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Archerfield Airport

Archerfield Airport (ICAO: YBAF) is a small airport located 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) south-west of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Archerfield Airport

Archerfield Airport is Queensland's major centre for general aviation activities. The airport is located within the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) south-west of the central business district. More precisely - latitude 27 34 18 South, longitude 153 00 29 East, and elevation of 63 feet above sea level.
Marketshare Pty Ltd conducted an assessment of the economic impact of Archerfield Airport on the Brisbane-Moreton regional economy.

Archerfield Airport The broad objective was to identify the activities conducted at the airport and to assess the direct and indirect impact on the surrounding region.

It is estimated that Archerfield Airport contributed at least $192m to the regional economy, or approximately $83 per person, in 2001.

A large proportion of business conducted at the airport was performed with organisations located within 5km of the airport.

Archerfield Airport Businesses located at the airport exported approximately 2.4 times as many goods and services outside the Brisbane-Moreton region than they imported in 2001.

It is estimated that the airport employed a minimum of 1647 people directly and indirectly in 2001. This is equivalent to 1.5 people in every 1000 employed in the Brisbane-Moreton region.

The airport contributed approximately $24.2m directly to the regional economy in terms of wages and salaries in 2001

Archerfield Airport Overall, the research indicates that Archerfield Airport is an important entity that has a significant impact on the Brisbane Moreton regional economy. Furthermore, it is a vital component in the day-to-day functioning of the local economy of the southern suburbs of Brisbane.



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History

The land upon which Archerfield airfield is now situated (Portion 18, Parish of Yeerongpilly) was originally purchased in 1855 by Thomas Grenier, publican of the Brisbane Hotel in Russell St., South Brisbane. He purchased 640 acres (2.6 km²) of lightly timbered alluvial soil, some of the best grazing land in the district, for a price of £1,920.

Thomas Grenier called his property Oomoropilly. By April 1862 the property was almost established with most of the fences erected and a cottage with outbuildings and a stable erected. By 1865 the property had been subdivided into three farms. Thomas's son George Alexander Grenier and his wife Sarah Greenwood lived on the middle farm where they had been since 1863. Tom and his wife Mary Ann lived in the homestead called Willows which fronted onto Mortimer Road. Franklin Grenier occupied the farm which fronted onto Mortimer and Beatty Roads, and William Leichhardt Grenier ran the farm called Stoneleigh which had a long frontage onto Oxley Creek.

Thomas Grenier died in 1877 and was buried at the cemetery on his property. It was known as Oxley Cemetery at that time. This is now known as Grenier's Cemetery or [God's Acre]http//www.foga.org.au and it is located at the main entrance to Archerfield aerodrome. Franklin Grenier died in 1889 and his farm was bought by the Beatty family in the early 1890s. The other two farms were also sold in the early 1900s.

In 1927 Captain Lester Brain, chief flying instructor for Qantas Airways, landed his DH-61 on Franklin's Farm which was located at the western side of the present aerodrome. His mission was to see if the site was suitable to become an airfield. A Civic Survey was carried out in 1928 by the Brisbane City Council and then in July 1929, part of the Oxley Ward was zoned for noxious trade as recommended in the Civic Survey and it was renamed Archerfield by the Brisbane City Council to distinguish it from the surrounding residential and farming areas.

The Government finally acquired about 300 acres (1.2 km²) of land in 1929. More land was purchased in 1930, 1936, 1942 and finally the cemetery (God's Acre) in 1946 resulting in a total area of 825 acres (3.3 km²). Two light gravel strips 5,000 feet x 500 feet were built and the aerodrome started operations.

In the 1930s Qantas moved their operations from Eagle Farm to Archerfield after the first hangars were erected at Archerfield. Ansett ANA and Trans Australia Airlines both used Archerfield during the 1930s. The Queensland Aero Club, which was established in 1919, moved from Eagle Farm to Archerfield in 1931.

The Control Tower and many buildings at Archerfield were built during these busy years when Archerfield was the main airport in Brisbane. Although designed in 1936, it was not until 1941 that the Administrative building and Control Tower was finally erected at a cost of £15,000. The Control Tower on top of the Administrative building has since been dismantled.

World War II

During World War II, Archerfield became an important military air base for the Royal Australian Air Force, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), Royal Netherlands Air Force and Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. The airport was home to RAAF Station Archerfield from 1939 to 1956. Plaques commemorating the RAAF, USAAF and Royal Navy personnel who served in the Pacific theatre can be viewed in the old administration building.

With the Japanese conquests in the Philippines and much of the Southwest Pacific in 1941 and 1942, Brisbane became both the headquarters of the USAAF Fifth Air Force, as well as a major logistics and maintenance center. Personnel transports and cargo shipping from the United States arrived at Brisbane's port facilities, with aircraft being unloaded and transported to Archerfield. The Air Technical Service Command 44th Depot Repair Squadron's mission was to uncrate and prepare these aircraft for combat units assigned to Australia. In addition, the squadron was tasked to perform depot-level repair on aircraft in service throughout Australia. Aircraft processed though the depot consisted of P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-70, B-25, B-26, A-20, B-18, and B-24s. The United States Army 1622d Ordnance and Supply Company (Aviation) was the main organization coordinating warehousing of spare parts, receiving cargo and shipping supplies from Brisbane.

In addition to the maintenance and logistics, during 1942 the flight echelons of USAAF groups and squadrons assigned to Australia received their aircraft at Brisbane. After a short organizational stay, they were reassigned to their operational airfields around the country.


Archerfield Airport Postal address:
PO Box 747 Archerfield
QLD Australia 4108

PHONE 07-3277 5722

FAX 07-32776878

Electronic mail:
aac at archerfieldairport com au

URL: Archerfield Airport







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General Info
Country Australia
ICAO ID YBAF
Time UTC+10
Latitude -27.570278
27° 34' 13.00" S
Longitude 153.008056
153° 00' 29.00" E
Elevation 63 feet
19 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 011° E (05/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)


Communications
ARCHER TWR
2200-0800Z.
118.1
123.6
GND 119.9
RADAR 125.7
CTAF
Outside twr hrs.
118.1
ATIS 120.9
419.0
Communications Remarks  
FSS (on gnd)
CTAF (required)


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
04R/22L 3609 x 98 feet
1100 x 30 meters
GRASS OR EARTH NOT GRADED OR ROLLED. - NO
04L/22R 4085 x 98 feet
1245 x 30 meters
GRADED OR ROLLED EARTH, GRASS ON GRADED EARTH. - NO
10R/28L 3609 x 98 feet
1100 x 30 meters
ASPHALT - NO
10L/28R 4859 x 98 feet
1481 x 30 meters
ASPHALT 006FCYT NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
NDB AF ARCHERFIELD - 419 At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel 100/130 octane gasoline, leaded, MIL-L-5572F (GREEN)

80/87 octane gasoline, leaded, MIL-L-5572F (RED)


Remarks
CAUTION Bird haz.
FUEL (NC-100LL, A1) avbl 2000-0800Z dly, fone C073-272-7775.
LGT ACTIVATE-Rwy 10L-28R-125.1.
MISC Ldg fees.
RSTD Arpt not avail to acft abv 12,500 lbs w/o 24 hr PPR.


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