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Boost for Victoria’s pilot training capacity

Friday, 25 March 2011

Up to 200 additional students annually will have the capacity to undertake pilot training in Victoria, and access the latest generation flight simulators at Oxford Aviation Academy (OAA) Australia’s new facilities at Moorabbin Airport.

Minister for the Aviation Industry Gordon Rich-Phillips today opened the new premises that will meet the significant growth in domestic and international demand for pilot training.

Mr Rich-Phillips said the new facilities would offer the complete spectrum of aviation training services, right here in Victoria.

“We are very fortunate that Victoria has such unique and wide-ranging capabilities in the aviation and aerospace industries, including companies such as OAA,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“The Baillieu Government is actively supporting the growth of our state’s aviation and aerospace industries in both domestic and international markets, including pilot training.”

The Victorian aviation and aerospace sectors contribute more than $600 million annually to the Victorian economy, generate more than $230 million in exports, and directly employ around 22,000 people.

Mr Rich-Phillips said Victoria was the premier location for aviation and aerospace activity within Australia.

“The Baillieu Government recognises the contribution this industry makes to the state’s economic development, particularly in the tourism, training and value-added manufacturing sectors,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“Victoria’s major airports – Melbourne and Avalon – are complemented by great general aviation airports such as Moorabbin that support local community and industry.”

OAA has effectively doubled its ground training capacity with the addition of six new classrooms, student briefing rooms, self-study areas, and library and support facilities.

The training academy currently services a number of airlines including Qantas, QantasLink, Jetstar Australia, Jetstar Asia, Dragonair, British Airways, Flybe, Easyjet, and Vietnam Airlines.

Oxford Aviation Academy is one of the largest providers of pilots and aircrew to the domestic and international aviation sectors, with 10 international training locations.

 

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