YKTN Airfield Information
During the period 15/02/2020 to 31/03/2020 PICs should be aware that heavy earthmoving equipment will be traversing the Kyneton Airfield along the Eastern boundary and North of the RWY 18 Threshold. There will be substantial numbers of heavy vehicle movements per hour; these will result in what is known as “RWY 18/36 Grass East”, an informal but often used section of the 18/36 RWY Strip, being clearly marked as Unserviceable and not to be used. These movements are to assist Coliban Water with the current works to improve the capacity of the Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant and will have significant long term local community benefit.
PICs using RWY 27, and to a lesser extent RWY 09, should be particularly vigilant for the risk of large heavy vehicles crossing the short-final approach path near the Eastern boundary. PICs are reminded that at an Airfield such as YKTN you are ultimately responsible to ensure that it is safe to operate and that the RWYs and your approach and departure paths are clear of obstructions. During this period the RWY09/27 PAL is unavailable.
YKTN – Weather Station and Cameras: (Updated every 15 minutes) Note: If the Aero Club’s Weather Station is offline the closest Station is at: https://www.wunderground.com/dashboard/pws/IKYNET7
Note: This weather Station is not certified or calibrated to any aviation standard. The Kyneton Aero Club Inc. does not warrant that the information is accurate and it must not be relied upon or used for planning or operational purposes. Further, the Kyneton Aero Club Inc. accepts no liability whatsoever for the use of or reliance on the information provided.
Kyneton Airfield is located approximately 2nm north of Kyneton township. It has 2 runways, RWY18-36 of 703m TORA (bitumen) and RWY09-27 of 645m TORA (grass) with an upslope to the West. The gravel area to the North of RWY 18-36 is unserviceable and not to be used. There are numerous infringements of the Obstacle Limitation Surfaces (OLS); there is also a large Tree Plantation on the Northern border of the Aerodrome that may cause wind-shear and potentially infringes the night Obstacle Clear Approach and Takeoff Gradients on RWY 18/36.
It should be noted Kyneton is not a Certified or Registered Aerodrome and therefore does not fall under the regulatory requirements of Part 139 of the CASR 1998; as such under CAR 92 there is a clear obligation on the pilot to determine if the aerodrome is suitable for their use having regard to all the circumstances, including prevailing weather conditions. The Kyneton Airfield is owned by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council and maintained under an agreement with Council by the Kyneton Aero Club, further details, including Local Law No 12 to protect the Airfield’s OLS and the Council’s Kyneton Airfield Operations Plan are available on the MRSC’s website at: https://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/See-Do/Our-Facilities/Find-A-Venue/Kyneton-Airfield
YKTN ELEV is 1650′, in Summer months particularly this can lead to very high Density Altitudes, on occasions above 5000′, therefore, Pilots are reminded of the need to review their aircraft’s POH and ensure adequate performance given RWY lengths, surface, slope, condition and Density Altitudes.
Taxiways are gravel, therefore, to the extent possible Pilots are requested to reduce power once rolling and avoid uneccassarily high taxi power settings and the associated dust and erosion of the taxiways.
On days of Total Fire Ban use of the 09/27 grass RWY should be minimised to those where it is required for OPR safety.
PPR: As per ERSA YKTN requires Prior Permission for visiting aircraft OPS, which must be lodged via the Form on this website’s Homepage; this requirement is to ensure that visiting Pilots understand, and acknowledge they will comply with, the various local operational limitations, procedures and policies, including those published in the YKTN ERSA FAC and on this website. Including those in Flight Procedures below and the prohibition on visiting training flights.
1. Right hand circuits RQ when OPR RWY 18 and 27
2. In Nil Wind conditions and subject to OPR safety considerations RWY 36 Preferred
3. Circuit OPS before first light/after last light prohibited
4. Visiting ACFT are not to conduct multiple training or practice circuits at any time, visiting aircraft operations at the airfield are limited to singular circuit procedure for ARR or DEP only.
5. No Flying Training operations of any kind, including ARR, DEP, circuits, touch and go, emergency drills, precautionary search runs, or flight tests are permitted at any time other than those being conducted under the direct supervision of the Kyneton Aero Club.
6. Minimum circuit height for ARR and DEP of visiting ACFT is 1,000FT (2,650FT QNH).
7. Due to mix of radio equipped and non-radio equipped aircraft and RWY36 APCH over Kyneton Township no straight-in APCH permitted on RWY36 at any time, all ARR on RWY36 to conduct normal ARR circuit procedures, with a minimum of Downwind, Base and Final.
8. Gyroplane OPS are not permitted.
9. Pilots operating on RWY09/27 should remain vigilant for heavy vehicle traffic on the Kyneton-Metcalfe Road, which may temporarily infringe the OLS for ARR RWY09 and DEP RWY 27
AVGAS: Is available via a self-service bowser, Fuel Supplied by IOR Aviation AVBL 24HR Payment method via IOR Aviation tag for account holders or via the “Fuelcharge” App. Download the “Fuelcharge” App for free through the Apple App store or Google Play store. There are no Credit Card or EFTPOS facilities available, therefore, visitors requiring AVGAS who are not IOR Aviation tag account holders are advised to ensure they have downloaded and configured the application prior to ARR.
Aircraft Parking: A visiting aircraft/itinerant parking area is located on the grass to the South of the Aero Club building and to the West of the Run-up Bay and is clearly signed. Visiting aircraft are not to park in the area to the North of the AVGAS bowser, which is reserved for Kyneton based aircraft.
Pilots are advised to take appropriate precautions when starting on grass surfaces during high fire danger periods.
Basing an aircraft at Kyneton Airfield is subject to prior approval from the Kyneton Aero Club; aircraft which are permanently located at the airfield are subject to Airfield Access Fees, also, parking fees may be applied to itinerant aircraft for extended stays; details can be found here: YKTN Airfield Access Fees.
Airfield Lighting: Is provided via a Pilot Activated Lighting (PAL) system on both runways and taxiways October – March, and on RWYs 18/36 and taxiways April – September; after an extremely wet Spring reinstatement of 09/27 PAL may be delayed, check NOTAMs above for further information. Airfield lighting will remain on for 30 minutes once activated. The PAL frequency is 120.55 and requires the standard 3 x 1 second pulses to activate. Pilots conducting NVFR operations need to make allowances for a Tree Plantation on the Northern boundary of the Airfield, Powerlines approximately 450m South of the RWY36 Threshold and high terrain to the East of the Airfield if using RWY 09/27. Pilots should check the status of the PAL system under “NOTAM” at the head of this page and ensure they have an appropriate Alternate prior to planning for a night ARR.
Airfield Lighting is for Arrivals and Departures only, no Night Circuits are permitted at YKTN
The Kyneton Aero Club has introduced a “Fly Neighbourly Policy” at Kyneton Airfield as there are a number of noise sensitive areas within the immediate proximity of the Airfield. Whilst not a formal Fly Neighbourly Advice (FNA), the Kyneton Aero Club asks that Pilots be mindful of the noise sensitive areas in the diagram below and, subject to operational and safety requirements, adopt appropriate power settings for takeoff, circuits and landings to minimise noise levels; in particular Pilots are asked to refrain from using high power settings when operating below 1000′ within these noise sensitive areas.
The Fly-Neighbourly Policy also does not preclude the necessity for police, fire, search and rescue, other emergency services and infrastructure-monitoring organisations to have access to low level airspace when the need arises.