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Old 12th Oct 2014, 19:47
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For info, I have heard that the Georges River golf club (adjacent to Bankstown airport) has been, or is about to be sold to B.A.L. Interesting.
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 00:03
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Great - maybe it'll be cheaper to land on the green.
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 01:20
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this would allow extension of runway(s).


Skyforce have 1 or 2 146's, but don't think they can take off with a full load on present runway.
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 01:23
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Apathy alive and well in Apastralia

The general consensus is that part of the problem with increasing costs in GA is tied in to the sell off of all the secondary airports.
Perspective is on the right track - few of you appear to be aware of or even interested in the non compliance by Airport LEASE holders of their obligations under their long term LEASES. Neither is our bureaucracy which is where the corruption issue is so blatantly obvious. Annual AUDITS, adherence to contractual terms, obligation under Retail Leases Acts etc etc. all covered in the LEASES but no one bureaucrat interested.

Archerfield chamber of commerce have done a great job in identifying these and many other shortcomings and now the Moorabbin CC has also come on board, but industry support is almost non existent ! Maybe it's time instead of complaining amongst yourselves about excessive charges you took the time to read the official Acts and leases and see who is ripping you off and who is standing by and letting them. Get involved.

As to the selling off of land this is not possible with leasehold. BAL and other Airport operators are permitted to sub lease to others by building commercial structures eg. Bunnings. Good luck to them provided it doesn't interfere with Aviation. (loss of runways etc)

As to establishing private airfields, good idea but who will convince the local councils, planning/ zoning etc when even at the Cwth level there is no support. Operators join your local Chamber or Action group as AOPA appears a total waste of time when it comes to anything aviation. A USA AOPA would never have even let it get started. Apathy is alive and well in Apastralia, long live corrupt bureaucrats.

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Old 13th Oct 2014, 01:43
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For info, I have heard that the Georges River golf club (adjacent to Bankstown airport) has been, or is about to be sold to B.A.L. Interesting.
Moorabbin airport has had the additional land returned from lease to the council golf course now for 4 years or so. The master plan map shows an extension of 13L/31R and associated terminal for RPT, but it's only listed as potential development with no time frame. I would guess the land around the actual approach paths will soon be all factories and non-aviation related businesses. The only thing stopping the approach paths from being used is the land use requirements, but how long will that be in place if the runway extensions don't go ahead soon.
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 07:26
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The white paper produced by the government appeared very supportive of general aviation as a whole if I remember correctly, Will that turn into something tangible.
I am aware of a couple of times in the last few years of councils being supportive of the creation of a maintenance base by way of interest free loan etc.

Councils are pretty savvy these days, so although entirely possible,
I think you would have to attach to any proposal, a pretty robust, honest
Return of investment estimate, services gained and how attractive it might be
To an existing community.
In remote locations it would be easy to justify, but obviously that's not where most keep their aircraft.
As most of us live coastal, maybe the selling point for government and council would be the ability to, more easily service fire bombing aircraft for example.

The state government are only too happy to spend millions on leasing fire fighting and support aircraft and infrastructure, how about spending a few percent of that on government land to build some runways and a few hangars, some private body's, flying groups etc, can be the "body corporate" in effect, and viola', now you have a facility that the government wants, community want, and not held to ransom by private corporations. Just a thought.
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Cars engineered to be low maintenance. I think not. Car engineered to be assembled on a production line. Large components bing bam thank you next. That is till they require repair.
Like a switch in a mates European car. $154 for the switch. 4000$ to change it. Requires the whole dash and most of the engine to be dismantled to gain access to the dash bolts.
I don't think you understand the difference between repair and maintenance. Old cars were relatively easy to repair, but they required lots of maintenance. Newer cars are vastly more complex, with way more widgets and gadgets, but spend many more km on the road before they require even the very rudimentary scheduled maintenance that they do now. Of course, complex things are expensive to repair, but that's not maintenance and in fleet terms, recalls and design/production stuff-ups excepted, is relatively rare.

Look at the distance cars travel these days before they're considered scrap! 200k+ is common, and taxis seeing half a million clicks before things start to be replaced in earnest! Unthinkable twenty or thirty years ago.

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The philosophy of aircraft has not changed and never will. Something that not a large requirement in a motor car.

Weight !!
Yeah, well perhaps you should leave the design philosophy to the designers. Weight is only one of the many design criteria. The real problem is that (GA) aircraft designs haven't actually moved on much from the 50's production technology, except perhaps in the less regulated sectors like LSA... If we were still driving around in 1980's Magnas and VB Commodores, driving would be as shit as flying in the certified aircraft fleet is today!
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 08:07
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FFS..........
I have not seen anyone yet, that come close to addressing Dick's original question.
His offer to do costings.
Here is a question then.
All of the fire fighting aircraft to a large degree are kept, maintained, assembled and initially at least, Operated from airports owned in a lot if cases at sold off secondary airports I assume. As such, the cost built in to contracts to cover these expenses must be significant, particularly when operating Very large fire fighting turbo props or jets.
What is the cost of operating at these airports.

-Parking, landing fees, transport to effected areas eg.(most bush fires are not at inner city burbs)
- what would be the savings to infrastructure with reduced time to effected areas and ability to operate larger aircraft closer to where they are needed.
-what could the projected savings be over the next century as people and infrastructure continue to move into more densely tree'd (bush land) areas.

I don't blame the guys who now own the secondary airports, for the most part, I highly doubt most of the people associated with them are too enthusiastic about aviation in general, in other words, GA aviation exists to a large degree because of peoples enthusiasm
For flying, love of it even, sense of adventure, it gets romanticised a lot if you will.
They have every right to engineer for profit, we will never be able to compete with amatil coca-cola or schenker logistics, or even Jeep. Essendon airport, most likely still exists only due to the major corporate Bizjet activity, and the people that own them.
So as it becomes clear that they can make significantly more money from large logistics companies and wharehouses, why other than their contractural obligations would they not lean that way.
Would a landing field reduced to just helicopter movements still qualify as an airport?

As the urban sprawl continues, incidents become more of a Media melodramatic plaything, and liability becoming more of a focus, land becomes more valuable, there will be pressure to move airports with a "large amount" of activity away from built up areas.
All of this is going in one direction.

I believe investment is sort of happening (airport upgades)with the government grants that have been on offer, so
In that respect it has been encouraging and supportive, although this does not change
The crux of the issue at larger, corporate owned inner area, airports.

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Well, I'm not sure if this is useful or not, but here it goes.

I was getting to the point a month ago where I almost bought an aircraft for the first time, a Piper Pacer. I could afford to buy it, I could afford to insure it, I could afford to run it... I couldn't afford to store it. I'm a normal person and purchasing an aircraft was something I wanted to do out of love, completley lacking in any fiscal common sense, but my passion for flying is such that I was very keen. But it was just too much. Maybe in a few years... after everything has increased in price again

Now this wasn't at Bankstown, I can only imagine that BK would be worse in terms of aircraft storage. Paying thousands of $$ a year just to park an aircraft inside a shed, or even on a patch of grass is a bit of a killer. I'm not sure what the other fee's are like at BK, but they all add up.

I'm aware this isn't any great insight, I guess all I'm tryingt to point out is that GA might be busier in a private capacity if people weren't getting screwed out of every $ they have before they even get to say "clear prop." The passion is there for me, but its just too much.
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 01:22
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Originally Posted by Perspective View Post
FFS..........
I have not seen anyone yet, that come close to addressing Dick's original question.
His offer to do costings.
I think his question was addressed in the second post.

...and his offer was to do cost savings, not costings...
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 01:41
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Junior,

YSBK charge you over $30 a day just to park outside on the grass.

Over $900 a month, just to cast a shadow over their land. It's not like they don't have the space either! $900 a month, that doesn't value add to the aviation experience. It doesn't keep your plane out of the elements. It is a ripoff, plain and simple. I really don't know how they justify such a charge?! I'm sure it doesn't cost them ANYWHERE near that amount for you to park.
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 01:47
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That really is just outrageous.

I love flying more than I love anything, and it saddens me that in order to pursure my passion I need to either completley ignore every other financial aspect of my life, or win the lottery!
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hangarage at YSBK is far less than the parking on the grass charge....
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 04:02
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The $30 a day parking on the grass, hangarage fees etc are all I imagine calculated down to the square foot based on the present day valuation of the land, I cannot imagine what that would be but I wouldn't be surprised if it ran into a billion.

Deals can be done for hangarage I know, but 120K a year for a small hangar that might fit six cherokee's, if you can find one thats not full of carpets, furniture, tractors or cranes still runs to more than parking outside.

The commonwealth didn't pay a cent for the land but eventually charged through the FAC to park on it. Admittedly at a reduced rate.

They then leased but really sold it to the current owners for a couple of hundred Mil for the three airports, BK, CN, and Hoxton, which the new owners flogged off straight away for pretty much what they paid for the lot.

Probably most of that went in McBank management fees because BAL has some serious debt now even after flogging Hoxton.

Privatisation of our airports I believe can never be called as a success except for the interests of them that bought them.

It did nothing for the government because they haven't received a cent in tax since.

It hasn't been a success for the public, our airports rating very poorly around the world.

Its been a major disaster for the industry that uses them, captive to monopolies able to milk them of every cent they can.

I also believe that the corruption that has occurred with all the secondary airports make Eddie Obeid look like a saint.
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Old 15th Oct 2014, 05:17
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Wedderburn looks very busy and healthy, as does Mittagong, as does The Oaks, as do many small strips near Sydney that are owned or leased by people other than spiv property developers. I anticipate that many of the aircraft based at those places have a lot of owner-maintenance carried out on them as well.
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QUOTE I anticipate that many of the aircraft based at those places have a lot of owner-maintenance carried out on them as well QUOTE.


Human behaviour is a perpetually fascinating subject. CasA think like that too.
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You're another interesting case, Frank.

I'll rephrase what I said, to include words that I thought were implied. I anticipate that many of the aircraft based at those places have a lot of perfectly legal owner-maintenance carried out on them as well.
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Old 15th Oct 2014, 23:34
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The commonwealth didn't pay a cent for the land but eventually charged through the FAC to park on it. Admittedly at a reduced rate.
My father was in the equivalent of the army engineers and help build underground culverts at Bankstown during WWII.

He doesn't qualify for government assistance because he wasn't in a war zone, he spent his 21st birthday away from home.




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Old 16th Oct 2014, 06:09
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They had to pay an annual payment to the council to compensate for the fact there would be no ratepayers there.

We still pay those "rates" though the only service the local shire provides is emptying the bins...and we have to pay separately for that.
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Old 16th Oct 2014, 07:59
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Who maintains the road to the aerodrome?
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