AOPA Australia to Attend Katoomba Airport Meeting

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AOPA Australia to Attend Katoomba Airport Meeting

June 18, 2019 By Kreisha Ballantyne
The NSW Government will hold public information sessions over to help inform the Blue Mountains community about a lease proposal for Katoomba Airfield.
AOPA Australia will attend an information session at tomorrow at Hotel Blue in Katoomba to support the proposed upgrade by FlyBlue. “It’s vital that we attend the meeting to represent...

AOPA Australia will attend an information session at tomorrow at Hotel Blue in Katoomba to support the proposed upgrade by FlyBlue.

“It’s vital that we attend the meeting to represent our national membership and the broader aviation community,” said AOPA Australia Executive Director, Benjamin Morgan. “Airports require strong support from general aviation bodies and AOPA will be working to safeguard the stakeholder engagement. The Katoomba airfield has the opportunity to become a leading eco-aviation resource, one that can demonstrate a sustainable balance between the noise and pollution reduction while benefitting the community.”

The airfield lease proposal is on public exhibition until August 4 on the department’s website at www.industry.nsw.gov.au/lands/public/on-exhibition where details can be found on how to make a submission.

Katoomba Airfield has operated since the late 1960s under successive leases and when the last lease ended in October 2017 the Department of Industry held an expression of interest process which identified FlyBlue Management Pty Ltd as a preferred new leaseholder.

Any new lease would require the development of built-in safeguards to ensure land and environmental management. This would include designated flight paths, access for emergency services including the Rural Fire Service, and restrictions on short duration joy flights, operating times, types of aircraft using the airfield, and aircraft noise.

All interested members of the public and stakeholders are also invited to attend information sessions which will be held from 11am-1pm and 5-7pm on Wednesday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 25.



 

Kreisha Ballantyne

Kreisha’s experience across various sectors of the aviation industry reflect her passion for general aviation. In previous editorial roles at AOPA Australian Pilot, Sport Pilot and AirSport, Kreisha has had the privilege of flying in – and writing about -a multitude of aircraft types, from a powered parachute to a PC12. Kreisha is currently a feature writer for Australian Flying magazine, as well as CASA’s Flight Safety Australia. As a private pilot, Kreisha has experienced an incredible array of aviation adventures, including flying solo across Australia in heels and lipstick to influence young female pilots; wing-walking on a vintage Stearman; flying in New Zealand, the UK, the USA and Austria; and interviewing a diverse and incredible cross-section of aviators. Now in her tenth year in the industry, she is delighted to continue her passion for writing about aviation as one of AOPA’s new digital editors.

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