At Brisbane Airport, Qantas has built a new pilot training facility with the potential to teach up to 900 pilots per year.
The Qantas Group Flight Training Centre, located near Brisbane Airport, is home to four state-of-the-art aircraft simulators – Boeing 737, 767F and 787 Dreamliner, and Dash-8 Q400 – as well as a Q400 flight training device, all of which are used by pilots to complete their four annual simulator sessions and specialized training when moving to a new aircraft type.
The simulators were dismantled, transported by road, and reinstalled at the new Brisbane center during a four-month period to make room for a major road reconstruction in Sydney.
With the bulk of Qantas’ pilots based in the three eastern states, the Brisbane centre, along with increased facilities in Melbourne and a new flight training centre under development in Sydney, will save money by teaching pilots near their home base.
The Brisbane facility will provide ongoing training for the airline’s more than 500 Queensland-based pilots, as well as pilots from other states and many of the new pilots who will join the Qantas Group in the coming years.
The facility will be open to other airlines in the Asia Pacific area to teach freshly hired pilots, upskill pilots to new aircraft types, and allow veteran pilots to retain their continuous training.