Preliminary Airspace Review Broome and Karratha 2019

Closed 12 Jul 2019

Opened 21 Jun 2019

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The airspace in the vicinity of Broome and Karratha, Western Australia, is currently being reviewed to determine if the current airspace structure around their respective aerodromes is appropriate and safe for aviation activity.

The review will assess the fitness for purpose of the airspace within 75 nautical miles (NM) of both Broome and Karratha aerodromes from the surface, up to Flight Level 180 (FL180).

The Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) within CASA manages the regulation of airspace in Australia and is responsible for conducting airspace reviews.

The OAR determines the need and priority for an airspace review based on information related to annual aircraft and passenger movements, aviation incidents and any feedback or information provided on issues related to airspace activity.

The last review for Broome and Karratha, conducted in 2010, made four recommendations, including:

  • The installation of additional surveillance infrastructure – Terminal Situational Awareness Display (TSAD) – in both Broome and Karratha towers to assist controllers’ situational awareness.
  • Airservices to review their coordination procedures to facilitate improved traffic efficiencies between Tower and Enroute airspace.
  • Airservices to investigate the development of a refined route structure for Broome and Karratha, incorporating SIDs and STARs.
  • Airservices should investigate the issues relating to VHF radio coverage within the lower levels of Class E airspace at Karratha and implement a plan to address the issues.

Documents for review

A copy of the Terms of Reference for the Airspace Review Broome and Karratha is provided below. We have also provided a downloadable Word copy and PDF of this consultation for ease of distribution and feedback within your organisation. However, please use the online consultation form to submit your final response. The word document and PDF should not be used as an emailed submission.

Why your views matter

This consultation is seeking feedback on safety, efficiency and improvements to the current airspace surrounding Broome and Karratha, Western Australia.

What happens next

Once the consultation has closed, we will register and review each submission received through the online response form. We will make all submissions publicly available on the Consultation Hub, unless you request that your submission remain confidential. We will also publish a Summary of Consultation which summarises the feedback received.

Information about how we consult and how to make a confidential submission is available on the CASA website.

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  • CASA Staff
  • Aerodrome operator
  • Air operators
  • Flight training operators
  • Pilots
  • Sports aviation operators
  • Air traffic controller/s
  • Air traffic service provider


  • Airspace and infrastructure
  • Sport and recreational aviation
  • Air travel