Lowering the Base of Class E Airspace on the East Coast


10 AUGUST 2022 UPDATE - Engagement Update document and a copy of the Industry Briefing pack uploaded under Consultation Update 10/08/2022.

Airservices would like to thank all airspace users and aviation industry stakeholders who provided feedback on our proposal to lower the base of Class E airspace along the east coast of Australia.

We began consultation with industry on this proposal throughout January and April 2021. We have incorporated industry feedback into a final proposed design to lower the base of Class E from 8,500ft to 6,500ft above mean sea level along the east coast between Melbourne and Cairns.

The proposal will enhance safety of Australian airspace by leveraging existing infrastructure and resources without increasing the ongoing cost of service provision.

While Australia’s airspace architecture has remained relatively unchanged over the last two decades, the traffic volume and airspace complexity along the east coast has grown significantly. The primary driver for the proposal is to reduce the collision risk between Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft and support pilots to reduce reliance on visual sighting of aircraft and self-separation.

The volume of final proposed Class E airspace has been optimised to limit the change impact on non-transponder equipped Visual Flight Rules (VFR) operators that could not obtain an exemption. This forms our commitment to facilitate equitable access for all airspace users, while improving the overall industry safety outcomes.

Fitment of upgraded surveillance equipment for VFR operators will enhance safety for their operations as well as the safety of other airspace users. Applications for the ADS-B Rebate Scheme are expected to open in August 2022, and further updates on the status of the program can be found at Automatic Dependent Surveillance (ADS-B) Broadcast Rebate Program | business.gov.au.

Collision Risk Modelling by Airservices shows that the proposed airspace change also lowers the calculated collision risk per flight hour for IFR and VFR aircraft in the remaining volume of Class G airspace.

We continue to work closely with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts, and CASA to ensure any airspace change proposal (ACP) aligns with Australia’s national airspace policy and the proposed Australian Future Airspace Framework while maximising overall industry benefits.

Airservices plans to submit an ACP with the supporting safety and economic impact analyses, and the insights from industry engagement for CASA’s review early in the third quarter of 2022, following the conclusion of the engagement period.

We invite industry to ask questions and provide feedback through the Airservices Engage website by Friday 12 August 2022. The resulting insights from this final engagement process will be provided to CASA as part of the ACP submission.

Implementation of the proposal will be subject to the outcome of CASA’s ACP review and associated regulatory process. An implementation date will be determined in consultation with CASA, and as soon as that determination has been made, we will advise industry through our normal consultation channels.


Contact

If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact our team by emailing contactAMP@AirservicesAustralia.com


10 AUGUST 2022 UPDATE - Engagement Update document and a copy of the Industry Briefing pack uploaded under Consultation Update 10/08/2022.

Airservices would like to thank all airspace users and aviation industry stakeholders who provided feedback on our proposal to lower the base of Class E airspace along the east coast of Australia.

We began consultation with industry on this proposal throughout January and April 2021. We have incorporated industry feedback into a final proposed design to lower the base of Class E from 8,500ft to 6,500ft above mean sea level along the east coast between Melbourne and Cairns.

The proposal will enhance safety of Australian airspace by leveraging existing infrastructure and resources without increasing the ongoing cost of service provision.

While Australia’s airspace architecture has remained relatively unchanged over the last two decades, the traffic volume and airspace complexity along the east coast has grown significantly. The primary driver for the proposal is to reduce the collision risk between Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft and support pilots to reduce reliance on visual sighting of aircraft and self-separation.

The volume of final proposed Class E airspace has been optimised to limit the change impact on non-transponder equipped Visual Flight Rules (VFR) operators that could not obtain an exemption. This forms our commitment to facilitate equitable access for all airspace users, while improving the overall industry safety outcomes.

Fitment of upgraded surveillance equipment for VFR operators will enhance safety for their operations as well as the safety of other airspace users. Applications for the ADS-B Rebate Scheme are expected to open in August 2022, and further updates on the status of the program can be found at Automatic Dependent Surveillance (ADS-B) Broadcast Rebate Program | business.gov.au.

Collision Risk Modelling by Airservices shows that the proposed airspace change also lowers the calculated collision risk per flight hour for IFR and VFR aircraft in the remaining volume of Class G airspace.

We continue to work closely with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts, and CASA to ensure any airspace change proposal (ACP) aligns with Australia’s national airspace policy and the proposed Australian Future Airspace Framework while maximising overall industry benefits.

Airservices plans to submit an ACP with the supporting safety and economic impact analyses, and the insights from industry engagement for CASA’s review early in the third quarter of 2022, following the conclusion of the engagement period.

We invite industry to ask questions and provide feedback through the Airservices Engage website by Friday 12 August 2022. The resulting insights from this final engagement process will be provided to CASA as part of the ACP submission.

Implementation of the proposal will be subject to the outcome of CASA’s ACP review and associated regulatory process. An implementation date will be determined in consultation with CASA, and as soon as that determination has been made, we will advise industry through our normal consultation channels.


Contact

If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact our team by emailing contactAMP@AirservicesAustralia.com

  • Brisbane Industry Workshop: COVID-19 Update

    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Due to the evolving lock-down situation in Brisbane, the Brisbane industry workshop scheduled for Thursday, 1 April 2021 will be delivered via WebEx format only.

    We sincerely apologise to those whose preference was to attend in person. Our concern for the health and safety of our stakeholders, staff, vulnerable individuals, and local communities is imperative, as well as keeping in line with recent government updates.

  • Location Confirmed: Sydney Workshop

    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Please be advised that a location has been confirmed for the Sydney industry workshop. The Sydney workshop will run at 9:30am - 11:00am (local time) on Tuesday, 30 March 2021 at Bankstown Airport. You can participate at this workshop either in-person or via Webex. To register for this workshop, complete the registration form under 'Feedback and Workshops' at the bottom of this page.

  • Close of consultation

    by Scott M,
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Consultation on Airservices proposal to lower the base of Class E to 1,500ft closed on 15 February 2021. We received over 1,000 responses from all aspects of industry and we thank all airspace users and aviation industry stakeholders for this critical feedback.

    Further information on how Airservices is considering industry feedback is available in the main section of this page.

  • Charts are now available

    by Scott M,
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    The proposed WAC are now available to assist in our consultation. These can be found on the right hand side of the page.

    Please note that these charts are not for operational use and are quite large. They may take some time to download.

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