Release of Australian Airspace Policy Statement 2012 (AAPS-2012)
Under Section 8 of the Airspace Act 2007 the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport is responsible for making the Australian Airspace Policy Statement (AAPS). The AAPS provides guidance to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) on the administration of Australian airspace noting the functions of and exercise of powers by CASA are set out in the Airspace Act 2007 (the Act) and the Airspace Regulations 2007.
After the completion of a public consultation process on a draft AAPS earlier this year, the Minister has approved a new AAPS which came into effect on 1 July 2012. The AAPS-2012 has been released on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI) website and is also available below.
The main change from the previous AAPS is the inclusion of new sections 16 to 24 outlining the application of airspace criteria thresholds to help determine when changes to the classification of airspace immediately above an aerodrome may be required. The criteria are based on annual numbers of aircraft movements, passenger transport aircraft operations and passengers carried.
The AAPS-2012 also confirms the use of risk review processes consistent with published Australian standards for risk management in determining changes in the class or designation of a volume of airspace.