New hangar sends doctors’ spirits soaring
The Royal Flying Doctor Service last week celebrated the launch of a new state-of-the-art facility that will assist in reaching and servicing more sick and injured people from regional and remote WA.
The launch of a new hangar and arrival of two new jets has heralded a new era for the RFDS.
The world’s leading aeromedical service last Thursday celebrated the launch of a new hangar at Jandakot airport, which will give the RFDS muchneeded space and infrastructure to meet their strong and ongoing demand from across the State.
After the opening of the new facility, the RFDS was to receive two jets to assist in reaching more people and communities in WA.
RFDS chief executive Grahame Marshall said the new facility was an important building block for the service’s future.
“Today’s opening celebrations mark a momentous occasion in the RFDS’s long and distinguished 82-year history in our vast State,” he said on the day.
“It is a truly innovative facility that will not only help futureproof our essential service, but also launch our operations into a new era as we continue to be there for the people of WA, whenever — and wherever — they need us.”
The RFDS’ aviation and engineering teams have already moved into the new facility, which provides 13000sqm of aircraft hangar space and includes a suite of workshops, tools and stores. Taking 10 months to design and construct, the facility connects to the RFDS’ existing hangar creating a space of more than 3000sqm.
“We retrieve approximately 9000 sick and injured patients by air across 2.6 million sqm of Western Australia each year,” Mr Marshall said.
“Our new aviation and engineering facility has been built to meet future patient needs as a result of the changing demographics of the WA population.”
The RFDS is also eagerly awaiting the arrival of two Pilatus PC24 jets.
The new jets are twice as fast and are able to carry more stretchered patients than the current PC12s.
Made possible through a Lotterywest grant of $3.9 million, Mr Marshall said the new aviation and engineering facilities signify a new era for the RFDS.
“Thanks to Lotterywest, our many supporters and our hardworking team, we now have the next level in world-class aero medical, aviation and engineering capabilities we need to take us well into the future,” he said.
To donate to the RFDS, call 1800 669 569 or visit rfds.com.au.
The RFDS' new hangar can comfortably house three jets at a time.