Burnie Airport

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Burnie Airport
Wynyard Airport
Regional Express Saab 340A.jpg
A Regional Express Saab 340 aircraft at Burnie Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Burnie Airport Corporation
Serves Burnie, Tasmania
Location Wynyard, Tasmania
Opened January 1, 1935 (1935-01-01)[1]
Elevation AMSL 62 ft / 19 m
Coordinates 40°59′56″S 145°43′52″E / 40.99889°S 145.73111°E / -40.99889; 145.73111Coordinates: 40°59′56″S 145°43′52″E / 40.99889°S 145.73111°E / -40.99889; 145.73111
Website www.burnieairport.com.au
Map
YWYY is located in Tasmania
YWYY
YWYY
Location in Tasmania
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 1,650 5,413 Asphalt
05/23 827 2,713 Asphalt
Statistics (2015/16[2])
Passengers 62,020
Aircraft movements 3,929
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart,[3] passenger and aircraft movements from the DIRE[2]

Burnie Airport (IATA: BWTICAO: YWYY), also called Burnie Wynyard Airport or Wynyard Airport, is a regional airport owned by Burnie City Council and is located adjacent to the town of Wynyard, about 17 kilometres (11 mi) west from Burnie, Tasmania, Australia. Before being upgraded and renamed to Burnie airport in 1987,[4] the Wynyard aerodrome was officially opened on the 1st January 1935 by the Prime Minister of the time, Joseph Lyons.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Regional Express Airlines operates services to the airport, flying to and from Melbourne at least 4 times per day using 33,34 and 36 seat Saab 340 turboprop aircraft. The airport is also served by Sharp Airlines, offering flights to King Island and Launceston twice per day using 19 seat Metro 23 (SA-227) turboprop aircraft. Free Spirit Airlines is a new operator, flying to Essendon (Victoria) once on Monday morning, Thursday and Friday evening and Sunday. They are using Metro 23 turboprop which seats 19 passengers. The airport, which underwent a major upgrade late in 2006, contains a shop and a terminal for Regional Express flights plus free car parking.

Airlines Destinations
Regional Express Airlines Melbourne
Sharp Airlines Launceston, King Island
Free Spirit Airlines Melbourne–Essendon

Ownership[edit]

The Burnie Airport Corporation Unit Trust was established in December 2001 and is 51% owned by the Burnie City Council and 49% owned by a private sector partner, the Australian Airports Association. The Trust acquired the Burnie Airport from the Burnie Port Corporation in 2001.[5]

At-Grade Railway Crossing[edit]

Until early 2000, Burnie airport had the distinction of having a railway line cross the northern end of runway 05/23,[6] complete with flashing red signals, but without boom gates. Lights would begin flashing approximately 5 minutes before the train was expected to cross the runway, and aircraft were prohibited to land during this time. Since then, the runway has been shortened to no-longer cross the railway line, but the old runway segment is still visible from aerial photography.

The railway line has not been in operation since 2003.[7]

Notable accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 13 April 1975, after taking off from Burnie Airport, a parachutist was drowned in a dam following a free fall descent 18.5 kilometres (11.5 mi) south of Wynyard. For reasons which have not been determined, the parachutist did not or was unable to control his descent so as to avoid landing in the dam which was some 500 metres (1,600 ft) from the designated drop zone.[8]
  • On 12 January 1997, a Piper Aircraft Corp PA-28R-180 suffered engine power loss during the initial climb shortly after takeoff. Attempts to recover the engine were unsuccessful and due to the low altitude, the aircraft was stalled into the water at the mouth of the Inglis River about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the aerodrome. The pilot and two passengers suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash. The subsequent ATSB investigation was hindered by the badly damaged aircraft, but it was suspected that the air duct hose had collapsed resulting in reduced air supply to the engine. It was determined that the type of hose was not designated by the manufacturer to be installed in the air inlet system.[9]

Statistics[edit]

Burnie Airport was ranked 54th in Australia for the total number of revenue passengers served in the financial year 2015-2016.[2]

Annual passenger and aircraft statistics for Burnie Airport[2]
Financial Year
Ending
Revenue passengers total Aircraft movements total
1986
140,255
9,654
1991
77,540
8,102
1996
112,499
8,936
2001
92,237
6,524
2006
93,381
7,129
2007
87,529
6,384
2008
95,275
6,835
2009
86,916
6,419
2010
79,340
4,553
2011
70,402
3,050
2012
69,078
4,026
2013
67,088
3,987
2014
66,771
3,926
2015
62,240
3,888
2016
62,020
3,929

Annual statistics every 5 years, then each year for most recent decade

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wynyard - Opening of Aerodrome". The Advocate. Burnie, Tasmania. 31 December 1934. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Airport Traffic Data 1985–86 to 2015–16". bitre.gov.au. Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  3. ^ YWYY – Wynyard (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 10 November 2016, Aeronautical Chart
  4. ^ Rimon, Wendy. "Air Transport". The Companion to Tasmanian History. University of Tasmania. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Burnie City Council Annual Report 2015 - 2016 (PDF) (Report). Burnie City Council. p. 56. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.airwaysmuseum.com/WYY%20rail%20crossing%201.htm
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-13. 
  8. ^ "Cessna U206F, VH-PGJ, near Wynyard Tasmania, 13 April 1975". atsb.gov.au. Australian Transport Safety Bureau. 21 October 1975. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Ditching involving a Piper Aircraft Corp PA-28R-180, VH-BOP, 2km NW Wynyard, Aerodrome, TAS on 27 January 1997". atsb.gov.au. Australian Transport Safety Bureau. 27 January 1997. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 

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