Aero­drome upgrade

A year on, pi­lots praise the im­proved Bur­nett airstrips

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Macken­zie Co­la­han Macken­zie.Co­la­

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.”

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