Tokoroa Airfield to remain as listed
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.