Economic development

The Sunshine Coast is home to a thriving and diverse aviation industry

Economic development

The Sunshine Coast is already home to a thriving, diverse aviation industry encompassing:

  • training and education
  • manufacturers
  • pilot training
  • project management companies
  • mechanical design
  • charter and emergency services
  • maintenance and overhaul facilities.

Importantly the region also possesses key aviation and aerospace precincts providing a unique competitive advantage of complementary investment and business development opportunities.

Council is committed to supporting the growth and evolution of the Aviation and Aerospace industry via a clear and defined economic development agenda. The Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy 2013-2033 provides a vision and blueprint for the new economy - a prosperous, high-value economy of choice for business, investment and employment, while offering an enviable lifestyle and environment.

Importantly a dedicated high-value industry and investment plan (IIP) 2013 to 2018 has been developed and is being actively implemented for the aviation and aerospace Industry specifically. To learn more about the plan please see:

Caloundra Aerodrome is recognised as a vital cog in the Southeast Queensland general aviation network already accommodating approximately 20,000 aircraft movements per annum plus a diverse range of highly rated businesses. It's importance is reflected in the Aviation and Aerospace Plan and the Caloundra Aerodrome Master Plan, developed to guide its evolution. The aerodrome aims to attract traditional general and recreational aviation businesses and high value niche businesses to complement the existing industry sector.

The region's diverse aviation and aerospace community combines with unique infrastructure assets to make this an industry taking off now and into the future.

To learn more about investment and business development opportunities in the region and to be part of its future ,please visit Invest Sunshine Coast.