Balcatta-based aircraft manufacturer earns $300k Government funding boost


Joshua Portlock, left, Richard Pace and John Clegg from Sci.Aero with Michael Keenan MHR
Joshua Portlock, left, Richard Pace and John Clegg from Sci.Aero with Michael Keenan MHR

AN AIRCRAFT manufacturer based in Balcatta has received a funding boost to help its push into bigger markets.

Sci.Aero has been in the industry for 10 years and recently was awarded $300,000 through the Federal Government’s Accelerating Commercialisation grant.

The safe ducted electric robotic aircraft would allow decision makers to have rapid access to critical aerial data, helping them achieve more while ensuring people are safe.

Managing director Richard Pace said the business produced “completely engineered, sophisticated aircrafts”.

“The Sci.Aero engineering team combined the most advanced surveying photographic technology into a survey service cost reducing solution that is now selling globally,” he said.

“We are now Australian Government Industry and Science evaluated and recognised as a sector commercial leader.

“This highly competitive grant allocation will be directed to generate increase sales revenues and grow this WA company.”

Mr Pace said the international scene was very competitive.

“We are working on other strategic options to leverage our chosen area of market penetration,” he said.

“This is all being achieved from our Balcatta facility and testing grounds.”

Stirling MHR Michael Keenan said the aircrafts would help address real-word issues in affordable data collection.