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Brindabella Airlines Flight Training Closing Down

By simonsays - 16 March 2010 37

Unfortunately, the only Flight Training school in Canberra is closing down. I can only imagine the huge costs that Terry Snow imposes on people using the airport is a major factor to this. With the Government refusing to put pilot training under HECS, more and more flight schools will close down, eventually leading to a massive shortage and having to bring in pilots from overseas. And we have seen what happens then. Below is an email that all the students received, at least they were pleasant about it.

To Brindabella Flight Training customers,
It is with great regret that we are informing you of our decision to close Brindabella Flight Training. We understand this will come as a surprise and disappointment to many of you and we want to assure you that this decision has not been taken lightly. Brindabella has a real commitment to the aviation industry and encouraging and training pilots, however the operational and commercial realities at Canberra Airport are making the flying school less and less commercially viable.

This has been a very difficult decision for us and we appreciate it may affect your flight training progress. We also appreciate that you may have built relationships with instructors at the school as well as other flying students.
In recognition that some people already have bookings in the system and may want to complete aspects of their training, and recognising that staff will need some time to make other arrangements, we plan for the school to remain fully operational until Friday 30 April. So please speak to your instructor and make any bookings you wish to make up to that date. After April, the school will effectively be closed (except for the current full time CPL students and one other particular customer).
We know our staff have worked hard over the past 10 years to make the school a success and we have offered to assist instructors to find new jobs.
We propose to sell off the flying school aircraft over time and we will continue to offer them for private hire while they are here. We are very sorry if this decision inconveniences you, and we hope you understand that sometimes difficult commercial decisions need to be made.
Our CFI, Malcolm Poulton, will continue to work with us and is available to speak to you. Log books can be collected from the office during business hours.
Finally, we hope that you will respect that this email is for the information of our customers and not for general circulation.
Yours sincerely

Managing Director

Brindabella Airlines Pty Ltd

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37 Responses to
Brindabella Airlines Flight Training Closing Down
sloppery 3:48 pm 17 Mar 10

It’s a business, and this happens from time to time in business. Based on the email published (which was asked to be kept confidential), it seems to be being handled as professionally as one could reasonably expect.

Aurelius 12:45 pm 17 Mar 10

So Simonsays “I can only imagine the huge costs that Terry Snow imposes on people using the airport is a major factor to this” indicating that he does not actually know the realities that led to the situation.
And he publishes the letter to a public space, despite an explicit request not to.

Someone’s got a grudge and is acting poorly perhaps?
Why involve RA in your petty grudge-fighting?

goose 12:23 pm 17 Mar 10

Nothing has changed in aviation.
I was a M/E-IFR instructor (Canberra airport during the 90’s)and earned less than an APS level 1.
Now the majority of airlines also want you to pay for your own a/c endorsement (average $30,000)
Add up all the costs and then work out your low pay packet and it’s not worth it.

My advice: “DON’T FLY FOR A LIVING”

deezagood 11:44 am 17 Mar 10

Regarding your point about impending pilot shortages, I beg to differ Simonsays. The majority of Australia’s Bachelor of Aviation degrees are either designated fee-help courses (like HECs, but for fee-based undergraduate courses) or are in the process of becoming fee-help courses. Griffith University’s Bachelor of Aviation has tripled in size over the past few years and other universities are likely to follow suit as they change to the fee-help model (which actually makes flying training achievable for those people who don’t have wealthy parents or another source of income). The current crop of BAv graduates are worried about there being enough work in Austyralia to enable them to get the hours they need to go to the airlines, as competition for flying jobs is becoming increasingly fierce. I am very sad to see the local flying school close though – as it means that want-to-be pilots will have to go further afield to gain their qualifications.

p1 10:08 am 17 Mar 10

bd84 said :

I think you will find this is the case at all major Australian airports… … I believe that the rising costs are also due to government “red tape”..

Except that Canberra Airport is still a long way from “major”, and while the aviation industry is heavily regulated, all that “development” going on out there is ’cause of the lack of red tape.

DeadlySchnauzer said :

“And we have seen what happens then.” uh excuse me? Care to clarify that remark?

Yeah, I though this was a bit rude.

Clown Killer 9:37 am 17 Mar 10

That’s a shame. I learned to fly with these guys some years ago. I used to love mixing it up with the bigger aircraft. The reality is that a business has to turn a profit – it’s all to easy to blame someone but in the end if the numbers don’t stack up then you have to walk away. Canberra Airport is in the same boat, they have an obligation to their shareholders to maximize returns. It doesn’t do any good to confuse business with maelevolence.

spinact 9:34 am 17 Mar 10

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DeadlySchnauzer said :

“And we have seen what happens then.” uh excuse me? Care to clarify that remark?

Clearly a reference to 9/11…………

DeadlySchnauzer 8:34 am 17 Mar 10

“And we have seen what happens then.” uh excuse me? Care to clarify that remark?

JC 4:30 am 17 Mar 10

Canberra is hardly a major airport. Commercial realities aside flying schools and airline operations can work together, but of course with Canberra airport now there for commercial reasons and not community interest of course these things will happen. Bit sad there are now now flying schools in the ACT.

harley 12:18 am 17 Mar 10

I wonder if the staff know?

Got a mate who’s an instructor there, so I’ll get the goss tomorrow.

jase! 11:35 pm 16 Mar 10

I am one of the students who is going to be stuffed around by this. Not subsiding pilot training on HECS isn’t really the problem here, being able to get a pilots licence on student loans in NZ has completely buggered the industry over there with a massive glut of pilots and a lot of them end up over here anyway. From my understanding it wasn’t there was a shortage of students so much as the cost overhead of running out of Canberra that put the nail in the coffin, Thanks a bunch to the Snow family

grunge_hippy 11:09 pm 16 Mar 10

Finally, we hope that you will respect that this email is for the information of our customers and not for general circulation.

so the last sentence in that email obviously means nothing to you. bit rude.

LlamaFrog 10:18 pm 16 Mar 10

Finally, we hope that you will respect that this email is for the information of our customers and not for general circulation.

I am going to trust simonsays with all my private information.

bd84 9:27 pm 16 Mar 10

I think you will find this is the case at all major Australian airports, rather than the “fault” of Canberra Airport. It is understandable as major airports become busier with commercial flights, that having air schools in the same space isn’t the greatest thing, nor would it be valuable for the airport. I believe that the rising costs are also due to government “red tape”..

It also find it interesting that you didn’t respect the wishes of Brindabella Airlines that were noted in the last sentence and posted a copy of the letter on here.

cranky 9:16 pm 16 Mar 10

Guess Snow decided he needed the 300 m/2 the flight school took up. On top of the old drag strip.

Aint Capitalism wonderful?

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