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
Venue: The Pavillion, Gympie Showgrounds, Exhibition Road, Gympie
Invitees: Gympie Aerodrome Tennants and Resident Operators