Royal Newcastle Aero Club


15th April 2024

Information to current stakeholders and other interested parties in the operation and activities of Maitland Airport and the
Royal Newcastle Aero Club.

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Maitland Airport is a CASA Certified aerodrome with two sealed Runways and one grass Runway, runway lighting on RWY 05/23, an RNP instrument approach on RWY 05/23, Avgas facilities, situated on 125 Hectares.

Royal Newcastle Aero Club (RNAC) wholly owns and operates Maitland Airport (Russell Field). The Airport services the Maitland, Lower Hunter Valley and Newcastle regions.


RNAC strategy will address several key elements which include:

  • Continuing to own a CASA Certified airport, addressing the ongoing and future demand for regional aviation services, with specific focus on social and community needs.
  • Enhancing airport precinct commercial operations to encourage the development of aviation affiliated businesses to support aircraft and flight operations, delivering site services, and providing local employment opportunities.
  • Continuing to provide flight training, addressing the ongoing community need for private and commercial pilots while exploring future relationships to enhance the overall service delivery.
  • Providing direction to define strategic objectives for the development of airport facilities, to meet the needs of both general aviation and the community within a fast-growing region.

In the coming months, the RNAC Airport Master Plan “working group” will be engaging with relevant stakeholders and interested parties to better understand the demand and potential opportunities for the ongoing development and operation of a valuable community asset, that is Maitland Airport. The Master Plan will provide a starting point and an ongoing reference as the aviation and community environment flexes and changes over the coming years.


Royal Newcastle Aero Club (RNAC) was incorporated in 1928, initially operating from Broadmeadow, Newcastle, then subsequently transferring to Maitland Aerodrome at Rutherford, in the Maitland NSW LGA, in the early 1960s.

RNAC currently hosts approx. 50 individual Aircraft Hangars, some of which are owned by RNAC and some privately owned, predominantly housing privately-owned General Aviation aircraft.

RNAC also hosts an Aircraft Maintenance Organisation within its Bellman Hangar, as well as limited commercial enterprises.

RNAC has operated a Flying School since 1928, and currently operates a Part 141 Flying School utilising a fleet of Cessna and Piper aircraft.

Aviation activities at Maitland Airport operate in accordance with a Community Operational Undertaking (COU) and General Conditions of Use (GCU), which are displayed on the RNAC website.


RNAC encourages active participation in the Master Plan development and welcomes enquiries from aviation and related operators, and the community at large. Today, the opportunity exists for current stakeholders and other interested parties who recognise the potential of Maitland Airport, and would like to provide input to, and be a part of, the ongoing success of aviation and operational activities in the region.

Enquiries can be made:

By Phone:        02 4932 8888

By Email:         The Manager at