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Drawn by the spectacular coastline and year around mild weather, many pilots are visiting or moving to the Great Southern region of Western Australia located near the state’s south west corner. Pilot attractions are clear - Good airports with friendly people, temperate summer time weather along the famous Rainbow Coast, beautiful forests, beaches, shoreline, and a relaxed lifestyle.

The key Great Southern communities are Albany, the regional center, and the picturesque village of Denmark 3 km to the west. Albany has a nice regional airport with twice-daily airline service to Perth. But for those who want a quiet airport with no security hassles, pilots can land and now they can live at Denmark Airport just 3 km from the pretty village of Denmark overlooking the Wilson Inlet and Southern Ocean.

The area provides spectacular scenery, boutique wineries nestled in rolling hills, and an active arts and music community. Forests of tall trees spread to the west, and the "big smoke" of Albany, population about 30,000, offers many big city amenities fifty km to the east. The nearest traffic stoplights are in the southern suburbs of Perth, a four hour drive to the northwest, so you can see that big city traffic congestion never enters the minds of local residents.

AVIATION COMMUNITY

The area has a very active aviation community comprised of retired professionals, general aviation pilots, and a large number of amateur aircraft builders. Surprising aviation trivia fact: The region has the highest per capita density of RV aircraft in the world, so much so that Richard Van Grunsven , Founder and CEO of Van’s Aircraft in the USA made a special visit some years ago while touring Australia.

Several local aviation organizations bring pilots together. The Albany Aero Club owns a C-172, and Great Southern Aviation operates a flight school at Albany Airport. Chapter 13 of the Sport Aircraft Association of Australia includes the sport aircraft builders that have produced all those RVs and many other amateur built aircraft. The Denmark Airport Association has been instrumental in upgrading the Denmark Airport.

Denmark Airport was constructed in the late 1990’s and now sports a paved 1200 meter east-west runway with pilot-operated runway lighting, hangars, Air Park, lease and freehold hangar blocks, and a spectacular hilltop location just three km from the center of town. It is a public airport owned and operated by the Shire but maintained in large part by the volunteers of the Denmark Airport Association. The airport also serves as an important community asset being used by the RFDS regularly and by state-operated fire bombers when necessary. Taxi (08) 9848 2295 and rental car services are available in town.

DENMARK AIR PARK

Graeme Robertson who was the sparkplug responsible for the initial construction of the Denmark Airport has now developed the Denmark Air Park on freehold land immediately north of the airport. Ten half-acre blocks are located on a gentle slope overlooking a natural pond and green-belted region of paddocks and trees. Air Park construction is restricted to homes with hangars which must be immediately

ready to house an aircraft thus assuring that only active aviators will be included in the limited offering of blocks. A gated taxiway/access road serves the blocks and permits easy access to the airport terminal area, apron, and runway. Roads, taxiways and mains power are already installed. The Air Park opened about a year ago, and half of the blocks have been sold.

To further enhance the airport which he founded and properties now being offered, Mr. Robertson has pledged to give a hangar site and funding to the Denmark Airport Association to construct a combined clubhouse/hangar/shop facility with second story balcony providing a spectacular view of the runway, village of Denmark, and Wilson Inlet. The Airport Association members will provide most of the labor to fabricate and erect steel structure and framework and complete many of the tasks required to finish the facility. It will be open to all Association members. Membership requires only an avid interest in aviation and continuing support of the Denmark Airport.

It is easy to see why pilots are migrating to Western Australia’s Great Southern region and Denmark Airport. This summer may be the time to have a close look and enjoy some of the local beauty, wine, and accommodations.

Denmark Airport Strategic Plan.

The Denmark Airport Association worked closely with the Shire and the Shire's  consultants during the preparation of an updated Denmark Airport Strategic Plan.  The  plan went through a process of public review and revision and was unanimously passed the the Shire Council in 2010.  The new plan provides for the creation of the  Denmark Air Park approved for combined hangar/residence development, new lease blocks for hangars at the east end of the airport, land use guidance for improvements and upgrades, and the creation of a buffer zone around the airport to minimize the noise effects of arriving and departing aircraft. 
 
As of mid-2012, nine new leasehold hangar sites have been constructed and leased, the Denmark Air Park consisting of ten half acre blocks has been approved and created and most Air Park blocks have already been sold.  Hangar construction has continued apace to accommodate the growing number of Denmark-based aircraft.
 
Focus of the Airport Association at present is to upgrade the airport to triple the ability to handle and refill fire bombers in the event of a catastrophic bush fire.  For more on this please click on the button for the improved fire fighting project.
 
The final strategic planning document is attached HERE (PDF, 4.3 MB) for those that want to review it. Appendices contain maps addressing land use and noise mitigation steps that are an integral part of the plan.

If you have an interest, please feel free to contact us and we will put you in contact with the current agent !!