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Leigh Creek to welcome international pilot training trial

International students will soon learn to fly in Leigh Creek's clear skies as part of a trial by Parafield Airport-based pilot training school, Flight Training Adelaide (FTA).

Outback Communities Authority (OCA) Chair, Cecilia Woolford, said "the Leigh Creek Airport is a remarkable facility which is admired by all who visit, and we will continue to seize these opportunities, bringing new money into the region and adding to the vibrancy of the community".

"We are thrilled that FTA has chosen Leigh Creek as a base for their trial and we trust that the students will enjoy exploring the Outback and its many attractions, from the sky".

The Leigh Creek Airport is well-equipped regional asset with two runways, 24/7 all-weather access for emergency and private use, multiple navigation aids, and refuelling facilities.

The OCA has owned and operated the airport since 1 January 2017 when the Leigh Creek township transitioned to State Government management, and has recently undertaken works to modernise the facility's departure lounge and training rooms.

The OCA is pleased to be welcoming FTA's students, trainers and engineers into the heart of the Northern Flinders Ranges when they begin their trial on 31 July 2017. The trial will run for 6-weeks and will allow FTA to deliver part of its commercial pilot training course in Leigh Creek.

The trial supports recommendations of the Leigh Creek Futures report, released in June 2016 by former South Australian Education and Tourism Minister Dr Jane Lomax-Smith.


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