On 24 February 1930, at a Qantas Directora��s meeting in Longreach, the companyA�resolved a�?that the office of the company be establishedA�in the city of Brisbane….on or before 30 Junea�� and tenders wereA�called for the supply and erection of a hangar at Archerfield.
Hangar 005A�was subsequently erectedA�by Sidney Williams & Co and occupiedA�in January 1931A�and when Qantas Empire Airways wasA�established in 1934, their DH-86 DragonA�Rapide aircraft, used for the overseasA�airmail routes, were serviced there.
Those with an eye for history and perhapsA�wanting to ensure that none of our aviationA�history is lost will welcome the news thatA�Hangar 005 has now been significantlyA�restored and hasA�returned to life as a new FBO offering a full, premium serviceA�under the watchful and caringA�hands of Directors Mark Peart and Phil Walker, both ofA�whom are experienced aviators.
Like many new Aviation ventures, theA�concept for a new approach to clientA�service was floated over dinner and a fewA�beers. Mark Pearta��s and Phil Walkera��sA�careers had earlier crossed paths whenA�the company for which Phil flew chose toA�engage with Marka��s jet management andA�charter company Light Jets Australia (LJA).
a�?What I felt was missing in the LJA valueA�proposition was a a�?shop fronta�? for want ofA�a better worda�� says Mark. a�?I knew I had aA�pretty comprehensive offering in place butA�felt it could be taken further by providingA�clients with a more effective base and someA�additional solutions that could deliver aA�totally rounded corporate experience.a��
The many years both Mark and PhilA�had flying and managing corporateA�jets lead them to focus on South EastA�Queensland where they believed a significantA�opportunity existed to establish and developA�a better proposition for corporate jet owners.
a�?We had both been flying business ownersA�and high net worth individuals and weA�knew what was important to thema�� saysA�Phil Walker. a�?We knew that most were timeA�poor and most were looking for ways toA�increase their productivity and efficiency. A�There was a lot of frustration building up,A�particularly flying into Brisbane InternationalA�where business jet holding patterns wereA�becoming extensive. The logical thing forA�us to do was to establish an operation inA�a location where clients could fly in and flyA�out without holding or air traffic delays.a��
The logical progression was to investigateA�Archerfield Airport where both Mark andA�Phil knew there was no FBO competition. A�a�?We saw this as a sensible location andA�one with considerable potentiala�� recallsA�Mark. a�?We knew there was no FBOA�servicing the Brisbane West precinctA�and we saw Archerfield as a strategicA�location, given its proximity and easeA�of access to the Brisbane CBD.a��
a�?We knew we needed something largeA�because we were proposing to take theA�concept of a FBO to another levela�� recallsA�Phil. a�?We werena��t looking just atA�the charter aspects. We also wantedA�to include aircraft storage, under-coverA�parking for vehicles and comprehensiveA�reception and flight lounge facilities. WeA�were aware that Hangar 5, which had aA�floor area of close to 2400 square metres,A�was available for rent and we approachedA�Archerfield Airport Corporation (AAC) withA�an expression of interest to lease it.a�� A�A detailed business plan was written whichA�demonstrated to the Board of AAC that theA�proposed concept and the marketing strategyA�could support a FBO in the medium to longA�term.
The essence of the Archerfield Jet BaseA�proposition is to present what the DirectorsA�see as the future of private aviation. a�?WeA�were looking for something more than just aA�hangar and we are determined to provide aA�a�?full servicea�? propositiona�� says Mark.A�a�?Wea��ve got a full time employee on-site, weA�offer to pull a clienta��s aircraft out when theyA�want to go flying and re-hangar it on return.A�Wea��ll re-fuel it they wish, provide them withA�access to our air-conditioned corporateA�lounge on arrival and return and we alsoA�have boardroom facilities, refreshments andA�on-site under-cover car parking availableA�at call. Ita��s not just a storage arrangementA�wea��re looking at, its full service and whatA�we believe the future should look like.a��
Initial interest in the AJB proposition hasA�been strong. a�?Wea��re only just completingA�renovations and wea��re already at 65%A�capacitya�� says Phil Walker. a�?Wea��re hoping thatA�by the end of the year wea��ll be at 100% fixedA�wing aircraft on board and therea��s still roomA�for up to five helicopters.A�Ita��s an easy airport to arrive and depart from,A�wea��ve got enough room to accommodateA�overnight aircraft and vehicle storage underA�cover andA�wea��ve had a lotA�of interest from local private aircraft owners.
Our original intention was to focus primarilyA�on corporate aircraft, but because a lotA�of owners of Cirrus, Baron, Cessna twinsA�and similar aircraft are expressing interest, wea��ve gone back to the AAC to see what weA�might be able to do to extend our serviceA�offerings in 2017. Ita��s not out of the questionA�that we could utilise additional adjacentA�hangar space and use Hangar 005 as a hub.a�� A�a�?Wea��ll certainly be working on that propositionA�which will give more owners access to theA�incredible facilities we have developed here.a��