Radio procedures in non-controlled airspace

A non-controlled aerodrome is an aerodrome in non-controlled airspace, also known as ‘Class G’ airspace.

Some non-controlled aerodromes host a huge diversity of aircraft. At any time, this mix might include:

  • larger passenger aircraft
  • general aviation aircraft
  • light sport aircraft.

Be heard, be seen, be safe

Our booklet called

outlines the radio procedures you need to follow in non-controlled airspace. It describes how you must always use radio in conjunction with safe ‘see-and-avoid’ procedures.

First and foremost, you must use your eyes to look out for aircraft. This means scanning with your eyes, including above you and below you.

You must also understand how to operate safely around other aircraft types. This means operating through:

  • safe separation distances
  • collision avoidance techniques.

You can also order printed copies of Be heard, be seen, be safe, at the our online store.

Guidance and resources for pilots

We have developed guidance material for efficient and effective radio calls. The aim is to make sure:

  • the procedures are easy to follow
  • pilots are correctly following the advice for safe operations.

The information below helps pilots fly safely in or around non-controlled aerodromes.

Also see the Aeronautical Information Package on the Airservices Australia website.

Last updated:
21 Mar 2022
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