Case Study: Wireless Networking With Enhanced Coverage and Capacity

Case Study: Flight Training Adelaide (FTA)

Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) is a residential College located at Parafield Airport, South Australia. FTA provides professional airline pilot training for many of the world’s leading airlines. Present and past customers include Qantas, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Emirates, Dragonair, JAL Express, Air China, Vietnam Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, South African Airways, British Airways and many more.

Flight Training Adelaide’s campus is designed to accommodate up to 200 students in residence at any given time.  The design was based on a master plan to build a world class, fully integrated flying training facility.

The spacious grounds incorporate purpose built training and operations areas, a learning resource centre, offices, aircraft maintenance, hard-stand aircraft parking areas, residential accommodation, prayer room, dining and recreational facilities.

In 2009 FTA decided to upgrade and expand its wireless networking capabilities from the existing single, entry level access point; to a professionally designed and installed mesh network which would allow access to FTA’s internal networks and the internet from all training and accommodation locations on their campus at Parafield Airport.

FTA approached National Wireless to survey their site and review their network requirements. Subsequently we designed and installed a professional network, suitable for business critical functions, utilising Tropos 5210 nodes positioned strategically across the site.  The new network now provides enhanced coverage, capacity and reliability.

On completion of this project, Pine Pienaar FTA’s CEO said: “I am delighted that this project is now completed. We have made a very large investment to ensure our customers have got access to Internet whenever they are on campus.  With over 95% of FTA students being from overseas, Internet is key for them to be able to communicate with family and friends.”

This also allows FTA to convey Standard Operating Procedures and Daily Flight Programs directly onto student laptops.  This is the first step for FTA towards the ultimate goal of providing a full Computer Based Training solution to all its customers.

As we have done for Flight Training Adelaide, National Wireless can engineer an indoor or outdoor wireless broadband solution for every business no matter how large or small.