A year on, pilots praise the improved Burnett airstrips
A YEAR on, pilots continue to laud the North Burnett Aerodrome Upgrade project, which has brought significant improvements to the region’s major airstrips at Gayndah, Mundubbera and Monto.
A reseal of the tarmac on both the runway and taxiway, as well as the lighting upgrade completed at the Monto Aerodrome has helped safeguard its future.
Andre Urankar has been a pilot for 15 years, flying his Piper Cherokee 180V almost exclusively to rural airstrips through his work with Angel Flight.
Having landed in Monto in the rain earlier this month, Mr Urankar was thankful for the upgrade.
“Flying into some country airstrips, all you can see is a cleared paddock,” he said.
“It’s a lot easier to see a bitumen runway.
“Monto is a beautiful airstrip. It makes a hell of a lot of difference.”
Mayor Rachel Chambers said the project had been of great benefit to the North Burnett.
“The upgrades to the aerodromes needed to be done,” Cr Chambers said.
“It's lovely to have such a quality strip for pilots to access the region.
“I’ve spoken to many pilots who have said Monto is their favourite strip to land on.”
Local pilot Ian Hill agreed, saying the maintenance was a positive sign for the longevity of the aerodrome and the access it provides to emergency medical services.
“Monto has always been a fantastic strip and the town is lucky to have it,” Mr Hill said.
“The money spent on the reseal should ensure access to the Royal Flying Doctor Service for many years to come.”