Ahrens helps next generation of Qantas pilots


Wagner Corporation has partnered with Ahrens to deliver a prestigious Qantas Group Pilot Academy Hangar in Queensland.

Despite a challenging year, the aviation industry continues to underpin Australian business and tourism, and has an estimated revenue of over $45 billion per year. Powering the aviation supply chain has never been more important, equipping a new generation to take to the skies.

Ahrens were engaged by leading property developer, Wagner Corporation, to design and construct the ground-breaking Qantas Group Pilot Academy Hangar at the Wellcamp Airport and Business Park in Towoomba.

The facility will be used to train young pilots.

With a strong reputation of servicing the transport and aviation sector, complemented by an extensive portfolio to match, Ahrens were able to develop a highly competitive design and construction solution.

A multi-divisional and turnkey approach saw the project and site teams collaborate seamlessly during the design and construction process, utilising the latest in steel technology supplied directly from Ahrens’ local manufacturing facility near the Wellcamp site in order to create a building solution that was the perfect blend of functional and attractive.

Ahrens centred their approach around collaboration and consultation, working closely with the client every step of the way to deliver the multi-million dollar building solution right from concept to completion.

Satisfying the key objectives and project outcomes outlined at the beginning of the design process, Ahrens crafted the 1500 sqm training hangar with the capacity to house eight light aircraft at any given time, and provided all of the associated office space and amenities, including an assembly room, secure parts store and lunchroom, while adhering to the client’s corporate branding.

Completing works in a safe and timely manner over a four month period, Ahrens created a stand-out facility that Wagner Corporation and the Qantas Group could use to accommodate for training pilots, having already opened its doors to its first group of students in January 2020.

John Wagner, Wagner Corporation Chairman, says Wagner was delighted to see the pilot academy delivered in under five months, from turning the sod to completion of construction and finishing fit-out.

“The Qantas Group Pilot Academy is a world-class asset for our region and further establishes Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport and Wellcamp Business Park as the location of choice for aviation training, maintenance and logistics service and industries,” John says.

The academy has the capacity to train up to 250 pilots every year, helping the industry meet the increased need for skilled aviators. Alan Joyce, Qantas Group CEO, says the opening of the academy was a major milestone for the company and the aviation industry.

“Opening our new Pilot Academy is a historic moment for Qantas, for aviation in Australia and for the thousands of future pilots who will learn how to fly here in Toowoomba,” he says.

“Qantas Group pilots have a long-held reputation for being amongst the best in the world because of their high standards of training, and that tradition continues with this launch.”

Efficient layouts of large span structures continue to set Ahrens apart from the rest. Ahrens have innovative engineering abilities, combined with design and construction experience, to meet the detailed and specific requirements of every transport and aviation project they take on board.

Ahrens’ collaborative, hands-on approach to delivering high quality, value-for-money results continues to see clients return to them time and time again. Their vertically integrated structure ensures they are a one-stop shop, with an unwavering commitment to providing clients with cutting edge and cost-effective project solutions.

With a proven track record of delivering projects of all sizes, from small scale fit outs to large scale developments, find out more information on Ahrens here.

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