Queensland’s emergency helicopter fleet will soon have a new state-of-the-art maintenance and administration facility, thanks to an agreement between Archerfield Airport Corporation (AAC) and LifeFlight, proudly designed and constructed by Spaceframe Buildings.
Once complete the facility will service and maintain LifeFlight Australia’s growing fleet of rotary-wing aircraft including AW139, BK117 and B412 helicopters. Providing hi-tech hangarage for four helicopters at a time, and equipped with the latest maintenance equipment and technology, the LifeFlight facility will be the largest hangar complex ever completed at Archerfield Airport.
AAC General Manager Rod Parry said Archerfield Airport had established itself as one of southeast Queensland’s most important emergency services centres.
“Located only 11 kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD and close to major hospitals, Archerfield Airport is the ideal location for LifeFlight. The airport also services the Queensland government’s PolAir and QGAir operations,” he said.
“The new LifeFlight facility marks another milestone in Archerfield’s 92-year evolution as a major locus of sustainable general and corporate aviation in Queensland.”
LifeFlight Group Head of Aviation Capability Michael Richmond said the project gives the aeromedical service the ability to future-proof the maintenance base, to meet the needs of Queenslanders for years to come.
“The current base maintenance facility at Archerfield has been a fantastic home for many years but increasing demand for our aeromedical services means we have outgrown it,” he said.
“This new purpose-built facility will ensure we have a site large enough to accommodate the growth of our LifeFlight fleet and subsequently, the work of our skilled engineers who perform significant maintenance activities daily, including fleet management tasks and major aircraft inspections.”
"The new base maintenance facility will enable our engineering team to double their current capacity, ensuring our iconic blue and yellow rescue helicopters can fly safely to Queenslanders, wherever and whenever they may need us.”
Construction is due to commence in July 2023.
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