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World of aviation opportunities for Longreach students

May 14, 2019

Countless opportunities in the aviation world have opened for a group of Longreach State High School students, who recently had the opportunity to get a close look at Longreach Airport operations during a tour.

The first group of students – ranging in ages from Years 8-12 – were given a tour of the airport’s facilities last week (May 7) by Longreach Airport staff, who took the time to explain how things worked behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the facility.

Students on the tour were taken airside to get a close view of an aircraft taking-off, while they also toured the helicopter hangar, baggage areas, screening and check-in areas inside the terminal to get more of an idea of what roles are involved in operating an airport.

Longreach Airport Chief Operating Officer Kevin Gill said staff were committed to sharing their knowledge and expertise, as well as their passion for the aviation industry.

“The aviation industry is incredibly diverse and interesting, it’s not just about being a pilot or a flight attendant,” he said.

“We cover everything from maintenance of facilities, to marketing, retail, finance, environmental monitoring and customer relations – there literally is something for everyone.”

Mr Gill said the Queensland Airports Limited group, which included Longreach Airport, had a strong education focus.

“We have close partnerships with several universities and TAFE Queensland and have forged strong ties with local schools in areas surrounding our airports, including Longreach,” he said.  

“We attend as many career days at local schools and universities as possible, promoting aviation as a future career path. “

Interested students will be given the opportunity to undertake work experience at the airport as part of their school curriculum.

Longreach State High School principal Brendan Krueger said the opportunity for students to experience first-hand the array of careers and employment opportunities afforded in aviation is vital for our future workforce.  

“It is a pleasure to partner with organisations such as Queensland Airports Limited to provide a real, hands-on experience for our young who are considering a range of career options for their future,” he said.

“Giving students the opportunity to see, hear and ask questions of current employers and employees at Longreach Airport has a remarkable impact on students’ learning and potential future career choices.

“As the birthplace of QANTAS, Longreach holds a strong tradition with aviation and with opportunities like this, our young people have an opportunity to be a part of this industry’s future”.  

Some of the reaction from students who attended the tour:

* “Awesome, I want to go and get a job, loved everything about it.”  –  Jaspah
* “It was good to see what goes on at the airport, a lot more than I thought.” –  Georgia
* “I really liked it.  I enjoyed seeing how it all comes together.” –  Haylee

Longreach Airport recorded a six per cent growth in passenger numbers in calendar year 2018, with 33,866 people welcomed and farewelled during the year.

The airport recently achieved Level 2 Carbon accreditation under the Airports Council International Airport Carbon Accreditation program.