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New airstrip captured

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22 April 2015

A fly over by the RAAF’s acrobatic aircraft has inadvertently captured the importance of the department’s work.

The RAAF’s Roulettes recently buzzed Coober Pedy and its airport as part of the town’s centenary celebrations.

The below photo shows the airstrip that has been widened and resealed by the department.

These works have ensured its reliability and secured commercial flights into Coober Pedy, which are essential for those who live and work in the town or do business with it.

The Coober Pedy runway was initially widened from 18 metres to 30 metres in response to new Civil Aviation Safety Authority requirements that came into effect in November 2014.

The South Australian Government provided $1.3 million for the widening project to be completed.

The durability and sustainability of the Coober Pedy airstrip has been ensured with the recent application of a polymer modified emulsion (PME) seal.