Department of Defence requesting airspace alteration to lateral and vertical dimensions of R352 airspace for RPAS operations.

The issue

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

Submitted by: 

Squadron Leader Paul Murphy – RAAF 

Outcomes

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.

Make a submission

Send your feedback on this consultation to paul.murphy1@defence.gov.au

Respondents are encouraged to CC their State convenor or other interested parties on their consultation response where appropriate. The proponent is the recipient of submissions, not CASA or other AvSEF (formerly RAPAC) stakeholders.

Start 09/07/2020
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