Training Academy 2

The LifeFlight Training Academy is unique. Our skilled instructors draw on their own experience of operating rescue aircraft and providing aeromedical service to give students the best possible ‘real world’ training. In the 2018-19 financial year, our Academy issued over 1,200 individual training certificates and qualifications.

The LifeFlight Training Academy is an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO 2762) and a Civil Aviation Safety Authority-approved training organisation, with nationally-recognised and accredited units of competency and qualifications, as well as a range of LifeFlight Academy training modules.

From its base at Brisbane International Airport (ideal for fly-in/fly-out training), the LifeFlight Training Academy provides a comprehensive suite of instructional packages, from flight and aircrew training to the latest techniques in pre-hospital emergency medicine.

The Academy is now a training facility of choice for external agencies that seek training from highly experienced LifeFlight pilots, aircrew and medical personnel. These trainers are on regular rotation on board our own rotary and fixed-wing aeromedical aircraft.

The Academy offers an assessment of the client’s training needs and will develop tailor-made solutions across a range of mission profiles:

  • Aeromedical
  • Emergency services
  • Resources: mining, oil and gas

Download our Training Academy Capability Document

The wealth of experience within our instructor ranks has been progressively complemented by the addition of a world-class training infrastructure. This includes the Thales Reality H AW 139 Full Level D Flight Simulator, operating in partnership with France’s leading defence and aviation technology provider and one of only three such facilities in the southern hemisphere.

Current and previous clients of the LifeFlight Training Academy include the Australian Defence Force, Queensland Government, Queensland Ambulance, Australian Reef Pilots and multiple helicopter operators from around the world.

Phone: 07 3622 7820

Accredited Training (RTO 2762)

As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) LifeFlight can provide training specifically tailored to an organisation’s needs, either on or off-campus.

LifeFlight Academy Training Modules / CASA Approved Training

Pilot Training

LifeFlight’s state-of-the-art Training Academy allows clients to train in a practical environment with a virtual reality flight simulator and training provided by highly qualified instructors. We serve private, industry and government clients.

Our facility is located at Brisbane International airport and is within 15 minutes of the Brisbane CBD. As part of our service, LifeFlight can provide out-of-state or international visitors with options for accommodation and transport recommendations.

Entry requirements

Prior to course commencement, student enrolments and waivers must be completed. A Unique Student Identifier must also be provided prior to attending training. Further details can be found under the Unique Student Identifier below.

In cases of Refresher Training, assessments must be received for marking prior to the course date.

Due to the practical components of some of our courses, it is important that you advise us if you are unable to swim, have a fear of water or confined spaces. These issues will not prevent you from participating in the course but will assist us to ensure your wellbeing during training.

The content of each course can be specifically tailored to suit any company or organisations operation. These particular needs can be discussed at time of enquiry.

Please note that, as an entry requirement, the AVI40116 Certificate IV in Aviation (Aircrewman) requires participants to hold HLTAID003 Provide first aid.

Course duration

Please contact us directly as the course duration may vary depending on location, units selected and the number of participants involved. All accredited training is competency-based, so the level of experience participants possess will influence the required duration for a course.

Delivery method

Our courses are delivered face-to-face with an instructor/s or via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Assessment methods

Knowledge of theoretical components of training will be assessed through the use of written questionnaires. Practical competency will be conducted through observing skills. Both assessments will be conducted at the end of each component of training. Notification of results will be given at the completion of the day’s training, with the certificate sent via email within 30 days.


All assessment and practical resources are provided by the LifeFlight Training Academy. You will be notified upon course confirmation if you’re required to bring any wet gear for pool training.

Unique Student Identifier

A Unique Student Identifier (USI) is required by all Australians undertaking nationally recognised training. It allows students to link to a secure online record of all qualifications gained regardless of the provider. This system was implemented by the Australian Government in 2015, so it will show student achievements from 1 January 2015 onwards. As an RTO, The LifeFlight Training Academy cannot issue Statements of Attainment without a USI. Therefore, it is mandatory that all students supply their USI upon enrolment.

Students who do not have a USI can visit for more information and instructions on how to apply.

Payment Options

Invoices are currently organised once enrolments have been received and your placement is confirmed on a course.

Once invoiced, you have the option to pay via credit card or bank transfer.

Please note, credit card payments over $1500 will incur a 1.15% surcharge fee.

Thales and LifeFlight have partnered to provide an accessible, cost-effective option for AW139 flight simulation training, allowing customers to maintain sustainable helicopter operations.

Located within the LifeFlight Training Academy, the Thales LifeFlight Simulation Centre provides a customer-focused environment for flight simulation training.

The dedicated facility features the first Thales-built Reality H AW139 Level D full-flight simulator and sets the safety and training standard in innovative AW139 aircrew training.

Specifically designed for oil and gas, search and rescue, and emergency services helicopter operators, the simulator provides outstanding realism for mission training.

Compliant to Level D according to JAA/EASA regulation requirements, the Reality H AW139 Level D full-flight simulator enables pilots to maintain their qualification required by regulatory authorities, with features including:

  • FFS Level D certification
  • Hexaline electric motion system
  • 235° by 80° visual display
  • ThalesView Image Generator
  • RORO for additional cockpits
  • High reliability

Training options include:

  • Pilot Conversion to Type/Class
  • Pilot Recurrent
  • Instrument Flight Training (Initial and Recurrent)
  • Night Vision Imaging System Training
  • Night VFR refresher or initial training

Thales is a global technology leader in the aerospace, transportation and defence and security markets. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has the unique capability to design, develop and deploy solutions that meet the most complex safety and security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners.

A global pioneer in simulation technology, Thales delivers the most advanced synthetic training solutions of the highest fidelity in the most realistic environments, ensuring mission readiness and effectiveness are paramount, leading the way in both military and civil training applications.

At the forefront of innovation is the Thales LifeFlight Simulation Centre. The new state-of-the-art facility utilises the Thales Reality H AW139 civil helicopter simulator to support the delivery of world-class high fidelity full flight simulation training provided by LifeFlight and tailored specifically to AW139 aircrew requirements.

The Thales LifeFlight partnership brings together over 70 years of unparalleled expertise and experience in the provision of civil helicopter training solutions. Our partnership is an exciting opportunity for innovation in the development of superior tailor-made training solutions.

Also known as “The River City”, Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, Australia’s second-largest – and third most populous – state.

Nestled on breathtaking Moreton Bay, Brisbane boasts internationally acclaimed dining and shopping venues, inspired arts and entertainment precincts, and convenient access to world-renowned beaches, sub-tropical rainforests and unique Australian outback experiences.

Brisbane is home to 2.5 million people, making it Australia’s third-largest city behind Sydney and Melbourne. The city is conveniently accessed from across Australia, Asia and North America west coast with high volumes of direct domestic and international flights daily.

Advice on what to do and see in and around Brisbane can be provided through the LifeFlight Training Academy as part of your customer experience. Address: 20 Boronia Rd, Brisbane Airport, Queensland 4008.