17/11/2008 - 15:20

Flight instructor training takes off

17/11/2008 - 15:20

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The Australian International Flight Instructor Training School has received approval to commence activities for flight instructor training at the Northam Airport after project funding to the tune of $150,000 was secured.

The Australian International Flight Instructor Training School has received approval to commence activities for flight instructor training at the Northam Airport after project funding to the tune of $150,000 was secured.

The Shire of Northam gave the approval once it's own funding had been supplemented with $44,325 in state government funding, as part of the Wheatbelt Regional Development Scheme, and funding through the Regional Airports Development Scheme and FESA.

 

 

Full announcement below:

 

Australian International Flight Instructor Training School works funding
Portfolio: Regional Development

The Shire of Northam has received $44,325 in State Government funding as part of the Wheatbelt Regional Development Scheme. The funding will be used to seal the Northam Airport aircraft parking area, link(s) and taxiways.

The Shire of Northam has recently given approval to the Australian International Flight Instructor Training School to commence activities for flight instructor training at the airport.

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said this development would help address the shortage of flight instructors in Western Australia. The training school would complement existing aviation programs based in Merredin and Wyalkatchem.

"The region's importance as a centre for light aviation in WA continues to grow," Mr Grylls said.

"With quality airstrips throughout, especially in Cunderdin, Merredin, Narrogin, Northam, Wongan Hills and Wyalkatchem and growing congestion in the Perth metropolitan area, the Wheatbelt will continue to experience demand for runways, air space and pilot and instructor training into the future."

Support for the project has also come from the Wheatbelt Development Commission, as its goals and objectives are consistent with the objectives of its Regional Development Scheme.

The project has secured funding through the Regional Airports Development Scheme and FESA. The Shire of Northam has also contributed to the project funding.

The total cost of the project was more than $150,000.

 

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