Aviation Australia has opened a state of the art facility at Brisbane Airport to train commercial pilots, cabin crew and aircraft engineers. The new expansion includes a realistic helicopter flight simulator.

Laura Rowan reports.


Brisbane airport sees 22 million passengers a year and is acknowledged as a world class facility.

Today it became even better when Attorney General Yvette D’ath opened a new education campus.

Brisbane Airport Corporation funded the 10 million dollar facility as it strives to make the airport Brisbane’s economic hub.

The facility will help  students put theory into practice and develop their skills in a hands on environment.

One student hopes to follow in her father’s footsteps, and become a maintenance engineer on military choppers.

Jane Scott,  Aviation Australia Student: “It helps an absolute lot being able to come out here and put it in to real life experience, and practical instead of just death by powerpoint”.

The most exciting addition is huge helicopter simulator which is being praised as the best of its kind in the world.

Jeremy Ovens, Careflight :It replicates the aircraft 100% in sight, sound and movement. It means we can give extremely complex scenarios to pilots and crews and given them more realistic training”.

Brisbane airport is trying to encourage more school leavers to enter the aviation industry, and train  locally.

Previous, pilots were expected to travel to Italy and Malaysia to access simulators like this, but now they will come from around the world putting Brisbane on the world aviation map

The facility is expected to train an extra 500 students per year.

Laura Rowan QUT News