Airservices keeps visitors and aviators safe at Avalon Airshow

26 Feb 2013

More than 60 Airservices personnel will be working behind the scenes to keep visitors and participants safe at Australia’s premier International Airshow – Avalon.

There will be more than 35 air traffic controllers working from two air traffic control towers – one permanent and one mobile tower located near the additional runway at Avalon east – along with manning the flight operations centre for the displays to ensure all visiting aircraft and those participating in the flying displays are safe at all times.

Airservices will also have 24 aviation and rescue fire fighters on duty providing coverage of both runways using three specialised Mk8 ultra-large fire vehicles, while five technical staff will be on hand to fix any issues with navigational equipment.

Airservices Executive General Manager Government and Industry Affairs, Unni Menon, said Airservices staff had been brought in from all over the country to contribute to the smooth and safe operation of Australia’s biggest airshow.

“Our operational planning began months ago. This included endorsing staff on airspace procedures specifically for Avalon as well as the installation of additional air navigation equipment to cope with the large increase in general aviation traffic in the vicinity during the airshow,” Mr Menon said.

“We are proud to be a major sponsor of this showpiece for Australian aviation which represents a tremendous collaborative effort from all parts of the industry. Airservices staff will man a display in Exhibition Hall 1 where air traffic control simulators and technology will be on display.”

Air traffic controllers will work with event manager, Aerospace Australia Limited, in the flight operations centre and monitor all activity on the ground and in the air from the main tower at Avalon Airport.

“Our controllers have developed special procedures that will keep visiting aircraft and those participating in the flying displays safe at all times. We’ve also made a lot of preparations to infrastructure and equipment to support an event of this size,” Mr Menon said.

The Australian International Airshow begins today (Tuesday 26 February) with a range of trade displays showcasing the latest technology and products to industry and government, before the gates are open to the public from 2pm on Friday 1 March.