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Milford Sound Piopiotahi Aerodrome is a small, busy aerodrome in Fiordland National Park. Milford is situated close to sea level at the head of Milford Sound. It is located at the conjunction of 3 valley systems and is surrounded by water and steep mountains.
The aerodrome is owned by Te Manatū Waka Ministry of Transport on behalf of the Crown.
A team lead by Rob Somers, the Aerodrome CEO, manages the day-to-day operations.
The aerodrome is operated under a civil aviation rule part 139(external link) qualifying aerodrome operator certificate.
The aerodrome’s senior persons are:
Airways Corporation of New Zealand Ltd (Airways) provides a flight information service, and the Department of Conservation administers the aerodrome land.
The aerodrome is certificated under part 139 as a qualifying aerodome and mostly used for general aviation operations under visual flight rules. Most flights into Milford are tourist flights scheduled to meet boat sailings and other organised activities when the weather is favourable.
Before using the aerodrome pilots must receive a:
Operational requirements and the aerodrome landing chart are detailed in the New Zealand Information Publication on the Aeronautical Information Publication New Zealand website.
You need a landing permit or ‘concession’ from the Department of Conservation to land at Milford Sound Piopiotahi Aerodrome.
If you wish to apply for a landing permit, you can contact:
The Department of Conservation
PO Box 5244
Telephone: 03 477 0677
Pilots who have not flown into the aerodrome within the last 6 months must be briefed in person. The aerodrome is surrounded by difficult terrain and the airspace is subject to unusual conditions because of the micro-climate there.
Call one of the following local Queenstown-Milford User Group (QMUG) operators to receive a briefing:
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has developed guidance on flying to or from Milford Sound Piopiotahi Aerodrome.
The Queenstown-Milford User Group (QMUG) formed in 1990 to promote safety for aircraft operators within the Queenstown Flight Information Region. Most operators who use the Milford Sound aerodrome are members of the QMUG, including:
The QMUG Operations Handbook is a valuable guide for pilots using the aerodrome. Under Certification, Milford Aerodrome has its own user group, Milford User Group (MUG). Recommendations made through the Milford User Group will be distributed through the AIP and QMUG forums.
Airways charges pilots for use of the Flight Information Service. The Airways website has information on their air navigation service (ANS) charges, how they calculate prices and what services they provide.
We operate the aerodrome on a cost recovery basis, which means charges only cover the cost of owning and operating the aerodrome.
The current charges were introduced on 1 December 2011. We invoice operators using the aerodrome monthly in arrears.
Name: Milford Sound Aerodrome
Type: Part 139 certificated (Qualifying Aerodrome)
Co-ordinates: S 44 40 24.0, E 167 55 24.0 (coordinates are WGS-84 datum)
The aerodrome's senior persons are responsible for the aerodrome’s emergency plans, and the health and safety policies.
The aerodrome’s Emergency Plan is available on-site and is located at the gate to the apron by the tower.
We have general responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. In addition, our management team, the Department of Conservation, Airways and QMUG members have employer responsibilities under the Act.
We provide an aerodrome health and safety policy that sets out the responsibilities of each employer, and an Operations, Safety and Security Manual that contains our Safety Management procedures. Our System for Safety Management outlines our Hazard and Risk Management process under our Certification.
We maintain a register of the health and safety hazards at the aerodrome. If you operate in or visit the area and become aware of a hazard, please contact us, Airways staff or a local operator.
The Ministry’s health and safety policy for the aerodrome is currently under review and an updated version will be published here shortly.
Telephone: 021 744 802
Phone: 027 220 2160
Telephone: 04 439 9000