Can anyone advise if GA are welcome into YBBN. Is there tie down parking? Are fees prohibitive?
Hmmmm! I don't know that the information you are getting here is accurate - but then again, it is just a rumour network.
Are GA welcome at YBBN? Depends on what you definition is of welcome!
I have always found YBBN to be reasonably welcoming - more so that some other major city aerodromes - but some things are changing, if they haven't already.
Have a look on the Brisbane Airport Corp website for fees and charges. I have found YBBN to be not unreasonable - especially if you look at it in the light of landing at YBAF or YRED and then have to get a taxi to YBBN to get a rental car.
I think movements were $30, but I don't recall the parking charge. I have never had a problem finding parking with tie-downs, in the GA area. I understand that movement charges are soon to increase - to prohibitive levels if you want to come in peak traffic times.
The 10 am - 3 pm thing actually works well for me.
After an incident earlier this year, I think VFR flights are prohibited if converging runway ops are in progress - which I think they mostly are if conditions are VMC - so you need to be on an IFR flightplan.
I haven't been into YBBN since May - but if you are on an IFR plan and can mix it with the big boys without f**cking anyone about - then you shouldn't have any problems. The cost(?) - well, that is a personal thing as to what you are prepared to pay.
Personally I think Archerfield is a pain in the arse! Redcliffe has nowhere for itinerants to park!
As for fuel? Well, yes, if you want Avgas you have a bit of a problem. I arranged with the provider to be there at about 22:00 to get the Bo refuelled. Not a problem, but could be a bit inconvenient. The provider was helpful - but they do GA avgas at night cause they are busy doing Jet A through the day. Other times I have ducked over to Redcliffe to refuel prior to departing further afield, or topped off somewhere on my way in (Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast etc).
I would not hesitat to go in and out of Brisbane tomorrow if I had a need to.
PM me if you want to know more.