Council will carry out safety improvements at Raglan Airfield after an independent report identified a number of issues that need to be addressed.
While aircraft numbers are not high, the risk of an incident between a landing aircraft and a person or dog on the runway is high.
Council commissioned the independent report (see below for full report) and recommended actions that are scheduled to be taken include:
- Review the operational area of the land and reduce the runway width to about 40 metres
- Define the runway area with appropriate runway marker boards
- Fence the perimeter of the revised operational area of the airfield
- Improve signage on all fences and access points
Council will need to temporarily suspend operations at Raglan Airfield for a short period of time to implement safety recommendations.
The exact length of time that this will take is not currently known and the current Covid-19 situation in Raglan and the wider Waikato area contributes to this uncertainty.
Council will notify the aviation sector in the appropriate way once the scheduled temporary suspension of operations is confirmed.