GPS : 35° 28.9S, 138° 45.1E, Variation 8° E
ALT : 104’ AMSL
FIA : 130.45 (in circuit above 1500
All aircraft welcome - please call before arriving as we cannot issue NOTAMS
Goolwa Airport is a privately owned and operated ALA therefore prior permission is required (PPR) before landing as Goolwa Airport cannot issue NOTAMS. A quick phone call will allow us to inform incoming aircraft of any hazards or required operations. This page will contain as much information as possible but as Goolwa is a busy airport with on-going capital works, conditions are changing all the time.
RA-AUS AIRCRAFT MUST OBTAIN PRIOR PERMISSION BEFORE CONDUCTING OPERATIONS!
This has been brought on because RA-Aus are no longer passing on landing fee invoices.
For Example: If you conduct a Touch & Go and we do not know who you are then we cannot invoice you for using our airfield. This is unfair to the GA registered aircraft and those RA-Aus aircraft that do the right thing. A simple phone call or just do a full stop and have a word with us and there will be no problem.
Goolwa Airport can be located on the following charts;
WAC 3458, 3459, Adelaide VTC and VNC, ERC L7 and L2 and ERC H3 South
You do not need a radio to fly into Goolwa Airport, however if your aircraft is fitted with a radio then it must be used and used correctly. Goolwa Airport can be very busy at times and too many transmissions can be more dangerous than not enough. Please read the information in the following link.
NOTE: If your aircraft does not have a radio fitted then we strongly advise that when you call us on the phone prior to coming into Goolwa that you clearly state that you do not have a radio.
As noted in ERSA we do not allow mid-field, cross-wind joins. Also, there are Right Hand circuits on 01, 09 and 34. To ascertain wind direction the preferred method is to fly to the right of the centreline of 01 so that the main windsock is on your left at or above 1600’ (500 above circuit height). Goolwa Unicom is also available on 126.95 to advise on the current active runway.
The preferred runway is 01. In calm or light wind conditions then 01 will be the duty runway. Aircraft may take off on 19 in these conditions provided that there are no other aircraft in the circuit and no aircraft taxiing for 01.
Skydivers will always operate to the WEST or NORTH of the active runway. While all circuits are to the EAST or SOUTH. Aircraft should continue normal entry and circuit procedures whilst skydive operations are active.
Aircraft should never execute an orbit whilst in the circuit, either extend the current leg or do a go-round.
Also avoid doing orbits over the township as this is a busy entry point into Goolwa Airport.
Due to the increase in aircraft near misses and runway incursions at Goolwa Airport, it is imperative that all pilots are familiar with the requirements for radio broadcasts at non-towered aerodromes.
Pilots using Goolwa Airport must make only the required minimum broadcasts as per CAR 166C and maintain a listening watch as per CAR 243.
Un-necessary broadcasts will not be tolerated at Goolwa Airport.
In times of high activity it is more important to listen than it is to talk, the longer you spend on the radio the greater the chance of stopping or blocking other transmissions. If you do not listen and just make calls then you greatly increase your risk of a collision. Listen for the expected minimum calls and respond only if there is a reasonable risk of collision, do not make a call if there is no need, each time you make an unnecessary call you stop someone else from making an important call.
In short, VFR pilots should make the following expected calls;
If you are flying circuits, you do not need to make any calls, you only need to respond to the above expected calls. If you feel the need to call then a base call with intentions is all that is needed. “Goolwa Airport, Cessna 172 ABC turning base, runway 01 for a touch and go, Goolwa.”
Good: “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is taxiing for runway 01 for circuits, Goolwa.” Response: “Goolwa Traffic, Jabiru 7654 is 4 miles to the east, 1100 feet about to join downwind for runway 01, Goolwa.” The Cessna now knows an aircraft may be joining downwind just as they are turning downwind and can elect to delay takeoff or extend the upwind leg.
Bad: “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is 10 miles to the east, 3500 feet, inbound, on descent, expect circuit at time 45, Goolwa”. Response: “Goolwa Traffic, Jabiru 7654 is coastal abeam the airfield at 3500 feet, tracking west for Victor Harbor, Goolwa”. This response in unnecessary as there is no risk of conflict.
Bad: “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is taxiing for run up bay, Goolwa.”, “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is taxiing for runway 01, Goolwa.”, “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is entering runway 01, Goolwa.”, “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is rolling runway 01, Goolwa.” “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is turning downwind, Goolwa.”, “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is departing downwind runway 01, on climb to 2500, Goolwa.”, “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is now 5 miles to the north at 2500 feet, Goolwa.”, etc. etc