Jandakot Airport
Jandakot Airport ( IATA: JAD, ICAO: YPJT) is an Australian general aviation airport located in Jandakot, Perth, Western Australia. Jandakot airport opened in 1963. From 1 July 1998, Jandakot Airport Holdings purchased a 50-year lease with a 49-year option to operate and maintain the airport including its conservation areas. Originally built on unproductive farm lands, it is now among residential suburbs in the south of the Perth metropolitan area, within the City of Cockburn, and just south of Leeming and west of Canning Vale. The airport recorded 368,070 aircraft movements in fiscal year 2008, making it the busiest airport in Australia in terms of aircraft movements. It has a reported capacity of 514,650 per annum. Its post code is 6164.

Tenants
The airport provides a base for essential service organisations such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Department of Environment and Conservation Forest and Bushfire Patrol, Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA) emergency helicopter and the WA Police Air Support. Jandakot is also an important training base for international airline pilots, with Singapore Airlines and China Southern Airlines operating flying colleges and student accommodation facilities at the Airport. China Southern West Australian Flying College also operates from Merredin Aerodrome. Jandakot is also home to the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia. Over 65 businesses employing 900 people operate at this Australia's largest GA airport. In addition to 10 Flying Schools for both fixed wing and rotary operations including (Heliwest, Air Australia, Jandakot Flight Centre, Minovation, Panama Jacks, The Aeroplane Company, Jandakot Helicopters), large maintenance, avionics, spares,instruments, electrical, aircraft sales, banner towing, aerial survey & photographic businesses are present. These include Airflite, a large defence contractor and Fugro the world's largest aerial geophysical survey company. There are also a number of charter operators who provide flights for the ' fly in fly out' staff of remote mining companies. On the main road opposite the tower there is a memorial to Robin Miller, the "Sugarbird Lady", who as a nurse and later RFDS pilot brought vaccinations to remote Western Australian communities.

Air charter companies
  • The Aeroplane Company
  • Jandakot Flight Centre
  • Air Australia International
  • Jandakot Helicopters
  • Rottnest Air Taxi
  • Royal Aero Club of Western Australia
  • Heliwest


Flight training companies
  • The Aeroplane Company Jandakot
  • Jandakot Flight Centre
  • Royal Aero Club of Western Australia
  • Singapore Flying College
  • China Southern Western Australian Flying College
  • Minovation Pty Ltd
  • Air Australia International
  • Advanced Cockpit Flight Training (ACFT)
  • Heliwest


Natural environment
Jandakot Airport covers 6.22 km² with 4 km² of Banksia woodlands; this includes 2.8 km² of conservation reserve. Within the airport boundaries 290 native flora species have been identified including the endangered Grand Spider Orchid ( caladenia hueglii). Over 100 fauna species have also been identified. The Southern Brown Bandicoot and kangaroos can be seen feeding on the maintained areas of grassland around sunset most nights. Two sites of Aboriginal heritage land have been identified with the airport; both of these are included in the conservation reserve. These sites contain scattered small artifacts.

Relocation plans
On 15 June 2006, Jandakot Airport Holdings, after being bought out by property developer Ascot Capital Limited, announced a proposal to relocate the airport's operations to the southern outskirts of Perth, possibly to a site in the Shire of Murray near the city of Mandurah. The proposal's success depends on the successful negotiation of a land swap arrangement with State and Commonwealth governments. The Jandakot Airport Chamber of Commerce and many users of Jandakot Airport were opposed to the relocation, as were the residents of the proposed site. Mark Vaile, the former Federal Minister for Transport, in December 2006 formally advised the leaseholders of Jandakot Airport that the Federal Government had effectively stopped any plans for the relocation of the airport for the foreseeable future. Under the provisions of the Airports Act 1996 and the lease granted to Jandakot Airport Holdings, the leaseholders are to give priority to running the airport as an airport.

Jandakot City
In 2006 Ascot Capital Limited announced plans to develop 149 hectares of land around the airport, approved for non-aviation related development by the federal government. The project would provide up to 500,000 square metres of leasable space. Harvey Norman confirmed that they will take up 20 hectares (with 10,000 square metres of floorspace) in the first stage of Jandakot City.

Flight-specific information
This airport has three runways, 06L/24R (30 m wide), 06R/24L (18 m wide) and 12/30 (30 m wide). Latitude: 32°05'48"S (-32.096667) Longitude: 115°52'54"E (115.881667) Elevation: 99 ft (30 m) Timezone: UTC+8 Frequencies in use: Tower 1/CTAF(R): 118.1 (Runway 12/30 and 06L/24R All Departures except Armadale) Tower 2: 119.4 (Runway 06R/24L Departures to Armadale and Circuits) Ground: 124.3 ATIS: 120.9, 281 PAL: 123.9 NDB: 281 RAS: 132.95 Fuel: 129.9 (Air BP), 121.8 (Shell Aviation)

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