Australia: GPS requirements relaxed

By Declan Selleck


The implementation day for Australia switching off Navaids remains the same: 26MAY2016, but the GPS requirements are relaxed – a little – especially for foreign private operators.

If you’re Australia based:

  • You’ll have seen this coming and will already be RNP1/2 compliant. CASA has no exceptions.


If you’re a Foreign Operator and have RNP1/2:

  • After 26MAY2016, if you’re RNP1/2 compliant, put it in the Flight Plan (read on), and that’s about it.


If you’re a Foreign Operator and you don’t have RNP1/2:

  • Australia has a Two Year Transition for Foreign Operators after 26MAY
  • An “Acceptable Means of Compliance” is contained in CASA EX06/16
  • Notify CASA in advance using Form “Notification to operate aircraft on RNP 2 routes and/or RNP 1 procedures using GNSS based RNAV 1 & RNAV 2”
  • If you are a non-commercial operator – ie. operating a Private flight, then compliance is not mandatory. According to CASA, through a release to IBAC, “Only commercial operators that can comply with the requirements and want RNP 1 and RNP 2 traffic services are required to apply for an exemption. “


Flight Planning:

  • If you have RNP2 – put GRZ in Field 10a and NAV/RNP2 in Field 18.
  • If you don’t, then you must operate according to Australia’s “Acceptable Means of Compliance” and put RMK/CASA RNP AMC in Field 18.
  • If you don’t, and you’re a private operator, probably worth a RMK/NEG RNP PVT FLT or similar.
  • Keep an eye on the charts – a bunch of new 5 letter waypoints are coming, to replace the VOR’s and NDB’s being switched off.




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Declan Selleck

Declan Selleck

Declan is a Flight Service Specialist with OPSGROUP.

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