Parafield Airport celebrates its 90th birthday and is one of the busiest general aviation airports in Australia seeing 218,000 movements last financial year.
On Sunday October 1st Parafield Airport north of Adelaide South Australia reached the milestone birthday of 90 years young.
Over the last 90 years Parafield has played host to some of the country’s most renowned pilots and aviation enthusiasts and was originally SA’s first Aerodrome.
Parafield Airport was first used as an “all over” aerodrome in 1927, when Miller Aviation Company (later MacRobertson Miller Airways in Western Australia) and Australian Aerial Services moved from “the main aerodrome” at Albert Park. Later that year, on 26 November 1927, the Royal Aero Club of South Australia built a hangar at Parafield, and bought two aircraft for passenger and training purposes.
On May 29, 1929 two De Havilland Hercules Airlines, carrying 21 passengers, arrived at Parafield from Perth on the inaugural flight of the East-West Service. On October 1, 1929, 16 aircraft landed at Parafield in the course of the East-West Air Race from Sydney to Perth.
Today, Parafield Airport is one of the busiest general aviation airports in Australia. In the last financial year Parafield saw 218,000 movements.
The aerodrome is a world standard international training airport which is the home ground for a number of flight training operations where students from around the world learn to become pilots.