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Pilots applaud proposed changes to airspace system.

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Pilots applaud proposed changes to airspace system

19 February 2004 - The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA), the organisation representing over 2,000 Qantas airline pilots, has applauded the proposal by Airservices Australia to make significant changes to the National Airspace System (NAS) introduced by the Federal Government last November.

Captain Richard Woodward, Technical and Safety Director of AIPA, said: “It appears that almost all of the recommendations made during the recent consultation process with representatives of the professional aviation community have been adopted.

However, Captain Woodward expressed concern that Airservices indicated it would take six months to make the changes.

“In the interim safety procedures will need to be implemented to manage the airspace which everyone now acknowledges is deficient,” he said.

“These procedures should include making it mandatory for all aircraft to communicate with air traffic control in Class E airspace.

“This step will improve the overall safety of the airspace for the next six months while Airservices implements the major changes.

“It is good to see that the airspace managers and regulators are finally implementing proper safety and design procedures which will make our airspace safer for the travelling public,” he said.

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