Case study 6: CASA helps to safely deliver CHOGM
CASA played an important role in the behind-the-scenes preparations for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Perth in October 2011.
During CHOGM, Perth hosted attendees from over 50 countries, who included heads of state and approximately 3,000 delegates, 50 heads of government and 70 foreign ministers.
Fifteen aircraft were impressed into service by the Commonwealth from various state agencies. This included a number of helicopters owned and regulated by the Western Australian, Victorian and New South Wales police forces and the Australian Federal Police.
As well as reviewing the safety aspects of CHOGM in detail, CASA looked at the requirement for additional helicopter support, changes to existing permissions, directions and exemptions and a number of new short term permissions and exemptions.
In the lead-up to CHOGM, CASA issued permits to cover the carriage by air of firearms and munitions and the discharge of firearms from aircraft. CASA also put exemptions in place for low-level flying and fatigue risk management systems.
During the development phase of this major event, CASA worked with Airservices Australia and the Western Australia Police, Australian Federal Police, Department of Defence, Office of Transport Security and Attorney General’s Department, as well as many other government agencies.
CASA declared certain airspace to be ‘restricted’ during the event, under the Airspace Act 2007. Airservices Australia provided the necessary air traffic control services within the restricted airspace.