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Basic Air Power Course

An Introduction to Air Power

The intent of the Basic Air Power Course (BAPC) is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and art of air power. It is not designed to define the merits of one aircraft type over another but to put into context how airborne systems are used within the security framework of the government.

The Basic Air Power Course (BAPC) is an online course completed via distance learning through the Moodle student learning system. It can be accessed via any computer system at home or at work (more efficient through a personal internet connection) 24 hours a day.


The BAPC course is open to all ADF JNCOs and Junior Officers, and ADO Australian Public Service (APS) APS2 to APS5, inclusive. While priority will be given to RAAF CPLs and FLGOFFs, nominations from Navy, Army and Defence APS  personnel are welcome.  

Note: Completion of the BAPC is not a pre-requisite for the Intermediate or Advanced Air Power Course however they do build on one another so it is recommended that you complete them in order.

The BAPC is generally conducted four times each year.


The basic course assumes that students have limited previous knowledge of air power. The course involves reading 6 short essays grouped into lessons and answering a few questions drawn from the lessons. The culminating task will draw together the threads of the course into summarising air power. The seven weeks of the course comprise the following lessons:

  1. Air Power Characteristics and Roles, and Creating a Balanced Air Force
  2. Control of the Air
  3. Strike
  4. ISR and other Critical Enablers
  5. Air Mobility
  6. The Air Campaign


Academic supervision is provided by Group Captain Phil Edwards and Wing Commander Lewis Frederickson. The course is co-ordinated by the APDC Education Staff who are the point of contact for further information.


There are two assessment areas in this course: participation in weekly online discussions which require input from each course member to the academic supervisors for the 6 weekly lessons, and one written assignment of 250 words. It is compulsory to obtain passes in both assessment areas in order to achieve an overall pass in the course.

Course schedule

The course then runs for approximately 9 weeks. 

Week 1: Admin Week

Weeks 2-7: Weekly seminars

Weeks 8-9: Assessment writing 

Week 9: Assessment submission

Course completion

On successful completion of the BAPC, the marked assessment, a course report, a letter stating the member’s course result and a Graduation Certificate are posted to the graduate. For ADF participants, completion of the course is recorded in PMKeys. AAPC PMKeys code is 213844.


Individuals can nominate for the BAPC by submitting a BAPC Nomination form to

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