Northern Rivers Aero Club chief flying instructor Bill Kiernan.
Northern Rivers Aero Club chief flying instructor Bill Kiernan. Cathy Adams

Pilot training plans

THE Northern Rivers Aero Club has the potential to pump $1 million into the local community, chief flying instructor Bill Kiernan said.

Three months ago, the Lismore-based aero club submitted a tender to buy a hangar at the old Lismore airport complex in Three Chain Road after the council invited expressions of interest. Now it wants an answer.

The aero club operates a commercial pilot training program and it wants the hangar so it can expand its recreational pilot centre.

“We have an aerodrome we can grow here and activity to make it grow,” Mr Kiernan said.

“That hangar we are after was a gift from the Federal Government and now the council has it, but no one knows what to do with it.

“We are not asking for money, we just want an answer.

“If we get a no we can do extensions here. We want to expand to generate more funds for the airport, but we can’t get an answer.”

If the aero club is successful in its tender application, it has plans to use the building as a study and recreational centre where pilots and families can relax.



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