Barwon Heads Airport

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Barwon Heads Airport
Barwon Heads airport plane parking.jpg
Planes parked at Barwon Heads airport
IATA: noneICAO: YBRS
Summary
Airport type Public
Serves Geelong
Location Connewarre, Australia
Elevation AMSL 50 ft / 15 m
Coordinates 38°15′30″S 144°26′00″E / 38.25833°S 144.4333333°E / -38.25833; 144.4333333
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 762 2,500 Gravel
8/26 430 1,410 Grass
Reference[1]

Barwon Heads Airport (ICAO: YBRS) is a small airfield used only for light aircraft on the Bellarine Peninsula near the township of Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia. It is mainly used for scenic tourist flights, private aircraft and flight training.

The airport is small and undeveloped. In 2008 five new hangars and new carparking was built.[2]

The airport has a flight training school with two classrooms, fuel facilities and a seafood shop. There are showers and toilets in the terminal building. other facilities include a kitchen, snack and drink machines, and a lounge area.

The airport has two runways, the main one is a gravel north/south runway. There is a smaller east/west grass runway, mainly used by ultralight aircraft, and light aircraft in stronger wind conditions.

History[change | edit source]

The owners of Barwon Heads Airport have tried to stop skydiving near the airport.[3][4] They think the airport runway is too close to the proposed drop zones. In 2005, a ban was placed on skydiving near the airport. In 2008, airport owners said the company Skydive City was using an illegal runway 200 metres from the airport. Skydive City had been forced out of an airport hangar for not paying rent.[5] Airport owners said the illegal runway was dangerous for airport users.

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References[change | edit source]

  1. "YBRS - Barwon Heads, Vic, AU". Airport - Great Circle Mapper. 2012. http://gc.kls2.com/airport/YBRS. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  2. Craven, Jessica (8 July 2008). "Barwon Heads airport battle lost". geelongadvertiser.com.au. http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2008/07/08/15832_news.html. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  3. "Luke McWilliam skydive plan 'dangerous'". geelongadvertiser.com.au. 8 March 2008. http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2008/03/08/11997_news.html. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  4. Walters, Martin (22 February 2008). "Police evict maverick skydiver Luke McWilliam". geelongadvertiser.com.au. http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2008/02/22/11588_news.html. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  5. Walters, Martin (29 February 2008). "Barwon Heads Illegal runway still in use". geelongadvertiser.com.au. http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2008/02/29/11752_news.html. Retrieved 20 January 2012.