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COLLEGE OF
AERONAUTICAL SCIENCE

COLLEGE OF AERONAUTICAL SCIENCE

Courses conducted at the College of Aeronautical Science will help you advance quickly in their chosen aviation career. Students will learn the necessary Mathematics, Physics and technical skills to be the best possible candidate in a competitive industry. Aptitude and Selection test training programs are available for Commercial/ Defence Force Pilot, Cadet and Aircrew Candidates.

TESTIMONIALS

Johnny Casey

I’ve recently completed the Aeronautical Mathematics, Aeronautical Physics, and ADF Aptitude courses with Steve and would recommend them highly to anyone looking to pursue a career in aviation. Steve’s genuine passion in this field makes for an incredibly interesting classroom experience, in subjects that I have found to be somewhat dry in the past.
These courses helped me to meet the education requirements as set down by the ADF. I will be finalising my submission for transfer soon, and I feel confident that I am now well prepared to complete the maths and physics components of flight training, and have given myself the best possible chance of selection.

Johnny Casey

Ben Fox

I completed the Aero-Nautical Physics course with Dr Steven Holding which has greatly helped in my selection for the upcoming Rex Cadetship and allowed me to fulfill a childhood dream of being a pilot. Steven was excellent in his teachings, always patient and always made time to assist when needed. I feel much better prepared going forward with my aviation theory and have no hesitation in recommending it to others. Whats more, it was also a very enjoyable course and I know its application will be put to daily use.

It is also worth noting that Steven’s passion and excitement for aviation was clear from day one and you get to hear some great stories whilst networking with fellow aviators.

Ben Fox

Doug Burton

Recently completed Steve’s physics course, as well as previously completing the maths and aptitude course.
Would 100% recommend to anyone wanting to join the aviation industry. He keeps a high level of interest in all topics, motivating to keep learning more and makes you leaving the course with a sense of pride of being able to learn so much material in a fairly short period of time.
His passion of the content really helps make the course enjoyable.
Plus the croissants at the cafe across the road are amazing.

Doug Burton

Fanoula Kiranou

10 out of 10. Steve is a star. I did a course 10 years ago. Got the job I was chasing. Since then I’ve flown the 737, a330 and B777. Steve is so organised and in the know. Steve – way too smart to be a pilot, that’s why pilots go to him.

Fanoula Kiranou

Elena Thomson

Excellent course. Highly recommended not just for interview prep but the very trig heavy EASA exams. Thanks Steve!

Elena Thomson

Benjamin Calman

I completed Dr Holding’s course back in 2010 to get me up to speed with advanced maths and mental maths required to meet the educational standards and pilot testing requirements for the ADF. For someone who has never been strong at maths, Steve’s course completely changed my attitude towards maths and opened up a new level of understanding I couldn’t have imagined before hand. After finishing the course I continued with my ADF application and was successful. I passed pilots course in 2014 and now fly with 32SQN, which without this course would not have been possible. Doing this course will prepare you like nothing else. Highly recommended it.

Benjamin Calman

Archie Singh

Dr. Steve Holding at the College of Aeronautical Science is an exceptional teacher , totally dedicated to his students and their success. He helped me pass Flight Planning with easy and accurate methodology. His commitment inspired me to try and do my best. He was willing to support and help whenever I needed it. I highly recommend Dr. Holding to any student wanting to succeed in ATPL flight planning. Dr. Holding also teaches many other courses which are imperative to achieving success in aviation.

Archie Singh

Zach Bishop

I just completed aero-mathematics full time with Steve (2018). I can’t recommend him and his course more, has a world of knowledge and teaches in a way that’s relative to what your aviation goal is! I hadn’t seen or done maths to this level in about 13 years so to come in and be taught it all in 4 weeks is a massive credit to Steve. Definitely THE course to do if you need a bridging course to advance your aviation goals/career.

Zach Bishop

Anna Nielsen

If you are dreaming of a career as a pilot- either military or commercial; Dr Steven Holding’s courses are ‘the’ essential pre-flight! His well-structured lectures culminate years of teaching experience, and perfect real world examples to impart essential knowledge and skills that will make you successful. Even if you have struggled with Mental Maths, Applied Physics and Advanced Mathematics, Dr Holding’s courses will provide you with technical aviation fundamentals in an enjoyable and easy to follow manner; that will enable you to turn your goals of flying for a living into reality.

His courses are also suitable for current pilots to fully understand the real science behind the aviation adaptations to make you a true professional. Don’t delay any longer- contact Dr Holding today to begin your journey to the absolute ceiling and beyond at max speed and minimum drag!

Anna Nielsen

Noah Tober

I have just recently completed Steve Holdings Aeronautical Mathematics Course.
I found the course very relevant and interesting to my goals of a career in aviation.
Steve is very knowledgeable and made the content easy to understand and apply.
He is a great teacher and definitely knows what he is talking about.
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone considering undertaking any of Steve’s courses.

Noah Tober

Ed Duhig

The courses Steve offers are comprehensive and presented in a way that encourages involvement. He has come up with some magic formula to make maths and physics not only engaging and rewarding, but sort of half fun!
The courses I have done have been great, and Steve as a teacher is held in high regard not only by students, but also by airlines etc that employ them.

Ed Duhig

Daniel Pollard

I’ve just completed my Aeronautical Maths course via correspondence. I’m looking to apply for a transfer within the ADF to rotary wing pilot and I need to bridge the gap between my high school results and required qualifications.
The course is full of excellent information tailored towards aviation, making it much more relatable and all the notes and lecture videos I was sent were perfect and gave me exactly the information I needed.
Steve Holding is a great teacher who conveys his subject really well and keeps it relatable and interesting. I’d definitely recommend this course to anyone in my situation

Daniel Pollard

Mathew Stanford

Without a doubt, the best course I could have possibly done to prepare for myself for the pilot selection process.

Steve’s experience and passion for aviation made it a great place to learn. The course was highly relevant and I left with so much more confidence in my own mathematical abilities.

I will definitely be coming back to do Steve’s Mental Maths course ASAP. Cheers Steve and to the rest of the class, it was a great 4 weeks. Cheers, Matt

Mathew Stanford

Scott Tonkin

I completed the aeronautical mathematics course back in 2007, which assisted in me getting accepted into the RAAF as an AEA. The course was excellent – Steve was a terrific teacher and has also been kind enough to issue me a replacement certificate 10 years later as I submit an application to transfer to ATC.

Scott Tonkin

Ryan Finlayson

I recently completed the aeronautical mathematics course with Steve and can’t thank him enough for all the help he gave me along the way. For anyone looking at doing a mathematics bridging course, I highly recommend seeing Steve.

Ryan Finlayson

Dan Cornwell

I recently completed Steve’s Aero Maths and Aptitude Course’s (Aug 2016) and cant speak highly enough of the lecturer and the course content. Steve know’s more about aviation than most people I know and it show’s in what he teaches. I’d recommend it for anyone looking for a career in aviation.

Dan Cornwell

Lorcan Young

I sat the February-March 2016 Aeronautical Mathematics course in Brisbane.

Steve Holding is a dedicated and motivating teacher who provides an excellent and accessible course to students of all levels and backgrounds. The course material was provided in an interesting, aviation based format which I have found applicable to my civil aviation career.

The qualification satisfies the educational requirements for year 12 advanced maths required by the Australian Defence Force and major airlines including the Qantas Group of Companies.

I met some great people on the course and highly recommend it to anyone wishing to gain this qualification or interested in further developing their aviation knowledge in a mathematical sense.

Lorcan Young

Rolf

G’day Steve,

Just emailing to let you know I completed flight screening a few weeks ago and have been recommended for pilot. I have also been offered air traffic control with Airservices, so have to decide which one to take. Difficult choice, but not a bad position to be in though! Zac and Logan were also on flight screening a week after me and I believe Charles is off to the Army in a few weeks time to commence pilots course. Pretty good strike rate so far from just our Aero-Mathematics course!

Thanks again for getting us through the course, has really made a big difference to our careers.

Rolf

Lucien

I dropped Aviation Degree altogether after week 3 just in time to avoid any fees…. but I didn’t leave Uni altogether I transferred to the School of Psychology.

The great thing about all of this is that through your course I discovered that what I really wanted to do was study Psychological Science at University, I believe had I not met you and begun the journey into higher education I might have missed out on the opportunity. Now I am currently mid way through the undergrad part, with grades in the 85 to 90% area in all my courses. Later on I suppose the usual trajectory is to take on a masters or a PhD…. but that is years away, lately I have learned just how one lives “in the moment” you know, focus on what is relevant at the present time. This has allowed me to really achieve, with pure balance.

Lucien, July, 2012

Zac

I did my Specific Pilot Testing yesterday and passed!! The lady wouldn’t tell me what band I achieved, but said that I did really well in the maths and dials component of testing.

It was all about speed and accuracy like you had taught. All of your techniques and tips paid off and I would like to thank you once again.’

The mathematics course was better than I could have hoped for, I never though you could have had some much fun doing maths. You are an amazing and passionate teacher and your enthusiasm for maths seems to be contagious and I will highly recommend you to anyone who needs it. I am confident that everyone else on my course feels the same.

 

Zac, October 2011

Tim G

Dear Steve,

When I commenced the Aeronautical Mathematics course I had not attempted any significant Mathematics since Year 11, which was well over 7 years ago. I had always had a touch of fear and trepidation for the subject but from the very outset of Steve’s classes, his enthusiasm and professionalism provided a welcome relief and learning environment for those who wish to pursue a career in Aviation but don’t yet have the necessary educational requirements.

Now after pre-course preparation and completion of the assessments and exams, I feel extremely confident and well equipped to apply for Airline jobs and build upon the foundations this course has provided. Steve’s eagerness to see his students not only pass but excel, is exemplified in his commitment and willingness to thoroughly talk through problems and deficiencies and provide professional tuition.

I highly recommend this course for Pilots and know that you will get so much out of it, just as Steve gets the best out of you.

 

Tim G, 2012

Ryan

Hi Steve,

I hope the new year found you well. I did complete my aircrew testing two weeks ago. I was very successful with testing as i ticked the ACO, ATC and of course Pilot boxes. When compared with others that i tested with i was miles ahead. I really do believe your course was a massive help. So again thank you very much…………

Thanks Mate

 

Ryan, School Teacher (January 2012)

Tom

Thanks for that Steve. I actually sat that testing myself last week and managed to pass; will have my Assessment Day in a week two hopefully. I have to say, your maths tests were brilliant preparation for the Pilot Testing. The quick mental maths test was quite achievable after having practised all your tests until I felt comfortable with them all. The S/D/T and fuel calc test was all typed answers, I’m not sure how they are marked as some of the answers I gave were only close approximations, but I did get to the end of both it and the initial maths test which was good. The coordination testing was bloody gruelling! I did a lot of remote control helicopter flying to get my dual stick control up to scratch leading up to the testing and I honestly don’t think it helped a dime – it was like nothing I’ve ever done before. I got to “lag condition 5” of the weird memory test before smoke started coming out of my ears… Presumably I did okay on the whole considering I passed it all, but I would love to see my results!

I’ve been spending the last week or two learning every intricate detail about all the aspects I expect to be questioned on at the interview stage, fingers crossed that goes well along with the psych and medical and hopefully I may get a shot at flight screening.

Thanks again for all the maths help, I’ve no doubt that I would have struggled through that testing without it!

 

Tom, Helicopter Pilot (February 2012)

Nico

Dear Steve,

I thank you once again for your help with the stage one assessment.

I am happy to report that I was actually successful in getting through to the second stage.

The preparation and work that I did with you for the numerical reasoning section obviously paid off.

As I discussed with you I had only completed approximately 50% of that section but I must of got nearly all of those completed correct.

I am still interested in coming up again to do one of your courses as I occasionally do work as an instructor and I consider it to be beneficial for my training.

 

Nico

Charles

I attended Steve’s Aeronautical Mathematics course to assist in my application to the Australian Defence Force. I had been told previously that my school results for mathematics would prevent my application from being taken seriously. Since completing Steve’s course I have been selected for Flight Screening in Tamworth, and I know that I owe a large part of my success so far in my application to Steve’s course.

I found the course extremely interesting and refreshing.

I had completed my Commercial Pilots Licence and Instructors Rating prior to attending the Aeronautical Mathematics course. I was continuously amazed as Steve would point out simple truths in aviation that are overlooked or explained away with wild assumptions throughout a standard pilots training. It was an enlightening course.

At first what was a burden (travelling interstate) turned out to be blessing as I met students from varying states who were all in a similar situation to myself. It was probably one of the more enjoyable things I have done since finishing school. I have come away from the experience with not only a Mathematics course under my belt that is taken seriously in a number of aviation fields, but new contacts and friends as well.

 

Charles, December 2011

Anthony

When I commenced these courses I was working for QANTAS in the Heavy Maintenance division conducting structural repairs and modifications to Boeing 747 and 767 aircraft with minor forays into the Airbus A330. Having already a Commercial Pilot’s Licence, I was looking at plugging the education gaps I had to move into airline flying. While intense, I found the courses stimulating and valuable not just for flying but for engineering also. Having always struggled with things mathematical, the courses opened my eyes as to why I had previously had such difficulty. Somehow during my early schooling I had missed and important fundamental concept to understanding and working through mathematical problems, this gap was plugged while attending these courses and problem solving became more natural and mathematical laws then made sense. By course conclusion, I achieved results which went beyond what I thought was personally possible.

In the end I never did get that airline flying job but I did manage to secure a position within QANTAS which I found personally satisfying. Having a Grade 1 fixed wing flight instructor rating with an engineering trade opened the door for me within the company to become a ground instructor on the Airbus A330. My role in this position is to train new recruits to the aircraft, from Second Officers to Captains, Airbus operating principles, performance, flight and systems management and CRM and do their initial simulator conversion. From the basics that I teach them, they then move onto the Simulator Instructors for their full flight training. For me the courses were a career investment.

 

Anthony, A330 Ground Instructor QANTAS Group Flight Training (September 2008)

Luke

The maths and physics courses were great fun and certainly made up for the shortfall in my education. The pre employment prep was outstanding. During the first week at Qf they went through a rough outline of our results, and I ended up with some of the best on my course! Unbelievable! I hope all is going well. I mention your name whenever I come across anyone who needs that bit of extra help (or qualification) as I did.

Luke, Second Officer B747 (August 2008)

Greg A.

The mathematics and physics courses gave me the platform to further my career and studies. Steve’s presentation of the topics are insightful, comprehensive and deliver a “real world” component that give the content meaning and clarity. As an aviation buff myself, I enjoyed Steve’s enthusiasm toward aviation related topics and examples.

Greg A., Aerospace Engineering, Queensland University of Technology (July, 2008)

David

I did the Qantas mainline testing last week and got a call today indicating that I’ve made it through to the next stage of the process. Thanks very much for your help. I felt I definitely benefited from your course.

David, August, 2008

Adrian

Hey Steve, I did your wonderful course back in May 06, and look where it got me!!!! I’m currently in the navy as a pilot, about to start my flying career at BFTS

Adrian, HMAS ALBATROSS (June, 2008)

Luke

Hi Steve, I got through stage 1. They called me the next day and told me I have stage 2 at the beginning of June! Thanks for your help; I don’t think that I would have got through without doing the course. I found it quite easy with the preparation you gave me. I think the course was spot on. It seems preparation is everything. The advice you gave about taking the previous day off was excellent. I was not nervous at all! Thanks again for all your help over the last few years.

Luke, Pilot with Qantas (May, 2004)
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