Western Sydney Airport to be {named after|given its name} Nancy-Bird Walton

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Early indiciative concepts of what Western Sydney Airport could look like {in its|in the} mature phases. (WSA Co)

Australia’ s newest airport will recognise one of this country’ s greatest aviators, {with the|using the|with all the} proposed facility at Badgerys Creek to be named Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.

{The federal government|The us government} announced the name of the airport Monday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Nancy-Bird Walton was an inspiring and natural choice.

Walton, {who was|who had been} the youngest Australian woman to gain a pilot’ s licence, founded the Australian Women’ s Pilot’ s Association (AWPA) in 1950 and was the its first president.

Meanwhile, Walton was declared a national living treasure by the National Trust of Australia in 1977.

In recognition of those achievements, Qantas named its first Airbus A380, VH-OQA, in her honour. Also, there is a 1930s style aircraft control tower at Luskintyre Airfield {in the|within the|inside the} New South Wales Hunter region that also bears the name Nancy-Bird Walton.

Walton’ s ashes were scattered from Tiger Moths {over the|on the|within the} Luskintyre Aviation Flying Museum Airfield after she died in January 2009 {at the age of|when justin was} 93.

Nancy-Bird Walton at the Kingsford Smith flying school. (Wikimedia Commons/State Library of NSW)

Nancy-Bird Walton {at the|in the|on the} Kingsford Smith flying school. (Wikimedia Commons/State Library of NSW)

“ It is fitting that having recognised Charles Kingsford Smith at Sydney Airport that we now recognise Australia’ s greatest female aviation pioneer, Nancy-Bird Walton {in the|within the|inside the} naming of Western Sydney Airport, ” the Prime Minister said in a statement.

“ Nancy-Bird Walton is an Australian legend, a pioneer whose determination {to take|to consider|for taking} to the sky is an inspiration for generations who have followed. At just 17, Nancy-Bird enrolled at Charles Kingsford-Smith’ s flying school at Mascot.

“ Nancy-Bird was the first female pilot in Australia, and the Commonwealth, {to be|to become|to get} licenced to carry passengers and began her career flying nurses to the outback {to provide|to supply|to offer} medical services for children {and their|and the} mothers. ”

A portrait of Nancy-Bird Walton. (Wikimedia Commons/National Library of Australia)

Construction began in September 2018

The Western Sydney Airport Plan shows Stage 1 of the airport would feature a terminal capable of handling {up to|as much as|around} 10 million domestic and international passengers a year, {with a|having a|using a} single 3, 700m long by 60m wide runway on a 05/23 orientation.

It was due to open in 2026.

Construction on Sydney’ s long-awaited second airport kicked off at Badgerys Creek in the city’ s west in September 2018, with about 1 . 8 million cubic metres of earth to be moved to prepare {the ground|the floor|the earth} for the eventual runway and terminal to be built.

The design of the facility would allow for a second parallel runway and expansion {of the|from the|in the} terminals to cater for 37 million passengers a year by 2050 and 82 million a year by about 2063.

The terminal design would feature swing gates capable of handling both domestic and international flights, which would {increase the|boost the|raise the} efficiency of transfers and increase the use of contact gates equipped with aerobridges.

And the Airport Plan said flightpaths had not been finalised, noting the draft flightpaths shown in the draft Airport Plan were a “ conceptual model for aircraft arrivals”.

Beyond the airport itself, there is also a planned “ aerotropolis” precinct {bringing together|joining together} firms across defence, aerospace, freight and logistics, agribusiness, pharmaceutical and biotech, {among others|amongst others|and others}, as well as education.

On March 1, Western Sydney Airport said {it had|completely} awarded AVLogix the {contract for|get|obtain} baggage handling consultancy services.

AA PODCAST #21: Western Sydney Airport CEO Graham Millett

Qantas pilot Richard de Crespigny, who gave the inaugural Nancy-Bird Walton lecture that was established by the Montreal branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) in 2016, has been a vocal advocate for naming the proposed airport after the aviation pioneer.

Captain de Crespigny said he was thrilled that Sydney’ s two airports will be named after {two of|a pair of} Australia’ s aviation legends.

“ All Australians should feel {proud of|happy with|pleased with} this development, ” de Crespigny said on his Twitter page .

“ {It is|It really is|It truly is} absolutely the right thing to do. Our two most iconic pilots, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Nancy-Bird Walton, {will soon|will eventually} and together welcome passengers to Sydney and Australia. ”

Qantas Airbus A380 Nancy-Bird Walton VH-OQA at the delivery ceremony in 2008.

Qantas Airbus A380 Nancy-Bird Walton VH-OQA at the delivery ceremony in 2008.

Captain de Crespigny was at the controls of VH-OQA when the aircraft suffered an uncontained engine failure enroute from Singapore to Sydney in 2010.

Western Sydney Airport chief executive Graham Millett said Nancy-Bird Walton’ s {was the|was your} perfect name for the airport.

“ Western Sydney International is an once-in-a-generation project that promises {a new|a brand new|a fresh} era of jobs and opportunities for the millions of people who call the region home, ” Millett said in a statement.

“ {I think|I believe|I do believe} it is a fitting recognition {of a|of the|of any} trailblazing aviator and one of Australia’ s great pioneers. ”

Minister for Finance and the Public Service Senator Mathias Cormann said Walton’ s family supported having Western Sydney International named in her honour.

Other names {to have|to get|to possess} been thrown up {over the years|through the years|over time} have been for the airport {to be|to become|to get} named after NSW engineer John Bradfield, who designed the Sydney Harbour Bridge {and the|as well as the|plus the} city’ s rail network, or Lawrence Hargrave, whose work with box kites was key to the development of the principles of fixed-wing aeronautics.

Both men already have landmarks named in their honour.

The Bradfield name is on freeways in two cities, as well as a federal seat in the House of Representatives.

Hargrave appeared on the Australian 20 dollar note for a period in the second half of the 1900s. Also, {one of|among|certainly one of} Qantas’ s A380s, VH-OQE, is named Lawrence Hargrave.

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VIDEO: A promotional video from Western Sydney Airport’ s YouTube channel .