Bright future for RFDS
CONSTRUCTION of a Royal Flying Doctor Service hangar capable of housing three jets has finished.
The 1300sq m building includes state-of-the-art workshops, tools and stores that connect the new facility with the existing hangar, allowing engineers to maintain the fleet onsite.
RFDS chief executive Grahame Marshall said the hangar, which took 12 months to build, ensured the Jandakot-based service would remain the leading aero-medical services provider in the world and paved the way for the arrival of three new Pilatus PC24 jets.
Two of those will arrive early next year.
“The completion of the hangar is particularly exciting for us as this is the key to everything else that follows,” Mr Marshall said.
“With a vastly increased footprint, we now not only have the ability to house and service these new jets but also the physical space needed to expand our capabilities in all areas of the business.
“By leveraging our expertise, we can secure the RFDS as a sustainable business, ensuring its future for generations to come.
“The hangar is the first step in making that happen.”
The facility was partly funded by a $3.5m Lotterywest grant.
Deputy chief pilot Albin Unger at the new hangar.