The operation of Moruya Airport was raised at a recent Community meeting and Council’s reply is quite comprehensive. It provides information on who does what and restrictions on aircraft operators.
The reply is also a handy reference for anyone doing ‘due diligence’ before purchasing a property in the area.
Those in the community who have observed the growth of aircraft over many years paralleling the growth of the shire in general can appreciate that aircraft activity will continue to grow. Like Anthony Horderns’ tree “While I Live I’ll Grow”.
Subject: Broulee Mossy Point Community Association
Date: 15 September 2017 1:25:08 pm AEST
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Thank you for your questions regarding Moruya Airport operations and the impact on the Broulee area.
Moruya Airport is a key infrastructure asset for the Eurobodalla and provides connectivity, employment opportunities and contributes to the surrounding economy.
It provides facilities for public transport flights and also facilitates charter and private flights, flight training, aeromedical emergency services, aircraft maintenance, postal mail, freight, recreation, sports aviation and search and rescue.
I will respond to your specific questions below:
Current data on general aviation movements:
During 2016, the total number of aircraft movements (i.e take-off or landing) at Moruya was 20,468.
Of these, 4,462 movements were passenger, freight or medical operations.
Just a note on how aircraft movements are calculated – the Rex flight counts as two movements – one take off and one landing. This equates to about 2 take offs per hour.
Projections of future general aviation movements:
Future movement projections are difficult to predict as they are subject to a number of influences. With the growth in Eurobodalla’s population and the gradual implementation of the Master Plan, commencing with the work funded by $7.1 million of government grants, it would be expected that traffic would continue to increase.
That said, one Moruya based Aviation Company expanded to a point where it purchased a larger aircraft. This new aircraft conducts work in two movements that previously required six movements so customers have increased but flight numbers have actually reduced. New aircraft are also considerably quieter than old ones.
There are also flights in the area which are not directly related to the airport. For instance, HMAS Albatross Nowra conducts helicopter flight training in the vicinity of Moruya Airport but does not use the airport itself. HMAS Albatross is upgrading its helicopter aircrew training system. This training school will increase over the next four years and will result in more helicopter movements at Moruya. https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/marise-payne/media-releases/new-helicopter-aircrew-training-system-hmas-albatross
Current take-off and landing flight path requirements:
Australian Government regulations control how aircraft in Australian airspace are allowed to operate. The only restriction applicable to Mossy Point & Broulee is the height limit mentioned below.
Current take-off and landing restrictions:
There is a weight and tyre pressure landing restriction. The Moruya main runway has a classification number of 10, aircraft with a higher than 10 classification must first obtain a landing concession before landing. This basically applies to aircraft over 10,000 kg maximum take-off weight.
Other than aircraft operational requirements there are no other restrictions.
Current height restrictions in relation to Broulee:
Broulee is outside the immediate area of the airport so standard height restrictions apply. That is not to fly lower than 1000 feet (330 metres) over a town or populated area and no lower than 500 feet (166 metres) over other land or water. Council will write to Moruya airport based operators to remind them of this. This does not apply to military or emergency services operations.
Some additional information is available at http://www.airservicesaustralia.com/services/how-air-traffic-control-works/how-airspace-is-managed/
Council procedures in place to contact and report low flying aircraft:
Persons wishing to report low flying aircraft activity can contact the Eurobodalla Shire through the general switch board on 4474 1000.
They can contact the aerodrome reporting officer directly on 0409 037 520 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Persons reporting must have an accurate time of the event, description of the aircraft and if possible the registration marking letters (such as VH-ABC). These marking are on the underside of the wings and on the side of the fuselage.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority also has a process for reporting low flying aircraft or undue aircraft noise and detailed information regarding complaints on their web site. This can be found at: https://www.casa.gov.au/about-us/landing-page/complaints
What consideration has Council given to the impacts of aircraft movements on the residents of Broulee, and what proposed action to avoid/ameliorate such impacts.
Council operates Moruya Airport in accordance with all appropriate safety standards and guidelines.
We encourage local aircraft operators to utilise Fly Neighbourly techniques and will remind members of the Moruya Airport users group of this. That is, where possible to avoid flying over or near known sensitive areas and to change location so aircraft do not repetitively track over the same position.
When Council receives reports of low flying aircraft it seeks to contact the relevant aircraft operator (if sufficient information is available) and may also report the aircraft to CASA itself.
Council considered the impact on the region, including Broulee, prior to adopting the Master Plan at its meeting on 26 May 2015. There was an extended period of public consultation prior to adopting the Master Plan. Council will continue to engage with the community including the Association via press releases and other actions as the Master Plan progresses.
I trust this answers your questions. Please feel free to contact me on 4474 1351 if you have additional queries.
Divisional Manager, Property and Commercial Services