Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade Minister, Tom Kenyon says a new highly advanced Jet Simulation Centre at Parafield Airport ideally positions Adelaide as a pilot training hub for the Asia Pacific region.
Mr Kenyon today officially opened the multi-million dollar facility built to house two recently acquired state-of-the-art flight simulators at Flight Training Adelaide.
â€œFTA is a flexible, innovative business that continues to survive and grow in competitive international markets. These multi-million dollar simulators will ensure that FTA remains one of the major pilot training schools in the southern hemisphere.” Mr Kenyon said.
The Jet Simulation Centre is a state-of-the-art building housing two jet aircraft training simulators â€“ one replicating an Airbus A320 aircraft, while the other has dual functionality and can replicate a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, as well as an ATR 42-500 turbo propeller aircraft.
FTA has a third multi-million dollar aircraft simulator located in another hangar FTA is an accredited Registered Training Organisation with 170 employees and a fleet of 46 training aircraft. The company has been training pilots for the worldâ€™s leading airlines since 1982 and graduated more than 200 cadets last year.
FTA has undertaken a $16 million capital upgrade program since 2011 which includes:
- the simulation centre
- four new additional student accommodation units
- upgraded kitchen facilities
- the initial stages of its single engine fleet replacement with the first 10 of potentially new aircraft already in operation
Mr Kenyon also commended FTA for its innovative approach to training in purchasing more than 200 iPads for use as â€˜all-in-one â€˜ training devices by cadets and installing fibre optic cabling throughout the Parafield campus for quick and easy Wi-Fi access.
â€œThis innovation and adaptability has played an important role in attracting many of the worldâ€™s major airlines including Cathay Pacific Airways, Dragonair, Hong Kong Government Flying Service, QantasLink and Virgin Australia.
â€œA strong selling point has also been the on-site, full board accommodation offered to cadets on FTAâ€™s training campus with around 80 per cent of the companyâ€™s students coming from overseas,â€ Mr Kenyon said.
FTA was named winner of the Business SA Export Award for Education and Training and a finalist in the National Export Awards in October last year.