Public Consultation–National Airports Safeguarding Framework

Draft Updated Guideline B–Managing the Risk of Building Generated Windshear and Turbulence

The following document provides information on the background and scope of the review:

The Department is seeking comments on a draft updated Guideline B–Managing the Risk of Building Generated Windshear and Turbulence.

The period for comments on the draft Guideline and the draft Guidance Material closes on Tuesday 31 October 2017. Please provide responses to safeguarding@infrastructure.gov.au before the closing date.

Written submissions should be provided to:

General Manager
Aviation Environment
GPO Box 594
Canberra  ACT  2601


Draft New Guideline - Protecting Strategically Important Helicopter Landing Sites

The helicopter industry is one of the fastest growing and diverse segments of the aviation industry in Australia. Population growth, urban regeneration, residential densification in areas close to heliports and flight paths, and increasing high-rise development in built up areas continues to increase pressures on airspace protection for Helicopter Landing Sites (HLS).

In recent times, there have been incidents where hospital emergency helipads have been shut down due to safety concerns arising from the nearby operation of tall construction cranes.

In Australia, HLS that are not located on aerodromes are not licensed, certified or regulated in the way that aerodromes are (under Part 139 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998). Across the States and Territories HLS not located on Commonwealth land have varying levels of regulation and operational guidance.

The National Airport Safeguarding Advisory Group (NASAG) has previously developed a range of guidelines (the National Airports Safeguarding Framework) to provide support for a nationally consistent approach to land use planning around airports.

This draft new guideline has been prepared by NASAG, in consultation with key industry stakeholders. The draft guideline is not intended to apply to all HLS around Australia. It is intended that the document will provide guidance to State/Territory and local government decision makers, operators of strategically important Helicopter Landing Sites (HLS) and developers to ensure the safety and viability of these important facilities.

Comments are invited on the draft guideline Protecting Strategically Important Helicopter Landing Sites.

The period for comments will close on Tuesday 31 October 2017.

Electronic submissions should be forwarded to safeguarding@infrastructure.gov.au.

The address for written submissions is:

General Manager
Aviation Environment
GPO Box 594
Canberra  ACT  2601

If you would like further information about NASF or the draft guideline, please contact Ms Sharyn Owen, Director, Airport Safeguarding on (02) 6274 6125 or at sharyn.owen@infrastructure.gov.au.