IAS Airports Pty Ltd Aerodrome Reporting and Work Safety Officer Course - Albury, May 2011
IAS has completed its 3rd Aerodrome Reporting and Works Safety Officers (AR&WSO) course for 2011. The 4 Day course held at Albury Airport trained new AR&WSO’s recently employed by Albury City Council, while concurrently providing refresher training for existing AR&WSO’s at Albury and refresher radio training for Albury AR&WSO’s.
Instructors David Dean and Rod Cecchini were extremely pleased with the standard that the Albury staff achieved.
IAS Airports Pty Ltd Aerodrome Reporting and Works Safety Officer Course - Nowra, April 2011
IAS 2nd Aerodrome Reporting and Works Safety Officers initial course for 2011 was conducted at the Naval Air Station Nowra between the 11th and 14th of April 2011. Instructed by David Dean, Defence staff received training in accordance with the guidelines of CAAP 89C-1. A special thanks to LCDR Bob Kyle (Lieutenant Commander Flying) at HMAS Albatross for his hospitality during the training course.
IAS Airports Pty Ltd Aerodrome Reporting and Works Safety Officer Course - Wagga Wagga, January 2011
IAS first Aerodrome Reporting and Works Safety Officers initial course for 2011 was conducted in Wagga between 28 Feb and 3 Mar 2011. Instructor David Dean was impressed with the standard of those on the course. A special thanks to our RTO partners Riverina Community College for facilitating the course and also Stephen Prowse of Wagga Wagga City Council for organising the course access to Wagga Airport for the practical training and assessment phase.
Toowomba Airport Upgrade.
IAS and Civil Team Engineering staff in full swing at the Toowomba Airport Upgrade project - due for completion by the end of April 2011.
Birdsville - Where the dust never settles. September 20, 2010.
Marketed as where the dust never settles, the Iconic Birdsville Races event had been run in dry conditions for the last 128 years. In its 129th year, the dust did settle as the area received around 35mm of rain over a 12 hour period between late afternoon on Friday 3 SEP 10 and the morning of Saturday 4 SEP 10. Only 5 of the 6 races programmed for Friday were completed before the rain made the track too heavy and dangerous. Racing Saturday was initially postponed several times before being later cancelled.
Wagga owned IAS Airports Pty Ltd (IAS) was contracted to manage the busy airport during the races event. An attraction of Birdsville is that people flying into the races camp beneath the wing of their aircraft on the normally dry airport. Around Midnight on Friday Evening when 50 knot winds and heavy rain commenced, up to 60 people (including children) fled the airport for shelter in the Birdsville SES Shed. IAS staff in conjunction with Police and Council emptied SES trucks trailers and boats out of the shed so as those on the airport could gain a dry area to throw their swags for the evening. The rain made the airport extremely muddy and bogged an estimated 50 to 60 aircraft that had flown in during dry conditions on the previous day. The refueller – unable to receive fuel resupplies, ran out of Jet fuel. All roads out of Birdsville were closed by Council. The Pub ran short of beer which was later resupplied by a chartered aircraft. Similarly the town ran out of cigarettes which arrived by chartered aircraft on the evening of Monday 6 Sep 10. The last packet of cigarettes was auctioned outside the Birdsville Hotel on Monday afternoon for $147 with proceeds going to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The darling Downs Aero Club received the award for the organisation bringing the most aircraft to the event. The Club and Club members flew in 8 fixed wing and 1 rotary wing aircraft, the award was received by the Darling Downs Aero Club representative Mr. Rob Stark. IAS assisted with pushing aircraft out of the mud for most of Saturday and Sunday. Professionally the work we did managing around 60 aircraft ranging in size from Dash 8 and corporate jets down to light single engine aircraft on the extremely limited bitumen tarmac area on Saturday and Sunday following the rain was some of the most difficult yet rewarding work I have done in 25 years of Air Traffic Control and Airport Management. As the aircraft started to fly out on the Sunday, renowned Australian Jockey Malcolm Johnston took a photo of the saturated Birdsville Race track and commented that in future he was now going to show it to young jockey’s who complained to him about riding on wet tracks. At 9am on Tuesday 7 Sep the road north out of Birdsville to Bedourie was opened to 4WD vehicles only. The Police later reported that up to 1000 people had queued for the road to open. Our 2 x vehicles were amongst the first half dozen vehicles to leave Birdsville. The 4WD journey out of Birdsville via Bedourie to Windorah was an experience in itself. Apart from the professional highlight of managing so many aircraft on so little tarmac space the other highlight was achieving probably every man’s dream, that is calling our wives to advise them that we could not get home, the roads were blocked and that we were stuck at the Birdsville Hotel for another day!
IAS Airports Pty Ltd (IAS) is again planning the airport management for the iconic Birdsville Races to be held 3 to 5 September 2010.
The annual Birdsville event in far southwest Queensland attracts up to 15,000 people, many of whom arrive in 100’s aircraft at the adjacent Birdsville Airport in the days before the races. The massive influx of aircraft in a very short time frame creates some extremely busy airspace and the need to effectively and safely manage temporary aircraft parking areas. It has been a long standing attraction that pilots and passengers camp under the wing of their aircraft as part of the event.
As part of the airport management, IAS will be required to establish temporary parking areas, taxiways and displace the runway thresholds (shorten the runway to facilitate aircraft parking). IAS will also implement a UNICOM service to assist with air traffic management.