Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport

Airport Information

The Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport (YBLN) is owned and operated by the City of Busselton and was opened on the 15th March 1997. The aerodrome is a fully certified / registered aerodrome by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). The airport is a Security Controlled Airport and ASICs/VICs must be displayed at all times. 

General Information

Currently the airport supports ten closed Fly in Fly out (FIFO) charters per week, adhoc private charters and unrestricted emergency services including the Royal Flying Doctors Service, Department of Fire and Emergency Services helitacs and the Surf Life Saving rescue helicopter. More information about FIFO flights can be found on the FIFO flight schedule.

Runway Information

Aerodrome Reference Pt

Lat: 33° 41’ 30" S - Long: 115° 23’ 30" E

Runway length (sealed, marked):

1800m

Runway strip width:

30m sealed, 150m strip

Runway direction:

03/21

Apron size:

200mx75m  3 x F100 parking bays, 1x<8,000kgs MTOW GA parking bay; 1 x RFDS only apron

Runway strength:

PCN 18 (1000 KPa tyre pressure)

Visual Aids and Communications:

NDB:

BLN 386 S33 41.5 E 115 23.7 Range 50NM

Automatic weather station:

128.05 MHz VHF

Air Radio Frequency;

127.00 MHz VHF CTAF

Illuminated Wind Indicator:

2

Landing aid:

PAPI

Lighting;

Pilot activated runway and apron lighting

Frequency for switching (3 x 3 second hold) 119.6 MHz VHF. Standby power provided.

Air Traffic Control

Local Air Traffic Control is not available. Visual weather observation and safety inspections are carried out daily. 

Aircraft Refueling Service

The City of Busselton owned AVGAS refuelling facility is managed by Busselton Aero Club, AVGAS (Credit Card, No Carnet) HJ ONLY Ph. 08 9751 1400 AH 0407 442 846.

Hangars / Leases

Hangar sites - land only with power are available by lease. Applications should be made through the City of Busselton Airport Manager.

GA Aircraft Parking

Limited GA aircraft parking is available on grassed surface in front of the Aero Club.  Limited tie downs available on grassed area.

Ground Handling


Please contact Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association
on 0437372074 if you have any questions.

 

 

Noise Management

Please ensure that you are familiar with the Airport Operating Hours. Where stated in the Noise Management Plan that approvals are required to use the Airport, airline and airport operators are required to contact the:

Airport Manager:

0419 046 601 

Airport Operations Coordinator:

0418 959 409

Avoidance Areas

For courtesy and to avoid inconvenience, pilots are asked to avoid overflying, or to remain above 1500 feet over the following areas:

Residential Estates:

 

St Andrews Lane residents

Lat: 33º 41' 42" S, Long: 15º 21' 8" E

Estuary Waters Estate

Lat: 33º 39' 29" S, Long: 115º 22' 53" E

Pigeon Grove

Lat: 33º 39' 11" S, Long: 115º 27' 34" E

Individual Houses:

 

Two Residences (Sabina Vale)

(4.0km north-east from runway centre)

Lat: 33º 40' 45" S, Long: 115º 26' 7" E

Residence (1km south from runway centre)

Lat: 33º 42' 6" S, Long: 115º 24' 6" E

Residence (6km north north-east of runway centre)

Lat: 33º 40' 9" S, Long: 115º 27' E

The table above is not a formal or exhaustive list but due to proximity, location or other significant reason, these areas have been specifically listed for information only.

Aircraft Noise Complaints

If you wish to lodge a complaint you will be required to provide information relating specifically to aircraft flight details, your place of residence (or where you hear the aircraft noise) and any other details. Please contact the Airport Manager on 08 9781 0389.

Emergency Services

The following emergency services operate out of the airport:

  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services (Nov - May)
  • Surf Life Saving Australia (Sept - May)
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service

Busselton Aero Club

The Busselton Aero Club has an established local membership and clubroom at the Airport. You can find out more information by contacting them on (08) 9751 1400 or by visiting their website www.busseltonaeroclub.com.au

Drone Zones around Busselton-Margaret River Airport

Globally drones, also referred to as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs) are becoming increasingly popular and more affordable.  In Australia this is resulting in larger numbers of drones being flown for recreational and commercial purposes.

Busselton-Margaret River Airport supports and encourages operators to familiarise themselves with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) rules governing drone use, including new rules which were introduced in September 2016.  Their primary purpose is to ensure that aviation safety is maintained and drone operators are taking responsibility for ensuring the safety of their operations and of the surrounding airspace. 

Drone operators are responsible for ensuring that their flights comply with Civil Aviation Safety Authority Rules.  Penalties can be tough for flying drones outside of aviation rules or without the correct permissions.

The Busselton Margaret River Airport Drone Rules map is provided for guidance to drone operators.

For more information visit https://www.casa.gov.au/aircraft/landing-page/flying-drones-australia

Reporting of Crane Operations

The City of Busselton as operator of Busselton-Margaret River Airport must ensure the Protection of airspace required for BMRAs current and future operations. This is essential to provide a safe, predictable environment for the arrivals and departures of aircraft in all weather conditions.

National and international standards have been adopted which define two sets of invisible surfaces above the ground. The surfaces form the airports protected airspace. They are:

  1. Obstacle Limitation Surface (OLS): a defined area of airspace designed to provide protection for visual flying (VFR) operations, where the pilot is flying by sight. All existing and potential obstacles must be assessed to ensure that any impact on aircraft operations is identified. This would include all crane operations in the vicinity of the airport no matter how small or large the crane or job.

  2.  Procedures for Air Navigation Services – Aircraft Operations (PANS-OPS): a defined area of airspace designed to provide protection for instrument flying (IFR), where the pilot is reliant on instrument navigation. PANS-OPS surfaces may also include protection of the airspace around navigation aids that are required for instrument flying activity. PANS-OPS surfaces are not permitted to be infringed in any circumstance.

Any activities that result in an intrusion of protected airspace are referred to as "Controlled Activities” and must be approved by BMRA operations team.

Controlled Activities includes:

•          Permanent structures, such as buildings, intruding into the protected airspace;

•          Temporary structures, such as cranes, intruding into the protected airspace; and

•          Any activities causing intrusions into the protected airspace through glare from artificial light or reflected sunlight, air turbulence from stacks or vents, smoke, dust, steam of other gasses or particulate matter.

What this means to you the crane operator

  • When considering crane operations on or in the vicinity of Busselton-Margaret River Airport within a 15 kilometre radius and for a period of no longer than 3 months, the City of Busselton as airport operator requires you to determine whether your proposal or activity is likely to have an adverse impact on airport operations and future airport development. In particular the operation of cranes or the construction of temporary or permanent tall buildings and structures should be considered as to their effect on airspace and aircraft operations. To do this you should use the attached guide for crane height operations within the BMRA obstacle limitation surface (OLS)

  • BMRA operations will complete an initial assessment of a Controlled Activities Application to determine whether the activity will cause an intrusion into the OLS or PANS-OPS surface (height assessment), the extent of any intrusion and return your application with approval and any conditions for your operations. The completed form must be retained and serves as a permit for the crane operation during the specified times. 

If there is an intrusion into protected airspace, BMRA is required to seek further assessment from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to assess the impact of the intrusion on aviation safety  and Airservices Australia to assess any penetration of the PANS-OPS surface that may require a temporary redirection of flight paths. This process may take up to 3 months to complete before approval is granted.

What happens if I don’t do any of the above?

  • It is an offence under Section 183 of the Airports Act 1996 to carry out, without approval, crane operations which intrude into an airport's protected airspace. This offence is punishable by a fine of up to 250 penalty units (currently $26,500). It is an offence under Section 185 of the Act to contravene any conditions imposed on an approval. It is also an offence under Section 186 of the Act not to give information to the airport operator that is relevant to a proposed controlled activity.

I have attached a guide of crane height operations in the vicinity of BMRA together with the Controlled Activity Form.

If you have any questions relating to the Controlled Activity process please do not hesitate to contact the Airport Operations Team on 089754 2333.