Central Coast Council is proposing the upgrade of the Central Coast Airport (formerly Warnervale Aerodrome) to cater for general aviation businesses in the region. Council has recently secured a 40 year lease with Amphibian Aerospace Industries (AAI) to construct an aircraft manufacturing facility producing an upgraded turbo-prop version of the Grumman Albatross amphibious aircraft.
Although the airport is targeted at the commercial general aviation industry, the development will attract other allied aerospace support businesses and create the basis for Council’s vision for the development of a commercial general aviation industry hub.
Central Coast Airport will develop principally as a general aviation “reliever” airport for aviation businesses currently located in the Sydney Basin. The general aviation industry is facing significant challenges within respect to rising costs, traffic and airspace congestion, and significant lack of development opportunities on existing general aviation airports in the region.
Central Coast Council’s airport master plan will be released in the near future, followed closely by an extensive Community Consultation process to gain the appropriate approvals for the upgrade of airport infrastructure to support the commercial general aviation industry hub.
The airport is seen as a catalyst for regional economic and employment growth, particularly in the professional and skilled sectors. The adjacent higher education business park precinct will support the aerospace industry with opportunities to develop aeronautical and aerospace research and development facilities in close proximity to the airport industry hub.
When completed, the upgraded airport will be capable of supporting a range of commercial operations including aircraft manufacture, maintenance, corporate, charter, FBO, commercial flying training and emergency service operators.