Aviation Careers Open Day

The Cairns Airport Skills Centre will once again open its doors this Sunday August 25 to all buddying aviation enthusiasts. The day is an opportunity to check out information about pathways and potential careers in the aviation sector.

Aviation Careers Day is now in its third year and is a dedicated expo showcasing the many aviation careers available to students in Cairns.

Business Manager of Cairns Aviation Skills Centre, Chris Pigott said that aviation is one of the fastest growing industries with graduates in demand locally, nationally, and internationally.

According to the latest statistics from Boeing’s Pilot and Technician Outlook 2019 – 2038, 770,000 new pilots will be needed to fly and maintain the world’s fleet over the next two decades – with nearly 40 per cent of those required in the Asia Pacific region.

“With the growing demand for pilots, aircraft technicians and engineers, the Open Day is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to know more about the opportunities and careers within the industry. The day is designed to provide practical advice and information on the employment potential that exists within the Cairns aviation industry, as well as nationally and internationally.”

Cairns Airport CEO Norris Carter said there’s a lot at the airport apart from the passengers, with over 3,500 people employed in more than 200 businesses. 

“The demand for skilled employees across our airport continues to grow.  With CQU’s new Aviation Centre of Excellence and Hawker Pacific’s expansion, the Airport is a growing aviation hub for the Asia Pacific region.”

Exhibitors at the Open Day will include - Cairns Airport Skills Centre, QantasLink, CASA, Central Queensland University, Skytek, Cairns Airport, Nautilus Aviation, Queensland Government Air (QGAir), Royal Flying Doctor Service, Hawker Pacific, Aviation Australia, plus many more.

There will also be a special airside display of fixed and rotary wing aircraft along with fire trucks and vehicles.

To get there turn off the Captain Cook Highway into General Aviation


When: Sunday August 25 from 9am to 12pm

Cost: FREE and no need to register, just show up.

Where: Tom McDonald Drive, General Aviation. See map below

 ACD Map