It is the responsibility of all pilots to ensure that they have up to date information on airspace they will be flyingin or near, by checking a current VNC or VTC.
Click on the small image to enlarge the airmap from November 2012
Do not totally rely on information from any web site as airways maps published by AirServices Australia (ASA) arere-issued every 3 months although major changes to airspace should be widely advertised.
CASA publications can be purchased from Airservices Australia
Albury Airport is surrounded by class C and class D airspace through which paragliders and hang gliders must not fly. This restricted airspace extends from Albury airport in steps to the south west all the way to an area that includes Mount Buffalo and Wangaratta, which is 45 nautical miles from Albury Airport where it starts at an altitude of 8500ft (2590m).
There are also various class E airspace regions close to Bright which require VHF radio monitoring and use to enter.
- The airspace directly over Mystic is Class E airspace starting at 8500 ft (2590m).
- The ceiling above launch at The Pines is currently Class C airspace at 5500ft (1670m).
- Tallangatta, in the Kiewa Valley, is within class D airspace with a 2500ft (760m) ceiling.
These are just a few key points to illustrate the importance of knowing your local airspace if you intend to fly cross country.
It should also be noted that for a competition flight or record flight to be valid it must also be conducted legally.
A review of your flights should be made before posting the tracklog on any web sites.
A web site has been developed specifically to allow checking of an IGC tracklog in airspace for the whole of Australia
This page will accept IGC files and show airspace breaches as incursions into Class C and D airspace. In order to see your flight in Class G airspace it is necessary to Click the ‘Airspace layers’ and Deselect ‘CTAF DAH & ERSA’.
It also shows the position of all airfields that require VHF radio use (Registered CTAFs). Although flights into the 10 NM airfield radius show as airspace incursions on the site this depends on altitude and/or VHF radio use.
See here (CAAP 166-1) for information on operations in the vicinity of non-towered aerodromes.
With CASA getting more interested in recreational flying activities, it is advisable to check your flights against these limitations and if you do accidentally encroach on airspace where you shouldn’t be, consider the implications before publishing your flight log.