Airways Aviation is to establish a new aviation training hub at Lismore Airport in New South Wales, Australia.
Airways Aviation will lease part of the Lismore Airport Terminal for commercial pilot training while its students study a Bachelor of Business Aviation Management at Southern Cross University.
Airways Aviation, which already has training academies on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, will join the Northern Rivers Aero Club, Fast Aviation and TAFE NSW which offer aviation training at the airport.
“The world is currently in pause and although we are hearing the inevitable negative stories around aviation and travel, this current Covid-19 period will soon be resigned to the annals of history,” said Romy Hawatt, founder & executive chairman of the Airways Aviation Group.
“The reality is that the next 30 years will see an accelerated and unprecedented demand for even more properly trained and qualified aviation industry professionals.”
“This is very exciting news for our city and will give our local economy a significant boost by better using what is an under-utilised resource at the airport,” said Lismore City Mayor Isaac Smith.
“While the aviation industry has been hit by the fall-out of the Covid-19 virus, it is expected to recover quickly.
“This will be a real game-changer for the airport. In the first year alone, Airways Aviation is expecting to enrol a mixture of at least 20 domestic and international students.
“This is a project that council staff have been working on to maximise the economic benefits from the airport. This includes securing a Federal Government grant to invest $4.5 million in a Instrument Landing System so that we could attract pilot training schools.”