Cooma–Polo Flat Airport

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Cooma–Polo Flat Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Cooma Polo Flat Holdings Pty Ltd
Serves Cooma, New South Wales
Location Polo Flat, New South Wales
Elevation AMSL 2,701 ft / 823 m
Coordinates 36°13′48″S 149°09′00″E / 36.23000°S 149.15000°E / -36.23000; 149.15000Coordinates: 36°13′48″S 149°09′00″E / 36.23000°S 149.15000°E / -36.23000; 149.15000
YPFT is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 663 2,175 Grass
18/36 663 2,175 Asphalt
Sources: AIP[1]

Cooma–Polo Flat Airport (ICAO: YPFT) is an unlicensed airfield located in Polo Flat, an industrial area of Cooma, New South Wales, Australia. The airfield is used primarily for recreational flying. Polo Flat is at a lower elevation than the nearby Cooma–Snowy Mountains Airport and is less prone to closure during bad weather and fog.[2]


Polo Flat airfield was established by 1921, when the aviation pioneer Charles Kingsford Smith arrived at the landing ground on a barnstorming visit to the region.[3] In the 1950s and 60s, the airfield was further developed to service the Snowy Mountains Scheme and the original hangars and terminal building are still in use today.[4]

In 1998, the 57 ha (140 acres) site was sold by the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Authority for private use. In 2001, the facilities were adapted by the new owners to provide facilities for training pilots with disabilities through the "Wheelies with Wings" charity organisation.[4] In 2003 a flying school, Snowy Aviation Academy, was established at the site.[5]

Current operations[edit]

Polo Flat airport and the Snowy Aviation Academy constitute an approved Recreational Aviation Australia flight training facility.[6] It offers training and aircraft hire as well as secure hangarage for private aircraft and a friendly community of aviation enthusiasts.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 20 May 1976, a Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter aircraft, registration VH-SMB owned by the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Authority struck a radio tower and crashed on approach to Polo Flat, killing all three on board.[7]

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