Aviation and aerospace
  • Last updated:
  • 13 May 2022

The Sunshine Coast provides exciting and diverse opportunities in the Australasian aviation and aerospace market and is already home to a thriving aviation industry.

Expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport will deliver new infrastructure and facilities enabling enhanced domestic and international flight access to the region, facilitate new freight capabilities and more direct access to global markets

Aviation-related industries include:
  • licensed maintenance, engineering and overhaul facilities
  • pilot training and education institutes
  • charter flights
  • ground handling services
  • freight operators
  • aircraft sales
  • emergency services.

Additionally, Caloundra Aerodrome is a key complementary aviation asset and supports general aviation activity with around 40,000 movements of aircraft and helicopters each year - primarily catering for light aircraft operations on the Sunshine Coast.

The aerodrome is a vital cog in South East Queensland’s general aviation network and offers the potential to play an important role in the industry’s development in the region.

Download the Aviation and Aerospace industry brochure.

Key aviation and aerospace industry participants on the Sunshine Coast include:

  • McDermott Aviation
  • Machjet International
  • HeliMods
  • ProRotor
  • Suncoast Aero Engines
  • Aircraft Maintenance Solutions
  • Sunshine Coast Airport
  • Pacific Crown
  • Coastal Aviation
  • Flight Options
  • Airways Aviation
  • Atlass-Aerometrex

 Case studies



"I believe the Sunshine Coast is capable of hosting the most advanced and technology intensive industries in the world. I also believe that innovative and progressive companies that choose to invest in this region will gain an enduring and increasing competitive advantage over their city-only counterparts."
Will Shrapnel | CEO, HeliMods


"The Airport Expansion Project and Sunshine Coast Aerospace Precinct (SCAP) provide a unique platform for industry and a framework for investment through to 2020 and beyond. The proposed runway, associated infrastructure and development opportunities will provide new industry opportunities and deliver a gateway to the global economy. SCAP already embodies this vision providing prime serviced airside and landside sites with a variety of flexible and sustainable infrastructure options designed to meet the needs of progressive and globally focussed companies."
Peter Pallot | General Manager, Sunshine Coast Airport


"Since establishing our aviation interests on the Sunshine Coast over 20 years ago, we are working to further develop a flight simulator and training facility equal or better to anything found anywhere in the world. The Sunshine Coast is an ideal location to achieve this."
Steve Padgett, Managing Director, Flight Options