Frequently Asked Questions
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Who operates Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield?
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is a private airfield funded, maintained and operated by financial members of the airfield. A Board Of Management (WBMA BOM) consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Maintenance Officer are responsible for the day to day operations of the airfield. An Airfield Council consisting of a Delegate from each of the Homebase Groups assists and provides input to the BOM as required.
What facilities and infrastructure does Watts Bridge provide?
Financial Members contribute (by way of their annual membership fees) to all of the airfield’s facilities. The most obvious are the airfield’s runways, taxiways and aircraft parking areas. Other infrastructure includes the internal roads, sewerage system and toilets, camping and parking areas, various hangar, chalet and clubroom sites, fuel depot, buildings and shelter areas, fire fighting and safety equipment, etc. Then there is the ongoing general maintenance such as mowing the field and improvements to the airfield. In addition, there are many fees and charges levied by government agencies which need to be paid.
Who is required to be a member of Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield?
Watts Bridge is a private airfield, so anyone using the facilities and infrastructure of Watts Bridge is required to be a financial member of the airfield.
However: If you are a non-flying member of a Homebase Group there is an arrangement with the Homebase Groups allowing social access to the airfield, so that club members can attend club meetings and events. Please note this is not WBMA Membership and social access does not allow for a vote at WBMA General Meetings.
The Social Access Fee is $50.00 per year and is paid to the Homebase Group Secretary who is responsible for administering the arrangement with Watts Bridge.
I am not a pilot nor do I own an aircraft. Do I still need to be a member to come to Watts Bridge?
The simple answer is yes you do, because by being on the airfield you are using the airfield’s facilities which are paid for by financial members. However, common sense prevails, so if you only visit the airfield very occasionally, once or twice a year perhaps, you are most welcome to come as a visitor. Having experienced what the airfield has to offer may well encourage you to become a member.
If you are a non-flying member of a Homebase Group there is an arrangement with the Homebase Groups allowing social access to the airfield, so that club members can attend club meetings and events. The Social Access Fee is $50.00 per year. Please see the question above for more details.
I hangar my aircraft at Watts Bridge. Do I have to be a member?
Yes – Owners of aircraft hangared at Watts Bridge must be members of WBMA because they are using the airfield’s facilities.
I am a member of a Homebase Group. Does that mean it's OK for me to be at Watts Bridge?
At the risk of sounding awfully repetitious, to be at Watts Bridge you need to be a financial member or, if you are a non-flying member of a Homebase Group, have paid a Social Access Fee so that you can attend club meetings and events. The Social Access Fee is paid to the Homebase Group Secretary who is responsible for administering the arrangement with Watts Bridge. The Social Access Fee is $50.00 per year.
What does it cost to become a Watts Bridge Member & how do I join?
There is also a once-off Membership Application and Processing Fee of $250.00
To become a member, download the Membership Application Form and return it to the address on the form.
What type of aircraft can operate at Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield ?
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield welcomes all forms of recreational aviation. Provided your aircraft is suited to the runways etc, you’re most welcome. Commercial ventures such as flight training centres and maintenance facilities should contact WBMA Management for additional guidelines.
What does it cost to land at Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield?
There are NO landing fees at Watts Bridge. Pilots and groups using Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield must take out membership and by so doing contribute toward the running of the airfield.
What can a Chalet Site be used for ?
A Chalet Site allows the owner to construct a hangar and attached dwelling. No commercial activities are permitted.
I hangar my aircraft in a Private Hangar. Can I sleep over the weekend in the back of the hangar?
Unfortunately not. Local Government Regulations expressly forbid this usage of the Private Hangars. You may like to consider using a caravan or camping in the designated camping areas.
Are Night Operations permitted at Watts Bridge?
All operations at Watts Bridge are covered by the Operations By-Laws. Night Operations are not permitted under those by-laws.
What's the difference between Private and Commercial Hangars?
What they can be used for. The only “Paid For” activity permitted in a Private Hangar is providing aircraft hangarage. Commercial Hangers allow aviation based businesses to be located on the airfield.
What kind of activities are permitted in a Commercial Hangar?
Businesses which carry out aviation based activities such as the design, manufacture and repair of aircraft and their associated components and systems.
What rules or documents control the management structure and operations at Watts Bridge ?
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield Incorporated is bound by the Constitution and attendant By-Laws.
These documents are freely available for download from the [Download Documents] section of the website.
What are the membership requirements for a flying school providing training at Watts Bridge?
Strictly speaking both the flying school and the student should be members of Watts Bridge because the airfields facilities are being used in more than a casual manner. Contact Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield Management to negotiate a yearly fee which will cover all your flying school’s operations at the airfield.
What is the Fly Neighbourly request all about?
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield needs to be mindful of the local community of which we are a part.
The greatest concern of other land owners in the immediate vicinity of the airfield is the overflying of houses and farm buildings at low level, particularly during takeoff and climb-out when operating under full power.
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.
What is the Drive Neighbourly requirement all about?
The internal roadways within the airfield are a major item of infrastructure used by all who visit the airfield. Because all the internal roadways are unsealed, there is a maximum speed limit of 20kph which is intended to maximise safety for all motorists and pedestrians, significantly reduce damage to the airfield’s roadways and minimise the generation of dust which has an adverse affect on aircraft, buildings and human health.
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield’s “Drive Neighbourly” policy requires all members and visitors using the airfield’s internal roads to adhere to the signposted maximum speed limit of 20kph.
I have a question not covered by the website. Who should I contact?
Contact Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield Management by using the Contact Page.
Your question will be answered promptly by the relevant person.
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield
Post Office Box 98,
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield,
801 Cressbrook-Caboonbah Rd,