Bunbury Airport

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Bunbury Airport

Bunbury City Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorBunbury City Council
LocationBunbury, Western Australia
Elevation AMSL53 ft / 16 m
Coordinates33°22′41″S 115°40′37″E / 33.37806°S 115.67694°E / -33.37806; 115.67694Coordinates: 33°22′41″S 115°40′37″E / 33.37806°S 115.67694°E / -33.37806; 115.67694
Map
YBUN is located in Western Australia
YBUN
YBUN
Location in Western Australia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 1,015 3,330 Asphalt
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[1]

Bunbury Airport (IATA: BUY, ICAO: YBUN) is an airport servicing the Western Australian city of Bunbury. Bunbury Airport is located 8 km (5.0 mi) south-east of the city centre and is the only airport serving the city. The airport is used largely as a facility for General Aviation, pilot training and emergency services. Bunbury Airport serves an area that includes the City of Bunbury and the surrounding districts of Harvey, Dardanup, Capel and Donnybrook-Balingup.

History[edit]

The City of Bunbury is the owner and operator of Bunbury Airport. Council first investigated the possibility of an airstrip in 1965 and with the help of a band of enthusiastic aviators and input from the then Department of Civil Aviation, the airstrip became operational in 1969. It has evolved to present day with council funds, government grants/funds, and operational input from the Bunbury Aero Club. The aerodrome is a 'registered' airport with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

Recent upgrades to the airport include the following:

  • 2008 - construction of a new Patient Transfer Building to provide better facilities for the approximate 750 annual visits by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).
  • 2009 - development of an additional 15 hangar sites.
  • 2010 - construction of a 700 metre long parallel taxiway.
  • 2012 - construction of run-up bays and a helipad.
  • 2013 - installation of LED runway and taxiway lighting.
  • 2015 - development of an additional 20 hangar sites.
  • 2016 - construction of a rescue helicopter base.
  • 2017 - installation of an Automatic Weather Information Station (AWIS).
  • 2018 - installation of a weather camera, construction of a helipad and installation of a secondary IWI.

Operations and facilities[edit]

Bunbury Airport has a single sealed runway, 07/25 which is 1,222 m × 18 m (4,009 ft × 59 ft) wide. Due to the proximity of the South Western Highway, there is a 206 m (676 ft) permanently displaced threshold at the runway 25 end to allow sufficient clearance over the road. Because of this, the available landing distance is 1,015 m (3,330 ft). The airport is currently restricted to aircraft with a maximum take-off weight less than 5,700 kg (12,600 lb).[2] Runway 07/25 is equipped with low intensity, pilot activated runway lighting for night operations. There is no control tower and pilots must co-ordinate arrivals and departures using a Common Traffic Advisory Frequency.

Three flying schools and 1 facility operate out of Bunbury Airport, they are: AirChartersWest,[3] Bunbury Aero Club,[4] Bunbury Flying School[5] and AirSportsWA. The schools and airport are a major Recreational Aviation Australia approved flight training facility.[6]

Bunbury Airport currently averages 13,000 aircraft movements per annum. The airport is home to a permanent rescue helicopter base operated by the Department of Fire & Emergency Services, seasonal water bombers operated by the Department of Parks & Wildlife and significant visitation by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

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