Hunter Valley Gliding Club address is
115 Comleroi Road, Warkworth, NSW
GPS coordinates: 32° 32.951' S 151° 1.448' E
Airfield Altitude: 250ft; CTAF: 126.7Mhz Runway: 10/28
Ultralights, GA and anything else that flies will be welcomed.
All our gliders listen to 126.7MHz around the airfield. Announce your arrival approximately 10 miles out to "Traffic Warkworth". The gliders probably won't reply to you unless a conflict appears imminent but they will be listening. The preferred circuit direction is Left Hand however gliders may at times use Right Hand circuits. at the same time.
If unsure whether gliders are operating you should over fly to check. If no operations are apparent a precautionary circuit is recommended to check for kangaroos on the runway. Be aware however that a glider in circuit is very likely to be in the same area as your precautionary circuit.
Pilots should remain at least 1000 metres clear of the blast area when a blast is imminent. Note that this may affect approaches to 10, departures from 28 and overflying in either direction but any restrictions are likely to be of short duration. (See Communications)
Communications: (mine callsign Blast Control)
- The mine will maintain a listening watch on the CTAF from at least 10 minutes before a scheduled blast until the all clear is given.
- The mine will transmit a warning 5 minutes and 1 minute before the blast.
- The mine will transmit a notification when the area has been declared safe after the blast has been completed or the blast has been delayed.
- The mine will respond to any aircraft that calls in the area and may have missed previous warnings.
The coal mine located to the southwest of Hunter Valley Gliding Club (south of the Golden Highway) is operated by Glencore - United Wambo OC Operations Pty Ltd. For further information on blasting, pilots can call the Environment & Community Manager on 0429 306 208. The mine maintains this information.(Blasting may be delayed if conditions are not suitable).
Private operations and private pilot training:
No approval is required for recreational operations including navigation training flights by student and private pilots. Emergency operations by organisations such as RFS etc. also do not require approval.
Commercial operations require prior approval and are subject to a landing fee of $10 per engine. This should be paid to the club by bank transfer to Westpac Bank BSB: 032-167 Account: 344776. Specify "Landing fee, date & registration".