Qantas opens new Pilot Academy at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport

    Qantas opened (29-Jan-2020) its new Pilot Academy at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport on 29-Jan-2020. The Pilot Academy will have the capacity to train up to 250 pilots p/a to build a long term talent pipeline for Qantas, Jetstar and QantasLink and help the broader industry meet the increasing need for skilled aviators, as well as increase female and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pilots. The training facilities comprise a 1500sqm hangar, four flight training simulators, classrooms as well as purpose-built pre-flight briefing and flight scheduling areas. The students are learning to fly in single engine Diamond DA40 and multi engine DA42 aircraft. The Academy is expected to grow to have the potential to train as many as 500 pilots a year across Toowoomba and Mackay, the preferred location for the second Academy site.