Aviation safety issues and actions
Interim Recommendation issued to: Airservices Australia
|Date issued:||14 July 1997|
|Safety action status:||Closed|
The Bureau of Air Safety Investigation recommends that Airservices Australia review the provision of air traffic services to maximise the use of the currently available radar coverage particularly on routes used by regular public transport aircraft.
|Date issued:||21 October 1997|
|Response from:||AirServices Australia|
|Action status:||Closed - Accepted|
Airservices Australia is reviewing the provision of air traffic services with regard to maximising the use of radar services both within and outside controlled airspace.
As you are aware, the Airspace 2000 proposal which Airservices planned to introduce on the 26th February 1998, comprehensively addresses the extension of radar services.
These radar enhanced services include:
Radar Class E airspace from Cairns to Melbourne above 8500 feet. A Radar Information Service (RIS) in Class G airspace within radar coverage.
The Board of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has deferred making a decision on the proposal.
Regardless of the outcome of the Airspace 2000 review by CASA, Airservices intends proceeding with three initiatives to enhance radar services on the 26th of February 1998.
1. Radar Class E airspace will be introduced between 8500 fee and FL125 outside existing Class C airspace from Grafton to Canberra within radar coverage.
2. Brisbane Enroute will provide radar services within the Class C control area steps over Coffs Harbour down to 4500 feet.
3. Sydney Terminal Control Unit will provide radar services to 45nm Sydney in non controlled airspace on a discrete frequency.
These initiatives will increase Airservices use of existing radar coverage for air traffic services. Further expansion of radar services is limited pending decisions on Airspace 2000 by CASA.