21 Aug 2015
Airservices has commissioned a temporary radar at Melbourne Airport to ensure the continued safe and efficient movement of air traffic while a radar located at Mount Macedon is upgraded.
The Mount Macedon secondary surveillance radar is one of two permanent radars in Victoria and is being upgraded as part of a multi-million dollar modernisation program being carried out by Airservices. It is expected to be commissioned back into service in the first half of 2016.
The radar provides surveillance of aircraft operating across Victoria and provides real-time aircraft position information to air traffic controllers.
During the upgrade works, the temporary radar at Melbourne Airport will back up the existing radar located at Gellibrand Hill.
An Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) site has also been established at Mount Macedon.
Operational information is provided to industry through the standard operational briefing processes.