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Moruya Airport Closure

Old 21st Dec 2018, 06:09
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Moruya Airport Closure

Email was received from Airport Manager a few days ago notifying us of closure of the Moruya Airport to all fixed wing operations for up to 3 weeks from the end of February 2019. This is to allow works to be carried out on the main North South runway although we were not told why the closure needs to apply to the cross runway 04/22. This came without any consultation with the users which include Rex, SkydiveOz , a flying school , a maintenance organisation as well as a large number of hangar owners and private operators. It will be really nice if we get a bushfire similar to the one that devastated Tathra in March if fixed wing waterbombing cannot be used. Just unbelievable !
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Old 21st Dec 2018, 06:39
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Hey it's a council owned/operated, so no surprises here! Gotta feel for the commercial business there they must love their council!
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Old 21st Dec 2018, 07:12
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The skydiving guy says he will lose $115000 as a minimum plus his 17 employees. I should also mention that this is peak season for scenic flights and training. Of course no compensation has been offered by Eurobodalla Council and no doubt we will be expected to continue to pay rent and access fees for the period in question.
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Old 21st Dec 2018, 07:30
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Better to close for 3 weeks rather than forever !
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Old 21st Dec 2018, 08:01
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Well I would go along with that if they could explain why they need to close the cross runway which they are not working on. Except for Rex , the GA people could manage if they kept 04/22 open . The intention is to resurface the main runway to spend the grant Malcolm Turnbull gave them before the last election. Iím not sure how Rex are taking it but I imagine not well seeing as they have been working hard to improve their service over the last year or so. Apparently there is only a $5 profit on each ticket sold , so not easy for them. I recall Canberra Airport extended and resufaced 17/35 some years ago with minimal disruption to the users. We are advised the reason for the timing in peak season is that itís better weather for resealing?
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Old 21st Dec 2018, 10:52
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Why can’t they just close the airport each night, like everyone else goes when they need to do runway works?
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Old 21st Dec 2018, 10:55
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If it's being done properly, there's no way you could do it overnight and re-open it in the morning.
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You need to get out more!
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Old 21st Dec 2018, 14:18
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Originally Posted by Squawk7700 View Post
If it's being done properly, there's no way you could do it overnight and re-open it in the morning.
So when is Sydney or Melbourne or Brisbane going to close their runways?

Iíve seen it done before, the runway is closed overnight and they resurface bits at a time, then itís ready and open the next morning.
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Old 21st Dec 2018, 16:38
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Originally Posted by Squawk7700 View Post
If it's being done properly, there's no way you could do it overnight and re-open it in the morning.
Like all councils trying not to spend too many quid, they may have awarded the contract to an El Cheapo Resealing mob with limited ability.
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Old 21st Dec 2018, 21:34
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For the past few months they have been doing works towards developing hangar sites on the Southwestern end of the airport. This has included roadworks, laying of water and sewage pipes, as well as relocating power poles. In the usual way this has been very slow and I suspect is now well over budget. We were promised “finished by Christmas “ but alas....Maybe this is the reason for trying to save $ on the runway reseal.
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Old 22nd Dec 2018, 01:39
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If the Council persist with this intransigence do any of you lawyer types think we could get an injunction to delay the works pending proper consultation etc?
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Old 22nd Dec 2018, 07:46
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Maybe the shire is acting on engineering advice that the re seal needs to be done ASAP. Anyone have first hand knowledge as to the condition of the runway? Was there cracking, rutting or other faults?
The required level of notice for a closure for planned works is 14 days but where airlines are concerned you would normally give as much notice as possible.
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Old 22nd Dec 2018, 08:50
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Ask for a copy of the Method of Working Plan. That should explain what, how and why?
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Old 22nd Dec 2018, 09:17
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We understand that the works are being funded by a grant from the Commonwealth which was handed out by Malcolm Turnbull as part of an unsuccessful attempt to save his candidate Dr Peter Hendy at the 2016 election. Moruya lies in the very marginal seat of Eden Monaro. They were trying to create the illusion that the Airport would be upgraded to take larger aircraft and maybe even jet traffic. That was in 2016 so the council has had a bit of time to prepare for this.
The users have asked for a copy of the Method of Working Plan but it has not been made available to us as yet. Everybody is aware that there are problems with the main runway requiring frequent patching because it sits on top of sand so gets a lot of movement.
Our main beef is their decision to close the whole place down for 3 weeks including the 04/22 cross runway which is not subject to the work except for its intersection with 18/36 . It will be hugely expensive for all the businesses operating from here.
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Old 22nd Dec 2018, 09:36
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I suspect the problem is loss of available length and OLS penetration by equipment during works.
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Old 22nd Dec 2018, 10:13
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It will be considerably cheaper to get the works done during daylight. It is also very time consuming to have to return the RWY to operational condition at the end of each night's works, only to have to rip up the temporary fix the following night and continue the program. MEL, SYD & BNE do it at night because they have to. Looking at the AD layout, I do find it puzzling that the cross strip is out of action for the works duration. I would have thought you could get a lot of the main strip done before it would impact on ops on the cross-strip. The MOWP will tell all.
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Old 22nd Dec 2018, 10:44
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Interesting that this came out just a few days before Christmas so it’s very difficult to get advice or assistance. By the time everybody gets back to work in January it will almost be time for the closure.
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Originally Posted by Ng5 View Post
For the past few months they have been doing works towards developing hangar sites on the Southwestern end of the airport. This has included roadworks, laying of water and sewage pipes, as well as relocating power poles. In the usual way this has been very slow and I suspect is now well over budget. We were promised ďfinished by Christmas ď but alas....Maybe this is the reason for trying to save $ on the runway reseal.
There is a so called Aviation Business Park at Taree Airport constructed at a cost of over $3 Million. Been open for three years with, as of a few weeks ago, no new construction happening. I guess things are slow in the aviation game these days.
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