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ATC Coverage In Australia  
User currently offlineHawkeye2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 234 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3930 times:

I'm curious, does Australia have complete radar or VHF coverage through the land?

Or is flying over the middle of Oz like flying over the ocean (no radar or VHF comms, so you must give position reports over HF?)

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User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2400 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3904 times:

The 'outback' of Australia relies on HF coverage through many areas, with radar far, far away!

User currently offlineXXXX10 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 777 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3882 times:

I read that they were one of the pioneeringareas for fans (future air navigation) in Australia

User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2400 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3873 times:

That's true. FANS equipped aircraft can datalink anywhere in the Australian FIR, right down into the Great Southern Ocean.

User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3828 times:

Radar coverage in Australia is only available close to major cities i.e Melbourne/Brisbane/Perth/Sydney/Adelaide/Darwin/Cairns etc. Beyond these areas a/c must rely on procedural methods for traffic seperation i.e waypoint reporting. Most of WA/NT/QLD/SA is outside radar coverage and outside VHF coverage so they use HF.

User currently offlineZeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9565 posts, RR: 76
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3802 times:

Have a look at this link, it has a diagram of radar coverage in Australia.


VHF coverage is normally always available in controlled airspace, with the exception of some controlled airspace above FL200 over central Australia and over water.

VHF is always available for air to air, below VHF coverage HF is used. HF may need to be used very close to major centers as terrain may mask VHF coverage.

The following PDF document (717k) does provide more details on the Australian aispace, radar, radio coverage etc. http://www.airservices.gov.au/pilotcentre/projects/LAMP/ConceptofOps.pdf

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