With the rapid growth in air traffic and a resulting need to ensure our airspace is managed as safety and efficiently as possible, Australia is at the forefront of a navigation modernisation effort to transition pilots from using ground-based navigation aids to satellite as their primary means of navigation.

Mandated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) since 4 February 2016, all aircraft operating under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) are required to navigate primarily using satellite-based means within Australian airspace.

In accordance with the CASA mandate, Airservices is redesigning some of its landing approaches at airports around the country to ensure we continue to have the safest and most efficient air traffic management system possible, meeting the expectations of airspace users and the travelling public into the future. Landing procedures are being updated at over 50 airports across Australia by 2018.

 

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Archerfield Airport

In accordance with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) mandate that all aircraft operating under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) are required to navigate primarily using satellite-based means and to ensure we continue to have the safest and most efficient air traffic management system possible, Airservices is re-designing arrival flight paths at some airports for aircraft flying on instrument flight rules.

According to recent ICAO and CASA requirements, the last few nautical miles of all final approaches to runways, including satellite based approaches, must be in a straight line with the runway to ensure the highest level of safety is achieved.

Gold Coast Airport

In accordance with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) mandate and to ensure we continue to have the safest and most efficient air traffic management system possible, a series of changes are scheduled to occur at Gold Coast Airport from August 2016 to 2018 to maximise the benefits of satellite-based navigation systems, meeting the expectations of airspace users and the travelling public into the future.

Information on the flight path changes implemented on 18 August 2016 is available on our Aircraft Noise – Airports page under the Gold Coast Airport drop down menu.

For more information

Contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) via:

  • 1800 802 584 (freecall)
  • our online form
  • mail to Noise Complaints and Information Service, PO Box 211, Mascot NSW, 1460

An interpreter service is also available on 131 450.

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