Visiting the Flying Doctor
Tuesday, 3rd August, 2010
Senior executives of Hawker Beechcraft touched down in the city yesterday for a tour of the local Royal Flying Doctor Service facilities.
Hawker Beechcraft supplies a number aircraft to the RFDS and the trip gave the visiting party the opportunity to see how they are used.
The company's Chief Executive Officer, Alan Smith, said it was also a chance to see how the base works.
"(Hawker Pacific) wanted to show Beechcraft what the RFDS is about," Mr Smith said.
The chairman and CEO of Beechcraft Corporation, Shawn Vick, said the RFDS were valuable customers.
"The RFDS are long standing customers and have bought numerous aeroplanes," Mr Vick said.
This was Mr Vick's first visit to the city and he was impressed by the local base.
He said it was clear the service was staffed by dedicated professionals.
"The aeroplanes provide a great solution for the needs (of the RFDS)."
Hawker Beechcraft supplied four KingAir 200 aeroplanes to the local base and a total of 34 across Australia.
"The aeroplanes are capable of flying to distant locations, landing on dirt runaways," Mr Vick said.
"They have large doors capable of loading stretchers as well as an on board ambulance kit ... the KingAir 200 is very robust, highly reliable, easy to maintain and fly.
"It is a privilege to be apart of this organisation, which is demanding and challenging but (also) rewarding."