GA Down Under
Alright, fair enough, we can’t deny GA FNFs are often a flop. But this one is different.
Australia has a huge GA culture many don’t even know exists. Everyone knows about the big airports - YSSY, YMML and YBBN to name a few. But there is a whole GA world, invisible to those who know not of it’s existence.
Near every major airport in Australia there is a large-scale GA airport. Melbourne (YMML) has (YMMB). Sydney (YSSY) has Bankstown (YSBK). These airport are capable of handling huge amounts of traffic, while still keeping that GA feel.
I would like to propose that the following airports be feature:
- YMMB (Busiest GA Airport in the Southern Hemisphere)
- YPJT (Jandakot, Perth)
- YPDN (Darwin, handles Commercial and GA)
- YPAD (Also handles Commercial and GA)
Why is this a good idea?
Such a network of GA airports is found in very few places around the world. Moorabbin alone operates a unique layout with 5 runways. Bankstown operates three parallel runways. Both of these airports operate multiple ATC frequencies, allowing the workload to be split between controllers with ease. The runway layouts also allow for pattern work to be simple.
Not only that, but these airports form a web of routes, allowing pilots to hop between almost any airport in Australia in an aircraft with as limited range as an Xcub or C172.
And of course, there’s plenty of gates and a lot of runways.
On a separate note, thanks for doing this again Misha!