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Old 13th Jun 2019, 13:00
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Richmond or Nearby Air Strips

Gday Guys,
Heading to a conference at UWS Richmond in July.
Looking for somewhere to land closer than Bankstown.
Does anyone know if GA can get permission to land at the RAAF base?
Are there any other strips nearby?

Thanks in advance

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Old 13th Jun 2019, 14:18
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Does anyone know if GA can get permission to land at the RAAF base?
in this day and age I would say not a chance in the world
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Old 13th Jun 2019, 21:56
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Originally Posted by YPJT View Post

in this day and age I would say not a chance in the world
There is a small private strip marked on the VTC labelled "Kennets Strip", though I've no idea how you'd contact them to get permission to land there...
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Old 13th Jun 2019, 22:04
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Given that there are several civilian GA aircraft parked there (and an ultralight) in the GA area, (look on google maps). Maybe they are defence personnel's own aircraft.
I'm sure GA can't routinely operate there, but you can go anywhere with the right permission, so just start making some calls and see what happens.
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Old 13th Jun 2019, 22:19
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Given that there are several civilian GA aircraft parked there (and an ultralight) in the GA area, (look on google maps). Maybe they are defence personnel's own aircraft.
I'm sure GA can't routinely operate there, but you can go anywhere with the right permission, so just start making some calls and see what happens.
I served at Richmond several years ago and IIRC those were owned by various members of the base flying club, made up exclusively of Defence members.
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 00:59
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Yeah you wont be able to land @ YSRI. You could try Kennetts Strip but the closest GA airport would be Bankstown.

The GA aircraft at Richmond are part of their flying club.
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 01:19
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Driving traffic time wise Camden and Bankstown are probably the same
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 02:43
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It would be good to be able to land at a RAAF airstrip They might be the only ones left soon at the current closure rate!
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 04:54
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Ever heard of Defence Cuts Squawk7700?
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 06:32
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Ever heard of Defence Cuts Squawk7700?

Wow, didn’t know Richmond was that busy, not accommodating visitors. We obviously have a more enlightened RAF over here. With at the most 24 hrs PPR and sometimes evidence of your required insurance cover, Military airfields accept visitors without a problem.
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 06:49
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Ring the RAAF at Richmond and ask. If they say no nothing lost, if they say yes lucky you, it has still only cost you a phone call.

If you don't ask you'll never know.

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Old 14th Jun 2019, 08:07
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Well... if you don't mind the paperwork and the hold ups.

Declare an emergency and you'll have no issues getting clearance to land.
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 08:54
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There used to be a really handy GA aerodrome, next to the railway line to Richmond.
It was called Schofields and welcomed visitors from afar.
If you're quick, you can still buy a brand new (ugly) house on what used to be the main RWY...
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 09:43
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Originally Posted by gerry111 View Post
There used to be a really handy GA aerodrome, next to the railway line to Richmond.
It was called Schofields and welcomed visitors from afar.
If you're quick, you can still buy a brand new (ugly) house on what used to be the main RWY...
gerry111,
You can thank Kevin Rudd for that one --- it is a long story, but he stuffed agreed plans to relocate the whole UNSW flying school and several other similar to Schofields, including a TAFE.
Until Rudd advisers decided it should be "low cost housing" with an election not far away.
It was to become an aviation education "Center of Excellence" ---- and everybody involved thought it was a done deal.
The programme had Federal, State and Local Government support, Julia Gillard was the Commonwealth Minister for Education at the time, with active support, including promised funding.
As a matter of interest, the whole area is below the 50 year flood level --- domestic building in the area is not only nominally contrary to state legislation, but it has been inundated several times in less than 50 years times two.
But, as always, follow the money!! Short term developer profits always trumps long term planning.
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Old 16th Jun 2019, 10:01
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is a real life flight to Richmond. It may be worth contacting the RAAF Richmond Flying Club RAAF Richmond Flying Club especially if you are ex ADF in some form.
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Old 16th Jun 2019, 10:34
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You can thank Kevin Rudd for that one --- it is a long story, but he stuffed agreed plans to relocate the whole UNSW flying school and several other similar to Schofields
I thought it was closed in 1994, well before K07 or Julia had much to do with the matter.
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Old 16th Jun 2019, 12:57
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I went to Richmond in the mid 80's. Spent about 4 hours there. I do not remember how it was arranged or how long it took to receive approval. I just remembered it was on a Saturday. Do the RAAF work or operate on Saturday's ?
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Old 16th Jun 2019, 23:55
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Originally Posted by Biggles_in_Oz View Post
I thought it was closed in 1994, well before K07 or Julia had much to do with the matter.
Biggles,
You are right, but all the runways were still intact at the time of the ruddocalypse , and many buildings were still there. Just a bit of grass growing through cracks and a bunch of concrete block sitting around --- remove the blocks, and it could have been uses as was.
Up to that time, the lack of development was because of the flood plain maps.
The plans even incorporated direct access to a new railway station.
It was to be re-opened to GA as detailed, and also GA operations in general.
Amazingly, there was even agreement in principle to adjusting the southern boundary of Richmond zone quite a way north, something we had been (and should still be) chasing for many years.
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Old 17th Jun 2019, 02:36
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Ronnie works on Saturdays - reduced tempo compared to Mon-Fri but still working. ALG seems to operate almost 24x7. I think the uniformed duty controller is on call ... but I was last posted to Richmond in 2013, so this mightn't be the case any more. My last visit to the tower was hosted by a couple civilian controllers, it's a mixed workforce.
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