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Class D airspace




Class D airspace is controlled airspace where an air traffic control service is provided to aerodrome traffic. The service is procedural-based.

You should read the procedures outlined in this chapter in conjunction with the controlled airspace procedures. There are some minor differences to procedures in Class D airspace.

An air traffic control service will be provided.

Except in an emergency, a clearance is required for all flights in Class D airspace.

When Class C and D airspace adjoin laterally, flights at the common boundary will be given services applicable to Class D airspace.

Consult ERSA, NOTAM and CASA’s interactive guide to operations in controlled airspace—OnTrack for procedures specific to a Class D aerodrome.

Class D aerodromes have a high traffic density that includes a wide variety of aircraft types and performance capabilities. Typical users of these aerodromes include charter, private, airwork and regular public transport aircraft, with a mix of circuit training as well as arrivals and departures. Pilots should ensure they maintain a good lookout while flying in, and before reaching, Class D airspace. Pilots should also maintain a good listening watch on the relevant radio frequency to ensure they receive aircraft and ATC communications, to maintain situational awareness of other traffic.

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New rules come into effect from 2 December 2021 that cover the general operating and flight rules. We are currently updating this guide to reflect the new rules. A new version will be available to download from 2 December.
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