Construction has started on a new world-class aviation training facility in Bundaberg with the first sod being turned for the project.
The new facility will be constructed next to the existing Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Bundaberg Base and house the only Beechcraft King Air Pro Line Fusion Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) in Australia.
Once built, RFDS pilots from across Queensland will spend at least two weeks at the training facility each year, while non-RFDS pilots will also be able to use the simulator for their endorsements or recurrent training for King Air aircraft.
RFDS chief executive officer Meredith Staib says breaking ground is a major milestone.
“This purpose-built facility will play a vital role as we head towards 100 years of the Flying Doctor, with innovative aviation and training technology on our doorstep helping to ensure the continuity of world-class training for our pilots and crew – allowing them to continue to provide the finest care to patients right across Queensland,” she says.
Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey is hopeful the town can become a hub for emergency services training.
“It’s an incredible boon for Bundaberg to be chosen as the location for this new flight simulator which will be the first of its kind to be constructed in Australia,” he says.
“It’s going to create jobs here locally during construction and will attract at least 81 pilots every year to come here for a minimum of two weeks to do their training and get a taste of our beautiful region.”
Bundaberg-based Murchie Constructions has been awarded with the contract to build the facility.
It’s expected to be completed by the end of 2023.