China Southern West Australian Flying College Pty Ltd (CSWAFC) started operations in 1993 and continued its growth with the increasing demand for pilots in China. In 2010, CAE partnered with China Southern Airlines in a joint venture agreement to continue providing highly trained pilots to China’s biggest airline, China Southern Airlines.

CSWAFC takes pride in the very high standards of flight training it has achieved, exceeding the rigorous levels set by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia.

The college specialises in initial flight training right through to multi-engine instrument-rating.

Our unique mix of the best training aircraft, expert instructors and excellent facilities allows us to graduate around 120 pilots every year. These pilots then return to China Southern Airlines, the largest airline in China as First Officers.
The training program is authorized by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

CSWAFC operates from two training bases — Jandakot Airport and Merredin Airport. Our facilities have the capacity for 304 cadets and include 37 single-engine and 5 twin-engine aircraft. We also have flight simulation training devices, lecture theatres and living accommodation.

All graduates of CSWAFC proceed to gain aircraft type ratings at the Zhuhai Flight Training Centre  in Guangdong province, China.

CSWAFC itself does not currently have open admissions for the general public.

Vision Statement

To educate, mentor and inspire students for whom English is a second language, enabling them to graduate as world class, airline-ready pilots.

Mission Statement

We are committed to ensuring the highest of standards in the provision of flight training and safety. We are committed to employing an integrated team who are professional, motivated and engaged. We are committed to providing facilities and equipment of superior quality.

Our Core Values

Cultural Respect

We respect the cultural background of our colleagues and students and act with integrity and honesty at all times.


We strive to educate, mentor and inspire our students whilst exceeding the expectations of our customer.


We are focused on ensuring the safe physical, emotional and mental well-being of our students and colleagues at all times.


We aspire to continuously improve and innovate to provide training that is world-class.


We welcome students and colleagues as part of our extended family, building relationships that last a lifetime.


We work together as a team to achieve our goals. We communicate respectfully, clearly, positively and in an open manner.