Key Points

  • $10 Million Investment in facilities and resources.
  • Upgrade of 10 existing aircraft and investment in new aircraft.
  • Creation of over 40 new jobs for the Bacchus Marsh region.
  • TVSA’s Expansion to break ground in January 2019 and projected to open June 2019.

About TVSA

TVSA Pilot Training is a Part 142 flight training organisation that has been in operation for over 25 years. Being a registered training organisation, we offer students the opportunity to study a Diploma of Aviation with financial support. We also provide CASA accredited training from a Recreational Pilot Licence through to Commercial Pilot Licence, various endorsements and theory.

Pilot Shortage

The latest annual report from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics reported that over 10,000 domestic flights were cancelled because there was simply no one to fly the aircraft.

Pilots are in dire need worldwide – aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus estimate that over 600,000 new pilots will be required by 2035 based on the aircraft orders they have received – with almost half of these pilots will be needed in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Major airlines are re-opening hiring and recruiting from the regional airlines. The regional airlines are then turning to charter companies and flight instructors to resolve their staffing problems. Charter companies and Flight Schools are working hard to keep staff but are often having to replace pilots every few months.  QantasLink (Regional Arm of major airline Qantas) employs around 400 pilots and are forecasting recruitment of at least 100 more as they expect a quarter of their workforce to move on within the next 12 months.

Planning and Expansion

In October 2018 the Moorabool Shire Council approved TVSA’s $10 million expansion plan.

  • Accommodation complex to house over 160 students complete with kitchen and restaurant.
  • Double story training facility with a new simulator and briefing spaces.
  • Upgrade of existing airport facilities.

We are expecting to break ground on this exciting project in January 2019.

Proposed New Facilities

TVSA Expansion - Training Building

Figure 1: Artistic expression of the proposed Training and Accommodation Building.

Forecasted Resources  

With our facilities we will have the capacity to train over 160 students per year, so we will be completing an aircraft refurbishment program that will upgrade 10 of our existing aircraft. We also plan to increase our fleet significantly over the next 5 years.

The refurbishment program will upgrade our aircraft inside and out. With a new paint job in TVSA colours and a new custom instrument panel with the latest Garmin avionics.

TVSA Expansion - Aircraft Refurbishment

Figure 2: External design for our aircraft refurbishment.

TVSA Expansion - Aircraft Refurbishment 2

Figure 3: Customer instrument panel with Garman avionics.

Job Opportunities

With significate growth comes a significate need for support – TVSA’s Expansion will create over 40 new jobs for the region. These jobs are not limited to pilots and those who work within the aviation industry, we will also require:

  • Administrative assistants to help run the day to day operations.
  • Hospitality staff for the on-campus restaurant and accommodation.
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineers.
  • As well as management positions.

Support from Key Council Members

“The Bacchus Marsh Airport expansion and pilot training program is an exciting project which will create employment and training opportunities. It is a fantastic opportunity for Moorabool and local business. Well Done to Daniel Pearson and the team at TVSA.”

Cr Tonia Dudzik

Moorabool Shire Council

“Bacchus Marsh airstrip is a go-to destination for all prospective pilots due to its location being inside training airspace.

Whereas the likes of Moorabbin and Essendon pilots will need to travel 30 mins before training can commence.

The reason for supporting such a motion other than above was made easier by the prospective jobs that this will create as well as a boost in the local economy.

Having water bombers stationed and training there will increase not only the safety of nearby residents but west Victoria as a whole in future bushfire seasons.”

Cr Jarrod Bingham

Moorabool Shire Council