By his own admission, Greg Warren is no fan of flying.
But over the next few weeks, the Campbelltown MP will spend dozens of hours on board planes and the rest of the time at airports in England, Canada and America.
The trip will be funded by Mr Warren himself and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association – an international organisation made up of MPs from Commonwealth countries.
Mr Warren said the aim was to be educated about the do and don’ts of international airports.
The knowledge will come in handy for Mr Warren – who was appointed to the Transport and Infrastructure Committee last year –given Sydney’s second airport will be built a stone’s throw away from Macarthur, in Badgerys Creek.
“The questions I will be asking all the people I meet will be ‘what worked’, ‘what didn’t work’, and ‘what would you do differently if you could start all over again?’,” he said.
“I want to ensure we don’t make the same mistake here.”
The trip comes after Mr Warren was selected by the association to prepare a research paper into a topic of his own choosing.
He said the decision to choose “urbanisation with a specific focus on airports and transport infrastructure” was obvious.
“With the relevance of western Sydney (in proximity to Badgery Creek), we have to get it right,” he said.
Mr Warren was optimistic those charged with planning Sydney’s second airport would listen to his findings.
“I’ll approach it in a pragmatic manner and hope the ministers take on board what all MPs have to say,” he said.
Mr Warren hoped the trip – and the landings – would be smooth.
“I was (once) a paratrooper but I remember the first time I actually landed was in Heathrow in 1996 when I was on my honeymoon,” he said.
“I’d taken off in a plane 40 times before (as a paratrooper) but had never landed in one. I was terrified.
“I still don’t like the landing bit but I didn’t enjoy parachuting either.”
Mr Warren will leave on Monday, January 15.