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CareFlight trains the world

Instructor Steve Jones shows Ali, Mansour and Hamad from the Qatar Emiri Air Force a thing or two.
Instructor Steve Jones shows Ali, Mansour and Hamad from the Qatar Emiri Air Force a thing or two. supplied

BOTH public and private sectors of the aviation world look to RACQ CareFlight for training and consultancy.

The air ambulance service based out of the Gold Coast Airport has trained its own pilots and crew, plus pilots from Australian government bodies, for 16 years.

Executive manager of training Jeremy Ovens said many were not aware CareFlight also trained pilots from the Dubai and Abu Dhabi Police, the United Arab Emirates Air Force, the Qatar Emiri Air Force and the Malaysian Coast Guard.

"CareFlight Training Services was originally established to train our own pilots, air crew and medical staff," Mr Ovens said.

"But over the last 16 years it's grown into a busy hub of educational training for external aviation industry clients.

"We are regularly welcoming groups of international students to our Gold Coast facilities.

"Any funds generated from these training contracts are directed back into the CareFlight community rescue helicopters."

He said training undertaken by international students included winch training, helicopter underwater escape training and pilot and air crew training at Varsity Lakes' HEMS Academy.

"The international students live in Australia for the duration of their course and are also taught English as a second language.

"They then take the skills they've learned at CareFlight back to their home countries where they begin work in the aviation industry.

"CareFlight is one of the only organisations in Australia to offer this specific type of training and is an industry leader when it comes to aviation training.

"CareFlight Training Services is growing every year, which means more funds are being raised for our community helicopter service," Mr Ovens said.

Visit the CareFlight website for more information.

Topics:  abu dhabi, business, dubai, malaysia, qatar, racq careflight, training, united arab emirates



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