The AFAP's New Wings program seeks to ensure that pilots in the early stages of their career are effectively supported on the path to a fulfilling profession. More expansively, New Wings seeks to promote and advance the interests of Australia's next generation of pilots.

Mentor Program //

Our Mentor Program, Leading Edge, provides aspiring pilots with one-on-one assistance and support from a pilot with long-standing experience in the industry.  Mentors are able to provide mentees with insight into the aviation industry, including their experiences, perspective and general career advice.

The program takes a one-on-one approach to matching mentees with mentors. Prior to matching, we seek to understand where mentees want to go in their career, why they would like a mentor and where they are based so that they can be matched with a mentor in their area of interest. 

After the matching process, a Meet and Greet session is facilitated by the AFAP. With the guidance of the AFAP, it is then up to the mentors and mentees to decide how they wish to go forward with the program. The program initially requires mentees and mentors to be geographically close, so pairs can meet in person during our facilitated Meet and Greet sessions. Over the 12 months that they are matched, the individuals decide with each other how they would like the relationship to work. 

The program matches mentors and mentees by state. Leading Edge will match mentors and mentees based on the following timetable:

  • WA - May 2018
  • SA - Oct 2018
  • NT - 2019
  • NSW - 2019
  • VIC - 2019
  • QLD - 2020

Please note the timetable may be subject to change.

Both mentors and mentees must be an AFAP member (click "Join Now" below) in order to participate in the Leading Edge program, and you must be able to attend the meet and greet session. If you cannot attend this session we will be unable to match you with a mentor as we cannot facilitate ad-hoc matching at this current stage. However, details are kept on file for future roll-outs.

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Promoting Piloting as a Profession

The AFAP seeks to promote flying as a rewarding and honourable profession. AFAP representatives present information sessions at universities, high schools and career expos. We provide information on how to become a pilot, in addition to honest, knowledgeable and positive insights into this profession. The AFAP’s New Wings program seeks to ensure that pilots

Achieving Diversity in the Future

This initiative endeavours to foster equal opportunity so that future pilots stem from different parts of society. With the support of the AFAP’s Women’s Network, New Wings also strives to further gender equality in the industry.

Challenging Exploitation of New Pilots

Our industrial staff provide advice on your employment rights and entitlements, review contracts and pursue employers in breach on their industrial obligations.

Training Affordability

We understand that training is extremely expensive. The AFAP is committed to investigating and implementing ways to make it more affordable. We offer free AFAP membership to student pilots and scholarships to university students.



Protecting Australia's Pilots