Farnborough Air Show

Newquay aspires to be aerospace hub

 - July 16, 2010, 11:40 PM

Newquay Cornwall Airport (Hall 1 Stand B16) is hoping that helicopter manufacturer Agusta-Westland’s recent decision to establish a new flight training facility could prove to be the first step in building an aerospace business hub at the former Royal Air Force base in the southwest of England. The $1.5 million development was announced on March 31, and includes funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

AgustaWestland Training Organisation will run its helicopter flight training program for up to 50 students each year at Newquay, with courses covering rotorcraft applications such as search and rescue, and policing. The program will use AW139 and AW109 Power helicopters.

The airport is owned and operated by the Cornwall County Council via its subsidiary, Cornwall Airport Ltd. The council wants to develop the site as a cluster of aerospace firms, covering a wide range of aviation- related activities, as part of
its strategy of generating new, high-value jobs in a county that has largely depended on agriculture and tourism. There is land available around the airport
site to allow companies to build new premises with direct connections to the airside area. The council also is encouraging development of nearby hotel and conference facilities.