NSW & QLD - Proposed Temporary Restricted Areas in support of ADF Exercise TASMAN SHIELD 2023

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    Closed consultation
    Start 19/10/2022
    AEDT 11:00
    End 02/11/2022
    AEDT 17:00

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    Shaun  O'Keeffe
    Joint Airspace Control Cell

    To seek members feedback on the three proposed Temporary Restricted Areas (TRA) ‘Shield-A’, ‘Shield-B’, and ‘Shield-C’ to support ADF Exercise TASMAN SHIELD 2023

    The issue

    • Activation of multiple extant Williamtown and Amberley restricted and danger areas
    • Activation of temporary restricted areas (TRA): TRA-Shield-ABC
    • Diversion and civil routes

    Proposal

    OVERVIEW

    Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will be conducting Exercise ‘TASMAN SHIELD 2023 (TSD23)’ over the period 20 – 31 March 2023. TSD23 is a wide area air defence activity with military aircraft operating out of RAAF Bases Williamtown and Amberley.

    Access by non-exercise aircraft to Williamtown and Amberley aerodrome, CTR and restricted areas may be subject to delays.

    Due to runway works at RAAF Base Williamtown, of which a conclusion date is not yet confirmed, two airspace proposals will be submitted for TSD23 as a contingency. This proposal (TRA-Shield-ABC) shall be enacted in the event the Williamtown runway works are completed in time for this exercise. The other proposal shall be enacted in the event the Williamtown runway works are not completed in time, and will require aircraft to be based out of RAAF Base Amberley and use temporary airspace off the coast of Brisbane (see TRA-Kraken), in the event runway works are not complete. Please note that only one of these two proposals shall be executed (TRA-Shield-ABC OR TRA-Kraken).

    PROPOSAL

    - Airspace

    o This activity will consist of existing Williamtown and Amberley permanent restricted and danger areas. These areas include R574 (WEX), R587B (WMX), R671AB (AEX), R662AB (AEX), R638D (EVX), D690 (AEX), and D679AB (AEX).

    o The following Temporary Restricted Areas (TRA) will be established in addition to permanent areas for the purposes of TSD22.

    TRA-Shield-A
    Conditional Status: RA2
    Military Flying
    Lateral Limits: 294816S 1555922E – 302136S 1561948E – 304340S 1560657E – 303825S 1553125E – 294816S 1555922E
    Vertical Limits: 5000FT AMSL – FL600
    Hours of Activity: NOTAM
    Controlling Authority: 452 Squadron Amberley Flight

    TRA-Shield-B
    Conditional Status: RA2
    Military Flying
    Lateral Limits: 303825S 1553125E – 304340S 1560657E – 310826S 1555506E – 310144S 1551814E – 303825S 1553125E
    Vertical Limits: FL125 – FL600
    Hours of Activity: NOTAM
    Controlling Authority: 452 Squadron Amberley Flight

    TRA-Shield-C
    Conditional Status: RA2
    Military Flying
    Lateral Limits: 310144S 1551814E – 310826S 1555506E – 334946S 1543112E – 335130S 1540156E – 323041S 1545000E – 310144S 1551814E
    Vertical Limits: SFC – FL600
    Hours of Activity: NOTAM
    Controlling Authority: 453 Squadron Williamtown Flight

    o Specific timings of PRD and TRA airspace activation windows will be confirmed in AIP SUP and NOTAM. It is expected that the TSD23 airspace will be activated during both day and night periods over 20 – 31 March 2023, excluding weekends.

    - Diversion routes

    Diversion routes will be published in the AIP SUP in consultation with Airservices Australia.

    - Access to TSD23 airspace

    Access to TSD23 restricted areas by non-exercise aircraft is not available except for:
    Aircraft operating in the preservation of life or property (MEDEVAC, FFR, POL, SAR)
    Aircraft with a declared emergency, and
    Aircraft conducting Border Force operations.

    Submitted by

    Shaun O'Keeffe
    Joint Airspace Control Cell
    adf.airspace@defence.gov.au

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