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Data on Wellcamp

The latest from CASA [released on 26th May 2014]:

Wellcamp aerodrome airspace issues reviewed

A detailed preliminary assessment of the airspace issues associated with the under-development Wellcamp aerodrome in south-east Queensland has been released.  CASA’s Office of Airspace Regulation has identified a range of issues based on predicted air traffic at Wellcamp and made 13 initial recommendations.  Wellcamp, which is scheduled to be completed during 2014, is located near Oakey and Toowoomba aerodromes, as well as a number of aircraft landing areas.  The study looked at airspace within 50 nautical miles of Wellcamp, from the surface to 8500 feet.

Wellcamp’s operator will seek certification of the aerodrome under Part 139 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations.  It is anticipated Wellcamp will be used by domestic passenger services and in the future international freight operations.  The aerodrome will have one code four runway of 2870 metres long and 45 metres wide.  This will handle aircraft up to the Boeing 747 size.  The report makes recommendations relevant from the start of operations until 2016.  It is recommended the airspace surrounding Wellcamp should remain as class G airspace, with CASA closely monitoring traffic and passenger volumes.  CASA should also conduct a review of the Oakey airspace changes and of Wellcamp operations 12 months after the start of operations.  Consideration may be given to re-positioning the Toowoomba flying training area, a broadcast area may be introduced and non-standard circuit procedures may be implemented at Wellcamp.

Read the Wellcamp airspace preliminary assessment and provide comments by 31 May 2014.

 

RAPAC Meeting 2012:

TWB April 2013

Group discussion highlighted potential issues, including:

 Complexities with instrument approaches in the area;
 Glider operations in the region and other small aerodromes;
 Traffic management issues with three aerodromes in close proximity;
 Possible impacts on military training operations to facilitate operations at the proposed site; and
 Greg Parnell (CASA Aerodromes) commented on initial obstacle assessment. Given the obstacles in the area the minima for any instrument approaches could be relatively high.

Neal Bravery (RAAF Oakey) provided a brief on Oakey airspace discussing:
 Army low level operations and limitations regarding radar coverage and terrain;
 Management of Toowoomba traffic;
 Assuming limited use of proposed Wellcamp aerodrome military operations may still be impacted;
 Additional controlled airspace may be one way of managing the traffic in the area which could be difficult for Defense resources to manage;
 Crop dusters may also be restricted by operations at the proposed site with up to six on frequency at any one time.
 Operations at Oakey can involve approaches to all runways simultaneously and are not dependent on wind direction; and
 John Zamattia (RAAF Amberley Air Traffic) provided comment from Amberley operations perspective. Aircraft departing from the proposed Wellcamp site wishing to track through Amberley airspace could expect a restriction or denial of clearance if military aircraft are operating.