Recommendation R19990202

Recommendation issued to: AirServices Australia

Recommendation details
Output No: R19990202
Date issued: 04 January 2000
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

The Directorate of Flying Safety - ADF and the Bureau of Air Safety Investigation (ATSB) recommends that Airservices Australia, in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and AusSAR, develop appropriate separation standards for the safe operation of aircraft involved in search and rescue operations.

Initial response
Date issued: 20 April 2000
Response from: AirServices Australia
Action status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

The issue of a separation standard to be used on class "G" airspace under certain circumstances is a vexed question that only CASA can decide upon.

Aircraft assigned for duty in a search area in class "G" airspace are currently provided with search plans that provide a level of segregation with other aircraft searching in the vicinity, taking into consideration the purpose of the search activity and the navigation capabilities of that and other aircraft.

The introduction of a separation standard in selected class "G" airspace would necessitate the need to publish the area as a "restricted area" and with that the possible requirement to provide additional communication and navigation capability to facilitate the provision and monitoring of separation. This may in itself limit the availability of certain aircraft in a time of crucial need.

Airservices will support any initiative on the part of CASA and AusSAR to analyse the need for and if necessary develop a suitable separation regime specifically to cater to search and rescue operations in class "G" airspace.

Last update 01 April 2011