Camden Airport (CDU)
Camden Airport is located 5 kilometres from Camden and approximately 60 kilometres from the centre of Sydney. The Airport is private owned by BAC Airports Pty Limited, which also is a subsidiary of Bankstown Airport. Camden airport performs as a commercial business. As an overflow airport for Bankstown Airport, Camden is primarily used for General Aviation as well as sport and recreational aircrafts, such as gliding and ballooning.
Airline services and operating businesses include Aerowasp Helicopter Flights, 303 Squadron, Airborne Aviation, Air Combat Australia, Australian Air League, Balloon Aloft, Curtis Aviation, Dynamic Helicopters and Gostner Aviation. This small airport boasts a control tower. Allowing trainee pilots to perform tower communications and practice radio calls when the tower is closed. The airport also carries a non-directional beacon navigation aid and is operational 24 hours a day, with restrictions on circuit training.
By the end of 2004, Air Services Australia recorded over 30,000 aircraft movements at Camden.
Camden Airport offers one grass runway, one sealed runway and two glider strips. The taxiway and apron is able to support aircrafts up to 5.7 tonnes.
The airport has three premium aircraft fuelling companies in operation for aircrafts including BP, Mobil and Shell. More information can be found on the Camden Airport website at http://www.camdenairport.com.au
It is advised that visitors make suitable ground transport arrangements prior to arrival, as public transport to Camden airport is infrequent and not easily accessible. The closest bus stop to the airfield is an approximate 2 kilometres walk from the airfield. The Airport offers free all day parking for visitors wanting to drive to the site however, it is not secure. Alternatively, Camden Taxis has services that run to and from the airport. Please contact Camden Taxis on (02) 46 252922 for information on costs and bookings.
Camden Airport has been the site of many historical events including the filming of Silks and Saddles, which inevitably led to the Macarthur-Onslow family to invest in the property and develop into a private airstrip.
In World War II, the then known Camden Aerodrome was used by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and other Allied Air Forces.
The airport was also utilized during the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics to support the influx of general aviation passengers.
Camden climate averages to warmer and cooler conditions in both summer and winter than Sydney. Rainfall peaks in February and March with average humidity levels year round.