Changes on the way for all Class E 

Changes on the way for all Class E 

Changes on the way for all Class E 

July 1, 2019 By Brian Bigg
Class E airspace over most of Australia could soon be standardised, BRIAN BIGG reports.
On June 23, Airservices Australia closed submissions on its plan to make changes to the continental and low–density airspace over much of the country.   Airservices says the change is a...

On June 23, Airservices Australia closed submissions on its plan to make changes to the continental and lowdensity airspace over much of the country.  

Airservices says the change is a key element in its fiveyear Airspace Modernisation Program. 

The plan involves standardising the application and management of Class E airspace by increasing the volume of Class E and reducing the volume of Class G airspace and by lowering the base of Class E to 12,500ft (FL125) nationally, where the current base is 18,000ft (FL180). 

Subject to approval, the change is planned for implementation in May next year. 

Under the plan, Class E will remain as is in the Mildura, Tasmania and Dubbo corridors; lowered to   L125 in low density continental areas (excluding control areas); increase the availability of controlled airspace services in the Class E airspace for IFR aircraft;  reduce IFR pilot workload of self-separating in Class G airspace using Directed Traffic Information; remove variation of Class E airspace around Australia; improve notification requirements for higher level parachute jumping in Class E airspace and; and increase the availability of separation service in Class E airspace to IFR aircraft. 

For more information, https://consultation.casa.gov.au/stakeholder-engagement-group/1-airspace-change-proposal-lowering-class-e-airspa/ 



 

Brian Bigg

Brian Bigg is one of Australia’s most experienced aviation journalists. He was the founding editor of Australian Pilot magazine for AOPA, the premier communication medium for general aviation in Australia. Several years later, he became the publisher and founding editor of Sport Pilot magazine, the largest circulation aviation magazine in Australia, with a monthly readership of 14,000. Brian trained in a Piper Tomahawk and flew Archers and Trinidads. Then he shifted to ultralights. He owns and flies an Atec Zephyr which is based at Camden in NSW. Brian remains one of the most passionate advocates for recreational flying in Australia.

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