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To seek industry feedback on any operational requirement for the use of the YMML Aerodrome Beacon, and provide feedback on foreseeable operational impacts resultant of its proposed decommissioning.
Industry feedback will inform any decision regarding the decommissioning and or removal of the aerodrome beacon from operational service
In 2017 and 2018, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) consulted on changes to, and effected amendments to Civil Aviation Regulations (CASR) Part 139 – Aerodromes the associated Manual of Standards (MOS). Pursuant to these changes, the mandatory requirement for an Aerodrome Beacon has been removed.
With these changes, and the evolution of other aerodrome lighting and the expansion of GNSS navigation capabilities across all levels of the industry means that the historical need for an Aerodrome Beacon has changed considerably.
As a result, Airservices is proposing to decommission the Aerodrome Beacon at Melbourne Airport (YMML) and to remove it from operational service. Consistent with our Safety Management System (SMS), an internal risk assessment has been completed, and has identified a negligible impact on industry.
Airservices is seeking industry feedback to understand if there is any ongoing operational requirement or impact on removal of the Melbourne Airport aerodrome beacon before a decision for its decommissioning can be made.