Airservices reiterates commitment to rural and regional Australia

Broome_Tower

Executive General Manager of Air Navigation Services, Peter Curran, has today outlined Airservices’ commitment to delivering the benefits of its world class air traffic network system to regional and rural Australia.

Speaking at the Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA) National Conference on the Gold Coast, Mr Curran said that Airservices recognises that regional aviation has its own unique challenges.

“As we do our job at Airservices, we need to go beyond the big systemic capital expenditures and respond to specific, often very local requirements,” he said.

“We are doing more to make sure we hear and understand directly what you need from us, so that we can deliver for you. We want to play our part in making sure regional, rural and remote Australia is a thriving aspect of one of the world’s best air traffic networks.”

In this financial year Airservices has passed on a 2 per cent price reduction to customers, waived around $2.5 million in annual service charges for flying medical services and provided some cross-subsidies to better assist smaller airports.

In response to the pilot shortage, Airservices has also funded and supported 16 scholarships for young and emerging pilots.

Mr Curran detailed to the conference several of Airservices current major projects including upcoming digital aerodrome trials.

A digital aerodrome service allows controllers to manage traffic from a remote location by replicating the view they would have from a conventional tower using high definition cameras and surveillance sensors.

Mr Curran said he expects these services to be extremely positive for regional and rural Australia.

“It will be far more cost effective and efficient to put in a service at aerodromes that are currently unmanned,” he said.

Read the full speech here.

Posted on: October 30, 2019

More News

Related topics

Airservices provides safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible services to the aviation industry.

Flight Information Management System (FIMS) Prototype Request For Proposal (RFP) now released

Airservices Australia has today announced the release of a Prototype Request for Proposal to collaborate with industry to develop a Flight Information Management System (FIMS) to open up the skies safely and efficiently to new airspace users. FIMS is a data exchange gateway that will connect Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management (UTM) participants with Australia’s air traffic management […]

Cutting red tape for Drone Operators

Action is being taken to reduce the red tape burden on remotely piloted aircraft operators. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Airservices Australia are working to streamline approval processes for commercial drone operators around civil controlled aerodromes. A new digital, automated process for some remotely piloted aircraft operations near controlled aerodromes will be trialled, reducing […]

Airservices Australia and Skykraft Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Airservices Australia and Skykraft Pty Limited have launched a new collaboration to share information and technical expertise as part of the development of Skykraft’s commercial space-based Air Traffic Management service. Skykraft is planning to conduct a Proof of Concept to explore and demonstrate the feasibility of space-based surveillance and communication technologies and its application in […]

SLEIGH RIDER ONE – Santa countdown begins!

With 15 sleeps left before Christmas, Airservices Australia has officially allocated Santa’s call sign—SLEIGH RIDER ONE—while also issuing a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) to advise aircraft to keep clear of Santa as he delivers presents across Australia on Christmas Eve. With 2020 being a year like no other, Airservices and Santa have been working hard […]