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Bairnsdale Aerodrome Pilot Information

345 Bengworden Road
Bairnsdale Victoria 3875

Aerodromes Coordinator / Reporting Officer: Jason Connelly 03 5153 9500 or ERSA

Aerodrome Reporting Officer: Doug Sward 03 5153 9500 or ERSA


Bairnsdale Airport was awarded the "National Small Regional Aerodrome of the Year 2018" by the Australian Airports Association (AAA)


Aerodrome Infrastructure

The Airport has two Code 1B non-precision runways designated 04/22 and 13/31.

Runway 04/22 is 1,101m long and 18m wide and sealed.

Runway 13/31 is 850m long and 18m wide and sealed.


Access is provided to both Runways via Code A and Code B Taxiways serving the main sealed apron and general aviation areas respectively. The main apron area is located on the main East West Taxiway adjacent to the Runway 13 end and is approximately 60m long and 45m wide.


The manoeuvring pavement has a Pavement Classification Number (PCN) of 11, and can withstand a maximum tire pressure of 81 psi. If your aircraft exceeds the PCN, contact must be made to the Aerodromes Coordinator to apply for a Pavement Concession.


The Airport is equipped with Pilot Activated Low Intensity Runway Lighting (PAL LIRL), apron and Taxiway edge lighting, Automatic Weather Station (AWS) with published approach procedures for DME and GPS, along with a primary Illuminated Wind Directional Indicator and secondary windsock.


Additional facilities include a 250m2 terminal building, World War II Bellman hangars and private hangars with direct Taxiway access. The Terminal building on the airside is enclosed with a fence and two sided pin code gate. Procedures for opening the gate are displayed on a sign at the gate. The terminal building is also fitted with 24 hour CCTV and has a Vending Machine available with cool drinks and snacks. Coffee and Tea is also available. CCTV also covers the Apron, Fuel bowsers, Carpark, Entrance Road with Number Plate recognition, Hangar precinct entrance and the secondary aprons.



Although only 24 nautical miles from the East Sale RAAF Base, Bairnsdale Airport operates within Class G uncontrolled airspace. Bairnsdale Airport is also within flying time of 5 airports ideal for navigational exercises at RAAF East Sale, West Sale, Latrobe Valley, Orbost, and Mallacoota.


Aircraft Movements

There are approximately 3,500+ aircraft movements a year resulting with no air traffic congestion and a large amount of available capacity. Air Ambulance Victoria is a major customer of the Bairnsdale Airport with numerous unscheduled arrivals.


Aircraft Parking

There are two aprons at Bairnsdale Airport that facilitate parking. The first is the primary apron located in front of the Airport terminal. Pilots are encouraged to start parking at the NE corner edge of the apron allowing the apron to be free for other users and Air Ambulance patient transfers. This apron should be used for short term parking only not exceeding 8 hours. The secondary (itinerant) apron is located on the first exit to the west off the NS Taxiway exiting the EW Taxiway. This apron should be used for parking exceeding 8 hours. This Apron has two sets of in-ground tie down points available. Please note that operators must supply there own tie down rope or chains.


If users are wanting to park aircraft for more than 24 hours, the Airport Reporting Officer should be contacted to arrange for overnight parking payment and code to the locked security gate. The current overnight parking fees outside of a hangar is $7.20 per night.



Fuel bowsers are located next to the Terminal building directly off the East West Taxiway. The refuelling facilities provide 24/7 self-service Avgas and Jet A1 fuel with credit card payment options and is monitored by 24 hour CCTV. The fuel facility is operated by Aero Refuellers. Any issues pertaining to the facility, Aero Refuellers should be contacted directly on 0413 003 808.


Landing Fees

Bairnsdale Airport has no landing fees.


Other Information

Bairnsdale Airport is a Registered Airport conforming to standards published by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Bairnsdale Airport has visible signs erected at numerous locations on the Airport displaying "No Drone Zone". Drone operators are encouraged to download the free CASA Drone App: Can I fly There?

Bairnsdale Airport is also secured by 24 Hour CCTV which includes number plate recognition for incoming vehicles.


Bairnsdale Aero Club

If you are flying into Bairnsdale Airport (YBNS) in East Gippsland, Victoria, let them know.


Aviation enthusiasts with great Club Rooms (including the Beaufort Bar) in one of the old RAAF World War II Hangars at Bairnsdale Airport.

Known as the East Gippsland Aero Club they currently have around 50 active members and are always seeking to attract new members from the East Gippsland community who have an interest in aviation.



Gippsland Ultralight & Leisure Flyers (GULF) was originally formed in 1982, operating at a large grazing property 'Redcourt', just to the West of Bairnsdale. The club then moved to, and operated from, Yarram Aerodrome for several years. The current East Gippsland Aero Club was formed by the GULF members, and new facilities were established at Bairnsdale Airport with member spread as far from Mallacoota to Melbourne.


The club exists so members can benefit from other peoples' experiences in  aviation with one primary goal; to make flying safe and enjoyable for all.

They meet on the last Sunday morning of each month in Hangar 2 at Bairnsdale Airport at the end of Prendergast Road, and have a BBQ lunch for a nominal fee.


For contact details, please visit there website on www.eastgippslandaeroclub.com.au





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