CASA has announced changes to airspace arrangements in the Williamtown/Newcastle area following a review of a number of studies by the organisation’s Office of Airspace Regulation.
From November 19, Class E airspace will apply from 4500ft up to 8500ft when ATC is not operating, and class E airspace aircraft operating to instrument flight rules will be provided with separation by en route air traffic controllers from Brisbane Centre.
It is expected the new Class E regulations will only operate on weekends and during the ADF’s Christmas stand down period when military ATC controllers are not on duty.
For more information, visit http://www.airservices.gov.au/publications/current/sup/a9-h12.pdf
Airspace procedures around Williamtown have received major criticism in recent years, particularly from former CASA chairman Dick Smith, prompting the OAR to implement its review.