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Gympie Council Proposes Displaced Threshold for Runway 14

Gympie Council Proposes Displaced Threshold for Runway 14

Gympie Council Proposes Displaced Threshold for Runway 14

March 5, 2019 By Kreisha Ballantyne
Gympie Council has announced its intention to displace the 14 threshold at Gympie Airport by approx. 400m. The council claims the runway lacks line of sight of aircraft on the...

Gympie Council has announced its intention to displace the 14 threshold at Gympie Airport by approx. 400m. The council claims the runway lacks line of sight of aircraft on the threshold and of aircraft entering the runway at the holding point.

The airport has been in existence since the 1960s and has a nil accident history. The AOPA considers the shortening of a runway a significant safety issue; no runway is made safer by being shortened.

AOPA Executive Director Ben Morgan states, “The fact that there’s a rise in the middle of the runway is not uncommon in Australia – Toowoomba and Harvey Bay spring to mind immediately. The important aspect to keep in mind is that this airport was established in the 1960s and has an unblemished safety record.”

AOPA will be attending a council meeting on April 4 to voice our opposition to displacing the runway threshold and we invite as many aircraft owners and pilots as possible to attend.

Date: Thursday 4th April 2019
Time: 9am
Venue:  The Pavillion, Gympie Showgrounds, Exhibition Road, Gympie
Invitees:  Gympie Aerodrome Tennants and Resident Operators

 

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.

Topic: Advocacy, Airports

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