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  • Region VIII (PAC) Lead: Roger Rose, International Pilot Services, Inc.

Temporary Exemption for Australian ADS-B Formalized as Mandate Takes Effect

Dec. 16, 2013

A Dec. 12 deadline was established by Australia’s aviation authorities for all domestic and foreign aircraft to be ADS-B equipped and compliant for both private and commercial operations when flying at or above FL 290 within the Australian continent. Because of the complexity of obtaining certificates and installing the required equipment on aircraft, the authorities are allowing for temporary exemptions from the mandate in certain airspace. The exemption period runs from Dec. 12, 2013, through Dec. 11, 2015, and will not be extended under any circumstances. Learn more.

Australia Proposes Temporary Relief for ADS-B Requirements

Sept. 30, 2013

Operators flying in Australia may be able to take advantage of an exemption that would allow a two-year period of temporary relief from the ADS-B mandate set to take effect Dec. 12, 2013. On that date, all flights operating at FL290 and above will be required to be ADS-B equipped as part of an effort to help air traffic management cope with increasing air traffic in the upper altitudes. However, due to concerns from several aircraft manufacturers over delays in providing factory supported supplemental type certificates for the equipment, Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority is prepared to allow certain operators within defined airspace the ability to request a temporary exemption. Read more.

Considerations for Those With Business Missions to Japan

April 18, 2011

Should those using business aviation to reach Japan and other Asian destinations be concerned about exposure to dangerous levels of radiation as the nuclear crisis in Japan continues to unfold? While the situation requires continued monitoring, “There is no out- of-the-ordinary risk,” according to Dr. Glenn Fjoven, a professor of nuclear and radiological engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. In this week’s edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, Dr. Fjoven and others who have coordinated recent missions into Japan share their perspectives. Read more and listen to the podcast.

NBAA Welcomes China’s Move Toward Open Airspace

February 11, 2011

Over the more than 3,000,000 square miles of U.S. land area, only a tiny volume of airspace is restricted for civilian flight, and much of that is available when not in use by the military. Over China's similarly sized land mass, virtually none of the airspace has been available for civilian flights, at least not without multi-layered government pre-approvals that have been known to take weeks. Now, that seems to be changing. Learn more and view a map of the test site.

Operational Trial of 30/30 Separation Standards in Oakland OC3

October 3, 2005

Effective on December 22, 2005, at 0901 UTC, the FAA will introduce an operational trial of 30 nm lateral and 30 nm longitudinal (30/30) separation standards in Oceanic Sector 3 (OC3) of the Oakland Oceanic Flight Information Region. The policies, guidance and direction are available for download in PDF format and also will be published in the October 27, 2005, edition of the FAA Domestic/International NOTAM book. During the trial, the Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center may apply 30/30 in OC3 between aircraft/operators meeting the aircraft equipage and authorization requirements stated in paragraph 4 of the notice. The trial will affect eligible aircraft operating between airports in the U.S. and those in Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Tahiti. The FAA will post the notice on its Oceanic Procedures Branch web page within the next two weeks, and the page will be expanded to include documents such as the FAA, Australian and ICAO policy documents for operators to obtain authorization for RNP-4 operations. Visit the Oceanic Procedures Branch web page.