Mayor Mick Kruger, Chopperline founder Grant Kenny and Royal Oman Police air-wing student Mohammed Al Qadhi at the Maryborough airport yesterday.
Mayor Mick Kruger, Chopperline founder Grant Kenny and Royal Oman Police air-wing student Mohammed Al Qadhi at the Maryborough airport yesterday. Nat Bromhead

Chopper school takes flight

IRONMAN turned aviation tycoon Grant Kenny could be set to send the Maryborough economy sky-high, after opening a flight training school yesterday.

Mr Kenny, who launched the Chopperline Flight Training school at the Maryborough Airport, said the region provided excellent facilities.

“Maryborough is an attractive regional centre, well serviced with infrastructure and has a progressive council making it an ideal location for new business development.”

He said the Maryborough Airport provided excellent conditions for inexperienced pilots.

“Maryborough Airport is great with a quiet flight line allowing students access to safe and efficient flying operations.”

The group has worked with the Fraser Coast Regional Council to achieve the best result for Maryborough.

“Chopperline has worked closely with Fraser Coast Regional Council to deliver this venture to the town of Maryborough with an expectation that job opportunities and economic development will flow.”

Mr Kenny is the owner of the nation's largest private aviation operator, Curry Kenny Aviation Group, which has a fleet of more than 110 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters used in tourism, mining and private charter.

Increased demand has led to an expansion into Maryborough, which will provide easier access for aspiring aviators from central and north Queensland.

He said the new venture also reunited him with the town where he was born in 1963.

The new school will be one of a few of its kind in Australia to offer dual qualifications for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.



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