Start of construction of the RFDS training facility – Australian Aviation

Construction has begun on the new Royal Flying Doctors Service training facility in Bundaberg, Queensland.

This new facility will be built adjacent to the existing base and will house the only Beechcraft King Air Pro Line Fusion Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) in Australia.

Queensland RFDS pilots will spend a minimum of two weeks a year at the training facility, while other non-pilot RFDS members will also use the simulator for confirmation and recurrent training for King Air aircraft.

Meredith Staib, CEO of the RFDS (Queensland Section), said: “I am incredibly excited to begin work on our new Aviation Training Facility which will help support the ongoing training of our highly qualified pilots as well as pilots from across Australia and Asia .

“This purpose built facility will play a critical role as we embark on our journey towards 100 years of The Flying Doctor, with innovative aeronautics and training technology on our doorstep helping to ensure the continuity of world-class training for our pilots and crew — and enables them to continue to provide the best care to patients across Queensland.”

Land for the training facility was donated by Bundaberg Regional Council and construction was funded jointly by the RFDS, the federal government and the QCoal Foundation.

Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey said: “The City Council is pleased to support the new RFDS Aviation Training Facility by donating land associated with its Aeromedical Base.

“It will create local jobs here during construction and will attract at least 81 pilots each year.

“It has long been my vision to establish the Bundaberg region as a center for the training of rescue services.”

Federal Transport Catherine King said: “The Australian Government is proud to contribute nearly US$15 million to make this important project a reality. This will support the RFDS’ essential medical services by providing a world-class facility for the training of their pilots.

“It will also bring broader economic boost to Bundaberg and the surrounding area by supporting local jobs and by encouraging these pilots to visit, stay and shop in the region, while also strengthening our domestic medical aviation capabilities.”

The completion of the RFDS Aviation Training Facility is scheduled for the end of 2023.

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