Aviation

Only a short flight from Perth, Maitraya also boasts a fully sealed private airstrip and conveniently located helipad, making it the ideal destination for VIP guests and aviation retreats.

The main homestead is only a 1.3 kilometre transfer ride from the airstrip. The journey which is usually taken by 4WD will provide you with ample taste of what’s in store.  For larger groups, we can arrange a coach if required.

If your plane is too large, or weather conditions do not permit landing at Maitraya, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Albany airport is only 40 minutes away and transfers to and from the airport can also be arranged.

Aircraft information

  • 203 nautical miles from Perth
  • 900 metre airstrip and helipad
  • Sealed airstrip built to accept prop jets
  • Swiss Pilatus or French TBM 700

Please note that private pilots wishing to fly their own aircraft and land on the Maitraya airstrip must sign a Pilot Indemnity Form. Please call Maitraya on 08 9361 9044 and a copy will be faxed to you.

The perfect reason to escape the city

  • Aviation and helicopter safaris
  • Enjoy the endless activities on the property
  • Play a round of golf at Albany’s Links Golf Club
  • Come for lunch
  • Tour the region
  • Walking and nature trails
  • Reward your staff and clients
  • Treat someone to an exceptional gift

Curtin Flying Club Review

In February 2010 members of the Curtin Flying Club flew to Maitraya. The following write-up was published in the Club’s newsletter by Rob van Hamersveld:

Maitraya Albany and SAAA Fly-In Denmark

Two Curtin members, Bernie Nelson and Rob van Hamersveld had been hoping to fly to the beautiful Maitraya resort property for some time. The opportunity came when the SAAA Chapter 13 annual Fly-In was to be held at the Denmark airstrip on the long weekend in February. The two of us would be sharing the flight costs in Curtin Flying Club’s C172 VH-CYQ. The planned route for the first leg of day one would be: YPJT (Jandakot), ARE (Armadale), CDM (Canning Dam), BOD (Boddington), YKNG (Katanning) and on to The Lily Windmill near the Stirling Ranges for our morning coffee break and a leg stretch.

It was perfect flying weather, but we contacted Pluen Hitzert the owner of The Lily prior to departure, for a final check on local conditions at our destination. Departure for our first leg with Rob as PIC was on RWY 06R at 0820am. The climb out to Armadale was very smooth. From overhead Armadale, our track took us to CDM (Canning Dam) and from there we set our track to BOD (Boddington). Once clear of the stepped control zone, we climbed to our assigned altitude of A055 (5500 feet). Winds were from the E/SE and conditions were very smooth. Once overhead BOD at 0855, we tracked to YKNG and we were overhead at 0935. Our track then took us to The
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Lily and after our inbound call at 10 miles on 126.7, we commenced our descent and joined midfield crosswind RWY09. We touched down at 0955.
Bernie and I had a pleasant chat and a coffee with Pluen and of course drooled a bit over his toy (a Jabiru ) parked in his spotless shed/hanger. The shed has even got a kitchen, fridge, coffee maker machine, (most important accessory), a mezzanine floor lounge area with stairs and an office. Now that is what I call a shed!!

After saying goodbye to Pluen, departure was on RWY09 at 1132 with Bernie at the controls. The second leg was from The Lily to the Maitraya property which we had heard so much about. There was almost nil wind so we decided to fly over, rather than around, the Stirling Ranges. What a view it was as we passed overhead Bluff Knoll.
Once clear of the Ranges, we descended to A045 for our track to Maitraya and ten miles out Bernie did the usual inbound broadcast on the standard CTAF 126.7 as well as the YABA (Albany) CTAF 127.85 as we were in proximity of this RPT airport.

After overflying Maitraya to appreciate its size, we joined midfield crosswind for RWY14 and touched down at 1205. We were met at the airstrip by the property manager Shane and his wife Kaye. They gave us the keys to the cottage. Later we were shown around the main homestead and the facilities on offer. It is a magnificent homestead and complements the beautiful surrounding coastline. The private beach has a beautiful natural rock pool and no matter how rough the ocean is, the pool is like a millpond. What better way to end the afternoon than by having a dip in the rock pool and having a few coldies in the back pack on the beach?

Day Two Friday: After a leisurely breakfast (cooked by Chef Bernie) and another swim, we
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packed up and said goodbye to Shane. After our preflight, we departed on RWY14 with Bernie as PIC and tracked to YABA where we joined crosswind for RWY14. We taxied to the bowser to refuel. It was quite busy at Albany with a RPT departure and the Air Force PC9s departing and arriving in pairs. These guys do some fast, fancy low level circuits!!
Once refuelled, we departed on RWY 14 and tracked south towards Albany town site, around King George Sound, along the magnificent coastline at the Gap and Natural Bridge, and across to Shelley Beach and the magnificent high cliffs at West Cape Howe in Torbay National Park. From there we tracked to YDEN (Denmark). After inspecting the windsock we opted for RWY09 and touched down in gusty South Easterly winds at 1252. We were then marshalled to our parking spot.

After registering and having a coffee with the Albany Chapter people, we were given a lift into town where we settled in for the rest of the afternoon. The locals are all very friendly and if you want to meet and get to know people, you head for the local bowling club. Bernie is a bit of a bowling nut so we joined in and teamed up in the “scroungers match”. After a couple of play offs, we ended up with a bottle of local wine for our efforts.

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