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Airspace reforms for light aircraft and gliders.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon John Anderson MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport and Regional Services Leader of The Nationals

Airspace Reforms for Light Aircraft and Gliders

A73/2005 9th June 2005

The next round of National Airspace System (NAS) reforms are being introduced from today after a rigorous safety analysis to ensure Australia’s world-leading aviation safety record is maintained, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, said.

Light aircraft operators and gilder pilots will benefit from free air traffic control services and greater access to airspace from today.

Visual Flight Rules pilots operating in radar-covered Class E and G airspace will be able to request ‘flight following’ from air traffic control.

Under this free workload permitting service, controllers will monitor the progress of flights, provide positional information on potentially conflicting aircraft and navigation assistance on request.

The service will further enhance safety by providing air traffic control and pilots with an improved awareness of the aircraft traffic in their airspace.

The airspace changes will also give gliders more access to previously unavailable airspace around several regional airports.

“The changes being introduced by Airservices Australia are designed to provide improved services and greater freedom of flight for light aircraft and sports aviation,” Mr Anderson said.

“Airservices Australia has been working hard to provide a greater level of assistance to these important sectors of the aviation industry and I commend them for their efforts.”

Media contact: Paul Chamberlin 02 62777680 / 0419 233989

Airspace Reforms for Light Aircraft and Gliders

A73/2005 9th June 2005

The next round of National Airspace System (NAS) reforms are being introduced from today after a rigorous safety analysis to ensure Australia’s world-leading aviation safety record is maintained, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, said.

Light aircraft operators and gilder pilots will benefit from free air traffic control services and greater access to airspace from today.

Visual Flight Rules pilots operating in radar-covered Class E and G airspace will be able to request ‘flight following’ from air traffic control.

Under this free workload permitting service, controllers will monitor the progress of flights, provide positional information on potentially conflicting aircraft and navigation assistance on request.

The service will further enhance safety by providing air traffic control and pilots with an improved awareness of the aircraft traffic in their airspace.

The airspace changes will also give gliders more access to previously unavailable airspace around several regional airports.

“The changes being introduced by Airservices Australia are designed to provide improved services and greater freedom of flight for light aircraft and sports aviation,” Mr Anderson said.

“Airservices Australia has been working hard to provide a greater level of assistance to these important sectors of the aviation industry and I commend them for their efforts.”

Media contact: Paul Chamberlin 02 62777680 / 0419 233989

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