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Monday, 23 November 2015
Page: 13465

OneSKY Project

(Question No. 1490)


Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, in writing, on 7 September 2015:

(1) Will he consider putting the OneSky project on hold until Australian airspace is upgraded sufficiently to enable the OneSky system to be used effectively.

(2) Will he support the introduction of National Airspace System (NAS) reforms, based on the North American airspace system where all aircraft flying in cloud are in a minimum of Class E controlled airspace.

(3) Will he discuss with Airservices Australia, moving ahead with the NAS policy of increasing controlled airspace for instrument flight rule aircraft when in cloud.

(4) What is he doing to mitigate concerns that Airservices Australia is using 'commercial in confidence' to avoid disclosing information.


Mr Truss: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) OneSKY is a flexible air traffic management system, designed to adapt to current and future Australian airspace architecture.

(2) and (3) The Australian Government's Airspace Policy Statement provides for the adoption of proven international airspace systems, including the United States NAS, to be considered and implemented as appropriate for our conditions and level of traffic in Australia. Airspace classification and air traffic services requirements are determined by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the aviation safety regulator, after undertaking a detailed risk assessment. All passenger flights in Australia are supported by continuous air traffic services throughout their entire flight.

(4) Airservices Australia is required to meet a range of legislative and parliamentary accountability requirements. I am unable to comment further without supporting information on the derivation of the concerns.