General Portfolio Press Releases


Victorian company to offer Australian first in general aviation flight simulator training

General Portfolio Press Releases
Minister for the Aviation Industry Gordon Rich-Phillips today officially opened AVIA Aircraft’s new Training and Simulator Centre at Moorabbin Airport.

Mr Rich-Phillips said the simulator offered Australia’s most realistic general aviation flight simulation training.

“I am excited to open this $4 million world class facility here at Moorabbin that will further add to Victoria’s and Moorabbin’s world-wide reputation as a centre of excellence in flight training,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“Victoria is a great place to train as a pilot, offering good terrain and weather, uncongested airspace and accessible training infrastructure.

“AVIA Aircraft’s Training and Simulator Centre will help to attract even more local, national and international trainees to Victoria by providing the most up-to-date flight instruction in current model aircraft, as well as the latest in simulation training.

“The new AVIA Motion Sim flight simulator offers access to the latest and safest technology in aviation training, will boost Victoria’s training capacity and has already helped generate two new pilot and instructor jobs, with more planned over the next 12 months.

“Aviation services is a focus of the Coalition Government’s trade mission to South-East Asia taking place next week in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and I am taking a number of aviation sector delegates to meet with industry representatives in those two countries.

“Being able to demonstrate our capabilities with facilities such as this simulator is an advantage in promoting the attractiveness of pilot training in Victoria,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

The simulator is the first of its kind to be used in general aviation training in Australia.

Training can take place for a range of aircrafts including the Beechcraft King Air 200, Cirrus SR20 and SR22, Embraer Phenom 100 and the Boeing 737NG.

“To support further skills development, the Victorian Government will invest part of the $4.5million announced in the May Budget on programs that encourage new entrants into aviation-related careers,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

Media contact: Kristy McSweeney 0408 451 658

Source: Gordon Rich-Phillips - Minister for Aviation

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