General Advice


                           FLY NEIGHBOURLY ADVISORY NOTICE

 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 is zoned ‘Special Use 3 – Airfield Development’ and is subject to a number of planning permits.

  1. The Airport complex 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The Airport is intended to continue as a commercial and recreational airport serving the Mornington Peninsula and surrounding districts.
  4. 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.
  5. 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”).

Pilots are requested to comply with this Fly Neighbourly Advice where possible but must use best airmanship and safety principles at all times as Pilot in Command.

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 circuits flown at the Airport are not standard and have been modified to minimise the noise impact on the Tyabb Township and surrounding area.

North/South Runway (17/35)

  • The sealed North/South (17/35) runway is the preferred runway.
  • Circuits are to be conducted to the East of the Airport at 1100′ AMSL (~ 1000′ AGL). Runway 35 RIGHT HAND Circuits, Runway 17 LEFT HAND circuits.
  • Notwithstanding the above, aircraft with a downwind speed of 120 knots or greater should conduct circuits at 1600’AMSL (~ 1500’AGL). Aircraft with a downwind speed of 55 knots or less should conduct circuits at 600’AMSL (~ 500′ AGL).
  • Subject to airmanship principle, pilots are encouraged not to overfly Tyabb township when joining circuit.

East/West Runway (08/26)

  • Circuits are to be conducted to the South of the Airport at 1100′ AMSL (~ 1000′ AGL). This requirement applies to all fixed wing aircraft, including ultralight and trike aircraft, other than aircraft exceeding 120 knots on downwind.
  • The East/West runway should only be used when weather or operational requirements make it preferable for use.
  • Departures from Runway 26 are strongly discouraged from a safety and noise perspective, due to rising terrain to the west.

Rotary Wing Aircraft

  • Rotary wing aircraft 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 800’AMSL, remaining to the East (Airport side) of Boes Road. Runway 35 LEFT HAND Circuits, Runway 17 RIGHT HAND circuits.
  • Helicopters may conduct circuits to the East of the Airport and should then comply with the standard fixed-wing aircraft circuit at 1100’AMSL.

The essential features of the FLY NEIGHBOURLY ADVISORY NOTICE can be found in the ERSA (En Route Supplement Australia).

Complaints System

PAC has established a complaints system for reviewing complaints in relation to flying operations conducted at the Airport.
Complaints can be made to PAC in person, in writing or by telephone. A complaint must contain:-

  • Complainant’s 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 complaint will be reviewed and the complainant advised of the outcome of the investigation.
You may choose to remain anonymous however, if so, we will be unable to respond to your concerns.

Complaints should also be lodged with AirServices Australia on their website at

Complaints in relation to non-flying operations should be directed to the enterprise at the Airport giving rise to the complaint.

Tyabb FN advice revised – 18/05/2021