CASA Consultation Hub

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is committed to working cooperatively with the aviation industry and community to maintain and enhance aviation safety. This hub is a place for you to find and participate in consultations that interest you.

COVID-19

We have suspended all face-to-face engagement activities in line with nation-wide efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

To ensure our more important and longer-term initiatives remain on track, we will still be conducting online consultation and encourage your participation. 

Your feedback is important and if you have any specific circumstances or challenges in participating during the current environment, please contact us using the details listed in each consultation.

Recently updated consultations are displayed below. Alternatively, search for consultations by keyword and interests.

 

Open Consultations

Closed Consultations

  • Extended use of CASA Basics exams and Schedule of Experience (SOE) to qualify for a Part 66 aircraft engineer licence - (CD 2008MS)

    The current COVID-19 travel and social distancing restrictions have affected the practical aspects of training and a candidate’s ability to sit exams. As a result, we recently announced a range of measures, including an extension for use of CASA Basics and schedule of... More

    Closed 13 May 2020

  • Preliminary Airspace Review Pilbara 2020

    The Office of Airspace Regulation is conducting a review of the Pilbara basin in Western Australia. The review will evaluate the fitness for purpose of the airspace within 100 nautical miles radius of Coondewanna airport (YCWA) from the surface up to Flight Level 180. ... More

    Closed 22 April 2020

  • Preliminary Airspace Review Dubbo 2020

    The Office of Airspace Regulation is conducting a review of the airspace within the Dubbo region in New South Wales. The review will evaluate the fitness for purpose of the airspace within 20 nautical miles radius of Dubbo City Regional Airport (YSDU) from the surface up to 8,500... More

    Closed 17 April 2020

  • Amended TAF rules – Ceasing TTF product from BOM (CD 2002OS)

    The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is proposing to cease issuing the Trend Forecast (TTF) as a meteorological forecast product for aviation users on 13 August 2020. The TTF is an aerodrome weather report, plus a forecast of meteorological conditions expected to affect the aerodrome for the... More

    Closed 31 March 2020

  • Draft AC 66-08 v1.0 - Part 66 aircraft engineer licences - privileges

    This is the initial advisory circular (AC) for Part 66 aircraft engineer licences - privileges. This AC provides information and guidance to current and future holders of a Part 66 aircraft maintenance engineer licence and maintenance organisations, on the privileges of each category of... More

    Closed 31 March 2020

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

In May 2019, we asked people to answer some questions regarding an airspace change proposal (ACP) to trial the lowering of Class E airspace to 5,500 feet above mean sea level (AMSL) over Ayers Rock Aerodrome. Notification of the consultation process included:

  • an email sent to all pilots at the start of the consultation period and a reminder email was sent prior to the consultation period closing (approx. 40,000 pilots)
  • CASA Briefing newsletter (May 2019) – reached approx. 7,000 subscribers
  • being promoted via a link on the CASA home page (www.casa.gov.au) during the consultation period
  • an email to advise all RAPAC members (641 individuals and organisations) that consultation had opened, and the proposal was placed on the agenda at RAPAC meetings held during the consultation period
  • being promoted via CASA’s social media channels.

Consultation through CASA’s website was open for 30 days and was also available to all members of the public. Respondents included aircraft operators and airspace users, air traffic controllers and other interested persons. The process sought responses to questions which related to the background of the respondent, the nature of their operations, the impact of the change on them and their opinions on cost and safety impacts of the change.

You Said

A total of 27 respondents provided feedback to this proposal through CASA’s Consultation Hub. One written submission was received by email and not via the Consultation Hub.

Of the responses received 10 supported the proposal; 11 did not support the proposal, six were supportive but with changes (in design or altitude); one did not answer.

We Did

Feedback from the consultation hub was considered and assessed as part of the ACP process.

The proposal was submitted in response to the Minister for Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD) - Statement of Expectations 2018-2019, which stated that ‘Airservices will work with DIRD, Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and Defence to provide options for enhancing the level of safety and efficiency of Australian controlled airspace including at major regional airports’. Non towered locations such as Ayers Rock have surveillance capability to the ground. An enhanced level of service along with segregated departure and arrival tracks could be provided to IFR aircraft, commensurate with the level of electronic surveillance.

In response to public comments, the final airspace design was reduced to lessen the impact on visual flight rules pilots and still be beneficial to instrument flight rules aircraft. The trial of Class E airspace in the vicinity of Ayers Rock Aerodrome will commence on 20 May 2020.

We Asked

In May 2019, we asked people to answer some questions regarding an airspace change proposal (ACP) lower Class E airspace to Flight Level (FL) 125 where the current base is FL180. Notification of the consultation process included:

  • an email sent to all pilots at the start of the consultation period and a reminder email was sent prior to the consultation period closing (approx. 40,000 pilots)
  • CASA Briefing newsletter (May 2019) – reached approx. 7,000 subscribers
  • being promoted via a link on the CASA home page (www.casa.gov.au) during the consultation period
  • an email to advise all RAPAC members (641 individuals and organisations) that consultation had opened, and the proposal was placed on the agenda at RAPAC meetings held during the consultation period
  • being promoted via CASA’s social media channels.

Consultation through CASA’s website was open for 30 days and was also available to all members of the public. Respondents included aircraft operators and airspace users, air traffic controllers and other interested persons. The process sought responses to questions which related to the background of the respondent, the nature of their operations, the impact of the change on them and their opinions on cost and safety impacts of the change.

You Said

A total of 77 respondents provided feedback to this proposal through the Consultation Hub. The majority of the responses received were airspace users (41), followed by other (17) with six air traffic controllers responding. One additional written submission was received by email and not via the Consultation Hub. Overall, 39 supported the change; 29 did not support the proposal and nine were supportive but with changes.

Two respondents provided a written response in addition to their submission through the Consultation Hub. One additional written submission was received by email and not via the Consultation Hub.

We Did

Feedback from the consultation hub was considered and assessed as part of the ACP process.

An improvement in surveillance capability due to the installation of Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers nation-wide will provide benefits to airspace users. To realise these benefits, Airservices proposed to lower the base of Class E airspace over low density continental areas to F125 where it is currently FL180.

The lowering of Class E airspace to FL125 will commence on 20 May 2020.

We Asked

The 2017 aeronautical study of Hobart made three recommendations that included the monitoring of passenger and aircraft movements at Hobart for two years. We asked various stakeholders from aviation, aerodrome and community sectors to provide feedback regarding the Hobart airspace via our Consultation Hub and through face-to-face meetings. A draft report of this feedback was made available to the public for comment. This was closed in November 2019.

You Said

A total of 14 respondents provided feedback through our Consultation Hub. There were eight separate face-to-face meetings and one additional written submission received by email, not via the Consultation Hub.

The responses raised various topics including:

  • the consultation process undertaken during the implementation of new instrument flight procedures at Hobart
  • the increase in recorded occurrences involving aircraft flying the new procedures
  • the suitability of the airspace classification at Hobart with continued growth in aircraft and passenger movements
  • support for air traffic control at Hobart Tower and the work they do regarding efficient aircraft movement
  • the notable benefit to airspace users operating in Class G airspace from an additional step introduced after the aeronautical study
  • an opportunity to further enhance the airspace by introducing a Class C tower service supported by Class C terminal airspace by Airservices Australia. This was generally supported however further information would be required, noting that procedural separation in Class C airspace would cause delays to aircraft operating at Cambridge.

These comments are included in the final report on the Airspace reviews webpage. A change to the wording of the recommendation was made as a result of that feedback to provide consistency with the context of its purpose.

We Did

We considered and assessed feedback as part of the airspace review process.

The Hobart airspace review 2019 found:

  • that three recommendations made in the 2017 Hobart aeronautical study are finalised
  • combined data at Hobart and Cambridge aerodromes recorded yearly average increases in total aircraft movements (6.6%), air transport movements (5.4%) and passenger movements (6.1%)
  • new flight routes, SIDs, STARs and terminal instrument flight procedures have been completed and were introduced in November 2019
  • the airspace classification is fit for purpose however there is an opportunity for Airservices Australia to enhance the level of service provided and the efficiency of controlled airspace – this opportunity should be examined
  • a recommendation that Airservices Australia submit an airspace change proposal for the introduction of a Class C tower service supported by Class C terminal airspace within 12 months from published the report.