Bright fu­ture for RFDS

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell­mu­ni­ d466848

Deputy chief pi­lot Al­bin Unger at the new han­gar.

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