Derby Airport (Australia)

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Derby Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorShire of Derby/West Kimberley
LocationDerby, Western Australia
Elevation AMSL24 ft / 7 m
Coordinates17°22′12″S 123°39′38″E / 17.37000°S 123.66056°E / -17.37000; 123.66056Coordinates: 17°22′12″S 123°39′38″E / 17.37000°S 123.66056°E / -17.37000; 123.66056
YDBY is located in Western Australia
Location in Western Australia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 1,736 5,696
05/23 1,158 3,799 Gravel/Asphalt
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[1]

Derby Airport (IATA: DRB, ICAO: YDBY) is located 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) southeast[1] of Derby, Western Australia.


The site of Derby airport was first set aside for aviation uses in 1922.[2] The airfield played a key role in the search for Charles Kingsford Smith's Southern Cross following a forced landing in the Kimberley region during 1929 in an incident that would become known as the "Coffee Royal Affair".[citation needed] Aviation pioneer Norman Brearley, used aircraft of his West Australian Airways in the initial search effort flying outwards from Derby.[3]

In 1938 it was proposed that Derby be used as a base for flying boat services carrying air mail from London to Australia via Egypt and Ceylon (Sri Lanka).[4]

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  1. ^ a b YDBY – Derby (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 08 November 2018, Aeronautical Chart
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 November 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
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