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Old 8th May 2018, 05:13
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Launy for QF Training School

Does anyone know if there is any rumour to the truth that QF has decided on Launceston for their new Future Airline Captains Training School? FACTS?
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With the renowned Sydney Centricity that Qantas is famed for.....the further away from the CoatHanger the less likely it becomes Just Sayin.
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i don't think Parafield back in the 90s was very Sydneycentric.
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Originally Posted by Dangly Bits View Post
Does anyone know if there is any rumour to the truth that QF has decided on Launceston for their new Future Airline Captains Training School? FACTS?
The school is planned to be training several hundred pilots per year when its fully running, which will constitute a significant proportion of pilots trained in Australia. My guess is the school would need to be located at several airports in order to pump out those numbers.

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There was a news article on Monday morning, saying that Albury was also putting in a bid for the QF training academy.

I'd say various regional cities with airports In NSW, VIC, TAS, QLD, are all putting in bids, with the hope of becoming the home of the QF academy.
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Maybe a few other airports in Tasmania with Western Junction being the hub. Certainly no congestion problems in Tasmania and itís close enough to Victoria for advanced navigation excercises.

I thought Qantas built and still owns the hangar that Sharp Airlines currently use. Iím pretty sure that facility has lots of office and workshop space. Plenty of room for expansion down there and pretty good flying conditions for flight training around Launceston.

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You’re talking 50+ aeroplanes and 70ish flying instructors as well as accommodation and messing facilities for 500. There are few places in Australia that can cope with those sorts of numbers without massive additional infrastructure spend- spend that Qantas is unlikely to want to fork out.
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It will be interesting to see where they get the instructors from.
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It will be interesting to see where they get the instructors from.
They may have to consider a program where they can guarantee instructors a pathway directly into QF (or subsidiary) after x years of service.

In terms of a location with capacity to train and house these sorts of numbers, I understand the township of Leigh Creek in SA is pretty much deserted ever since the coal mine closed a couple years back. Large underutilized airport with AVGAS & JET facilities all ready to go!
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A group of us were in Taswegia for the Symmons Plains Supercar event and then followed Targa Tasmania, a number of newspaper articles about the training facility being based at Devonport. Steve Martin former Devonport Mayor, now federal politician was pushing for it to go to Devonport, plus all the local experts were happy to give their expert Aviation opinions on all matters aeronautical
One of our group laughed about Steve Martin mentioning the bit about the pilots needing a university degree to upgrade to be a captain.
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If it goes to Devonport, the students will be up to speed on crosswinds!
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I would have thought Tasmanian weather would have made any large size flying school a non starter. If all the students are located in the one town you need to have consistantly good weather patterns. You cant have large complex flying programs blown out by months due to weather. And Tasmania gets it all fog/hail/snow/sleet/freezing fog plus a few 50 knot gales just to keep you on your toes.
There is a reason there are big int'l flying schools in SA & WA
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I understand the township of Leigh Creek in SA is pretty much deserted.
The flies drove everyone away, that's why..
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Neville, you are quite wrong regarding Launceston weather. Western Junction (aka Launceston Airport) was one of the several RAAF training fields in the area during WW2, it worked quite well then. Very occasionally, fog will persist past midday.Vis is usually far better than coastal flying Iíve done in Qld; many winter days are magic for flying. Overall, Launceston has far better weather than Melbourne, although the winter overnight temps can get cold, it almost ensures a calm clear day following.
Launceston is a good size, with plenty of facilities, as is the airport itself. It would be excellent in the grass runways are retained, it allows better traffic management for training activities, and offers choices to have or to avoid crosswinds.
i think Launceston would be a good choice.
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Isnít there going to be a very empty space in Tamworth soon?
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This island is for sale (seriously). Perfect weather, and a tropical climate for the young acolytes of Alan. Perfect for a new flying school.

For sale by goverment - https://dawhois.com/site/mavuvaisland.com.html

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Isnít there going to be a very empty space in Tamworth soon?
Not completely empty when things finish in 2019 https://www.baesystems.com/en-aus/ar...se-at-tamworth

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Tablelands Newspaper in QLD stated Mareeba was on the shortlist a few months ago.

Cannot find the article online.
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What! The academy isn't already pumping out QF devotees? I thought this was to counter the "rumoured" pilot shortage. Better get onto it Alan!
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