- The Mornington Peninsula Airport was established in 1961 and it has operated continuously as a privately-owned airport since its establishment. It is located in Tyabb being bound by Stuart Road and Mornington-Tyabb Road.("the Airport"). The Airport is zoned 'Special Use 3 (Airport')' and has been subject to a number of planning permits with the current planning permit being issued in 1990.
- The Airport is an aggregation of a number of certificates of title representing various parcels of land which are owned by a number of unrelated entities including PAC.
- PAC, together with Westernport Airfield Pty Ltd, is the registered and beneficial owner of the land comprising the North/South Runway and the East/West Runway; and is the registered and beneficial owner of approximately 5 acres of the land surrounding the clubhouse.
- The Legislation regulating the operation of the Airport and all flying operations conducted at the Airport (and elsewhere in Australia) includes:
- Civil Aviation Act 1988;
- Civil Aviation Regulations;
- Civil Aviation Safety Regulations
- Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations;
Civil Aviation Orders.PAC and all licensed pilots must always comply with the Legislation. There is an over-arching principle of flying operations that a 'pilot-in-command' must fly at all times in a safe manner and not risk harm or injury to passengers, the public or himself ("airmanship principle")
FNA Flying Operations
- the Airport is open for flying operations 24 hours a day
- Circuit training before 8.00am on any day is strongly discouraged
- Night circuit training after 8.00pm or 1 hour after last light, whichever is the later, is strongly discouraged
- Subject to the airmanship principle, pilots are expected to adopt appropriate power settings for take-off, circuits and landings to minimise noise levels except in connection with PAC sponsored displays, pilots are expected not to conduct aerobatic manoeuvres over the Airport or within 3 nautical miles (5 km) of the Airport.
- The Circuit flown at the Airport is not a standard circuit. The variations have been introduced to mitigate against noise impact on the Tyabb township and environs.
Circuits - Fixed Wing Aircraft North/South Runway (17/35)
- the sealed North/South runway is the preferred runway.
- circuits are to be conducted to the East of the Airport at 1100' AMSL (1000' AGL approx).
- This requirement applies to all fixed wing aircraft, including ultralight and trike aircraft, other than fast aircraft (see v. below)
- turn onto crosswind from takeoff at 600' AMSL (500' AGL approx.)
- subject to airmanship principle, pilots are encouraged not to overfly the Airport and Tyabb township when joining circuit
- Aircraft with a downwind speed of 120 knots or greater are required to conduct circuits at 1600' AMSL (1500' AGL approx.)
East/West Runway (08/26)
- circuits are to be conducted to the South of the Airport at 1100' AMSL (1000' AGL approx). This requirement applies to all fixed wing aircraft, including ultralight and trike aircraft, other than fast aircraft (see 5 above);
turn onto crosswind from takeoff at 600'AMSL.
- subject to airmanship principle, pilots are encouraged not to overfly the Airport and Tyabb township when joining the circuit.
- aircraft with a downwind speed of 120 knots or greater are required to conduct circuits at 1600' AMSL (1500' AGL approx.)
- Note:- The North/South Runway is the preferred runway. However the grass East/West Runway is available for use when weather or operational requirements dictate its use.
Circuits - Helicopter
- Helicopters normally carry out straight in approaches and depart on track. Operators are requested to vary their approach and departure tracks so that movements are not concentrated over any one particular area.
- If it is necessary to fly a circuit, the preferred circuit is to be conducted to the West of the Airport at 1000'AMSL, remaining to the East (Airport side) of Boes Road.
- Circuits conducted to the East of the Airport should comply with the fixed-wing aircraft circuit.
- All complaints should now be directed to Air Services Australia. Click on this link: http://www.airservicesaustralia.com/aircraftnoise/about-making-a-complaint
- PAC also has a Complaints system for reviewing complaints in relation to flying operations conducted at the Airport.
- Complaints can be made in person, in writing or by telephone and should be addressed to the Safety Officer, PAC.
- A complaint must contain:
- complainants name, address and contact telephone number; and
- details of the event or events the subject matter of the complaint, including type and registration number of aircraft involved (if known)
- The Safety Officer will review the complaint and will prepare a report to the Committee of PAC and will advise the complainant of the result of the investigation and the steps of rectification to be taken, if any.
Publication of FNA.in ERSA
The essential features of the FNA detailed at B above can be found in the ERSA (En Route Supplement Australia).
Future of the Airport
The Airport will continue as a commercial and recreational airport serving the Mornington Peninsula and surrounding districts. To meet the increasing demands of its users and the growth of the Mornington Peninsula, it is expected that facilities at the Airport will grow.
PAC presently permits the various emergency services servicing the Mornington Peninsula to use the Airport without charge. These emergency services operate fixed wing and helicopter aircraft and include police, fire services, search and rescue, air ambulance, infrastructure monitoring, and the Australian Defence Force. It is expected that with the continued active support of the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council for the Airport, PAC will be able to continue to permit the Airport to be used by these emergency services.