Moorabbin Airport Runway Code Change

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    Start 10/11/2023
    AEDT 09:00
    End 08/12/2023
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    Travis  Brown
    Moorabbin Airport Corporation

    Moorabbin Airport Corporation (MAC) is publishing reductions in Aerodrome Reference Code (ARC) for two of its runways - 17R/35L and 17L/35R.


    Moorabbin Airport formalised the coding of all runways to Code 1 or Code 2 in its 2021 Master Plan, with a reduction in ARC for Runway 17L/35R from Code 3 to Code 2. Key drivers of this change include:

    • 70+ years of smaller general aviation aircraft operations
    • the long-term aviation development plan for the airport has an ab-initio flight training focus. This activity is overwhelmingly conducted by aircraft requiring a Code 1 or Code 2 runway.
    • the airport's runways are rated at 5700 kilograms¬†and designed for light general aviation aircraft. Code 3 runways generally support Code C aircraft, larger aircraft carrying 80+ passengers and a weight of 30 tonnes. No aviation customers operate Code C aircraft at the airport or have commercial plans to do so in the future.
    • material pavement works would be required to support Code C aircraft and are estimated to cost in excess of $50 million. Since privatisation no aircraft operator has been identified to invest this amount
    • additional safety issues require management and mitigation where higher performing Code C aircraft are scheduled with smaller and slower flight training aircraft and ab initio flight training pilots
    • there is no identified community support for larger aircraft, early morning and evening passenger flights of 80+ seater aircraft.
    • certainty of the noise profile for community with no larger aircraft entering the environment.


    The attached submission below contains more detailed information regarding the planned changes.

    Submitted by

    Travis Brown
    Moorabbin Airport Corporation

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