THE official opening of the Max Hazelton Aero Centre was held on the weekend at Orange Airport.
Official dignitaries were invited on Saturday, with a public open day on Sunday.
Orange Aero Club president Phil Robertson said Sunday’s open day was well attended.
“We had a steady stream [of people] but it was a bit hard to say how many, maybe over 100,” he said.
“Some of them took joy flights or helicopter rides.
“We had a number of fly-in visitors from Parkes, Bathurst and Coonabarabran.”
The new centre will act as a medical interchange area for patients who require ambulance transport by fixed-wing planes.
It is also the aero club’s new headquarters and will act as the Orange Airport terminal for 18 months while the ageing 1960s building next door is renovated.
Mr Robertson said the centre’s construction was well supported by local business and tradies.
“A lot of it was the supply of building materials, some of it was donated and some of it was very highly subsidised,” he said.
“It would have been another cost bourdon to the community [had they not received assistance].
“We believe the building community has been extremely supportive, also the Orange business chamber and that includes a lot of businesses.
“There was a fridge that was donated for the medical interchange area.”
Orange Aero Club president Phil Robertson said the medical interchange area is due to open in one week.