Preliminary Airspace Review Hobart 2019

Closed 31 May 2019

Opened 10 May 2019

Results Updated 1 Nov 2019

CASA received a total of twelve responses from a wide range of stakeholders including airspace users, community members and industry representatives.

Feedback from the consultation hub was considered and included in the Hobart Airspace Review 2019. Issues or matters of note are contained within the report below.


Published Responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


Section 13 of the Airspace Act 2007 requires the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to conduct regular reviews of Australian-administered airspace. The Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) is responsible for conducting these reviews on behalf of CASA.

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 aeronautical study of the airspace surrounding Hobart was published in February 2017. This study made three recommendations which included no change to the airspace classification, continued monitoring of aircraft and passenger movement data by the OAR, and the continuation of redesigning flight routes into and out of Hobart by Airservices Australia.

In November 2017, flight path changes at Hobart became operational, which led to recorded incidents and examination of the implementation process of the new flight by the Australian Noise Ombudsmen.

During and since the publication of the aeronautical study, Hobart continues to exceed the Class C airspace review criteria threshold listed in the Australian Airspace Policy Statement 2018. With the continued exceedance of this indicator, and enquiries made by members of the public about these air route changes and the subsequent incidents, the OAR considers it appropriate to undertake this preliminary airspace review.

Documents for review

A copy of the Terms of Reference for the Airspace Review within the vicinity of Hobart is provided below. This includes a downloadable Word copy and PDF of this consultation for ease of distribution and feedback within your organisation. Please use the on-line consultation form for your response. The word document and PDF should not be used as an emailed submission.

Why We Are Consulting

This consultation is seeking feedback on safety, efficiency and improvements to the current airspace surrounding Hobart, Tasmania.

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 operators
  • Air operators
  • Flight training organisations
  • Pilots
  • Sports aviation operators
  • Air traffic controller
  • Air traffic service providers


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