Pilots of small and medium sized aircraft now have the convenience of 24-hour fueling at the Ayr Aerodrome following the installation of an on-site fuel facility.
A self-service fuel dispenser and payment unit allows users to top up their tanks with AVGas all year round.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said it’s all part of Council’s long-term plan to upgrade the aerodrome facility.
“After receiving feedback through the Ayr Aerodrome Advisory Committee, Council identified the need to upgrade electrical infrastructure and provide 24/7 fuel services at the aerodrome as the highest priorities,” she said.
With the electrical upgrades completed in September last year, Council was able to commence the tender process.
“We undertook quite a lengthy tender process to identify the best option in providing the fueling service, which included extensive market research and user surveys through Recreational Aviation Australia. We also carried out electrical works to prepare the site prior to installation.”
Cr McLaughlin said the fuel facility is not only a welcome asset for the aviation industry but will positively impact the local economy as well.
“The Ayr Aerodrome is ideally located to attract recreational and smaller commercial users from the region and across the State. Now that we can provide self-service fueling on-site 24/7, we expect to see an increase in aerodrome use,” she said.
The aviation fuel is provided by IOR Petroleum- a company who have already established similar facilities at other small aerodromes including Dalby and Monduran.
“Council looks forward to working with IOR Petroleum in organising an open day at the Ayr Aerodrome in the coming months.”
Cr McLaughlin thanked the State Government for contributing to the Ayr Aerodrome Fuel Facility project through their Works for Queensland program.