Effective 21 May 2018, Airservices Australia issued a temporary local instruction (TLI) requiring controllers at Perth Airport to issue an instruction to aircraft vacating at taxiway J2 to hold short of the other runway (when that runway was to be used for a subsequent arrival or departure). Subsequently, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority recommended that the TLI should be amended to require positive confirmation that an aircraft vacating via J2 has stopped.
Effective 26 June 2018, Airservices Australia issued a TLI requiring controllers at Perth Airport to not use taxiway J2. More specifically, the instruction stated:
Due to a Runway Incursion into RWY 06 on the 28 April 2018…, CASA have requested consideration be given to removing the risk of the situation occurring again.
AIP ERSA identifies RWY 06/24. TWY’s J2, J1 and A intersection as a runway incursion hotspot.
Airservices preliminary safety evaluation has determined that TWY J2 will not be used in any Perth Basin traffic management plans to reduce risk associated with aircraft operating within this hotspot.
Therefore to reduce risk associated with aircraft operating within this hotspot Perth Tower will not utilise TWY J2 for any operations…
As part of the TLI, the Perth automatic terminal information service (ATIS) was to include the operational information that taxiway J2 was not available.
Concurrently with the June 2018 TLI, Airservices Australia advocated through the local runway safety team (LRST) for the re-modelling of taxiway J2 to provide a 90° exit from runway 03 in order to mitigate the infrastructure hazard associated with a high speed exit leading directly to a second runway. Perth Airport subsequently advised Airservices Australia, through the LRST, that taxiway J2 would be temporarily closed by NOTAM pending an assessment of mitigation options. Perth Airport later determined that taxiway J2 would be closed permanently and a NOTAM was issued to that effect (see safety action AO-2018-032-NSA-052). Pending Perth Airport’s decision to close taxiway J2, the Airservices Australia TLI remained in effect to prevent aircraft exposure to the infrastructure hazard.