Toko­roa Air­field to re­main as listed

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

The South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil has de­cided to re­tain the Toko­roa Air­field’s listed sta­tus de­spite a call to delist to make it more ac­ces­si­ble to drone users.

A sub­mis­sion to delist the air­port was re­ceived dur­ing public con­sul­ta­tion of the draft An­nual Plan 2016/17 stat­ing that be­cause it is listed ‘‘the Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity re­quires drone op­er­a­tors to spend sev­eral thou­sand dol­lars to ob­tain suit­able cer­ti­fi­ca­tion’’ there­fore plac­ing sub­stan­tial costs on per­sons want­ing to use the air­port to fly model air­craft.

South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil busi­ness sup­port man­ager Clay­ton Old­ham pre­sented coun­cil­lors with a re­port dur­ing their re­cent Cor­po­rate and Reg­u­la­tory Com­mit­tee Meet­ing de­tail­ing the strengths and weak­ness that would come with delist­ing.

Old­ham said it would mean re­moval from the Aero­nau­ti­cal In­for­ma­tion Pub­li­ca­tion (AIPNZ) which could re­duce its use as pi­lots would not have full in­for­ma­tion about the air­field.

On the other had he said drone users would see some ben­e­fit from the pre­dicted de­crease of crewed air­craft us­ing the air­field at the same time.

He rec­om­mended the air­field re­main listed mainly be­cause delist­ing would in­crease costs for the coun­cil to op­er­ate it.

Bruce Simp­son at the air­field in 2014.

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