Construction of the Royal Flying Doctor Service's impressive new hangar at Jandakot has been completed, future-proofing the organisation's world-leading aero medical, aviation and engineering capabilities for the next generation.
The completion coincides with the maiden test flight of the third and final Pilatus PC24 prototype in Switzerland, paving the way for the arrival of the first two of the Flying Doctor's new fleet of jets early next year.
Grahame Marshall, CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, said this was an important moment for the RFDS.
"The maiden flight of the final PC24 prototype and the completion of the hangar are significant milestones in the Royal Flying Doctor Service's transformation to ensuring we remain the leading aero medical provider in the world.
"The completion of the hangar is particularly exciting for us, as this is the key to everything else that follows. With a vastly increased footprint, we now not only have the ability to house and service these new jets, but also the physical space needed to expand our capabilities in all areas of the business.
"By leveraging our expertise we can secure the Royal Flying Doctor Service as a sustainable business, ensuring its future for generations to come – and the hangar is the first step in making that happen."
At an imposing 1,300m2 and with a height of 11m, the new hangar can comfortably house three jets at any one time.
The build also includes a new suite of state-of-the-art workshops, tools, and manual stores that connect the new facility with the existing hangar, creating an overall engineering space of more than 3,000m2.
The Royal Flying Doctor's aviation and engineering teams will move into the new hangar at the end of the month, with the world's first two PC24 jets due to arrive early next year.
This facility was only made possible by a major grant of $3.5 million from Lotterywest, who are strong supporters of the development of WA.