Fast Aviation launches new charter service at upcoming Expo

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Lismore Aviation Centre is fast making a name for itself as a general aviation hotspot in NSW, with businesses like Fast Aviation at the helm of this exciting change.

Fast Aviation is the major sponsor of this year’s Lismore Aviation Expo and Managing Director Izaac Flanagan will launch his new charter operation for Lismore at the Expo on 17 June.

“We are very excited to be formally launching our all-weather, 24-hour air charter operation,” Izaac said.

“It is the first time in well over a decade that such a service has been based at Lismore, and indeed we are the only operator of this type in the Northern Rivers.”

Izaac, who is also the Chief Pilot, said his CASA-licensed charter service is particularly suited to professionals and business people who need to travel to relatively inconvenient locations quickly.

“As an example, flight time between Lismore and Armidale is around 45 minutes, compared with a four-hour drive,” he said.

“We will also be pursuing opportunities in the tourist market, offering scenic flights over the Northern Rivers and day trips to locations such as Tangalooma on Moreton Island and outback air tours to locations such as Lake Eyre and the Birdsville Races.”

Fast Aviation also provides multi-engine and instrument rating training, a specialised area of pilot training that allows a pilot to fly without the restrictions of weather or daylight. Multi-engine instrument rating is a prerequisite for entry to commercial airlines.

“Our courses are attracting lots of interest from pilots from all states of Australia and beyond,” Izaac said.

“One of our current students is the chief pilot of a charter company in Botswana, and he has travelled all the way from Africa to train with us.”

Izaac said he was eagerly awaiting Lismore City Council’s development of the Lismore Aviation Centre, with plans to establish a head office and base at the airport once new land blocks were released.

Council is preparing to release blocks in stages over the next few years, which will provide much-needed hangar space for aviation enthusiasts, general aviation business operators and adventure flight specialists.

“The Lismore Airport and Lismore Aviation Centre are undergoing a $1.8 million upgrade over the next few years, enhancing usability of the aviation precinct,” Council’s Business Development Coordinator Danielle Hanigan explained.

“The Lismore Aviation Expo is part of the mix in terms of building the local aviation industry. As well as a fun day out for families, the Aviation Expo is also a great chance to showcase the unique aviation businesses like Fast Aviation that operate from Lismore and the pilot training providers who can help young people pursue a career in flying.

“Our goal is to make Lismore a general aviation centre and the city of choice when aviation businesses are looking to relocate or establish themselves.”

The third annual Lismore Aviation Expo is coming up on Saturday, 17 June, with aerobatics by Paul Bennet Airshows as well as helicopter displays, joy flights, adventure flights, flyovers, war birds, hot air balloons, vintage cars and motorcycles, market and food stalls, and loads of children’s entertainment.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

The Lismore Aviation Expo runs from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, 17 June at the Lismore Aviation Centre, Three Chain Road, South Lismore. Entry is $5 with children under 16 free.

For more information, go to www.visitlismore.com.au or phone 1300 87 83 87.

 

Image: Fast Aviation Managing Director and Chief Pilot Izaac Flanagan will launch his new 24-hour charter service at the Lismore Aviation Expo.

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