement cost of any items lost or damaged.

All students will have access to computers at the discretion of Aviation Australia and in accordance with Aviation Australia’s policies and procedures. Computers & internet access are not available for use other than study related use.

Onsite is a kitchen, fridge, lunch room and vending machine. In addition, a food van comes by at 9:30am every morning and several fast food outlets are within a 5 minute drive of the facility.

Showers, lockers and change facilities are available.

Cairns Aviation Skills Centre

1 Tom McDonald Drive
Cairns International Airport

Phone: (07) 4034 8101

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