Lockdown Infrastructure Activity
The current restrictions on travel and gathering in public have resulted in Watts Bridge being effectively deserted for the last few weeks. Members have been doing the right thing, self-isolating, staying at home and looking forward to better times.
However, this unprecedented lack of activity has provided a great opportunity for infrastructure improvements which would have otherwise been difficult to coordinate. The “big one” is the pouring of a 10m x 10m concrete apron at the fuel bowser. This area has always been subject to erosion from prop blast, which will now be a thing of the past.
With the concreters on the field, it was a great opportunity to complete concreting under the shelter shed, which is central to many of the aviation and public activities held at the airfield, principal among them being Watts for Breakfast?? With that job done attention can now be given to the erection of guttering and the installation of a water tank.
Less obvious activities include a major assault on the purple flowering weeds across the airfield, the never-ending eradication of termite mounds, and the ever-present mowing of the runways and taxiways. After a period of prolonged rejuvenation, Runway 12R/30L has been re-aligned and brought back into service. Other one-off initiatives (as shown here in the photographs) have been the planting of white-painted posts to mark the end of Mustang Lane and the relocation of excess topsoil adjacent to Runway 03/21.
The airfield’s weather station has been in operation for just over 3 years now. Over the last couple of months, the measured wind speed and daily wind run have appeared to be a bit on the low-side. An inspection showed that the bearing in the anemometer was failing. The successful installation of replacement parts sees the weather station restored to perfect working order.
Once again – a big vote of thanks to the volunteers who make this happen, all for the good of the airfield and its members.
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield
Post Office Box 98,
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield,
801 Cressbrook-Caboonbah Rd,