NO FLIGHT: Light planes remain hangered at the Blackwater Airport, despite its closure in 2011.
NO FLIGHT: Light planes remain hangered at the Blackwater Airport, despite its closure in 2011. Contributed

Dysart airport closure may be forever

AFTER grounding flights out of Blackwater, there are fears BMA will permanently close Dysart Airport, leaving DIY FIFOs, charter flight operators and pilots fuming.

The airstrip was shut to all aircraft except medical emergency flights on May 17, with the miner promising to reveal a reopening strategy to Dysart Aero Club members.

But DAC stalwart Myles Breitkreutz said an audit on the Blackwater and Dysart facilities was an excuse to deem them commercially unviable when BMA resources had been heavily sunk into Moranbah Airport.

"BMA puts profits before people and that's what they are doing here," Mr Breitkreutz said.

"There are some pilots that are not night-rated and… one person recently was going to land and then someone told him on the radio Dysart was closed.

"He had to divert and land at another aerodrome in the dark, so he committed a breach of regulations.

"There was another incident involving the Blackwater airport where a pilot didn't know it had been closed and almost crashed.

"BMA is creating safety issues by closing these airports."

Mr Breitkreutz said DAC approaches to federal Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd, Member for Gregory Vaughan Johnson and Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney had yielded no joy.


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