Aviation academy heads to Tamworth

Aviation academy heads to Tamworth

An instructor at the Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School exits the CT-4 Airtrainer on completion of another training flight. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

A defence prime has announced it has leased part of its Tamworth training facility to CAE Oxford Aviation Academy.

BAE Systems Australia has confirmed CAE Oxford will use the facility for training its commercial pilot customers. 

CAE Oxford said it is looking to expand its business from 2018 onwards to meet future training requirements and BAE Systems’ Tamworth facility is ideally suited.

BAE Systems Australia confirmed it will continue to deliver military training services to its current customers as contracted until December 2019 – the Australian Defence Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force, Royal Brunei Air Force and Papua New Guinea Defence Force.

BAE Systems chief executive Glynn Phillips said the agreement maximises the facilities for both military and commercial purposes.

“We are working collaboratively with local community leaders to consider options for the site that will maximise the use of the facilities," said Phillips.

“We are also engaging with our current customers and the Australian Defence Force regarding the provision of military training at the site."

CAE Oxford provides focused ab initio training to aspiring pilots across the globe. The range of programs includes CPL, ATPL and MPL training routes.

Operating a fleet of over 165 aircraft, CAE Oxford Aviation Academy said it has the resources and expertise to train up to 2,000 cadet pilots annually.

Aviation academy heads to Tamworth
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