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Where smart businesses are taking off

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

The region has two key aviation and aerospace precincts providing a unique competitive advantage of complementary investment opportunities.

Why the Sunshine Coast?

Sunshine Coast Airport (SCA) welcomes almost 1.3 million passengers annually, with direct flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Auckland.

The Caloundra Aerodrome is a vital cog in South East Queensland’s general aviation network and offers the potential for advanced aerospace and associated manufacturing businesses to play an important role in the industry’s development in the region.

The SCA expansion project has opened the Sunshine Coast up to the world, unlocking more tourism opportunities and new international trade prospects. It is a springboard for businesses to export their products and services to markets faster and more efficiently.

The additional international runway has also enabled direct access to new markets in Asia, the Pacific and other locations in Australia, with direct flights to and from the Sunshine Coast.

Demand for aviation and aerospace leaders

Sunshine Coast Airport

Sunshine Coast Airport Master Plan provides prime airside and landside development opportunities for smart and innovative aviation businesses and related facilities.

The airport’s international runway has elevated the facility to a world-class, fully-serviced aviation precinct.

The expanded airport is providing more ways for businesses to thrive, such as:


Caloundra Aerodrome

The Caloundra Aerodrome was established in 1931 and has a rich aviation history.

As a busy modern facility, the aerodrome supports a vibrant general aviation community, where countless pilots have been trained for recreational, commercial and military flying.

Owned and operated by Sunshine Coast Council, the Caloundra Aerodrome has been the subject of a detailed Master Plan, which articulates an exciting future for the facility.

The Master Plan outlines a bold vision to create a new precinct of excellence for aviation, aerospace and associated advanced manufacturing.

Star performer


World-leading Sunshine Coast aerospace company HeliMods uses cutting edge technology to customise helicopters for civil, defence, law enforcement and medical rescue clients.

The company is intending to invest $10.3 million to expand its Caloundra Aerodrome based operations.

The mooted expansion of the large-scale state-of-the-art aircraft manufacturing and modification facility will allow the business to accelerate its growth and strengthen its position as a major player in the aerospace and defence industries.

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