Department of Defence requesting airspace alteration to lateral and vertical dimensions of R352 airspace for RPAS operations.
Defence plans on conducting Shadow RPAS / UAS flying training at the Puckapunyal Army base. This new airspace is an extended version of existing R352 and increase in altitude to 4 000’ useable by Shadow, therefore airspace activated to 5 000’ AMSL. It is expected that operations to the south and west of Mangalore may be affected by the proposed changes.
Aerobatic operations above Mangalore AD as described in ERSA may be affected.
Altitudes do not affect controlled airspace
Mangalore instrument approach operations
Air route W477 if used for low level flights outside controlled airspace
Squadron Leader Paul Murphy – RAAF
During the consultation, there were a number of significant issues raised as follows:
- The possibility of VFR violating the airspace
- VFR aircraft diverting around the proposed airspace being forced to enter areas that IFR aircraft may be operating
- Frequency congestion and the possibility of missing vital communications changing from Mangalore CTAF and area frequency in the vicinity of proposed airspace
- The affect the airspace would have on Mangalore Instrument approaches. This would require significant alterations to the current approaches.
- The possibility of weather convergence creating further issues to VFR aircraft.
Defence has decided not to proceed with the proposed airspace.
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