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Media Release - New Life for Former RQAC Premises


Basair Aviation College will occupy the former Royal Queensland Aero Club (RQAC) premises at Archerfield Airport following an exhaustive Expression of Interest process conducted by Jones Lang LaSalle for Archerfield Airport Corporation (AAC).

Basair is Australia’s largest flying school and provides flight training for Griffith University’s Graduate Diploma, Boeing’s Pilot Development Program and Diploma courses where students may be eligible for VET Student Loans.

Basair has leased the Aviation Student Accommodation and Training Complex at Archerfield Airport since 2014. With the complex fully occupied for the first time and the College operating at maximum capacity, the College needs more space to expand.

Basair will also launch Brisbane Aviators, based on their very successful Sydney Aviators operation, to service South East Queensland pilots who want to learn to fly for fun. The RQAC premises have been vacant since RQAC went into voluntary administration in March 2016. AAC plans for RQAC club members to maintain a presence at Archerfield Airport.

AAC Newsletter - May 2017:  

Securing GA's Future, A message from the GM, FOGA Remembrance Day, Environment News, Archerfield at Avalon, Upcoming Pavement Maintenance Works, ANZAC Day Initiative - Flying Neighbourly, Weather Images for All, Oxley Creek Revitalisation, Jet Base Film Set, Phenom Visits, In Transition, Profle on Wayne Bass - Aviation Spotter/Photographer, Spotted at Archerfield, Safety Focus, For Lease. 

AAC Newsletter - February 2017:  

Airport Preliminary Draft Master Plan update, Transition - Archerfield Logistics Estate - Works have commenced, A message from the GM, Vale: Nick Karp & Peter Lynch, Airspace Optimisation Project update, Congratulations Genise Benz, Environment news, Staying secure, Safety focus, Archerfield at Avalon, Bird & wildlife hazard management, Festival time, A framework for balance, For lease, Tower talk. 

Media Release - Preliminary Draft Master Plan Consultation Open



A Preliminary Draft Master Plan (2017 – 2037) for the ongoing development of Archerfield Airport is now open for public comment.

The 2017 plan is fundamentally consistent with the current approved plan (2011 – 2031) with some further refinements including:

  • The Master Plan and environment strategy are now a single report, removing duplication and aligning documentation with 2010 amendments to the Airports Act.

  • Planning information has been revised, consistent with current planning strategies, policies and controls, reflecting State Planning Policy and Brisbane City Plan amendments.

  • Additional information about ground transport includes details of anticipated traffic generation from airport developments in the initial planning period; anticipated works to provide safe and efficient access to airport developments; other opportunities to improve the adjacent road network (to cater for increased traffic); and opportunities to integrate City Plan bicycle routes.

  • A Brisbane City Council/State Government proposal to relink Boundary Road across the middle of the airport (as it previously existed and as foreshadowed in previous master plans) has been removed. This work is no longer required following the creation of Barton Street.

Archerfield Airport General Manager, Heather Mattes, said the Master Plan would ensure that the airport continued to evolve into a modern, world-class facility that will serve as a centre of excellence for aeronautical and related activities and the focus of general and corporate aviation in South East Queensland.

Ms Mattes said while there were no material changes to the new Master Plan, projects foreshadowed in the current approved plan would be carried forward. These are: ........


Media Release - RAAF flypast a highlight of Brisbane Open House at Archerfield Airport



A RAAF C-130J Hercules flypast of Archerfield Airport will be a dramatic highlight of Brisbane Open House this Saturday, October 8.

This will be the second consecutive year that the airport has featured in the free Brisbane Open House event – and RAAF involvement will add to the colour and aviation-rich atmosphere as visitors explore one of Australia’s most architecturally significant airports. It will also be an opportunity for the RAAF to showcase its aircraft and will serve as a reminder to visitors of the airport’s military past.

Media Release - Clem Lack Oration



The extraordinary accomplishments of pioneer aviator Lores Bonney will be the topic of this year’s Clem Lack Oration to the Royal Historical Society of Queensland.

The evening presentation by aviation author, Kristen Alexander, is open to the public free of charge. It will be held at the Commissariat Store, 115 William Street Brisbane on Thursday September 29. The doors open at 6.45pm.

Visit us on Brisbane Open House day on 8 October 2016

Hello All,

We are pleased to advise that Archerfield Airport is participating again in Brisbane Open House on Saturday 8 October 2016 from 10am to 4pm.

Brisbane Open House celebrates Brisbane city’s diversity and subtropical architecture, giving visitors a rare insight into the best buildings, places and spaces, free of charge and is the result of a unique partnership between the Office of the Queensland Government Architect, the Brisbane Development Association and the National Trust of Australia (Queensland). This year’s event (the 7th annual event) is being staged on the weekend of 8 and 9 October 2016 and will feature about 80-90 buildings. Further information can be found at

Archerfield Airport will be open to visitors on Saturday 8 October only and we are planning a number of activities for that day - including viewing the art deco Terminal building, historic hangars 5 & 6 for LifeFlight and Archerfield Jet Base, Building 9 for BASAIR Flight Training and Student Accommodation, Gods Acre Cemetery and airside bus tours.

We see this event as a great opportunity to showcase Archerfield Airport, its history and current operations and we invite you to come along.

Kind regards,

Heather Mattes
General Manager

AAC Newsletter - Winter 2016:  

Archerfield Jet Base launched, A message from the GM, Brisbane Open House 2016, Spotlight on: Warbird Aviation, Griffith Aviation news, Airport Safety Week, Fly Neighbourly Principles, LifeFlight emerges, An exceptional drone, From America to Archerfield, Safety Focus, God's Acre Remembrance Day, For lease, Tower talk. 

Media Release - Archerfield Airport to showcase Roulettes



Archerfield Airport will host the only Brisbane display by the RAAF’s elite formation aerobatic display team, the Roulettes, during a major tour of South Queensland this month.

The free public event will be held in the sky over Archerfield Airport at 3.30pm on Sunday 22 May. Following an aerial display of precision flying, visitors to the airport will have an opportunity to meet the pilots and view their PC-9/A aircraft up close during a static display outside the terminal building.

Media Release - Roulettes’ Brisbane display cancelled


Archerfield Airport Corporation (AAC) was today advised by the RAAF that an airport display by the Roulettes elite formation aerobatic display team will not proceed as scheduled this Sunday May 22.

The RAAF has advised that an engineering review of the team’s PC-9/A fleet has suggested that more information about the aircrafts’ fatigue is needed to ensure they meet strict safety standards.

AAC hopes that the display will be rescheduled, subject to RAAF advice.


Media enquiries: Heather Mattes (0414 233 901)

General Manager, Archerfield Airport Corporation

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