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Wellington Shire's aviation industry extends beyond the RAAF Base, with Council operating two airports that support an active and enthusiastic local aviation industry.
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Detailed descriptions for both the West Sale Airport and Yarram Aerodrome are detailed below.

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Airly-Clydebank Hall
556 Clydebank Road, Airly
Binginwarri Hall and Recreation Reserve
675 Albert River-Welshpool Road, Binginwarri
Boisdale Public Hall
42-44 Main Street, Boisdale
Briagolong Mechanics Institute Hall
2 Avon Street, Briagolong
Bundalaguah/Myrtlebank Hall
794 Maffra-Sale Road, Bundalaguah
Carrajung South Hall
89 Old Carrajung Road, Carrajung Lower
Coongulla Community Centre
Gillum Road, Coongulla
Cowwarr Public Hall
31-33 Main Street, Cowwarr
Dargo Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
177 Lind Avenue, Dargo
Denison Public Hall
1293 Denison Road, Denison
Devon North Public Hall
599 Tarra Valley Road, Devon North
Giffard West Public Hall
3877 South Gippsland Highway, Giffard West
Glenmaggie Mechanics Institute (Public Hall)
21 Glenfalloch Road, Glenmaggie
Golden Paradise Beach Community Centre
Surf Edge Drive, Golden Beach
Gormandale Mechanics Institute
Main Road, Gormandale
Heyfield Community Resource Centre
3-5 George Street, Heyfield
Heyfield Memorial Hall
38-40 MacFarlane Street, Heyfield
Kilmany Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
21 Freshwaters Road, Kilmany
Licola Public Hall
8 Jamieson-Licola Road, Licola
Loch Sport Public Hall
222-236 National Park Road, Loch Sport
Longford Hall and Recreation Reserve
Corner South Gippsland and Longford-Loch Sport Road, Longford
Macks Creek Public Hall
Bulga Park Road, Macks Creek
Maffra Memorial Hall
11-15 Foster Street, Maffra
Manns Beach Hall
David Street, Manns Beach
Meerlieu Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
1455 Lindenow-Meerlieu Road, Meerlieu
Munro Public Hall
191 Munro-Stockdale Road, Munro
Nambrok Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
173 Nambrok Hall Road, Nambrok
Newry Hall
139-141 Main Road, Newry
Port Albert Mechanics Institute
20 Victoria Street, Port Albert
Rosedale Public Hall
37-39 Prince Street, Rosedale
Sale Memorial Hall
Macalister Street, Sale
Seaton Hall and Recreation Reserve
1043 Main Street, Seaton
St Johns Ambulance Hall
Stead Street Reserve, Sale
Staceys Bridge Hall
248 Albert River Road, Staceys Bridge
Stradbroke Recreation Reserve and Hall
4971 South Gippsland Highway, Stradbroke
Stratford Mechanics Hall
17 Hobson Street, Stratford
Tinamba Public Hall
Rosedale-Maffra Road, Tinamba
Valencia Soldiers Memorial Hall
84-86 Briagolong Road, Valencia Creek
Willung Public Hall
195 Willung Hall Road, Willung
Won Wron Hall
4737 Hyland Highway, Won Wron
Wonyip Public Hall
Old Wonyip Road, Wonyip
Woodside Public Hall
Corner Prince Street and Austins Road, Woodside
Yarram Mechanics Hall
2-4 Church Street, Yarram
Alberton West Recreation Reserve
331 - 333 Lanes Road, Alberton West
Bellbird Corner Riverside Reserve
Sandy Creek Road, Maffra
Binginwarri Hall and Recreation Reserve
675 Albert River-Welshpool Road, Binginwarri
Boisdale Recreation Reserve
Main Street, Boisdale
Briagolong Quarry Reserve
Freestone Creek Road, Briagolong
Briagolong Recreation Reserve
Briagolong Road, Briagolong
Cameron Sporting Complex
Morison Street, Maffra
Carrajung Memorial Park
McDermott Street, Carrajung
Charles Street Recreation Reserve
Charlies Street, Loch Sport
Cowwarr Recreation Reserve
2-24 Pine Grove Avenue, Cowwarr
Dargo Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
177 Lind Avenue, Dargo
Denison Recreation Reserve
1422 Sale-Heyfield Road, Denison
Devon North Recreation Reserve
683 Tarra Valley Road, Devon North
Golden Beach (Veronica Maybury) Recreation Reserve
Surf Edge Drive, Golden Beach
Gordon Street Recreation Reserve
Gordon Street, Heyfield
Gormandale Recreation Reserve
14-16 Main Road, Gormandale
Kilmany Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
21 Freshwaters Road, Kilmany
Loch Sport Foreshore Reserve
Lake Street, Loch Sport
Longford Hall and Recreation Reserve
Corner South Gippsland and Longford-Loch Sport Road, Longford
Maffra Recreation Reserve
Corner Edward Street and McLean Street, Maffra
Meerlieu Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
1455 Lindenow-Meerlieu Road, Meerlieu
Nambrok Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
173 Nambrok Hall Road, Nambrok
Newry Community Tennis Courts and Parklands
30 McGole Street, Newry
Newry Recreation Reserve
838 Three Chain Road, Newry
Pine Lodge Reserve
Llowalong Road, Stratford
Port Albert Racecourse and Recreation Reserve
Port Albert - Tarraville Road, Port Albert
Rosedale Racecourse Reserve
10 Evergreen Road, Rosedale
Rosedale Recreation Reserve
Moore Street, Rosedale
Seaspray Foreshore Reserve
Corner Futcher Street and Shoreline Drive, Seaspray
Seaton Hall and Recreation Reserve
1043 Main Street, Seaton
Stradbroke Recreation Reserve and Hall
4971 South Gippsland Highway, Stradbroke
Stratford Recreation Reserve
Wellsford Street, Stratford
Tarraville Recreation Reserve
9 Bridge Street, Tarraville
Won Wron Recreation Reserve
4706 Hyland Hwy, Won Wron
Woodside Recreation Reserve
4-18 High Street, Woodside
Yarram Recreation Reserve
50 Railway Avenue, Yarram
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West Sale Airport (YWSL)

Overview

West Sale Airport is located on approximately 180 hectares and is adjacent to the Princes Highway, 10km west of Sale.

Runways

  • RWY 09/27 1,800m sealed
  • RWY 05/23 500m grass
  • RWY 14/32 699m grass

Airport Lighting

  • LIRL LED lighting
  • Standby generator
  • Precision Approach Path Indicator

Fuel Facilities

  • 24 hour access
  • Av-gas 20,000lts
  • Jet A1 20,000lts

Investment Ready

  • Hangar sites available
  • Western Industrial/Commercial Precinct

Other Features

  • CAE King Air simulator located in township of Sale
  • On airport Helicopter Underwater Escape Training simulator
  • Support available to access government funding
  • Class II compass swing site
  • At 1,800m West Sale is the longest 30m wide runway in regional Victoria

Introduction

Wellington Shire Council owns and manages the airport in accordance with CASA requirements.

The airport has three runways: one sealed runway 09/27 at 1,800 metres in length and two grass runways. At certain times, surrounding airspace is activated and controlled from RAAF Base East Sale Air Traffic Control.

The Airport hosts a number of aviation businesses specialising in:

  • Aviation consulting
  • Charter flight operations
  • Aircraft repair maintenance and overhaul
  • Training of aviation mechanical engineers
  • Providing a base for aircraft operations servicing the offshore oil and gas extraction industry
  • Provision of Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)

Multinational aerospace corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Pilatus, Airflite, Hawker Pacific, and CHC Helicopters currently maintain a presence in Sale. The confluence of YWSL, RAAF Base East Sale,as well as surrounding aerodromes and Longford Heliport supports a thriving aviation industry. A Beechcraft King Air 5000 series simulator,operated by CAE Australia, is located in Sale and whilst being primarily used by Defence has capacity for civilian use. This advanced simulator is approved by CASA to level D standard.

Growth in the aviation sector has been further boosted by ongoing investment of over $400 million in defence aviation infrastructure at the RAAF Base East Sale. Recognising the unique locational attributes, RAAF Base East Sale will host Defence’s Basic Pilot Training School from 2019 - Defence Project Air 5428.

2019/20 Landing Fees

Aircraft <1,550kg: Exempt
Aircraft >1,550kg: From $4.96 (MTOW $3.20/Tonne pro-rata)

  • Fee applied per aircraft landing (landing and take-off), no charge for touch and go
  • Military and other aircraft with licence agreement exempt

Runways

The main runway is 09/27 with dimensions of 1,800m in length x 30m in width. The main runway is protected by a 150m wide runway strip and dimensionally, the main runway is suitable for medium sized regional RPT aircraft and GA aircraft operations up to and including the Embraer EMB110 and 170, Dash 8-300 and 400s, Fokker F28s and 50.Reasonably sized regional RPT aircraft such as a Beechcraft 1900, Dash 8-100, Dash 8-300, Fokker 50, ATR 72, Saab 340 can operate.

The Airport Master Plan Update (2017) adopted a design aircraft of the Dash 8 Q400 with the expectation that all future runway works will accommodate the Q400.

The main runway also has a visual approach slope indicator array, in the form of single sided PAPI ateach main runway end. This PAPI would allow the Q400 fleet to operate into West Sale, and other larger regional aircraft such as the ATR-72.

The two grassed runways are 30m wide with a 90m wide runway strip, with lengths of 699m and 500m respectively.

Both grassed strips are well maintained and provide the correct dimensions and surface consistent with their intended use for light GA aircraft movements.The grass runways provide for maximum airfield usewhen considering diverse training requirements.All associated runway shoulders and strip areas are maintained in accordance with CASA standards(Manual of Standards Part 139).

Eastern Apron

This 15,000m² apron is serviced from the main 09/27 runway on the eastern end by Taxiway Alpha, which is a sealed asphalt pavement, 15m wide and capable of Code C aircraft operations.

The Eastern Apron accommodates charter, Air Ambulance movements for both fixed and rotary wing GA operations. Taxiway Bravo also provides access from 09/27. This Code B taxiway also services the GA hangars that are situated to the south of the Eastern Apron.

Western Apron

Maintenance and Servicing Apron

This large 22,000m² apron is serviced from the main runway by Taxiway Charlie, which is a sealed pavement, 10.5m wide and capable of Code B aircraft operations.

This taxiway has the width and pavement strength to accommodate Code C aircraft but for the longitudinal grade has been designated a Code B taxiway. This taxiway has an adjoining pavement area for engine run-ups for three Code A aircraft.

The engine run-up bay area has also been surveyed and meets the requirements as a Class 2 compass swing site.

Apron Capacity

Both of the aircraft parking aprons, Eastern Apron and Western Apron, provide significant capacity for the current movement frequency, allowing for further aircraft operational increases without the need for expansion of the allocated parking areas.

An increase in aircraft movements and larger aircraft types (both RPT and GA) and helicopters could be absorbed within the current Eastern Apron dimensions.

The current Eastern Apron coverage could potentially provide parking positions for 2 x fully independent (power-in/power-out) Dash 8-300 type aircraft.The current Eastern Apron pavement is a flexible asphalt construction providing substantial load capability for current operating aircraft. Based on our on-site observations of this apron pavement area, we would anticipate this pavement to be suitable for Dash 8-300 and probably Q400 aircraft.

Taxiways

Sealed taxiways link both ends of 09/27 to the Eastern and Western Aprons. All are suitable in dimensions and strength for its intended aircraft.

Taxiway Alpha
Sealed and 15m wide and capable of supporting Code C aircraft and handling any movements of the Dash8.

Taxiway Bravo
Sealed and 10.5m wide and capable of supporting Code B aircraft. From 09/27 Bravo links to the western side of the Eastern Apron and to the Code A taxiway system to the Eastern Recreational Aviation Precinct (ERAP) off Echo 1 and 2.

Taxiway Charlie
Sealed and 10.5m wide capable of supporting Code B aircraft. Having been renewed in 2013 this taxiway actually has the width and pavement strength to accommodate Code C aircraft but for the longitudinal grade has been designated a Code B taxiway. This taxiway has an adjoining pavement area for engine run-ups for three Code A aircraft.

Navigational Aids and Markings

A ground-based non-directional beacon (NDB) services YWSL and is located at RAAF Base East Sale. An approach slope indicator system (PAPI) is located on the main runway.

These serve as the nav-aids for the runway approach procedures and the GPS arrivals.Due to the uptake of GPS navigation it is envisaged that no further ground based radio navigation aids will be required for the airport.Further introduction of satellite based flight procedures will accommodate any future aircraft type and movement increases.All airfield markings are installed in accordance with the CASA standards and meet or exceed the requirements of the current aircraft operations.

Airspace

Being 8NM from RAAF Base East Sale and within the 50NM radius of Air Force Controlled Airspace centered at East Sale provides an increase in aviation safety.

When activated, the operational airspace above and around YWSL is controlled by Air Traffic Control (ATC) personnel at RAAF Base East Sale. Furthermore, designated areas of Restricted Airspace surround the Base to protect and support military training and other flying activities.

Consequently, the times of day, duration, and overall airspace availability for users of YWSL are managed in response to military requirements. Military use of active restricted airspace imposes some constraints on the use of that airspace by other pilots and aircraft.

Pilots and aircraft with the appropriate class licence and relevant endorsements can request ATC approval to access the airspace. However,depending on flying training operations this is subject to approval by East Sale ATC.

Council is aware of support for changes to airspace, primarily related to recreational aircraft.Requests for changes to airspace are assessed by the Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) within CASA and Council would be guided by OAR’s recommendations.

Investment Ready

Prime land with airside access is currently available at West Sale Airport to establish new commercial activities.

The Airport is serviced by:

  • 3 Phase 500kVA available on the western precinct and 3 Phase 300kVA available on the eastern precinct
  • Excellent road access to the Princes Highway,one kilometre from the airport Area 2 – Federation Training site

In 2018 the Victorian Government committed $25million to establish a new purpose-built TAFE facility within close proximity of Sale’s central business district. This exciting announcement means the site currently occupied by Federation Training, indicated on the aerial image as Area 2, will become available for the first time in over 25 years.

This exceptional site is well equipped with over 20 well maintained buildings including a reception area,well-appointed office space, library, conference rooms, aviation workshops, canteen, hangars and 2,100 sqm workshop facility.

Alternatively the site could be redeveloped for a specific commercial purpose.

In addition, in 2018 Council adopted the West Sale and Wurruk Industrial Land Supply Strategy to facilitate future industrial development. The Strategy recommended that land to the immediate east of the West Sale Airport be rezoned for industrial development as a high priority. This industrial rezoning initiative is now being advanced by Council,which will form part of a broader economic precinct supported by major road, rail and air distribution infrastructure.

Plans are underway for the further development of the Western Industrial /Commercial Precinct. This will provide a range of lot sizes with airside frontage, suitable for aviation related businesses.

Yarram Parkside Aerodrome (YYRM)

Overview

The Yarram Parkside Aerodrome site is approximately 69 ha and contains two runways, a taxiway, an apron and a small building area.

Runways

  • RWY 09/27 756m unsealed
  • RWY 05/23 1,090m grass

Other Features

  • Hangar sites available
  • Attractive lease terms
  • Closest mainland airport to Flinders Island
  • Aero Club
  • Uncongested airspace
  • Scenic views
  • Pilot activated lighting
  • AWIS

2019/20 Landing Fees

Aircraft <1,550kg: Exempt
Aircraft >1,550kg: From $2.30 (MTOW $1.50/Tonne pro-rata)

  • Fee applied per aircraft landing (landing and take-off), no charge for touch and go
  • Military and other aircraft with licence agreement exempt

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2020 Minutes and Agendas

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Overview

West Sale Airport is located on approximately 180 hectares and is adjacent to the Princes Highway, 10km west of Sale.

Runways

  • RWY 09/27 1,800m sealed
  • RWY 05/23 500m grass
  • RWY 14/32 699m grass

Airport Lighting

  • LIRL LED lighting
  • Standby generator
  • Precision Approach Path Indicator

Fuel Facilities

  • 24 hour access
  • Av-gas 20,000lts
  • Jet A1 20,000lts

Investment Ready

  • Hangar sites available
  • Western Industrial/Commercial Precinct

Other Features

  • CAE King Air simulator located in township of Sale
  • On airport Helicopter Underwater Escape Training simulator
  • Support available to access government funding
  • Class II compass swing site
  • At 1,800m West Sale is the longest 30m wide runway in regional Victoria

Introduction

Wellington Shire Council owns and manages the airport in accordance with CASA requirements.

The airport has three runways: one sealed runway 09/27 at 1,800 metres in length and two grass runways. At certain times, surrounding airspace is activated and controlled from RAAF Base East Sale Air Traffic Control.

The Airport hosts a number of aviation businesses specialising in:

  • Aviation consulting
  • Charter flight operations
  • Aircraft repair maintenance and overhaul
  • Training of aviation mechanical engineers
  • Providing a base for aircraft operations servicing the offshore oil and gas extraction industry
  • Provision of Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)

Multinational aerospace corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Pilatus, Airflite, Hawker Pacific, and CHC Helicopters currently maintain a presence in Sale. The confluence of YWSL, RAAF Base East Sale,as well as surrounding aerodromes and Longford Heliport supports a thriving aviation industry. A Beechcraft King Air 5000 series simulator,operated by CAE Australia, is located in Sale and whilst being primarily used by Defence has capacity for civilian use. This advanced simulator is approved by CASA to level D standard.

Growth in the aviation sector has been further boosted by ongoing investment of over $400 million in defence aviation infrastructure at the RAAF Base East Sale. Recognising the unique locational attributes, RAAF Base East Sale will host Defence’s Basic Pilot Training School from 2019 - Defence Project Air 5428.

2019/20 Landing Fees

Aircraft <1,550kg: Exempt
Aircraft >1,550kg: From $4.96 (MTOW $3.20/Tonne pro-rata)

  • Fee applied per aircraft landing (landing and take-off), no charge for touch and go
  • Military and other aircraft with licence agreement exempt

Runways

The main runway is 09/27 with dimensions of 1,800m in length x 30m in width. The main runway is protected by a 150m wide runway strip and dimensionally, the main runway is suitable for medium sized regional RPT aircraft and GA aircraft operations up to and including the Embraer EMB110 and 170, Dash 8-300 and 400s, Fokker F28s and 50.Reasonably sized regional RPT aircraft such as a Beechcraft 1900, Dash 8-100, Dash 8-300, Fokker 50, ATR 72, Saab 340 can operate.

The Airport Master Plan Update (2017) adopted a design aircraft of the Dash 8 Q400 with the expectation that all future runway works will accommodate the Q400.

The main runway also has a visual approach slope indicator array, in the form of single sided PAPI ateach main runway end. This PAPI would allow the Q400 fleet to operate into West Sale, and other larger regional aircraft such as the ATR-72.

The two grassed runways are 30m wide with a 90m wide runway strip, with lengths of 699m and 500m respectively.

Both grassed strips are well maintained and provide the correct dimensions and surface consistent with their intended use for light GA aircraft movements.The grass runways provide for maximum airfield usewhen considering diverse training requirements.All associated runway shoulders and strip areas are maintained in accordance with CASA standards(Manual of Standards Part 139).

Eastern Apron

This 15,000m² apron is serviced from the main 09/27 runway on the eastern end by Taxiway Alpha, which is a sealed asphalt pavement, 15m wide and capable of Code C aircraft operations.

The Eastern Apron accommodates charter, Air Ambulance movements for both fixed and rotary wing GA operations. Taxiway Bravo also provides access from 09/27. This Code B taxiway also services the GA hangars that are situated to the south of the Eastern Apron.

Western Apron

Maintenance and Servicing Apron

This large 22,000m² apron is serviced from the main runway by Taxiway Charlie, which is a sealed pavement, 10.5m wide and capable of Code B aircraft operations.

This taxiway has the width and pavement strength to accommodate Code C aircraft but for the longitudinal grade has been designated a Code B taxiway. This taxiway has an adjoining pavement area for engine run-ups for three Code A aircraft.

The engine run-up bay area has also been surveyed and meets the requirements as a Class 2 compass swing site.

Apron Capacity

Both of the aircraft parking aprons, Eastern Apron and Western Apron, provide significant capacity for the current movement frequency, allowing for further aircraft operational increases without the need for expansion of the allocated parking areas.

An increase in aircraft movements and larger aircraft types (both RPT and GA) and helicopters could be absorbed within the current Eastern Apron dimensions.

The current Eastern Apron coverage could potentially provide parking positions for 2 x fully independent (power-in/power-out) Dash 8-300 type aircraft.The current Eastern Apron pavement is a flexible asphalt construction providing substantial load capability for current operating aircraft. Based on our on-site observations of this apron pavement area, we would anticipate this pavement to be suitable for Dash 8-300 and probably Q400 aircraft.

Taxiways

Sealed taxiways link both ends of 09/27 to the Eastern and Western Aprons. All are suitable in dimensions and strength for its intended aircraft.

Taxiway Alpha
Sealed and 15m wide and capable of supporting Code C aircraft and handling any movements of the Dash8.

Taxiway Bravo
Sealed and 10.5m wide and capable of supporting Code B aircraft. From 09/27 Bravo links to the western side of the Eastern Apron and to the Code A taxiway system to the Eastern Recreational Aviation Precinct (ERAP) off Echo 1 and 2.

Taxiway Charlie
Sealed and 10.5m wide capable of supporting Code B aircraft. Having been renewed in 2013 this taxiway actually has the width and pavement strength to accommodate Code C aircraft but for the longitudinal grade has been designated a Code B taxiway. This taxiway has an adjoining pavement area for engine run-ups for three Code A aircraft.

Navigational Aids and Markings

A ground-based non-directional beacon (NDB) services YWSL and is located at RAAF Base East Sale. An approach slope indicator system (PAPI) is located on the main runway.

These serve as the nav-aids for the runway approach procedures and the GPS arrivals.Due to the uptake of GPS navigation it is envisaged that no further ground based radio navigation aids will be required for the airport.Further introduction of satellite based flight procedures will accommodate any future aircraft type and movement increases.All airfield markings are installed in accordance with the CASA standards and meet or exceed the requirements of the current aircraft operations.

Airspace

Being 8NM from RAAF Base East Sale and within the 50NM radius of Air Force Controlled Airspace centered at East Sale provides an increase in aviation safety.

When activated, the operational airspace above and around YWSL is controlled by Air Traffic Control (ATC) personnel at RAAF Base East Sale. Furthermore, designated areas of Restricted Airspace surround the Base to protect and support military training and other flying activities.

Consequently, the times of day, duration, and overall airspace availability for users of YWSL are managed in response to military requirements. Military use of active restricted airspace imposes some constraints on the use of that airspace by other pilots and aircraft.

Pilots and aircraft with the appropriate class licence and relevant endorsements can request ATC approval to access the airspace. However,depending on flying training operations this is subject to approval by East Sale ATC.

Council is aware of support for changes to airspace, primarily related to recreational aircraft.Requests for changes to airspace are assessed by the Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) within CASA and Council would be guided by OAR’s recommendations.

Investment Ready

Prime land with airside access is currently available at West Sale Airport to establish new commercial activities.

The Airport is serviced by:

  • 3 Phase 500kVA available on the western precinct and 3 Phase 300kVA available on the eastern precinct
  • Excellent road access to the Princes Highway,one kilometre from the airport Area 2 – Federation Training site

In 2018 the Victorian Government committed $25million to establish a new purpose-built TAFE facility within close proximity of Sale’s central business district. This exciting announcement means the site currently occupied by Federation Training, indicated on the aerial image as Area 2, will become available for the first time in over 25 years.

This exceptional site is well equipped with over 20 well maintained buildings including a reception area,well-appointed office space, library, conference rooms, aviation workshops, canteen, hangars and 2,100 sqm workshop facility.

Alternatively the site could be redeveloped for a specific commercial purpose.

In addition, in 2018 Council adopted the West Sale and Wurruk Industrial Land Supply Strategy to facilitate future industrial development. The Strategy recommended that land to the immediate east of the West Sale Airport be rezoned for industrial development as a high priority. This industrial rezoning initiative is now being advanced by Council,which will form part of a broader economic precinct supported by major road, rail and air distribution infrastructure.

Plans are underway for the further development of the Western Industrial /Commercial Precinct. This will provide a range of lot sizes with airside frontage, suitable for aviation related businesses.

2019 Minutes and Agendas

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Overview

West Sale Airport is located on approximately 180 hectares and is adjacent to the Princes Highway, 10km west of Sale.

Runways

  • RWY 09/27 1,800m sealed
  • RWY 05/23 500m grass
  • RWY 14/32 699m grass

Airport Lighting

  • LIRL LED lighting
  • Standby generator
  • Precision Approach Path Indicator

Fuel Facilities

  • 24 hour access
  • Av-gas 20,000lts
  • Jet A1 20,000lts

Investment Ready

  • Hangar sites available
  • Western Industrial/Commercial Precinct

Other Features

  • CAE King Air simulator located in township of Sale
  • On airport Helicopter Underwater Escape Training simulator
  • Support available to access government funding
  • Class II compass swing site
  • At 1,800m West Sale is the longest 30m wide runway in regional Victoria

Introduction

Wellington Shire Council owns and manages the airport in accordance with CASA requirements.

The airport has three runways: one sealed runway 09/27 at 1,800 metres in length and two grass runways. At certain times, surrounding airspace is activated and controlled from RAAF Base East Sale Air Traffic Control.

The Airport hosts a number of aviation businesses specialising in:

  • Aviation consulting
  • Charter flight operations
  • Aircraft repair maintenance and overhaul
  • Training of aviation mechanical engineers
  • Providing a base for aircraft operations servicing the offshore oil and gas extraction industry
  • Provision of Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)

Multinational aerospace corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Pilatus, Airflite, Hawker Pacific, and CHC Helicopters currently maintain a presence in Sale. The confluence of YWSL, RAAF Base East Sale,as well as surrounding aerodromes and Longford Heliport supports a thriving aviation industry. A Beechcraft King Air 5000 series simulator,operated by CAE Australia, is located in Sale and whilst being primarily used by Defence has capacity for civilian use. This advanced simulator is approved by CASA to level D standard.

Growth in the aviation sector has been further boosted by ongoing investment of over $400 million in defence aviation infrastructure at the RAAF Base East Sale. Recognising the unique locational attributes, RAAF Base East Sale will host Defence’s Basic Pilot Training School from 2019 - Defence Project Air 5428.

2019/20 Landing Fees

Aircraft <1,550kg: Exempt
Aircraft >1,550kg: From $4.96 (MTOW $3.20/Tonne pro-rata)

  • Fee applied per aircraft landing (landing and take-off), no charge for touch and go
  • Military and other aircraft with licence agreement exempt

Runways

The main runway is 09/27 with dimensions of 1,800m in length x 30m in width. The main runway is protected by a 150m wide runway strip and dimensionally, the main runway is suitable for medium sized regional RPT aircraft and GA aircraft operations up to and including the Embraer EMB110 and 170, Dash 8-300 and 400s, Fokker F28s and 50.Reasonably sized regional RPT aircraft such as a Beechcraft 1900, Dash 8-100, Dash 8-300, Fokker 50, ATR 72, Saab 340 can operate.

The Airport Master Plan Update (2017) adopted a design aircraft of the Dash 8 Q400 with the expectation that all future runway works will accommodate the Q400.

The main runway also has a visual approach slope indicator array, in the form of single sided PAPI ateach main runway end. This PAPI would allow the Q400 fleet to operate into West Sale, and other larger regional aircraft such as the ATR-72.

The two grassed runways are 30m wide with a 90m wide runway strip, with lengths of 699m and 500m respectively.

Both grassed strips are well maintained and provide the correct dimensions and surface consistent with their intended use for light GA aircraft movements.The grass runways provide for maximum airfield usewhen considering diverse training requirements.All associated runway shoulders and strip areas are maintained in accordance with CASA standards(Manual of Standards Part 139).

Eastern Apron

This 15,000m² apron is serviced from the main 09/27 runway on the eastern end by Taxiway Alpha, which is a sealed asphalt pavement, 15m wide and capable of Code C aircraft operations.

The Eastern Apron accommodates charter, Air Ambulance movements for both fixed and rotary wing GA operations. Taxiway Bravo also provides access from 09/27. This Code B taxiway also services the GA hangars that are situated to the south of the Eastern Apron.

Western Apron

Maintenance and Servicing Apron

This large 22,000m² apron is serviced from the main runway by Taxiway Charlie, which is a sealed pavement, 10.5m wide and capable of Code B aircraft operations.

This taxiway has the width and pavement strength to accommodate Code C aircraft but for the longitudinal grade has been designated a Code B taxiway. This taxiway has an adjoining pavement area for engine run-ups for three Code A aircraft.

The engine run-up bay area has also been surveyed and meets the requirements as a Class 2 compass swing site.

Apron Capacity

Both of the aircraft parking aprons, Eastern Apron and Western Apron, provide significant capacity for the current movement frequency, allowing for further aircraft operational increases without the need for expansion of the allocated parking areas.

An increase in aircraft movements and larger aircraft types (both RPT and GA) and helicopters could be absorbed within the current Eastern Apron dimensions.

The current Eastern Apron coverage could potentially provide parking positions for 2 x fully independent (power-in/power-out) Dash 8-300 type aircraft.The current Eastern Apron pavement is a flexible asphalt construction providing substantial load capability for current operating aircraft. Based on our on-site observations of this apron pavement area, we would anticipate this pavement to be suitable for Dash 8-300 and probably Q400 aircraft.

Taxiways

Sealed taxiways link both ends of 09/27 to the Eastern and Western Aprons. All are suitable in dimensions and strength for its intended aircraft.

Taxiway Alpha
Sealed and 15m wide and capable of supporting Code C aircraft and handling any movements of the Dash8.

Taxiway Bravo
Sealed and 10.5m wide and capable of supporting Code B aircraft. From 09/27 Bravo links to the western side of the Eastern Apron and to the Code A taxiway system to the Eastern Recreational Aviation Precinct (ERAP) off Echo 1 and 2.

Taxiway Charlie
Sealed and 10.5m wide capable of supporting Code B aircraft. Having been renewed in 2013 this taxiway actually has the width and pavement strength to accommodate Code C aircraft but for the longitudinal grade has been designated a Code B taxiway. This taxiway has an adjoining pavement area for engine run-ups for three Code A aircraft.

Navigational Aids and Markings

A ground-based non-directional beacon (NDB) services YWSL and is located at RAAF Base East Sale. An approach slope indicator system (PAPI) is located on the main runway.

These serve as the nav-aids for the runway approach procedures and the GPS arrivals.Due to the uptake of GPS navigation it is envisaged that no further ground based radio navigation aids will be required for the airport.Further introduction of satellite based flight procedures will accommodate any future aircraft type and movement increases.All airfield markings are installed in accordance with the CASA standards and meet or exceed the requirements of the current aircraft operations.

Airspace

Being 8NM from RAAF Base East Sale and within the 50NM radius of Air Force Controlled Airspace centered at East Sale provides an increase in aviation safety.

When activated, the operational airspace above and around YWSL is controlled by Air Traffic Control (ATC) personnel at RAAF Base East Sale. Furthermore, designated areas of Restricted Airspace surround the Base to protect and support military training and other flying activities.

Consequently, the times of day, duration, and overall airspace availability for users of YWSL are managed in response to military requirements. Military use of active restricted airspace imposes some constraints on the use of that airspace by other pilots and aircraft.

Pilots and aircraft with the appropriate class licence and relevant endorsements can request ATC approval to access the airspace. However,depending on flying training operations this is subject to approval by East Sale ATC.

Council is aware of support for changes to airspace, primarily related to recreational aircraft.Requests for changes to airspace are assessed by the Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) within CASA and Council would be guided by OAR’s recommendations.

Investment Ready

Prime land with airside access is currently available at West Sale Airport to establish new commercial activities.

The Airport is serviced by:

  • 3 Phase 500kVA available on the western precinct and 3 Phase 300kVA available on the eastern precinct
  • Excellent road access to the Princes Highway,one kilometre from the airport Area 2 – Federation Training site

In 2018 the Victorian Government committed $25million to establish a new purpose-built TAFE facility within close proximity of Sale’s central business district. This exciting announcement means the site currently occupied by Federation Training, indicated on the aerial image as Area 2, will become available for the first time in over 25 years.

This exceptional site is well equipped with over 20 well maintained buildings including a reception area,well-appointed office space, library, conference rooms, aviation workshops, canteen, hangars and 2,100 sqm workshop facility.

Alternatively the site could be redeveloped for a specific commercial purpose.

In addition, in 2018 Council adopted the West Sale and Wurruk Industrial Land Supply Strategy to facilitate future industrial development. The Strategy recommended that land to the immediate east of the West Sale Airport be rezoned for industrial development as a high priority. This industrial rezoning initiative is now being advanced by Council,which will form part of a broader economic precinct supported by major road, rail and air distribution infrastructure.

Plans are underway for the further development of the Western Industrial /Commercial Precinct. This will provide a range of lot sizes with airside frontage, suitable for aviation related businesses.

2018 Minutes and Agendas

No items found.

Overview

West Sale Airport is located on approximately 180 hectares and is adjacent to the Princes Highway, 10km west of Sale.

Runways

  • RWY 09/27 1,800m sealed
  • RWY 05/23 500m grass
  • RWY 14/32 699m grass

Airport Lighting

  • LIRL LED lighting
  • Standby generator
  • Precision Approach Path Indicator

Fuel Facilities

  • 24 hour access
  • Av-gas 20,000lts
  • Jet A1 20,000lts

Investment Ready

  • Hangar sites available
  • Western Industrial/Commercial Precinct

Other Features

  • CAE King Air simulator located in township of Sale
  • On airport Helicopter Underwater Escape Training simulator
  • Support available to access government funding
  • Class II compass swing site
  • At 1,800m West Sale is the longest 30m wide runway in regional Victoria

Introduction

Wellington Shire Council owns and manages the airport in accordance with CASA requirements.

The airport has three runways: one sealed runway 09/27 at 1,800 metres in length and two grass runways. At certain times, surrounding airspace is activated and controlled from RAAF Base East Sale Air Traffic Control.

The Airport hosts a number of aviation businesses specialising in:

  • Aviation consulting
  • Charter flight operations
  • Aircraft repair maintenance and overhaul
  • Training of aviation mechanical engineers
  • Providing a base for aircraft operations servicing the offshore oil and gas extraction industry
  • Provision of Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)

Multinational aerospace corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Pilatus, Airflite, Hawker Pacific, and CHC Helicopters currently maintain a presence in Sale. The confluence of YWSL, RAAF Base East Sale,as well as surrounding aerodromes and Longford Heliport supports a thriving aviation industry. A Beechcraft King Air 5000 series simulator,operated by CAE Australia, is located in Sale and whilst being primarily used by Defence has capacity for civilian use. This advanced simulator is approved by CASA to level D standard.

Growth in the aviation sector has been further boosted by ongoing investment of over $400 million in defence aviation infrastructure at the RAAF Base East Sale. Recognising the unique locational attributes, RAAF Base East Sale will host Defence’s Basic Pilot Training School from 2019 - Defence Project Air 5428.

2019/20 Landing Fees

Aircraft <1,550kg: Exempt
Aircraft >1,550kg: From $4.96 (MTOW $3.20/Tonne pro-rata)

  • Fee applied per aircraft landing (landing and take-off), no charge for touch and go
  • Military and other aircraft with licence agreement exempt

Runways

The main runway is 09/27 with dimensions of 1,800m in length x 30m in width. The main runway is protected by a 150m wide runway strip and dimensionally, the main runway is suitable for medium sized regional RPT aircraft and GA aircraft operations up to and including the Embraer EMB110 and 170, Dash 8-300 and 400s, Fokker F28s and 50.Reasonably sized regional RPT aircraft such as a Beechcraft 1900, Dash 8-100, Dash 8-300, Fokker 50, ATR 72, Saab 340 can operate.

The Airport Master Plan Update (2017) adopted a design aircraft of the Dash 8 Q400 with the expectation that all future runway works will accommodate the Q400.

The main runway also has a visual approach slope indicator array, in the form of single sided PAPI ateach main runway end. This PAPI would allow the Q400 fleet to operate into West Sale, and other larger regional aircraft such as the ATR-72.

The two grassed runways are 30m wide with a 90m wide runway strip, with lengths of 699m and 500m respectively.

Both grassed strips are well maintained and provide the correct dimensions and surface consistent with their intended use for light GA aircraft movements.The grass runways provide for maximum airfield usewhen considering diverse training requirements.All associated runway shoulders and strip areas are maintained in accordance with CASA standards(Manual of Standards Part 139).

Eastern Apron

This 15,000m² apron is serviced from the main 09/27 runway on the eastern end by Taxiway Alpha, which is a sealed asphalt pavement, 15m wide and capable of Code C aircraft operations.

The Eastern Apron accommodates charter, Air Ambulance movements for both fixed and rotary wing GA operations. Taxiway Bravo also provides access from 09/27. This Code B taxiway also services the GA hangars that are situated to the south of the Eastern Apron.

Western Apron

Maintenance and Servicing Apron

This large 22,000m² apron is serviced from the main runway by Taxiway Charlie, which is a sealed pavement, 10.5m wide and capable of Code B aircraft operations.

This taxiway has the width and pavement strength to accommodate Code C aircraft but for the longitudinal grade has been designated a Code B taxiway. This taxiway has an adjoining pavement area for engine run-ups for three Code A aircraft.

The engine run-up bay area has also been surveyed and meets the requirements as a Class 2 compass swing site.

Apron Capacity

Both of the aircraft parking aprons, Eastern Apron and Western Apron, provide significant capacity for the current movement frequency, allowing for further aircraft operational increases without the need for expansion of the allocated parking areas.

An increase in aircraft movements and larger aircraft types (both RPT and GA) and helicopters could be absorbed within the current Eastern Apron dimensions.

The current Eastern Apron coverage could potentially provide parking positions for 2 x fully independent (power-in/power-out) Dash 8-300 type aircraft.The current Eastern Apron pavement is a flexible asphalt construction providing substantial load capability for current operating aircraft. Based on our on-site observations of this apron pavement area, we would anticipate this pavement to be suitable for Dash 8-300 and probably Q400 aircraft.

Taxiways

Sealed taxiways link both ends of 09/27 to the Eastern and Western Aprons. All are suitable in dimensions and strength for its intended aircraft.

Taxiway Alpha
Sealed and 15m wide and capable of supporting Code C aircraft and handling any movements of the Dash8.

Taxiway Bravo
Sealed and 10.5m wide and capable of supporting Code B aircraft. From 09/27 Bravo links to the western side of the Eastern Apron and to the Code A taxiway system to the Eastern Recreational Aviation Precinct (ERAP) off Echo 1 and 2.

Taxiway Charlie
Sealed and 10.5m wide capable of supporting Code B aircraft. Having been renewed in 2013 this taxiway actually has the width and pavement strength to accommodate Code C aircraft but for the longitudinal grade has been designated a Code B taxiway. This taxiway has an adjoining pavement area for engine run-ups for three Code A aircraft.

Navigational Aids and Markings

A ground-based non-directional beacon (NDB) services YWSL and is located at RAAF Base East Sale. An approach slope indicator system (PAPI) is located on the main runway.

These serve as the nav-aids for the runway approach procedures and the GPS arrivals.Due to the uptake of GPS navigation it is envisaged that no further ground based radio navigation aids will be required for the airport.Further introduction of satellite based flight procedures will accommodate any future aircraft type and movement increases.All airfield markings are installed in accordance with the CASA standards and meet or exceed the requirements of the current aircraft operations.

Airspace

Being 8NM from RAAF Base East Sale and within the 50NM radius of Air Force Controlled Airspace centered at East Sale provides an increase in aviation safety.

When activated, the operational airspace above and around YWSL is controlled by Air Traffic Control (ATC) personnel at RAAF Base East Sale. Furthermore, designated areas of Restricted Airspace surround the Base to protect and support military training and other flying activities.

Consequently, the times of day, duration, and overall airspace availability for users of YWSL are managed in response to military requirements. Military use of active restricted airspace imposes some constraints on the use of that airspace by other pilots and aircraft.

Pilots and aircraft with the appropriate class licence and relevant endorsements can request ATC approval to access the airspace. However,depending on flying training operations this is subject to approval by East Sale ATC.

Council is aware of support for changes to airspace, primarily related to recreational aircraft.Requests for changes to airspace are assessed by the Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) within CASA and Council would be guided by OAR’s recommendations.

Investment Ready

Prime land with airside access is currently available at West Sale Airport to establish new commercial activities.

The Airport is serviced by:

  • 3 Phase 500kVA available on the western precinct and 3 Phase 300kVA available on the eastern precinct
  • Excellent road access to the Princes Highway,one kilometre from the airport Area 2 – Federation Training site

In 2018 the Victorian Government committed $25million to establish a new purpose-built TAFE facility within close proximity of Sale’s central business district. This exciting announcement means the site currently occupied by Federation Training, indicated on the aerial image as Area 2, will become available for the first time in over 25 years.

This exceptional site is well equipped with over 20 well maintained buildings including a reception area,well-appointed office space, library, conference rooms, aviation workshops, canteen, hangars and 2,100 sqm workshop facility.

Alternatively the site could be redeveloped for a specific commercial purpose.

In addition, in 2018 Council adopted the West Sale and Wurruk Industrial Land Supply Strategy to facilitate future industrial development. The Strategy recommended that land to the immediate east of the West Sale Airport be rezoned for industrial development as a high priority. This industrial rezoning initiative is now being advanced by Council,which will form part of a broader economic precinct supported by major road, rail and air distribution infrastructure.

Plans are underway for the further development of the Western Industrial /Commercial Precinct. This will provide a range of lot sizes with airside frontage, suitable for aviation related businesses.

2017 Minutes and Agendas

No items found.

Overview

West Sale Airport is located on approximately 180 hectares and is adjacent to the Princes Highway, 10km west of Sale.

Runways

  • RWY 09/27 1,800m sealed
  • RWY 05/23 500m grass
  • RWY 14/32 699m grass

Airport Lighting

  • LIRL LED lighting
  • Standby generator
  • Precision Approach Path Indicator

Fuel Facilities

  • 24 hour access
  • Av-gas 20,000lts
  • Jet A1 20,000lts

Investment Ready

  • Hangar sites available
  • Western Industrial/Commercial Precinct

Other Features

  • CAE King Air simulator located in township of Sale
  • On airport Helicopter Underwater Escape Training simulator
  • Support available to access government funding
  • Class II compass swing site
  • At 1,800m West Sale is the longest 30m wide runway in regional Victoria

Introduction

Wellington Shire Council owns and manages the airport in accordance with CASA requirements.

The airport has three runways: one sealed runway 09/27 at 1,800 metres in length and two grass runways. At certain times, surrounding airspace is activated and controlled from RAAF Base East Sale Air Traffic Control.

The Airport hosts a number of aviation businesses specialising in:

  • Aviation consulting
  • Charter flight operations
  • Aircraft repair maintenance and overhaul
  • Training of aviation mechanical engineers
  • Providing a base for aircraft operations servicing the offshore oil and gas extraction industry
  • Provision of Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)

Multinational aerospace corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Pilatus, Airflite, Hawker Pacific, and CHC Helicopters currently maintain a presence in Sale. The confluence of YWSL, RAAF Base East Sale,as well as surrounding aerodromes and Longford Heliport supports a thriving aviation industry. A Beechcraft King Air 5000 series simulator,operated by CAE Australia, is located in Sale and whilst being primarily used by Defence has capacity for civilian use. This advanced simulator is approved by CASA to level D standard.

Growth in the aviation sector has been further boosted by ongoing investment of over $400 million in defence aviation infrastructure at the RAAF Base East Sale. Recognising the unique locational attributes, RAAF Base East Sale will host Defence’s Basic Pilot Training School from 2019 - Defence Project Air 5428.

2019/20 Landing Fees

Aircraft <1,550kg: Exempt
Aircraft >1,550kg: From $4.96 (MTOW $3.20/Tonne pro-rata)

  • Fee applied per aircraft landing (landing and take-off), no charge for touch and go
  • Military and other aircraft with licence agreement exempt

Runways

The main runway is 09/27 with dimensions of 1,800m in length x 30m in width. The main runway is protected by a 150m wide runway strip and dimensionally, the main runway is suitable for medium sized regional RPT aircraft and GA aircraft operations up to and including the Embraer EMB110 and 170, Dash 8-300 and 400s, Fokker F28s and 50.Reasonably sized regional RPT aircraft such as a Beechcraft 1900, Dash 8-100, Dash 8-300, Fokker 50, ATR 72, Saab 340 can operate.

The Airport Master Plan Update (2017) adopted a design aircraft of the Dash 8 Q400 with the expectation that all future runway works will accommodate the Q400.

The main runway also has a visual approach slope indicator array, in the form of single sided PAPI ateach main runway end. This PAPI would allow the Q400 fleet to operate into West Sale, and other larger regional aircraft such as the ATR-72.

The two grassed runways are 30m wide with a 90m wide runway strip, with lengths of 699m and 500m respectively.

Both grassed strips are well maintained and provide the correct dimensions and surface consistent with their intended use for light GA aircraft movements.The grass runways provide for maximum airfield usewhen considering diverse training requirements.All associated runway shoulders and strip areas are maintained in accordance with CASA standards(Manual of Standards Part 139).

Eastern Apron

This 15,000m² apron is serviced from the main 09/27 runway on the eastern end by Taxiway Alpha, which is a sealed asphalt pavement, 15m wide and capable of Code C aircraft operations.

The Eastern Apron accommodates charter, Air Ambulance movements for both fixed and rotary wing GA operations. Taxiway Bravo also provides access from 09/27. This Code B taxiway also services the GA hangars that are situated to the south of the Eastern Apron.

Western Apron

Maintenance and Servicing Apron

This large 22,000m² apron is serviced from the main runway by Taxiway Charlie, which is a sealed pavement, 10.5m wide and capable of Code B aircraft operations.

This taxiway has the width and pavement strength to accommodate Code C aircraft but for the longitudinal grade has been designated a Code B taxiway. This taxiway has an adjoining pavement area for engine run-ups for three Code A aircraft.

The engine run-up bay area has also been surveyed and meets the requirements as a Class 2 compass swing site.

Apron Capacity

Both of the aircraft parking aprons, Eastern Apron and Western Apron, provide significant capacity for the current movement frequency, allowing for further aircraft operational increases without the need for expansion of the allocated parking areas.

An increase in aircraft movements and larger aircraft types (both RPT and GA) and helicopters could be absorbed within the current Eastern Apron dimensions.

The current Eastern Apron coverage could potentially provide parking positions for 2 x fully independent (power-in/power-out) Dash 8-300 type aircraft.The current Eastern Apron pavement is a flexible asphalt construction providing substantial load capability for current operating aircraft. Based on our on-site observations of this apron pavement area, we would anticipate this pavement to be suitable for Dash 8-300 and probably Q400 aircraft.

Taxiways

Sealed taxiways link both ends of 09/27 to the Eastern and Western Aprons. All are suitable in dimensions and strength for its intended aircraft.

Taxiway Alpha
Sealed and 15m wide and capable of supporting Code C aircraft and handling any movements of the Dash8.

Taxiway Bravo
Sealed and 10.5m wide and capable of supporting Code B aircraft. From 09/27 Bravo links to the western side of the Eastern Apron and to the Code A taxiway system to the Eastern Recreational Aviation Precinct (ERAP) off Echo 1 and 2.

Taxiway Charlie
Sealed and 10.5m wide capable of supporting Code B aircraft. Having been renewed in 2013 this taxiway actually has the width and pavement strength to accommodate Code C aircraft but for the longitudinal grade has been designated a Code B taxiway. This taxiway has an adjoining pavement area for engine run-ups for three Code A aircraft.

Navigational Aids and Markings

A ground-based non-directional beacon (NDB) services YWSL and is located at RAAF Base East Sale. An approach slope indicator system (PAPI) is located on the main runway.

These serve as the nav-aids for the runway approach procedures and the GPS arrivals.Due to the uptake of GPS navigation it is envisaged that no further ground based radio navigation aids will be required for the airport.Further introduction of satellite based flight procedures will accommodate any future aircraft type and movement increases.All airfield markings are installed in accordance with the CASA standards and meet or exceed the requirements of the current aircraft operations.

Airspace

Being 8NM from RAAF Base East Sale and within the 50NM radius of Air Force Controlled Airspace centered at East Sale provides an increase in aviation safety.

When activated, the operational airspace above and around YWSL is controlled by Air Traffic Control (ATC) personnel at RAAF Base East Sale. Furthermore, designated areas of Restricted Airspace surround the Base to protect and support military training and other flying activities.

Consequently, the times of day, duration, and overall airspace availability for users of YWSL are managed in response to military requirements. Military use of active restricted airspace imposes some constraints on the use of that airspace by other pilots and aircraft.

Pilots and aircraft with the appropriate class licence and relevant endorsements can request ATC approval to access the airspace. However,depending on flying training operations this is subject to approval by East Sale ATC.

Council is aware of support for changes to airspace, primarily related to recreational aircraft.Requests for changes to airspace are assessed by the Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) within CASA and Council would be guided by OAR’s recommendations.

Investment Ready

Prime land with airside access is currently available at West Sale Airport to establish new commercial activities.

The Airport is serviced by:

  • 3 Phase 500kVA available on the western precinct and 3 Phase 300kVA available on the eastern precinct
  • Excellent road access to the Princes Highway,one kilometre from the airport Area 2 – Federation Training site

In 2018 the Victorian Government committed $25million to establish a new purpose-built TAFE facility within close proximity of Sale’s central business district. This exciting announcement means the site currently occupied by Federation Training, indicated on the aerial image as Area 2, will become available for the first time in over 25 years.

This exceptional site is well equipped with over 20 well maintained buildings including a reception area,well-appointed office space, library, conference rooms, aviation workshops, canteen, hangars and 2,100 sqm workshop facility.

Alternatively the site could be redeveloped for a specific commercial purpose.

In addition, in 2018 Council adopted the West Sale and Wurruk Industrial Land Supply Strategy to facilitate future industrial development. The Strategy recommended that land to the immediate east of the West Sale Airport be rezoned for industrial development as a high priority. This industrial rezoning initiative is now being advanced by Council,which will form part of a broader economic precinct supported by major road, rail and air distribution infrastructure.

Plans are underway for the further development of the Western Industrial /Commercial Precinct. This will provide a range of lot sizes with airside frontage, suitable for aviation related businesses.

2016 Minutes and Agendas

No items found.

Overview

West Sale Airport is located on approximately 180 hectares and is adjacent to the Princes Highway, 10km west of Sale.

Runways

  • RWY 09/27 1,800m sealed
  • RWY 05/23 500m grass
  • RWY 14/32 699m grass

Airport Lighting

  • LIRL LED lighting
  • Standby generator
  • Precision Approach Path Indicator

Fuel Facilities

  • 24 hour access
  • Av-gas 20,000lts
  • Jet A1 20,000lts

Investment Ready

  • Hangar sites available
  • Western Industrial/Commercial Precinct

Other Features

  • CAE King Air simulator located in township of Sale
  • On airport Helicopter Underwater Escape Training simulator
  • Support available to access government funding
  • Class II compass swing site
  • At 1,800m West Sale is the longest 30m wide runway in regional Victoria

Introduction

Wellington Shire Council owns and manages the airport in accordance with CASA requirements.

The airport has three runways: one sealed runway 09/27 at 1,800 metres in length and two grass runways. At certain times, surrounding airspace is activated and controlled from RAAF Base East Sale Air Traffic Control.

The Airport hosts a number of aviation businesses specialising in:

  • Aviation consulting
  • Charter flight operations
  • Aircraft repair maintenance and overhaul
  • Training of aviation mechanical engineers
  • Providing a base for aircraft operations servicing the offshore oil and gas extraction industry
  • Provision of Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)

Multinational aerospace corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Pilatus, Airflite, Hawker Pacific, and CHC Helicopters currently maintain a presence in Sale. The confluence of YWSL, RAAF Base East Sale,as well as surrounding aerodromes and Longford Heliport supports a thriving aviation industry. A Beechcraft King Air 5000 series simulator,operated by CAE Australia, is located in Sale and whilst being primarily used by Defence has capacity for civilian use. This advanced simulator is approved by CASA to level D standard.

Growth in the aviation sector has been further boosted by ongoing investment of over $400 million in defence aviation infrastructure at the RAAF Base East Sale. Recognising the unique locational attributes, RAAF Base East Sale will host Defence’s Basic Pilot Training School from 2019 - Defence Project Air 5428.

2019/20 Landing Fees

Aircraft <1,550kg: Exempt
Aircraft >1,550kg: From $4.96 (MTOW $3.20/Tonne pro-rata)

  • Fee applied per aircraft landing (landing and take-off), no charge for touch and go
  • Military and other aircraft with licence agreement exempt

Runways

The main runway is 09/27 with dimensions of 1,800m in length x 30m in width. The main runway is protected by a 150m wide runway strip and dimensionally, the main runway is suitable for medium sized regional RPT aircraft and GA aircraft operations up to and including the Embraer EMB110 and 170, Dash 8-300 and 400s, Fokker F28s and 50.Reasonably sized regional RPT aircraft such as a Beechcraft 1900, Dash 8-100, Dash 8-300, Fokker 50, ATR 72, Saab 340 can operate.

The Airport Master Plan Update (2017) adopted a design aircraft of the Dash 8 Q400 with the expectation that all future runway works will accommodate the Q400.

The main runway also has a visual approach slope indicator array, in the form of single sided PAPI ateach main runway end. This PAPI would allow the Q400 fleet to operate into West Sale, and other larger regional aircraft such as the ATR-72.

The two grassed runways are 30m wide with a 90m wide runway strip, with lengths of 699m and 500m respectively.

Both grassed strips are well maintained and provide the correct dimensions and surface consistent with their intended use for light GA aircraft movements.The grass runways provide for maximum airfield usewhen considering diverse training requirements.All associated runway shoulders and strip areas are maintained in accordance with CASA standards(Manual of Standards Part 139).

Eastern Apron

This 15,000m² apron is serviced from the main 09/27 runway on the eastern end by Taxiway Alpha, which is a sealed asphalt pavement, 15m wide and capable of Code C aircraft operations.

The Eastern Apron accommodates charter, Air Ambulance movements for both fixed and rotary wing GA operations. Taxiway Bravo also provides access from 09/27. This Code B taxiway also services the GA hangars that are situated to the south of the Eastern Apron.

Western Apron

Maintenance and Servicing Apron

This large 22,000m² apron is serviced from the main runway by Taxiway Charlie, which is a sealed pavement, 10.5m wide and capable of Code B aircraft operations.

This taxiway has the width and pavement strength to accommodate Code C aircraft but for the longitudinal grade has been designated a Code B taxiway. This taxiway has an adjoining pavement area for engine run-ups for three Code A aircraft.

The engine run-up bay area has also been surveyed and meets the requirements as a Class 2 compass swing site.

Apron Capacity

Both of the aircraft parking aprons, Eastern Apron and Western Apron, provide significant capacity for the current movement frequency, allowing for further aircraft operational increases without the need for expansion of the allocated parking areas.

An increase in aircraft movements and larger aircraft types (both RPT and GA) and helicopters could be absorbed within the current Eastern Apron dimensions.

The current Eastern Apron coverage could potentially provide parking positions for 2 x fully independent (power-in/power-out) Dash 8-300 type aircraft.The current Eastern Apron pavement is a flexible asphalt construction providing substantial load capability for current operating aircraft. Based on our on-site observations of this apron pavement area, we would anticipate this pavement to be suitable for Dash 8-300 and probably Q400 aircraft.

Taxiways

Sealed taxiways link both ends of 09/27 to the Eastern and Western Aprons. All are suitable in dimensions and strength for its intended aircraft.

Taxiway Alpha
Sealed and 15m wide and capable of supporting Code C aircraft and handling any movements of the Dash8.

Taxiway Bravo
Sealed and 10.5m wide and capable of supporting Code B aircraft. From 09/27 Bravo links to the western side of the Eastern Apron and to the Code A taxiway system to the Eastern Recreational Aviation Precinct (ERAP) off Echo 1 and 2.

Taxiway Charlie
Sealed and 10.5m wide capable of supporting Code B aircraft. Having been renewed in 2013 this taxiway actually has the width and pavement strength to accommodate Code C aircraft but for the longitudinal grade has been designated a Code B taxiway. This taxiway has an adjoining pavement area for engine run-ups for three Code A aircraft.

Navigational Aids and Markings

A ground-based non-directional beacon (NDB) services YWSL and is located at RAAF Base East Sale. An approach slope indicator system (PAPI) is located on the main runway.

These serve as the nav-aids for the runway approach procedures and the GPS arrivals.Due to the uptake of GPS navigation it is envisaged that no further ground based radio navigation aids will be required for the airport.Further introduction of satellite based flight procedures will accommodate any future aircraft type and movement increases.All airfield markings are installed in accordance with the CASA standards and meet or exceed the requirements of the current aircraft operations.

Airspace

Being 8NM from RAAF Base East Sale and within the 50NM radius of Air Force Controlled Airspace centered at East Sale provides an increase in aviation safety.

When activated, the operational airspace above and around YWSL is controlled by Air Traffic Control (ATC) personnel at RAAF Base East Sale. Furthermore, designated areas of Restricted Airspace surround the Base to protect and support military training and other flying activities.

Consequently, the times of day, duration, and overall airspace availability for users of YWSL are managed in response to military requirements. Military use of active restricted airspace imposes some constraints on the use of that airspace by other pilots and aircraft.

Pilots and aircraft with the appropriate class licence and relevant endorsements can request ATC approval to access the airspace. However,depending on flying training operations this is subject to approval by East Sale ATC.

Council is aware of support for changes to airspace, primarily related to recreational aircraft.Requests for changes to airspace are assessed by the Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) within CASA and Council would be guided by OAR’s recommendations.

Investment Ready

Prime land with airside access is currently available at West Sale Airport to establish new commercial activities.

The Airport is serviced by:

  • 3 Phase 500kVA available on the western precinct and 3 Phase 300kVA available on the eastern precinct
  • Excellent road access to the Princes Highway,one kilometre from the airport Area 2 – Federation Training site

In 2018 the Victorian Government committed $25million to establish a new purpose-built TAFE facility within close proximity of Sale’s central business district. This exciting announcement means the site currently occupied by Federation Training, indicated on the aerial image as Area 2, will become available for the first time in over 25 years.

This exceptional site is well equipped with over 20 well maintained buildings including a reception area,well-appointed office space, library, conference rooms, aviation workshops, canteen, hangars and 2,100 sqm workshop facility.

Alternatively the site could be redeveloped for a specific commercial purpose.

In addition, in 2018 Council adopted the West Sale and Wurruk Industrial Land Supply Strategy to facilitate future industrial development. The Strategy recommended that land to the immediate east of the West Sale Airport be rezoned for industrial development as a high priority. This industrial rezoning initiative is now being advanced by Council,which will form part of a broader economic precinct supported by major road, rail and air distribution infrastructure.

Plans are underway for the further development of the Western Industrial /Commercial Precinct. This will provide a range of lot sizes with airside frontage, suitable for aviation related businesses.

2015 Minutes and Agendas

No items found.

Overview

West Sale Airport is located on approximately 180 hectares and is adjacent to the Princes Highway, 10km west of Sale.

Runways

  • RWY 09/27 1,800m sealed
  • RWY 05/23 500m grass
  • RWY 14/32 699m grass

Airport Lighting

  • LIRL LED lighting
  • Standby generator
  • Precision Approach Path Indicator

Fuel Facilities

  • 24 hour access
  • Av-gas 20,000lts
  • Jet A1 20,000lts

Investment Ready

  • Hangar sites available
  • Western Industrial/Commercial Precinct

Other Features

  • CAE King Air simulator located in township of Sale
  • On airport Helicopter Underwater Escape Training simulator
  • Support available to access government funding
  • Class II compass swing site
  • At 1,800m West Sale is the longest 30m wide runway in regional Victoria

Introduction

Wellington Shire Council owns and manages the airport in accordance with CASA requirements.

The airport has three runways: one sealed runway 09/27 at 1,800 metres in length and two grass runways. At certain times, surrounding airspace is activated and controlled from RAAF Base East Sale Air Traffic Control.

The Airport hosts a number of aviation businesses specialising in:

  • Aviation consulting
  • Charter flight operations
  • Aircraft repair maintenance and overhaul
  • Training of aviation mechanical engineers
  • Providing a base for aircraft operations servicing the offshore oil and gas extraction industry
  • Provision of Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)

Multinational aerospace corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Pilatus, Airflite, Hawker Pacific, and CHC Helicopters currently maintain a presence in Sale. The confluence of YWSL, RAAF Base East Sale,as well as surrounding aerodromes and Longford Heliport supports a thriving aviation industry. A Beechcraft King Air 5000 series simulator,operated by CAE Australia, is located in Sale and whilst being primarily used by Defence has capacity for civilian use. This advanced simulator is approved by CASA to level D standard.

Growth in the aviation sector has been further boosted by ongoing investment of over $400 million in defence aviation infrastructure at the RAAF Base East Sale. Recognising the unique locational attributes, RAAF Base East Sale will host Defence’s Basic Pilot Training School from 2019 - Defence Project Air 5428.

2019/20 Landing Fees

Aircraft <1,550kg: Exempt
Aircraft >1,550kg: From $4.96 (MTOW $3.20/Tonne pro-rata)

  • Fee applied per aircraft landing (landing and take-off), no charge for touch and go
  • Military and other aircraft with licence agreement exempt

Runways

The main runway is 09/27 with dimensions of 1,800m in length x 30m in width. The main runway is protected by a 150m wide runway strip and dimensionally, the main runway is suitable for medium sized regional RPT aircraft and GA aircraft operations up to and including the Embraer EMB110 and 170, Dash 8-300 and 400s, Fokker F28s and 50.Reasonably sized regional RPT aircraft such as a Beechcraft 1900, Dash 8-100, Dash 8-300, Fokker 50, ATR 72, Saab 340 can operate.

The Airport Master Plan Update (2017) adopted a design aircraft of the Dash 8 Q400 with the expectation that all future runway works will accommodate the Q400.

The main runway also has a visual approach slope indicator array, in the form of single sided PAPI ateach main runway end. This PAPI would allow the Q400 fleet to operate into West Sale, and other larger regional aircraft such as the ATR-72.

The two grassed runways are 30m wide with a 90m wide runway strip, with lengths of 699m and 500m respectively.

Both grassed strips are well maintained and provide the correct dimensions and surface consistent with their intended use for light GA aircraft movements.The grass runways provide for maximum airfield usewhen considering diverse training requirements.All associated runway shoulders and strip areas are maintained in accordance with CASA standards(Manual of Standards Part 139).

Eastern Apron

This 15,000m² apron is serviced from the main 09/27 runway on the eastern end by Taxiway Alpha, which is a sealed asphalt pavement, 15m wide and capable of Code C aircraft operations.

The Eastern Apron accommodates charter, Air Ambulance movements for both fixed and rotary wing GA operations. Taxiway Bravo also provides access from 09/27. This Code B taxiway also services the GA hangars that are situated to the south of the Eastern Apron.

Western Apron

Maintenance and Servicing Apron

This large 22,000m² apron is serviced from the main runway by Taxiway Charlie, which is a sealed pavement, 10.5m wide and capable of Code B aircraft operations.

This taxiway has the width and pavement strength to accommodate Code C aircraft but for the longitudinal grade has been designated a Code B taxiway. This taxiway has an adjoining pavement area for engine run-ups for three Code A aircraft.

The engine run-up bay area has also been surveyed and meets the requirements as a Class 2 compass swing site.

Apron Capacity

Both of the aircraft parking aprons, Eastern Apron and Western Apron, provide significant capacity for the current movement frequency, allowing for further aircraft operational increases without the need for expansion of the allocated parking areas.

An increase in aircraft movements and larger aircraft types (both RPT and GA) and helicopters could be absorbed within the current Eastern Apron dimensions.

The current Eastern Apron coverage could potentially provide parking positions for 2 x fully independent (power-in/power-out) Dash 8-300 type aircraft.The current Eastern Apron pavement is a flexible asphalt construction providing substantial load capability for current operating aircraft. Based on our on-site observations of this apron pavement area, we would anticipate this pavement to be suitable for Dash 8-300 and probably Q400 aircraft.

Taxiways

Sealed taxiways link both ends of 09/27 to the Eastern and Western Aprons. All are suitable in dimensions and strength for its intended aircraft.

Taxiway Alpha
Sealed and 15m wide and capable of supporting Code C aircraft and handling any movements of the Dash8.

Taxiway Bravo
Sealed and 10.5m wide and capable of supporting Code B aircraft. From 09/27 Bravo links to the western side of the Eastern Apron and to the Code A taxiway system to the Eastern Recreational Aviation Precinct (ERAP) off Echo 1 and 2.

Taxiway Charlie
Sealed and 10.5m wide capable of supporting Code B aircraft. Having been renewed in 2013 this taxiway actually has the width and pavement strength to accommodate Code C aircraft but for the longitudinal grade has been designated a Code B taxiway. This taxiway has an adjoining pavement area for engine run-ups for three Code A aircraft.

Navigational Aids and Markings

A ground-based non-directional beacon (NDB) services YWSL and is located at RAAF Base East Sale. An approach slope indicator system (PAPI) is located on the main runway.

These serve as the nav-aids for the runway approach procedures and the GPS arrivals.Due to the uptake of GPS navigation it is envisaged that no further ground based radio navigation aids will be required for the airport.Further introduction of satellite based flight procedures will accommodate any future aircraft type and movement increases.All airfield markings are installed in accordance with the CASA standards and meet or exceed the requirements of the current aircraft operations.

Airspace

Being 8NM from RAAF Base East Sale and within the 50NM radius of Air Force Controlled Airspace centered at East Sale provides an increase in aviation safety.

When activated, the operational airspace above and around YWSL is controlled by Air Traffic Control (ATC) personnel at RAAF Base East Sale. Furthermore, designated areas of Restricted Airspace surround the Base to protect and support military training and other flying activities.

Consequently, the times of day, duration, and overall airspace availability for users of YWSL are managed in response to military requirements. Military use of active restricted airspace imposes some constraints on the use of that airspace by other pilots and aircraft.

Pilots and aircraft with the appropriate class licence and relevant endorsements can request ATC approval to access the airspace. However,depending on flying training operations this is subject to approval by East Sale ATC.

Council is aware of support for changes to airspace, primarily related to recreational aircraft.Requests for changes to airspace are assessed by the Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) within CASA and Council would be guided by OAR’s recommendations.

Investment Ready

Prime land with airside access is currently available at West Sale Airport to establish new commercial activities.

The Airport is serviced by:

  • 3 Phase 500kVA available on the western precinct and 3 Phase 300kVA available on the eastern precinct
  • Excellent road access to the Princes Highway,one kilometre from the airport Area 2 – Federation Training site

In 2018 the Victorian Government committed $25million to establish a new purpose-built TAFE facility within close proximity of Sale’s central business district. This exciting announcement means the site currently occupied by Federation Training, indicated on the aerial image as Area 2, will become available for the first time in over 25 years.

This exceptional site is well equipped with over 20 well maintained buildings including a reception area,well-appointed office space, library, conference rooms, aviation workshops, canteen, hangars and 2,100 sqm workshop facility.

Alternatively the site could be redeveloped for a specific commercial purpose.

In addition, in 2018 Council adopted the West Sale and Wurruk Industrial Land Supply Strategy to facilitate future industrial development. The Strategy recommended that land to the immediate east of the West Sale Airport be rezoned for industrial development as a high priority. This industrial rezoning initiative is now being advanced by Council,which will form part of a broader economic precinct supported by major road, rail and air distribution infrastructure.

Plans are underway for the further development of the Western Industrial /Commercial Precinct. This will provide a range of lot sizes with airside frontage, suitable for aviation related businesses.

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Overview

West Sale Airport is located on approximately 180 hectares and is adjacent to the Princes Highway, 10km west of Sale.

Runways

  • RWY 09/27 1,800m sealed
  • RWY 05/23 500m grass
  • RWY 14/32 699m grass

Airport Lighting

  • LIRL LED lighting
  • Standby generator
  • Precision Approach Path Indicator

Fuel Facilities

  • 24 hour access
  • Av-gas 20,000lts
  • Jet A1 20,000lts

Investment Ready

  • Hangar sites available
  • Western Industrial/Commercial Precinct

Other Features

  • CAE King Air simulator located in township of Sale
  • On airport Helicopter Underwater Escape Training simulator
  • Support available to access government funding
  • Class II compass swing site
  • At 1,800m West Sale is the longest 30m wide runway in regional Victoria

Introduction

Wellington Shire Council owns and manages the airport in accordance with CASA requirements.

The airport has three runways: one sealed runway 09/27 at 1,800 metres in length and two grass runways. At certain times, surrounding airspace is activated and controlled from RAAF Base East Sale Air Traffic Control.

The Airport hosts a number of aviation businesses specialising in:

  • Aviation consulting
  • Charter flight operations
  • Aircraft repair maintenance and overhaul
  • Training of aviation mechanical engineers
  • Providing a base for aircraft operations servicing the offshore oil and gas extraction industry
  • Provision of Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)

Multinational aerospace corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Pilatus, Airflite, Hawker Pacific, and CHC Helicopters currently maintain a presence in Sale. The confluence of YWSL, RAAF Base East Sale,as well as surrounding aerodromes and Longford Heliport supports a thriving aviation industry. A Beechcraft King Air 5000 series simulator,operated by CAE Australia, is located in Sale and whilst being primarily used by Defence has capacity for civilian use. This advanced simulator is approved by CASA to level D standard.

Growth in the aviation sector has been further boosted by ongoing investment of over $400 million in defence aviation infrastructure at the RAAF Base East Sale. Recognising the unique locational attributes, RAAF Base East Sale will host Defence’s Basic Pilot Training School from 2019 - Defence Project Air 5428.

2019/20 Landing Fees

Aircraft <1,550kg: Exempt
Aircraft >1,550kg: From $4.96 (MTOW $3.20/Tonne pro-rata)

  • Fee applied per aircraft landing (landing and take-off), no charge for touch and go
  • Military and other aircraft with licence agreement exempt

Runways

The main runway is 09/27 with dimensions of 1,800m in length x 30m in width. The main runway is protected by a 150m wide runway strip and dimensionally, the main runway is suitable for medium sized regional RPT aircraft and GA aircraft operations up to and including the Embraer EMB110 and 170, Dash 8-300 and 400s, Fokker F28s and 50.Reasonably sized regional RPT aircraft such as a Beechcraft 1900, Dash 8-100, Dash 8-300, Fokker 50, ATR 72, Saab 340 can operate.

The Airport Master Plan Update (2017) adopted a design aircraft of the Dash 8 Q400 with the expectation that all future runway works will accommodate the Q400.

The main runway also has a visual approach slope indicator array, in the form of single sided PAPI ateach main runway end. This PAPI would allow the Q400 fleet to operate into West Sale, and other larger regional aircraft such as the ATR-72.

The two grassed runways are 30m wide with a 90m wide runway strip, with lengths of 699m and 500m respectively.

Both grassed strips are well maintained and provide the correct dimensions and surface consistent with their intended use for light GA aircraft movements.The grass runways provide for maximum airfield usewhen considering diverse training requirements.All associated runway shoulders and strip areas are maintained in accordance with CASA standards(Manual of Standards Part 139).

Eastern Apron

This 15,000m² apron is serviced from the main 09/27 runway on the eastern end by Taxiway Alpha, which is a sealed asphalt pavement, 15m wide and capable of Code C aircraft operations.

The Eastern Apron accommodates charter, Air Ambulance movements for both fixed and rotary wing GA operations. Taxiway Bravo also provides access from 09/27. This Code B taxiway also services the GA hangars that are situated to the south of the Eastern Apron.

Western Apron

Maintenance and Servicing Apron

This large 22,000m² apron is serviced from the main runway by Taxiway Charlie, which is a sealed pavement, 10.5m wide and capable of Code B aircraft operations.

This taxiway has the width and pavement strength to accommodate Code C aircraft but for the longitudinal grade has been designated a Code B taxiway. This taxiway has an adjoining pavement area for engine run-ups for three Code A aircraft.

The engine run-up bay area has also been surveyed and meets the requirements as a Class 2 compass swing site.

Apron Capacity

Both of the aircraft parking aprons, Eastern Apron and Western Apron, provide significant capacity for the current movement frequency, allowing for further aircraft operational increases without the need for expansion of the allocated parking areas.

An increase in aircraft movements and larger aircraft types (both RPT and GA) and helicopters could be absorbed within the current Eastern Apron dimensions.

The current Eastern Apron coverage could potentially provide parking positions for 2 x fully independent (power-in/power-out) Dash 8-300 type aircraft.The current Eastern Apron pavement is a flexible asphalt construction providing substantial load capability for current operating aircraft. Based on our on-site observations of this apron pavement area, we would anticipate this pavement to be suitable for Dash 8-300 and probably Q400 aircraft.

Taxiways

Sealed taxiways link both ends of 09/27 to the Eastern and Western Aprons. All are suitable in dimensions and strength for its intended aircraft.

Taxiway Alpha
Sealed and 15m wide and capable of supporting Code C aircraft and handling any movements of the Dash8.

Taxiway Bravo
Sealed and 10.5m wide and capable of supporting Code B aircraft. From 09/27 Bravo links to the western side of the Eastern Apron and to the Code A taxiway system to the Eastern Recreational Aviation Precinct (ERAP) off Echo 1 and 2.

Taxiway Charlie
Sealed and 10.5m wide capable of supporting Code B aircraft. Having been renewed in 2013 this taxiway actually has the width and pavement strength to accommodate Code C aircraft but for the longitudinal grade has been designated a Code B taxiway. This taxiway has an adjoining pavement area for engine run-ups for three Code A aircraft.

Navigational Aids and Markings

A ground-based non-directional beacon (NDB) services YWSL and is located at RAAF Base East Sale. An approach slope indicator system (PAPI) is located on the main runway.

These serve as the nav-aids for the runway approach procedures and the GPS arrivals.Due to the uptake of GPS navigation it is envisaged that no further ground based radio navigation aids will be required for the airport.Further introduction of satellite based flight procedures will accommodate any future aircraft type and movement increases.All airfield markings are installed in accordance with the CASA standards and meet or exceed the requirements of the current aircraft operations.

Airspace

Being 8NM from RAAF Base East Sale and within the 50NM radius of Air Force Controlled Airspace centered at East Sale provides an increase in aviation safety.

When activated, the operational airspace above and around YWSL is controlled by Air Traffic Control (ATC) personnel at RAAF Base East Sale. Furthermore, designated areas of Restricted Airspace surround the Base to protect and support military training and other flying activities.

Consequently, the times of day, duration, and overall airspace availability for users of YWSL are managed in response to military requirements. Military use of active restricted airspace imposes some constraints on the use of that airspace by other pilots and aircraft.

Pilots and aircraft with the appropriate class licence and relevant endorsements can request ATC approval to access the airspace. However,depending on flying training operations this is subject to approval by East Sale ATC.

Council is aware of support for changes to airspace, primarily related to recreational aircraft.Requests for changes to airspace are assessed by the Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) within CASA and Council would be guided by OAR’s recommendations.

Investment Ready

Prime land with airside access is currently available at West Sale Airport to establish new commercial activities.

The Airport is serviced by:

  • 3 Phase 500kVA available on the western precinct and 3 Phase 300kVA available on the eastern precinct
  • Excellent road access to the Princes Highway,one kilometre from the airport Area 2 – Federation Training site

In 2018 the Victorian Government committed $25million to establish a new purpose-built TAFE facility within close proximity of Sale’s central business district. This exciting announcement means the site currently occupied by Federation Training, indicated on the aerial image as Area 2, will become available for the first time in over 25 years.

This exceptional site is well equipped with over 20 well maintained buildings including a reception area,well-appointed office space, library, conference rooms, aviation workshops, canteen, hangars and 2,100 sqm workshop facility.

Alternatively the site could be redeveloped for a specific commercial purpose.

In addition, in 2018 Council adopted the West Sale and Wurruk Industrial Land Supply Strategy to facilitate future industrial development. The Strategy recommended that land to the immediate east of the West Sale Airport be rezoned for industrial development as a high priority. This industrial rezoning initiative is now being advanced by Council,which will form part of a broader economic precinct supported by major road, rail and air distribution infrastructure.

Plans are underway for the further development of the Western Industrial /Commercial Precinct. This will provide a range of lot sizes with airside frontage, suitable for aviation related businesses.

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