Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Dysart Aerodrome Faces Permanent Closure - But Not if Local Aviators Can Help It!

After grounding flights out of Blackwater Airport, there are reports that BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) will permanently close Dysart Aerodrome, leaving local pilots and charter flight operators fuming.

The aerodrome was reportedly closed to all aircraft except medical emergency flights in mid-May, with BMA promising to reveal a reopening strategy to Dysart Aero Club (DAC) members.

But DAC stalwart Myles Breitkreutz said an audit on the Blackwater and Dysart facilities was an excuse to deem them commercially unviable when BMA resources had been heavily sunk into Moranbah Airport.

He also claimed that BMA is also creating safety issues by closing these airports.

Mr Breitkreutz said DAC approaches to Federal Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd, Local Member for Gregory Vaughan Johnson and Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney had yielded no joy.

However, some light aircraft pilot and enthusiast web-forums are reporting that Dysart Aerodrome could be process of being handed back to the Dysart Aero Club.

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