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Mangalore Airport

Victoria’s Hume Region Pilot Training Hub

Located close to Melbourne and major transport routes, Victoria’s Hume Region is ideally situated for domestic and international organisations seeking firstclass pilot training facilities and support.

At the centre of the Hume Region Pilot Training Hub is Mangalore Airport, a purpose-built training facility north-east of Melbourne’s international airport, that meets Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) standards. With a number of metropolitan and regional airports within less than an hour’s flying distance providing ready access to controlled, and un-controlled airspace, no flight curfew, and stable weather conditions, Mangalore and the surrounding Hume Region is the perfect base for trainee pilots to build confidence and skills.


Established Training Facilities

Mangalore Airport’s facilities include:

  • Navigation aids
  • Airport lighting
  • Dual all-weather runways
  • Re-fuelling facilities
  • Hangars and storage
  • Pilot training operations centre (designed and built to EASA standards)
  • Fibre-optic LAN to network the students, learning centre and administration
  • Tarmac parking for up to 40 training aircraft
  • Four star accommodation for up to 40 students
  • CASA examination centre

Mangalore facilities are regularly used by Federal and State government departments; emergency services; commercial organisations, recreational groups, and Moorabbin Flight Training Academy, a leading flight training provider specialising in training Chinese airline cadets.

The training facilities and purpose-built learning centre also offer:

  • provision for advanced flight simulators
  • recreation amenities including a tennis court and swimming pool

For more information visit the Mangalore Airport website


Quality and Safety

Mangalore Airport training facilities are built to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) standards.

Hume Region has uncongested airspace, making it an ideal environment for pilots in the early stages of their training.

Mangalore’s proximity to controlled airspace around major national and international airports provides opportunities for pilots to develop their skills and vary their learning experience.

All training is delivered in English.

A number of multi-national flight training organisations, recognising the benefits of operating in Victoria, have well-established programs for international students already in place.

Australian pilot training is regulated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and trainers are well-regarded internationally and nationally.

Victoria is home to Australia’s aviation and aerospace industries.

Weather and Terrain

The Hume Region landscape is predominantly open plains, perfect terrain for cadet pilots needing to build confidence and experience.

Hume Region is known for its temperate climate and clear skies, averaging seven to eight sunshine hours a day (12 hours a day from October to March), and an average maximum temperature of 21°C.


Investment opportunities

International and domestic cadet pilot training

Economic growth across Asia has seen the demand for domestic and international air travel soar, and consequently increase the demand for skilled pilots.

It is predicted that over the next 20 years:

  • North East Asia will need 18,800 additional pilots
  • South East Asia will need 51,500 additional pilots
  • The Oceania region will need 12,900 additional pilots
  • South West Asia will need 31,000 additional pilots

(2012 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook)

With its state-of-the-art flight training facilities, excellent weather and proximity to Melbourne, Victoria’s Hume Region Pilot Training Hub is prepared for takeoff.

Business expansion

The Hume Region Pilot Training Hub’s centre at Mangalore Airport offers metropolitan-based flight training schools plenty of room to spread their wings as they face increased regulation of airspace, and encroaching residential development around airports. The 214-hecatre site is protected by a special-use zone overlay and is close to controlled and uncontrolled airspace, a number of satellite airports and to south-east Australia’s major rail and road routes.

Economic Development

With most pilot-training courses conducted over periods of up to 60-weeks, the sky’s the limit when it comes to opportunities to promote local tourist attractions, retail and service sectors to overseas and domestic trainee pilots while they’re studying and staying in the Hume Region.

Co-ordinated approach

Federal, State and Local government and agencies, and the aviation industry support, and promote a range of initiatives to attract and prioritise investment in the sector including:

  • Partnerships Regular trade missions to Asia-Pacific countries to initiate joint ventures.
  • Airshows and expos Every two years, Melbourne hosts the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Expo, the southern hemisphere’s largest aviation, aerospace and defence trade show.
  • Training and education Melbourne boasts Australia’s largest concentration of aviation and aerospace education and training facilities.
  • Investment priority Support for further development of infrastructure and training facilities for pilots at Mangalore Airport is identified as priority in the Hume Strategy for Sustainable Communities 2010 - 2020 Regional Plan.


An hour north of Melbourne and easily accessed by major rail and road routes.

  • Close to universities, training facilities and internationally recognised flight training schools including Ansett Aviation Training at Tullamarine, one of the largest Simulator Training centre’s in the southern hemisphere, and AVIA Aircraft’s new General Aviation Training and Simulator Centre at Moorabbin Airport.
  • Highly accessible to metropolitan general aviation sites including Point Cook, Moorabbin and Essendon airports.
  • Well-placed (UTC/GMT +10 hours) to growth markets in the Asia-Pacific region:
    -- China
    -- Indonesia
    -- Vietnam
    -- Singapore
    -- India
    -- Japan
  • Within an hour’s flying distance to satellite airports including:
    -- Melbourne – controlled airspace/refuelling
    -- Albury (NSW border)– controlled airspace/ refuelling
    -- Shepparton – training and refuelling
    -- Yarrawonga – training and refuelling
    -- Wangaratta – training and refuelling
    -- Benalla – home to Gliding Club of Victoria
    -- Mount Beauty – Gliding club and residential aviation park



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