Ballina airspace review

Airvan flying along the coast
Airvan flying along the coast. image:: CASA

CASA is seeking comments on the draft airspace review of Ballina, New South Wales.

The review was conducted to assess current risks and propose solutions. The draft review has identified 3 areas of concern:

  • frequency congestion
  • heightened risk of separation incidents
  • situational awareness.

We are seeking feedback on all aspects of the draft review, including the recommendations and time frames.

Feedback from the consultation, together with other evidence and data, will help us continue working with airspace users to finalise the best way to implement a graduated approach to improve safety and reduce risks.

The final time frames will be influenced by the feedback and what is realistic for putting the final solutions in place.

We want to hear from as many Ballina area airspace users as possible including local flying schools, aero clubs, operators and industry bodies.

The survey is open on the CASA Consultation Hub until 17 July 2022.

As part of our graduated approach, we have already begun the first safety improvement measures. On 16 June, new radio frequencies were introduced to ease congestion and improve safety around Ballina, Lismore, Casino and Evans Head aerodromes.