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Here is a read only link to the Aerodrome Database - WhichAerodrome.xlsx. Up to date as of 1/5/2019. Catching up slowly - up to May 2019 now (Mar 2020).

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  • A historic picture of an aerodrome will be posted. Newer pictures are allowed but the theme here is to compare/contrast old with new as well as identifying aerodromes which no longer exist.
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Old 5th May 2020, 20:50
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Originally Posted by grizzled View Post
And many other airports worldwide, post-Covid!
Yes, exactly 'Other airports are also available' (before the Gatwickists get on my case...)
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Old 6th May 2020, 01:29
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My first thought was the old terminal at Katherine, Katherine, not Tindal.
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Old 6th May 2020, 02:08
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Re Katherine: Your're heading in the right direction (generally) from your hometown (as per PPRuNe) but further to go...
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Old 6th May 2020, 07:42
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North Queensland?
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Old 6th May 2020, 09:16
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Pacific Islands ?
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Old 6th May 2020, 14:47
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It is on an island but this island is not usually considered one of the Pacific Islands.

Not in Australia, though Australia has a close association with this island.

If not significantly narrowed down today I'll post another photo.
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Old 6th May 2020, 18:48
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TIWI Islands, Bathurst Airport?
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Old 6th May 2020, 19:27
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John E: This airport (recently modernised and expanded since the photo) is not part of Australia. But you're getting closer...
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Old 6th May 2020, 19:35
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The old terminal; at Dili, then East Timor. {But the foliage confuses me. and it was sealed when I was there in 2000.


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Old 6th May 2020, 19:40
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MJG: AHA! Right country, wrong airport (which doesn't leave many other choices).
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Old 6th May 2020, 19:51
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Three other choices; I’ll start with Baucau.
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Old 6th May 2020, 19:58
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John: Good guess -- but No. Baucau had a long paved runway before I got there (in 2000) -- because the Indonesians wanted a military capable airport far away from Dili.
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Old 6th May 2020, 20:00
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In that case most likely Oecusse, which had a relatively recent rebuild.
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Old 6th May 2020, 20:12
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Nope -- but flying to Oecusse was my favourite trip. Flying along the coast was so damn gorgeus (still is, I assume, but haven't been back in more than a dozen years).
Three more to go. The town served by this airport is famous as the site of a very nasty incident during the bad days.
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Old 7th May 2020, 01:17
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Suai WPDB. Lots of money spent there by the Chinese.



New terminal and tower.
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Old 7th May 2020, 01:54
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Suai (WPDB) is correct! Site of the Suai Church Massacre -- a horrible day in a horrible year in East Timor. Thanks to the new runway and terminal it looks a lot more like a real airport now. Memories of water buffalo, motorcycles, and dogs galore wandering the strip of packed earth that was termed a runway. And a very late go around...

All yours Chimbu!
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Old 7th May 2020, 04:13
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I knew it was not Bacau because when I did the inspection there and gathered data for the IAP design I was told by an old guy who had been at the airport for years that "you Australian were responsible for the development of Bacau and two other runways in the 1960's when you purchased the F111." White coral strip which, like all the others the Russians built in that era, will still be there in good condition when the dinosaurs return. Not a good time to go there but take a look at K100 north of Mogadishu if you get the chance - same structure and same great surface after many, many years.

Very obviously a military airfield at Bacau with ORPs and quick access taxiways from the military side.

When we were at Bacau in 2000 the lunch choices were very difficult: Great curry with the Pakistani's on their side of the runway or excellent freshly cooked Thai food from their sustainable gardens near the tower.

We suggested changing Bacau to be the POE for the Country with both a good sea and air port but memories of the massacre there were still fresh and will linger for many years..


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Old 7th May 2020, 08:11
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Open house.
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Old 7th May 2020, 16:33
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While we wait for someone to take up the Open House...

Re MGJ's comments, I can confirm that when we did an assessment of Timor-Leste airports / airfields in 2005, WPEC (Baucau) runway surface was in remarkably good condition, expecially considering it had received no ongoing manintenance in years.
Here's a pic taken on final at Baucau in 2005, where the site of the crash of an IL-76 two years earlier can still be clearly seen.
Baucau trivia: It's the site of the only known hijacking of an Australian military aircraft (Sept. 1975).


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Old 11th May 2020, 16:39
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Just going through my holiday snaps from years gone by, and this popped up.

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