Plans are well underway to develop Lake Macquarie Airport into the hub of local tourism.

Skyline Aviation Group, based at the former Pelican (Belmont) Airport, say they have not yet turned a sod in the major new project, but expect the already approved development to be completed within 18 months.

Concept drawings of the new hangers for Lake Macquarie Airport.

The development will include four new hangars, one inside the aerodrome precinct and three running parallel with the Pacific Highway. They will all be double-storey buildings that will house planes and choppers in the lower deck, with offices and observation decks above.

Concept drawings of the new hangers for Lake Macquarie Airport.

Brett Campany, a spokesperson for Skyline Aviation, told LakeMac Today that his organisation was planning to make the development into Lake Macquarie’s major tourism hot spot with a cafe, public viewing area and numerous airborne activities.

“We aim to attract more local people to the Airport to enjoy our vast range of new facilities when we hopefully open some time next year,” he said.

Skyline Aviation Group is Newcastle and the Hunter Valley region’s most experienced helicopter company for scenic helicopter flights and tours, private charters and helicopter flight training.

For almost 20 years, Skyline Aviation Group has provided a wide range of services to the community and their customers.

Skyline Aviation Group’s dedicated and experience flight training school has produced some of Australia’s best helicopter pilots who are now flying a range of services from scenic tours and charters to water bombing, fire fighting and rescue.

They operate helicopter scenic flights, tours and charters seven days per week from their own Lake Macquarie Airport and can take visitors over the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter Valley wine region, and their aim is to spread their wings to many other flight services.

Skyline Aviation is the talk of the Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Hunter region today after receiving fabulous exposure on last night’s Channel 9 Current Affair program, a follow-up story to the incredible discovery of 17-year-old Sam Lethbridge, who crashed his car in bushland, off the Pacific Highway, at Crangan Bay (South of Swansea) in February.

The touching story of how a devoted father envisaged that his son had been involved in a motor vehicle accident; offered a helicopter pilot $1,000 to search the bushland; found his son, injured, but alive; and then was given the $1,000 back by Skyline Aviation, is a feel good Current Affair episode. You can view the story here.