British Aerospace Training Services has acquired the Adelaide-based Australian Aviation College from BTR-owned Hawker de Havilland.

The purchase, for an undisclosed sum, places Australia's two biggest training organisations under full BAe control, following the UK company's acquisition of Ansett's 50% stake in the Tamworth, New South Wales-based Australian Air Academy.

The two colleges will between them have a combined capacity of almost 500 students and a fleet of 80 aircraft, and will employ 180 staff. Both establishments have strong contracts with Asian carriers, as well as doing considerable work for African, Australian, Middle Eastern and UK airlines. The Tamworth centre also has a growing military-training business.

Source: Flight International