Airservices is Australia's air navigation service provider - we provide air traffic control, aviation rescue and fire fighting and air navigation services.

Olympic Dam Airport – Proposed Airspace Change

Changes to approach procedures at Olympic Dam Airport

Airservices implemented these changes in October 2019.

30 April 2019

When will this change occur?

Airservices will make changes to some approach procedures for aircraft arriving to Olympic Dam Airport from August 2019.

Why are the changes necessary?

Since 2007, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has encouraged its members to implement approach procedures with vertical (straight up and down) guidance to improve safety for aircraft arriving to and landing at airports.

One way to do this is to make it possible for aircraft to use Baro-VNAV technology.

Baro-VNAV is a technology available on most modern aircraft. It allows aircraft to land more smoothly, without using ground based navigation equipment. It also reduces the workload for pilots and decreases their reliance on visual assessments, making landing safer.

The introduction of Baro-NAV technology requires minor changes to existing arrival procedures at Olympic Dam Airport.

What is going to change?

For more information on the changes please see the Fact Sheet РOlympic Dam Changes to Approach Procedures (April 2019) under Resources.

How can I get more information?

For general information on flight path changes, contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) on:

  • 1800 802 584 (free call)
  • 131 450 (interpreter service)
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Fact Sheet – Olympic Dam Changes to Approach Procedures (April 2019)