Tocumwal, Al­bury pilot pro­gram off the radar

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

Ber­ri­gan Shire has missed out on its joint bid with Al­bury City Coun­cil to host a Qan­tas pilot train­ing pro­gram.

As part of the pro­posal, Tocumwal Aero­drome would host small aero­plane train­ing be­fore the as­pir­ing pilots grad­u­ated to larger air­craft train­ing in Al­bury.

Ac­cord­ing to Ber­ri­gan Shire gen­eral man­ager Rowan Perkins, the joint bid was de­nied due to tech­nol­ogy is­sues with Al­bury.

‘‘I be­lieve the pri­mary is­sue was with Al­bury not hav­ing land­ing as­sis­tance tech­nol­ogy for when big planes fly in as they need to lock into the radar which helps land the plane.

‘‘The short­listed places that were cho­sen had that, and I be­lieve there was also a $10 mil­lion dif­fer­ence in cost.

‘‘I’m not sure if Al­bury needed $10 mil­lion to host (the pilot pro­gram) or if it would cost Qan­tas an ex­tra $10 mil­lion be­cause Al­bury didn’t have the proper radar sys­tems.

‘‘There was no com­ment on whether Tocumwal was suit­able to host small plane train­ing pilots, they only ruled us out with Al­bury.

‘‘We’re dis­ap­pointed Tocumwal wasn’t con­sid­ered but it was worth a shot.’’

Mr Perkins said short­listed re­gional cities still in the hunt to land the pro­gram in­cluded Wagga, Dubbo and Alice Springs. Mamma Mia: Tay­lor Swift: An­dré Rieu: Sep 12, 19 & 26 ........................................... $130 Oct 26 ........................................................... $215 Nov 17 ........................................................... $199 Bon Jovi: Dec 1 ................................................................. $265 Avalon Air­show 2019 ........................................... com­ing soon 9 d Quin­tes­sen­tial Coast (Syd-Bris): 10 d The Great Bris­bane U-Turn: 15 d N/Ter­ri­tory: (shorter op­tions): Jul 31 ...................... $5,850 19 d NT & The Ghan: 22 d West Coast: July 31 .......................................... $9,895 Aug 13................................................. $8,950 12 d Dar­win – Broome: 15 d Broome – Perth: 10 d Cape York: Jul 15......................... $2,695 Aug 13 ...................................... $6,350 Aug 20 ......................................... $6,500 Aug 26 .................................................. $6,795 20 d Won­ders of WA (7 day op­tion): 20 d WA incl. the In­dian Pa­cific: 4 d Can­berra Flo­ri­ade: 9 d Flin­ders Ranges: Sep 17 .......................................... $995 Sep 25 .......................................... $2,795 7 d Vic­tor Har­bor/Kang Isl: 2 d Silo Art Trail: Oct 9 (lo­cal pick up only) ....................... $350 7 d Lord Howe Is­land: Sep 6 .......................... $8,785 Oct 3 ................................... $2,195 Oct 12 ......................................... $4,195 3 d Grif­fith – Fes­ti­val of Gar­dens: 3 d Glo­ri­ous Get­away: Oct 16 ............................................ $795 5 d Down­ton Abbey Tour: Oct 22 ................................... $1,495 15 d Tas­ma­nia Spring­time: 9 d King & Flin­ders Is­lands Ex­pe­ri­ence: 5 d Cel­e­brate in Gee­long: Jul 7..................... $2,895 Sep 6 .................... $6,600 Oct 13.......................... $750 Nov 5 .................................. $4,895 Nov 23............ $5,350 Dec 24 ................................... $1,650 4 d NYE in Warrnambool: All Tours based on per per­son Twin Share Dec 30 ...................................... $995

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