Fire Fighting Pilot Course

Fire Fighting Pilot (Wildland or Urban High Rise)
— Fixed Wing or Helicopter


The Fire Fighting Pilot program offers training in two streams — Wildland or Bush Fire operations and Urban High Rise aerial fire fighting.

Both streams are designed to provide comprehensive knowledge, along with procedural and skills training, for pilots seeking to undertake aerial wildland/bush fire fighting operations and/or Urban Aerial Fire Fighting operations.

The program is also designed for pilots currently conducting such operations who are looking to attain an educational qualification for their skills through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) option.

This course is relevant to all operating areas around the world and is the only university program of its type worldwide offering graduates university certification and Continuing Education Units (CEU's) for successful completion through the prestigious Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus.

The program offers training for both fixed wing and helicopter operations and meets the new Australian CASR Part 61 Schedule 1 & 2 requirements (that came into effect in December 2013), along with additional skills training to ensure our graduate pilots are skilled at a range of procedures for wildland/bush fire operations — not just dropping water on fires.

This course is delivered via two (2) phases:

  • Theory — Delivered online through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Learning Management System, enabling you to undertake the theory training in your own time and at your own pace. This part of training is self-guided and delivered online with instructor support. Assessment for this phase is undertaken via multiple choice written assessment at the end of each module of training.
  • Practical — Delivered either at our training facilities or on customer aircraft at your own facilities. This phase of training requires five (5) consecutive days of training in a range of skills, including underslung/sling load and aircraft mounted/integrated water drop systems. The phase also includes other skill areas usually undertaken during aerial fire fighting operations.

Course Prerequisites

To enroll in this course (and to meet new Australian-specific CASR Part 61 requirements that came into effect in 2013) students will need to possess a current FAA/CASA/EASA Commercial Pilot License (CPL) or higher with at least 200 flight hours as Pilot in Command (PIC) and have a low-level approval with at least 5 flight hours of low-level experience.

NOTE: These minimums are for the course and are not the minimums required by most fire management authorities, which require minimum total hours in excess of 1,000 flight hours to pilot an aircraft on wildland/bush fire operations and which varies depending on what region you intend to operate.

Course Availability and Schedule

As the first phase (theory) of this course is delivered exclusivelty online, students can book onto the course anywhere worldwide at their convenience and complete this phase of the program at their own pace.

Once Phase 1 is completed, students can book onto the next available scheduled practical program, which runs over five consecutive days. For customers wanting flight training undertaken at their own facilities using their own aircraft, training can be scheduled to suit customer specific needs.

Course Cost

At our facilities — $10,300

At customer facilities using customer aircraft — Price on application

For More Information

Tel: +61-2-4821 9306

Email: training@antipodeanaviation.com