IF YOU need more proof of Toowoomba's suitability for the proposed Qantas pilot training academy, look to the arrival of the students to Wellcamp Airport this week.

We welcomed 20 pilots-in-training from India this week, and this number is expected to grow to more than 50 by June next year.

Surely it's a good sign when the world is looking at our region as a desirable place to train up their cadets?

The Chronicle's editor Steve Etwell has spoken at length about the suitability of the Garden City over the other cities bidding for the proposed Qantas training facility.

I'm not going to go back into that friendly debate but I think we can safely say, between our growing economy, ideal flying conditions and top-notch facilities, Toowoomba is in prime position for such an academy.

Here's hoping Qantas feels the same way when making its final decision on the two locations for the facility.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way, because it would be a massive boost for Toowoomba and the wider Darling Downs.

Either way it goes, we should hopefully know the outcome by the end of this month.

Fingers crossed it goes our way.