Goulburn Airport

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Goulburn Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorJohn Ferrara Pty Ltd
Location59 Airport Rd, Goulburn, New South Wales, 2580
Elevation AMSL2,141 ft / 653 m
Coordinates34°48′22″S 149°43′51″E / 34.80611°S 149.73083°E / -34.80611; 149.73083Coordinates: 34°48′22″S 149°43′51″E / 34.80611°S 149.73083°E / -34.80611; 149.73083
YGLB is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 1,283 4,209 Asphalt
08/26 676 2,218 Grass
Sources: AIP[1]

Goulburn Airport (IATA: GUL, ICAO: YGLB) is a general aviation airport located 7 km (4.3 mi) south of Goulburn, New South Wales. Throughout the 1990s, suggestions were put forward to have Goulburn airport as a secondary international airport to service Sydney.[citation needed]

The Windellama Rd facility was advertised for sale in the United States, Asia Pacific as well as within Australia,[2] it was determined in February 2011 that Goulburn Mulwaree Council sell the Airport to John Ferrara. Initially the Airport is to be leased and operated by Ferrara for up to two years.[3] Goulburn Airport has been under consideration as a freight hub for Canberra, as the city’s international airport expands.[4] In what is believed to be a first for an Australian airport, Goulburn airport has installed a series of hybrid wind and solar powered street light systems.[5]

Airport Facilities[edit]

The primary runway is 04/22, with a paved surface measuring 1,283 m × 30 m (4,209 ft × 98 ft). 04/22 is equipped with pilot activated low intensity runway lighting. The secondary runway 08/26 measuring 676 m × 30 m (2,218 ft × 98 ft) is suitable for day operations only as it is not equipped with runway lighting and is unsealed.

There is no control tower located at the airport and pilots must co-ordinate arrivals and departures using a Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (127.15), aided by an Aerodrome Frequency Response Unit (AFRU), which notifies pilots that their transmissions have been received on the frequency and activates lighting systems as appropriate. The nearest radio navigation aid for pilots is the Goulburn Non-Directional Beacon installation located within the airport boundary. Fuel is available for piston, turbine and jet powered aircraft and an automated weather service (AWIS - 136.30) also operates at the airport.

Parachute Drop Zone[edit]

Adrenaline Skydive received permission from the New South Wales Parachute Council to begin operation as of 5 March 2011.[6][7] Adrenaline Skydive is the closest student free-fall training facility to Canberra, offering tandem skydive packages, learn to skydive courses and ongoing training, coaching and advice for all experience levels. Their skydiving drop zone is located 45 minutes from Canberra.

Skydiving in Goulburn NSW, goes back over 20 years, it was a successful and popular drop zone in the 90’s attracting over 200 jumpers a weekend[8] and had an outstanding record for safety.

Adrenaline Skydive, started by Bill Tuddenham,[8] first operated in the Newcastle / Hunter area, it was a successful tandem and student operation that attracted thousands of people from the area. John Ferarra – Now (CEO) of Adrenaline Skydive and owner of Goulburn Airport teamed up with Tuddenham to re-open the facility. It was a work in progress for over 9 years, approval in February 2011, and operations commencing in March 2011.[6]

In August 2012, the NSW parachute council approved the appointment of Matt Chambers as chief instructor.

John Ferarra (CEO), Ken Enright (General Manager) and Chambers (Chief Instructor) have a vision to promote skydiving in the Canberra and surrounding area, giving the public opportunity experience free-fall as a tandem, offering students learning to skydive.

Flight Training[edit]

Goulburn Flight Training Centre is based at Goulburn Airport, operating a fleet consisting of Twin Turbine Embraer EMB110, Skyfox Gazelles, Cessna 150, Cessna 172RG, Cessna 182, Piper Cherokee, Beechcraft Duchess and Grumman aircraft.[9] The Centre is certified to provide training in both Recreational Aviation[10] and General Aviation Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot licensing.[11]

Goulburn Aviation also has its home at Goulburn Airport with a satellite base at nearby Canberra Airport. For training they use the Skyfox Gazelle, Jabiru J170, Evektor Sportstar and Piper Warrior whilst also having available to hire a Cessna 172XP and Cirrus SR22. Goulburn Aviation has been providing flying training since 1993.[12]

Rural Fire Service[edit]

The airport is occasionally used by the NSW Rural Fire Service for loading retardant and refueling fire bombing aircraft.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 20 November 2010 - A 48-year-old Goulburn man was killed on Saturday evening when his aircraft crashed just 250m after taking off from Goulburn airport.[13]
  • 29 January 2012 - A pilot and his passenger escaped serious injury when their vintage De Havilland Chipmunk aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Goulburn Airport.[14]
  • 21 November 2015 - Tony Rokov, 44, a skydiving instructor, died during a tandem jump. The tandem jumper, a 14-year-old boy was critically injured and airlifted to hospital,[15] and is recovering from his injuries.[16] A gust of wind caused the parachute canopy to collapse and the jumpers fell from approximately 20 metres (66 ft). Rokov is credited with protecting the boy with his own body.[15]
  • 28 December 2015 - A 44-year-old skydiver from Sydney was killed.[16][17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ YGLB – Goulburn (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 15 August 2019
  2. ^ LOUISE THROWER (20 May 2007). "Goulburn Airport to be advertised in US". Goulburn Post.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ DAVID COLE (25 May 2010). "Goulburn airport a future freight hub for Canberra?". Goulburn Post.
  5. ^ Fairfax Regional Media (24 January 2011). "Goulburn airport green light". Goulburn Post.
  6. ^ a b MADELINE HAYMAN AND DAVID BUTLER (27 February 2011). "Skydivers take off". Goulburn Post.
  7. ^ "Drop Zone List - Australian Parachute Federation".
  8. ^ a b "Adrenalin Skydive Goulburn - About us". Adrenalin Skydive Goulburn. Archived from the original on 25 July 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Learn To Fly". Archived from the original on 21 June 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Learn To Fly". Archived from the original on 1 July 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  12. ^ http://www.goulburnaviation.com.au
  13. ^ CHRIS GORDON (20 November 2010). "Goulburn plane fatality". Goulburn Post.
  14. ^ DARRYL FERNANCE (29 January 2012). "Plane down near Goulburn: two hurt". Goulburn Post.
  15. ^ a b "Killed skydiving instructor 'twisted his body to protect teenager' from crash landing". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 22 November 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  16. ^ a b Gordon, Chris (30 December 2015). "Man dies during skydiving festival at Goulburn". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  17. ^ "Man dies in NSW skydiving accident". Sky News Australia. skynews.com.au. Retrieved 30 December 2015.[permanent dead link]