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After Hours
 (02) 6334 2795
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A History of the Bathurst Airport

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1937-1939:

Council investigated various sites for the proposed aerodrome, including Eglinton, Kelso and Brewongle. At the time, an aerodrome was considered to have become a necessity for commercial purposes, for the benefit of the municipality, and from a Defence point of view, planes wishing to cross the mountains were frequently compelled to turn back under difficult circumstances due to fog and other weather conditions.

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1945:

First Groundsman appointed. 

JB Chifley MP Treasurer made personal representations on behalf of Council regarding its desire that the aerodrome near Bathurst should be utilised as an airport for civil air services.

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1946:

No shelter of any description at the air strip, nor rooms for the convenience of passengers.

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1948:

Representations made to Minister for Air for land alongside Raglan Aerodrome to be made available for aero club training purposes, provision of a shelter shed, and other necessary buildings required at the aerodrome.

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1952:

 New buildings erected at aerodrome; Council agrees to connect water supply.

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1953:

Modifications made to shelter shed; installation of blinds on windows and a glass screen in front of the door; establishment of a hedge as a windbreak. 

Radio navigational aids installed.

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1954:

Royal Visit - Her Royal Majesty The Queen arrives by plane at Bathurst Aerodrome. 

Road works for access to aerodrome – strengthening and bitumen surfacing.

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1954/1955:

Local Air Safety Committee formed to act as observers and to arrange assistance for pilots in difficulty.

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1956:

Representations made to Minister Civil Aviation seeking lighting of Raglan Aerodrome, and lengthening of it to take “Viscounts”.

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1956/1957:

Representations made to “Post Master’s General Department” for provision of a Public Telephone at the aerodrome (application was rejected).

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1957:

Official opening of ATC Hut at Raglan Aerodrome; leaflets dropped from aircraft over the city, advertising joy flights by Bathurst Aero Club.

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1959:

Bathurst Aerodrome was transferred to the City of Bathurst from the Commonwealth in December 1959. The runway at that time was an unsealed pavement, and situated in the Turon Shire. 

Consulting Engineers and Department of Civil Aviation carried out design & investigation works in order that the runway could be reconstructed. Approval was gained to allow calling of tenders for the project towards the end of 1966.

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1963:

First Landing Charges proposed.

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1963:

Fokker Friendship aeroplanes introduced to Bathurst timetable by Airlines of NSW Limited.

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1964:

Construction completed of Terminal Building ready for occupancy. Kerb and gutter, paving and gardens yet to be done. “Airlines of New South Wales” first tenant of Terminal Building. Airport lighting facilities now installed at aerodrome.

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1965:

Submissions made to Department of Civil Aviation for location of a taxi-way for access to the hanger area, and a defined area to serve as an apron for use by light aircraft. 

Airlines of NSW concludes its service to Bathurst and East West Airlines commences operations.

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1967:

Aerodrome closes for 11 months for reconstruction of runway.

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1969:

Naming of PJ Moodie Memorial Drive. 

BP Australia Air Race for home-built aircraft conducted by Bathurst Aero Club.

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1972:

Air Ambulance Service commenced operations.

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1973:

East West Airlines reports passenger numbers for this year at 16,348 one-way passengers used the air service.

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1974:

Groundsman’s Cottage constructed.

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1977:

East West Airlines introduce a bus service from the aerodrome to town to transport passengers and freight.

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1979:

Main Runway resealed.

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1981:

Southern Cross Air Race to Melbourne, commenced from Bathurst Aerodrome.

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1987:

Basic structure for a Control Tower was erected at the aerodrome by Council and others, for the 1987 October Car Races.

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1993:

Main Runway resealed.

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1994:

Extension of aircraft apron constructed.

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2002:

New Passenger Terminal constructed. 

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2005:

Security fencing/CCTV installed. 

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2008:

Taxiway Echo built. 

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2011:

Runway lighting upgrade. 

 

This summary was compiled solely from original Council Files in 2009.

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