Maryborough’s aerodrome is expected to have a new permanent licenced aircraft maintenance engineer on site by the new year.
Transaero is currently based at Penfield Airfield in the Macedon Ranges near Sunbury, but the business’s owner-operators, husband and wife team Rob Scott and Kim Skyring have told The Advertiser the business plans to relocate its base to Maryborough by January.
The business services everything from small ultra-light and light sport aircraft to vintage aeroplanes and twin engine commuter aircraft.
Ms Skyring, who like her engineer husband, Rob is a qualified pilot says the move is partly due to the fact that Maryborough has the facilities and supporting industry needed to establish the business.
She also said the Central Goldfields Shire Council’s attitude toward the future of the aerodrome has encouraged the shift.
Transaero is currently negotiating the lease of a hangar with a private hangar owner at the Maryborough aerodrome.
The move fulfills one of the main aims identified in the aerodrome’s new master plan adopted by Central Goldfields Shire Council earlier this year.
Mr Scott said Transaero also plans to operate a smaller base out of Kyneton, where it already has a hangar.
Ms Skyring said a major focus of the business is providing annual aircraft inspections to ensure aircraft meet CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) requirements.
Aircraft maintenance engineer with Transaero, Karl Hartney says the business also specialises in vintage aircraft.
“We do basic aerial services to full restorations,” he said
“There’s high demand.”
Mr Scott said employment potential exists.
“Give us six months or so and we’ll be putting on an apprentice,” he said.
“We’re looking at everything from engine overhauls to propeller overhauls.
“It seems every other small airport is under threat from development,” Mr Scott said.
“The fact that the council is actually doing something with the airport and it’s recognised the value of the airport and it’s developing it, is really encouraging,” Ms Skyring said.
“We have owners who are based at other airfields who are our customers who will fly in for maintenance.
“It also tends to attract people who are looking for somewhere to base their aircraft.
“So people are more likely to choose Maryborough to base their aircraft if there is maintenance available.
“We expect that it will gradually increase the numbers of aircraft and the numbers of hangars that are being built just by having some activity there and having maintenance available.”