In 2010, having outgrown its facilities, Kestrel purchased a property adjacent to Mangalore Airport, where it has constructed a 2000 square metre complex which houses a large hangar space, workshop areas, dedicated Operations Centre, simulator centre, crew rooms, administration and crew accommodation.
Hangar, Workshops and Storage
The large hangar and adjacent workshops cater for all of the fleet maintenance and overhaul needs, now in the final stages of its Part 145 approval shifting from the old regulatory CAR 30 requirements this will bring the company’s maintenance to industry best practice both physically and regulatory sense.
Operations and Logistics Management
In an innovative approach to fleet management Kestrel operates an Operations Centre at its site in Mangalore; this permits direct monitoring of all fleet activities.
Constant innovation to data acquisition and dissemination means a high level of intelligence is streaming from the fleet activities and distributed to the company’s clients and emergency service centres.
The Kestrel Operations room is the logistics management corner stone of the fleet activities and is responsible for;
- Routine monitoring of Kestrel aircraft and vehicles
- Response to agency and staff questions or concerns
- Emergency response in the event of a serious incident of accident
- Monitoring staff and sub-contractor compliance
Communications equipment includes multiple phone lines, satellite phone access for backup and access to agency networks where considered appropriate and approved by agency. Outside of the proposed manned hours an assigned duty operations officer will provide 24-hour coverage.
Kestrel’s location at Mangalore, 1.5 hours north of Melbourne and 1 hour north of Melbourne airport, provides an ideal environment in a stable climate region with few disruptions from weather such as fog and low cloud. This facilitates efficient task completion and ensures on-time achievement of training programs.
Located in the scenic countryside of the Goulburn Valley Region, Mangalore is strategically based just north of the Great Dividing Range, which separates Mangalore from Melbourne. While this has significant impact on the type of weather conditions encountered, it is still only a 100km drive to the city centre of Melbourne.
Melbourne is approximately 20 minutes away to the south by air. To the east, also about 20 minutes flying time, lie the mountainous areas of the ski resorts at Mount Buller and the ‘High Country’. This allows students to experience a large spectrum of weather conditions and terrain.
Mangalore Airport boasts first class facilities, including a runway capable of handling large passenger jet movements. The runways are 2,027m (05-23) and 1,461m (18-36) in length and have international standard airport lighting. Mangalore is an ideal location for night training due to the lack of curfews and restrictions, and the isolation from city lighting, which provides realistic night experience.
The airport’s navigational aids include an NDB, and VOR. While normally operating as an unrestricted airspace, a fully operational control tower allows any airspace procedure to be simulated, helping prepare students for airspace procedures. Mangalore has easy access to the controlled zones to the south (or north if the weather conditions are unsuitable), yet maximum efficiencies are gained during all phases of training because of the non-requirement for clearances and repetitive travel to the training area.