AviSkills

About Tamworth

Tamworth is ideally located for aeroskills training. It is a large regional city with a greater population of approximately 55,000. It provides a good selection of social, sporting and cultural activities. Qantaslink have an extensive schedule of flights linking Tamworth with Sydney, Brisbane and other parts of Australia. There are good bus and train services, and it is less than five hours by road from Sydney, 3 1/2 hours from Newcastle and the coast, and seven hours from Brisbane and Canberra.

Climate

Tamworth is included in the rainfall records and weather forecast region of the North West Slopes or the North West Slopes and Plains division of the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts.

The average daytime maximum temperature is 34°C in the summer, and the average minimum temperature in summer is 20°C, and the mean annual rainfall is 673.2 mm, the daily average winter day temperature is 18°C and the night is 3°C. The climate is generally warm to hot in summer and mild in winter. The hottest recorded temperature was 46°C and the coldest was −7°C.

Rainfall is experienced all year round, with summer storms providing occasional heavy downpours.

The Airport

Located 10 km (6.2 mi) from the town centre, on New Winton Road. The airport is owned and operated by the Tamworth Regional Council. It is also known as Tamworth Regional Airport.

Tamworth Airport is the northern base of the Hunter Region Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service and AviSkills.

History of the Airport

No. 6 Elementary Flying Training School of the Royal Australian Air Force was formed in 1940, during the Second World War, at the original airfield as part of the Empire Air Training Scheme. Training included 50 hours of basic aviation instruction on a simple trainer like the Tiger Moth. Pilots who showed promise went on to advanced training at a Service Flying Training School. Others went on to different specialties, such as Wireless Schools, Air Observer Schools or Bombing and Gunnery Schools. The RAAF airfield went on to become the original home of East West Airlines after WW2.

In 1951 a decision was taken to relocate the aerodrome with the council commencing construction in 1952 and the official opening of the new airport in 1956. The airport received a further upgrade to medium jet standard in 1982. The addition of the 1,110 m  parallel runway and associated facility expansion was undertaken between 1990 and 1993 as part of the establishment of the British Aerospace/Ansett pilot training joint venture which has evolved into the current Aviskills college.

For more information please see: http://www.tamworth.nsw.gov.au

TAFE New England is the Registered Training Provider (RTO 90001) for AviSkills. |