Gawler Aerodrome

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Gawler Aerodrome
Airport typePrivate
OwnerLight Regional Council
OperatorAdelaide Soaring Club
LocationGawler, South Australia, Australia
Elevation AMSL165 ft / 50 m
Coordinates34°36′00″S 138°43′08″E / 34.60000°S 138.71889°E / -34.60000; 138.71889Coordinates: 34°36′00″S 138°43′08″E / 34.60000°S 138.71889°E / -34.60000; 138.71889
YGAW is located in South Australia
Location in South Australia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
23/05 1,245 4,084 Gravel, Bitumen and Grass
13/31 1,034 3,392 Gravel, Bitumen and Grass

Gawler Aerodrome is located in Gawler, South Australia. The aerodrome is owned by the Light Regional Council of South Australia and is managed on their behalf by the Adelaide Soaring Club (ASC).

The ASC moved to Gawler from Virginia in 1950 and has been flying gliders at Gawler ever since. In 1998 the club spread its wings further and ventured into the world of powered flight in the Recreational Aviation category with the purchase of an Australian made Jabiru. All of the instructors are volunteers and fully qualified which makes training at the ASC very affordable. The ASC continues to train pilots in both Gliding and Light Sports Aircraft (LSA) today and maintains a modern fleet of aircraft.

The Gawler Airfield Squadron[1] of the Australian Air League, a national uniformed cadet organisation promoting and encouraging the interest of aviation and flying training in the youth of Australia, is also located at Gawler Aerodrome.

The Country Fire Service (CFS) operates its water bombers from this airfield during the bush fire season as required. The location of the airfield has been instrumental in fighting bush fires in this region including but not exclusive to the Pinery fires in Nov 2015.


The aerodrome was built during World War II by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1941 and was used as an RAAF Station. An operations building, remote receiving building and transmitting building were constructed as part of the facilities.

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