Proposed implementation of ICAO's Global Reporting Format (PP 2211AS)

Closed 9 Nov 2022

Opened 5 Oct 2022

Overview

We are intending to introduce the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Reporting Format (GRF) in some Australian aerodromes. Your feedback will help us to better understand the potential impacts in our unique Australian environment before we finalise the policy.

The GRF establishes a consistent system covering the assessment, reporting and use of contaminated runways.

We are asking you for feedback on the policy proposals for:

  • definition of contaminated runway and associated terms
  • standards associated with aerodrome serviceability inspections
  • how GRF standards apply to aerodrome operators
  • triggers for runway surface condition inspections
  • runway surface condition assessment process (including use of technical solutions)
  • timely communication of Runway Condition Reports (RCRs)
  • introduction of SNOWTAMs
  • embedding GRF implementation in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)
  • transition to implementing these standards.

Australia's commitment to implementing the GRF is available in the Australian National Aviation Safety Plan (NASP).

Previous consultation

More Information

In accordance with the ICAO implementation action plan, CASA established an internal, cross-disciplinary implementation team consisting of members from:

  • International Operations Section
  • Aerodromes Section
  • Air Traffic Management (ATM) System Standards Section (including aerodromes and Aeronautical Information Management (AIM))
  • Safety Systems Section
  • Risk Oversight Section
  • Engagement, Communications and Safety Education Branch.

This team has met regularly to coordinate GRF-related activities including identifying regulatory gaps and reviewing relevant safety risk assessments impacted by the GRF.

The activities and results of this team were presented to the National Runway Safety Group (NRSG) and in coordination with this group, an industry working group was established.

More Information

The NRSG-GRF working group consists of members from:

  • CASA
  • Airservices Australia
  • Major airlines (Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar)
  • Airport operators (Sydney airport, Sydney Metro Airports)
  • Industry associations (Australian Airports Association (AAA), Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA), Australian Airline Pilots’ Association (AusALPA)).

The NRSG-GRF working group has been instrumental in the development of this policy proposal document.

CASA representatives have also provided industry presentations at the 10 March 2022 AAA Safety Forum, held in Brisbane, and the 1-3 June 2022 AAA OPS Swap, held in Sydney.

Why your views matter

Your feedback will increase our understanding of the potential impacts of implementing GRF in Australia before we change any rules. This includes what it means for Australian aerodromes, taking into consideration the diverse environment, services offered, and weather conditions which affect runway contamination.

Your feedback will help us continue working with stakeholders (including the NRSG-GRF working group) to finalise the best way to implement the GRF.

All documents related to this consultation are attached in the ‘Related’ section at the bottom of the overview page. These are:

  • Policy proposal PP 2211AS document which provides the details on the policy proposed for GRF and its implementation in Australia.
  • MS Word copy of online consultation for ease of distribution and feedback within your organisation.

Please submit your comments using the survey link below. If you are unable to provide feedback this way, please contact us for advice at regulatoryconsultation@casa.gov.au

What happens next

At the end of the response period, we will review each comment and submission received. We will make all submissions publicly available on the CASA website where consent has been given.

Your feedback will be used to refine the policies and guide the development of the regulatory changes.

We plan to consult on the draft legislation by early 2023.

Audiences

  • CASA Staff
  • Air operator
  • Manufacturers
  • Pilots
  • Air traffic controller/s
  • Foreign operator
  • Air traffic service providers
  • Part 175 of CASR Aeronautical information service providers
  • Aviation Meteorology
  • Forecaster/Meteorological service provider
  • Operations Control/Flight Dispatch
  • School/Education/Aviation Theory Provider
  • Certified aerodrome owner/operator
  • Aerodrome owner/operators
  • CASA aerodrome inspector
  • Aerodrome industry consultant
  • Aircraft owner/operator
  • Training organisation representative
  • Flight training organisations
  • Instructors and flight examiners

Interests

  • Human factors
  • Safety management systems
  • Operational standards
  • Aircraft certification and design
  • Flight training
  • Training and checking systems