Construction of aeromedical centre of excellence takes off
The first sod has been turned in a ceremonial ground breaking marking the beginning of construction of Australia’s first AgustaWestland-authorised aeromedical training centre.
Toll announced in February that it would build the state of the art facility at Bankstown Airport in Sydney’s west, and operate it in partnership with world-leading helicopter company Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland.
Toll Resources & Government Logistics CEO David Jackson joined NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner, NSW Ambulance Commissioner David Dutton and Bankstown Airport CEO Colin Grove (pictured above) to break ground on the new base.
“This massive investment – by Toll and NSW Health – will allow us to deliver best in class helicopter emergency retrieval services throughout New South Wales,” David Jackson said.
“All Toll pilots working on the NSW Health contract, as well as other AgustaWestland helicopter operators in Australia, will be trained using the latest in simulation technology, techniques and programs.”
The facility will be home to a range of state of the art training equipment, including a CAE 3000 Series AW139 Level D full-flight motion simulator – the most advanced civil helicopter simulator in the world, of which only eight have ever been made.\
Eight purpose-built AW139 helicopters will also operate from the centre, servicing the southern half of NSW and the ACT as part of the 10-year aeromedical contract Toll has secured with NSW Health.
“The facility represents international best practice in aeromedical training, and will have the capacity to support additional new government and private AW139 operations in Asia Pacific region in the coming years.”
Training operations are scheduled to begin at the Bankstown facility from mid-2016.
Check out Toll Remote Logistics for ongoing updates and information about the facility as construction progresses.