NCA approves seaplane trial flights on Lake Burley Griffin


The National Capital Authority (NCA) today announced it has approved seaplane trial flights onto Lake Burley Griffin to test and refine operational arrangements prior to permanent operations commencing this year.

In response to stakeholder requests, primarily from lake user groups including the Canberra Yacht Club (CYC), the NCA is putting arrangements in place to enable test flights from 14 March to 19 March 2023 including the installation of a pontoon near the National Museum of Australia (NMA) on the West Basin for boarding and disembarking.

NCA Chief Executive, Sally Barnes, said the trial flights are aimed at fine-tuning the guidelines around seaplane operations and ensuring safety and minimal disruption especially to those who extensively use the lake for sporting and recreational activities.

The trial flights will include the Central Basin to evaluate this location as a potential alternative take-off and landing site during elevated levels of activity on West Lake and West Basin. Independent environmental and heritage experts will also assess the seaplane operations in detail.

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