16th November 2013
Runway 12/30 and Runway 03/21 are both open.
As a result of the recent rain at the airfield the following areas are closed.
* Exits 5 & 6 from Runway 12/30 to the Taxiway (southern end of airfield).
* The Taxiway adjacent to Exits 5 and 6.
Aircraft using Runway 30 should enter and back-track through one of the other exits.
Please remember that Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is NOT an all weather airfield, therefore care must be taken at all times to protect the airfield infrastructure. We remind pilots that any damage caused to the airfield and its infrastructure is the responsibility of the pilot and must be reported to a member of the BoM.
Updates will be posted on the Watts Bridge Website as they become available.
For more information contact: Bruce Clarke 0427 699 239
The Christmas - New Year break. That little bit more time on your hands.
What a good opportunity to catch up on the latest aviation publications !!
Pacific Flyer - Australia's premier independent fun flying publication. The December 2013 Issue features President Bruce's WW1 Replica on the front cover and inside you will find a multi page spread dedicated to the Gathering Of Eagles Fly In. Head on down to the local newsagent and get your copy.
And then, for your down-loading delight are the December newsletters for the Queensland Vintage Aeroplane Group (QVAG) and the Brisbane Valley Sport Aviation Club (BVSAC). Honestly, what more could you want?
AVAN December 2013
BVSAC December 2013
20th October 2013
The sound was unmistakable. Multiple slow revving Gipsy Major engines announcing the arrival of the Pythons Formation Team made up of no less than three DHC-1 Chipmunks, a pair of de Havilland Tiger Moths and a Genairco. A rare sight indeed !
If you were fortunate enough to be at Watts Bridge on the morning of the 20th October you would have seen the Pythons go through their formation practice routine before landing for morning tea at the QVAG Clubrooms.
Photographs courtesy of Ray Vuillermin and Ross Stenhouse.
Over the last couple of years a great deal of volunteer work has been performed on Runway 03/21. Firstly the drainage was improved with significant earthworks designed to channel storm water under the main entrance road and away from the airfield. Then the south eastern side taxiway was reworked to provide much better surface conditions for all aircraft.
Recently attention has turned to improving the runway surface itself. Mike Smith generously donated and delivered a double load of "crusher dust". Rod Mill and Peter Freeman then set about filling the ruts and undulations.
Give it a month or two and a couple of showers and the grass will grow over the fill. You'd never know it was there. But the undercarriage of your airplane will be eternally grateful for the tireless work of the maintenance teams who keep the airfield in tip-top condition.
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is strongly committed to a
"Fly Neighbourly" policy ensuring good working relationships with
other land owners in the district.
Pilots are requested to Download the Fly Neighbourly Chart to be aware of and avoid where operationally possible, noise and over-fly sensitive locations adjacent to the airfield.