The sealed runway directions are 05/23 and 08/26.
Russell Field is defined as an Authorised Landing Area by the Civil Aviation Regulations.
RNAC does NOT have operational control of every aircraft that visits the airfield however; operations are expected to comply with the following standards.
Circuits at Russell Field Maitland are conducted in accordance with Australian standard aerodrome operational practices.
Night circuits are conducted on either runway 05 or runway 23. All night circuits must be conducted on the southeastern side of the airport (i.e. a left circuit on runway 23, a right circuit on runway 05) to avoid high terrain to the north.
As the owners of the aerodrome, RNAC reserves the right to vary the above standards during pilot training in order to meet the requirements of the Clubs approved Flying Training Syllabus which includes the need for a pilot to be trained in right hand circuits, low level circuits, glide approaches.
Pilots are also advised to read, understand & agree to the “Community Operational Undertaking” (COU) which imposes additional limitations that RNAC has agreed with Maitland City Council. A link to COU is below.
Maitland Aerodrome serves the community in many ways & reminds all pilots that the requirement to gain prior landing approval includes the understanding that such use respect s the conditions of the “Community Operational Undertaking”.
Pilots are requested to maintain the extended runway centre line on approach to land & during takeoff for at least 500 metres from the aerodrome boundary (NOT THE THRESHOLD). This & other limitations to the following are a requirement for all pilots to share in the responsibility to reduce the environmental impact on the surrounding community.
- Categories of aircraft to be operated
- Types of operations/activities.
- Operational hours of the airport
- Circuit training hours
- Numbers of aircraft movements
- Circuit patterns
- Noise impacts
- Community Consultation/Complaint handling.