Goulburn Airport

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Goulburn Airport
IATA: GULICAO: YGLB
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator John Ferrara Pty Ltd
Location 59 Airport Rd, Goulburn, New South Wales, 2580
Elevation AMSL 2,141 ft / 653 m
Coordinates 34°48′06″S 149°43′06″E / 34.80167°S 149.71833°E / -34.80167; 149.71833Coordinates: 34°48′06″S 149°43′06″E / 34.80167°S 149.71833°E / -34.80167; 149.71833
Map
YGLB is located in New South Wales
YGLB
YGLB
Location in New South Wales
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 1,283 4,209 Asphalt
08/26 676 2,218 Grass
Sources: AIP[1]

Goulburn Airport (IATA: GULICAO: YGLB) is a general aviation airport located 7 km (4.3 mi) south of Goulburn, New South Wales. Throughout the 1990s, suggestions were put forward to have Goulburn airport as a secondary international airport to service Sydney.[citation needed]

The Windellama Rd facility was advertised for sale in the United States, Asia Pacific as well as within Australia,[2] it was determined in February 2011 that Goulburn Mulwaree Council sell the Goulburn Airport to John Ferrara. Initially the Airport is to be leased and operated by Mr Ferrara for up to two years.[3] Goulburn Airport has been under consideration as a freight hub for Canberra, as the city’s international airport expands.[4] In what is believed to be a first for an Australian airport, Goulburn airport has installed a series of hybrid wind and solar powered street light systems.[5]

Airport Facilities[edit]

The primary runway is 04/22, with a paved surface measuring 1,283 m × 30 m (4,209 ft × 98 ft). 04/22 is equipped with pilot activated low intensity runway lighting. The secondary runway 08/26 measuring 676 m × 30 m (2,218 ft × 98 ft) is suitable for day operations only as it is not equipped with runway lighting and is unsealed.

There is no control tower located at the airport and pilots must co-ordinate arrivals and departures using a Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (127.15), aided by an Aerodrome Frequency Response Unit (AFRU), which notifies pilots that their transmissions have been received on the frequency and activates lighting systems as appropriate. The nearest radio navigation aid for pilots is the Goulburn Non-Directional Beacon installation located within the airport boundary. Fuel is available for piston, turbine and jet powered aircraft and an automated weather service (AWIS - 136.30) also operates at the airport.

Parachute Drop Zone[edit]

Adrenaline Skydive received permission from the New South Wales Parachute Council to begin operation as of 5 March 2011.[6][7] Adrenaline Skydive is the closest student free-fall training facility to Canberra, offering tandem skydive packages, learn to skydive courses and ongoing training, coaching and advice for all experience levels. Their skydiving drop zone is located 45 minutes from Canberra.

Skydiving in Goulburn NSW, goes back over 20 years, it was a successful and popular drop zone in the 90’s attracting over 200 jumpers a weekend[8] and had an outstanding record for safety.

Adrenaline Skydive started by Bill Tuddenham,[8] first operated in the Newcastle / Hunter area, it was a successful tandem and student operation that attracted thousands of adventurous people from the area. John Ferarra – Now (CEO) of Adrenaline Skydive and owner of Goulburn Airport teamed up with Bill to re-open the facility and was a work in progress for over 9 years, approval in February 2011 and operations commencing in March 2011.[6]

In August 2012, the NSW parachute council approved the appointment of Matt Chambers as chief instructor.

John Ferarra (CEO), Ken Enright (General Manager) and Matt Chambers (Chief Instructor) have a vision to promote skydiving in the Canberra and surrounding area, giving the public opportunity experience free-fall as a tandem, offering students learning to skydive.

Flight Training[edit]

Goulburn Flight Training Centre is based at Goulburn Airport, operating a fleet of Skyfox Gazelles, Cessna 150, Cessna 172RG, Cessna 182, Piper Cherokee, Beechcraft Duchess and Grumman aircraft.[9] Goulburn Flight Training Centre is certified to provide training in both Recreational Aviation [10] and General Aviation Private Pilot / Commercial Pilot licensing.[11]

Goulburn Aviation also has its home at Goulburn Airport with a satellite base at nearby Canberra Airport. For training they use the Skyfox Gazelle, Jabiru J170, Evektor Sportstar and Piper Warrior whilst also having available to hire a Cessna 172XP and Cirrus SR22. Goulburn Aviation has been providing flying training since 1993. [12]

Royal Fire Service[edit]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

20 November 2010 - A 48 year old Goulburn man was killed on Saturday evening when his aircraft crashed just 250m after taking off from Goulburn airport. [13]

29 January 2012 - A Pilot and his passenger escaped serious injury when their vintage De Havilland Chipmunk aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Goulburn Airport. [14]


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