Parachute Operations

29.09.2018  to  04.10.2018

Watts Bridge has been approached by Ramblers to allow parachuting operations to be conducted from the airfield during the period Saturday 29 September through to Thursday 4 October, to which the BoM has agreed. Please be aware of the following:

  • The aircraft will be taking off and landing at Watts Bridge,
  • The first sortie of the day will not be before 0700hrs,
  • Similar radio calls will be made to those used for operations at Toogoolawah, but clearly advising operation is at Watts Bridge,
  • Jump heights will be less then 10,000 feet,
  • Approximately 3 minutes before the parachutists leave the aircraft the pilot will notify the ground crew.
    If the ground crew is satisfied no conflict exists with other aircraft he will give a "clear to drop" instruction to the parachuting aircraft. Other aircraft operating to/from Watts Bridge will have priority where reasonably possible. However if jumpers have exited the aircraft inbound/departing aircraft may be asked to hold clear for a short period.
  • Approximate time from the parachutists leaving the aircraft to landing is 8 minutes. If other aircraft are seen or heard after the exit the ground crew or the pilot will notify them of the presence of the parachutists.
  • The parachuting landing area will be in the area near the intersection of Runways 12 & 21

Please also be aware that while parachutists are operating from Watts Bridge there will also be higher than normal levels of activity at Toogoolawah with up to four Cessna 208's (Caravans) operating during this time.

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Watts For Breakfast??

09.09.2018

Well: It may be the better part of a year since the last breakfast at Watts, but judging by the excellent turnout this weekend, pilots and partners are always ready to go fly somewhere on a fine and sunny Sunday morning. It depends a bit upon who you listen too, but at a dead minimum there were 22 or perhaps more aircraft on the flight line and definitely 55+ breakfasts served up!

This was the first Watts For Breakfast to take advantage of all the work that has been done in the shelter shed by Mark Purdie and Peter Freeman, and what a difference it makes!! Purpose built facilities just make it so much easier and comfortable all round.

Watts For Breakfast is not intended to be a regular monthly event. Rather, it is held to fit around the activities of other airfield's fly-ins and breakfasts so that pilots, and and indeed all aviation enthusiasts, have the opportunity of having somewhere to got most all times of the year. The best bet is to keep a keen eye on the Watts Bridge Calendar and Facebook to find out about future breakfast fly-ins.

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.

Download the Fly Neighbourly Chart.

Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield requests that all members and visitors using the airfield's internal roads adhere to the signposted maximum Speed Limit of 20kph.

The Speed Limit maximises safety for all motorists and pedestrians, significantly reduces damage to the airfield's roadways and minimises the generation of dust which has an adverse affect on aircraft, buildings and human health.

Download the Drive Neighbourly Information Sheet.