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Old 7th Jun 2018, 05:35
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Another Airfield Lost

Wednesday’s Australian Newspaper has an article about the local council wanting to close the airfield on Bruny Island.

The council says $250,000 needs to be spent on the airstrip to bring it to standard.

Perhaps the council could put a bike lane in and a roundabout to make it safer.
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Old 7th Jun 2018, 06:27
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Originally Posted by CharlieLimaX-Ray View Post
Wednesday’s Australian Newspaper has an article about the local council wanting to close the airfield on Bruny Island.

The council says $250,000 needs to be spent on the airstrip to bring it to standard.

Perhaps the council could put a bike lane in and a roundabout to make it safer.
And the locally based operation is saying that the $250,000 is based on an entirely false interpretation of CASA requirements/regulations.

However, if Part 135 was in place, and the local operator wanted to stay is business as a sightseeing operation, to bring the airfield up to what Part 135 requires, $250,000 is probably far short of what is "required". The same is true of many council and other airfields, even quite a few in ERSA.

And yet, nobody that I know seems to have read and understood what is in Part 135, and what a disaster just aerodrome "standards", alone, will be for light aircraft charter --- the "industry" is sleepwalking into another CASA made disaster for GA. That is without regard to the rest of Part 135.

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I heard too that Polo Flat and Frogs Hollow are for sale too, so who knows what will happen with those.
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Old 7th Jun 2018, 07:51
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$250,000 for upgrades for an airstrip that handles nothing bigger than the local operators Cessna single!

What does $250,000 get you apart from the mandatory council work force, OH&S person, consultation period and safety vests galore?

Or is the council taking a long term strategic view on getting a daily A380 service to Alice Springs?
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Old 7th Jun 2018, 23:34
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Originally Posted by Squawk7700 View Post
I heard too that Polo Flat and Frogs Hollow are for sale too, so who knows what will happen with those.
Can't speak for Frogs Hollow but Polo Flat strip is in such close proximity to Cooma/Snowy Mountains Airport that the latter is a far better option, especially for larger aircraft.

Says it is under offer:
| POLO FLAT AIRFIELD ? 140 ACRES (APPROX)
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Folks,
I find it quite instructive that no reply has addressed just what the "CASA requirements" might be.
Based on the pics. the airstrip is entirely suitable as an ALA, so why is anything required??
The local operator thinks it is OK as it is, and that looks right to me.
BUT, it is far short/below the "standard" that will be required to conduct exactly the same operation under CASR Part 135.
Does anyone seriously think the strip is inadequate for daylight VFR sightseeing and similar operation, and that being the case, what is the CASA justification for the major impost that CASR Part 135 will make, eliminating such businesses from such places, based on airport standards alone.
What is the air safety risk, that justifies the "over the top" airfield standards of CASR Part 135, for this type of operation.
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Old 8th Jun 2018, 08:22
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Belive Polo Flat is under offer
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