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World-class aviation facility edges closer

August 3, 2023 7:32 am in by

Construction of the new Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) world-class aviation training facility in Bundaberg is on track with the development now just over half complete.

The new facility, located next to the existing RFDS Bundaberg Base, will house the only Beechcraft King Air Pro Line Fusion Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) in Australia.

Once built and operational, RFDS pilots from across Queensland will spend at least two weeks at the training facility each year, while non-RFDS pilots will also be able to use the simulator for their endorsements or recurrent training on King Air B350/360 aircraft.

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RFDS General Manager Aviation Peter Elliott says construction of the new building to house the simulator was continuing, with completion still on track for the end of the year.

“We’ve had a busy, but successful last few months which included our Flight Standards Pilot David Falk travelling to the United States to put the new simulator through its paces,” he says.

“David reported back that it ticked all the required boxes for this stage of the build and we’re now preparing to ship it to Australia within the next couple of months.”

The facility is being constructed by local company Murchie Constructions.

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Managing Director Andrew Murchie says the team has been working tirelessly to create a high standard build that will deliver on the vision for a world-class, technological advanced building.

“We know the positive economic impact a facility like this can have on the Bundaberg region and as a local, family-owned business, we’re committed to ensuring we do our bit to support the RFDS,” Mr Murchie says.

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