Aerodrome Safeguarding - Why is it important

Aviation Projects is Australia’s leading airport and aerodrome specialist. We are trusted to deliver innovative solutions to complex aviation problems across Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

One of our key capabilities is our aerodrome safeguarding and spatial services.

Aerodrome safeguarding assesses the potential impacts of proposed infrastructure development projects on the airspace surrounding aerodromes, and navigable airspace in areas away from airports, to ensure that aircraft operations are not adversely impacted.

We engage with our clients to enable them to understand the airspace limitations relevant to their proposed infrastructure development and if necessary, when intrusions into navigable airspace may occur, to provide solutions, where possible, that ensure an acceptable level of safety can be maintained and the completion of the proposed development.

Aviation Projects works with clients, aviation regulators, local and state governments, airports, and commercial developers to develop solutions that allow infrastructure developments to provide community benefits whilst protecting aviation activity.

Our assessments, reports and solutions ensure that the required level of safety is maintained in accordance with aviation regulations in relation to current and future operations whilst providing planning authorities with the best information for their decision making.

Our staff has extensive experience in many operational aspects of the aviation industry including roles as pilots, air traffic controllers, airport operations staff, instrument flight procedure designers and subject matter experts - they understand airports and airspace and the many regulatory frameworks surrounding them.

Some types of projects which may require aerodrome safeguarding services include the assessment of:

  • commercial and residential developments including construction crane activities
  • telecommunications towers
  • wind farms and wind monitoring towers
  • hazardous glare from solar farms
  • large shipping and container cranes at sea freight terminals
  • large vehicles on roads adjacent to airports.

What does aerodrome safeguarding involve?

The operational airspace on and surrounding airports is prescribed by aviation authorities to protect:

  • visual flight operations during take-off and landing procedures where pilots can see the environment around and on the airport
  • instrument approach flight paths that are conducted in poor weather conditions where pilots cannot necessarily see the environment on and around the airport.

Why is Aerodrome Safeguarding so important?

Aerodromes and airports are essential public infrastructure and community assets. There are approximately 2,000 uncertified landing strips across Australia, with 613 recognised aerodromes, consisting of international airports, domestic airports, regional airports, private aerodromes, and military airfields - 250 of these aerodromes support regular passenger services.

Protecting these aerodromes from incompatible development will allow them to continue to serve their communities and ensure that aircraft operations can be conducted safely and efficiently now and in the future.

At Aviation Projects, we provide trusted advice about airport planning, development and operations and aerodrome safeguarding. Contact us today.

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