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Pilots urged to speak up on radio frequencies
Date of publication:
1 March 2017
All pilots are being urged to have their say on the most appropriate radio frequency to use at low levels in uncontrolled airspace.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has issued a discussion paper setting out two options for radio broadcasts in the vicinity of aerodromes in class G airspace that are not marked on aeronautical charts.
The options are to use the appropriate area frequency or the MULTICOM frequency 126.7.
This issue impacts all pilots that fly in uncontrolled airspace and CASA is calling for a wide response to the discussion paper.
CASA’s acting CEO and Director of Aviation Safety, Shane Carmody, said the class G frequency discussion paper was the first step in reaching a settled position on this issue.
“CASA has listened to various views on this issue and we believe it is time to determine the best outcome in the interests of aviation safety,” Mr Carmody said.
“To do that we need all pilots to send us their comments now. We want to hear from recreational pilots, private pilots, commercial pilots, aerial work operators and airline flight crew.
“CASA will not make a final decision on the class G frequency issue until we carefully review all feedback and publish a summary of the results of the consultation.”
The discussion paper sets out detailed arguments and safety assessments for both options, as well as looking at overseas practice.
CASA’s preferred option is to retain and enhance the use of the appropriate area frequency in the vicinity of unmarked aerodromes in class G airspace.
Go to the class G radio frequency discussion paper and comment before 28 April 2017.