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Basic Air Power Course

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Course Convenor

WGCDR Lewis Frederickson |


The intent of the Basic Air Power Course 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. 

This course will step students through the Air Power Manual, Air Force’s highest level Doctrine and leave students knowing the ins and outs of the fundamental principles of air power on which all military air campaigns are based.


The BAPC course is open to all ADF JNCO and Junior Officers, and ADO public service APS2 up to APS5. While priority will be given to RAAF CPLs and FLGOFFs, nominations from Navy and Army personnel are welcome.  

Note: Completion of the Basic Air Power Courses is not a pre-requisite for the Intermediate or Advanced Air Power Courses 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 course schedules can be found here.


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 Squadron Leader 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 seminars, and one essay 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 an BAPC Nomination Form and emailed to
The course schedule for 2018 can be found here.