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Brisbane Airport's Da Vinci Precinct - the Aerospace Training and Technology Campus - continues to gain a reputation for fostering innovation and cutting edge educational facilities.

The Precinct has been master planned to ensure the future of Queensland aviation research can be accommodated for now and into the future and is fully supported by the State Government. Likewise, the Da Vinci Precinct supports the Government's Smart State Strategy ensuring economic growth and a prosperous economy through education and innovation.

The Da Vinci Precinct consists of 44 hectares and is already home to Virgin Blue Boeing Flight Simulators, Aviation Australia, and now welcomes the new $6 million Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) which is Australia's first airport-based Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) R&D facility and has the potential to position Australia at the forefront of this emerging industry.

The ARCAA will conduct research into breakthrough UAV technology, which has countless applications ranging from military functions, including combating terrorism and improving bio-security measures, to an agricultural focus through crop dusting, not to mention the impact UAVs will have on fire fighting efforts for major bush fires, all using pilotless aircraft.

The 800sqm facility, which was recognised in the 2010 AIB Building Awards, houses up to 35 research, technical support and administrative staff, and comprises a main workshop, laboratories and collaborative open plan office spaces.

Aviation Australia is a world recognised official educator for the workforce of tomorrow in the aviation industry. Already students from as far as Abu Dhabi, England, Taiwan, Germany and the United States have gained qualifications here and have a natural connection to the supply of workforce for the Aerotech Park Precinct which is fast becoming Asia Pacific's emerging aviation maintenance hub.

This continued success of the Da Vinci Precinct demonstrates the holistic approach undertaken by BAC in addressing the needs of a modern airport.