Subject: RAPAC OOS re MEL RWY 34 GLS consequential changes to Port Phillip Bay VFR lane [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]UNCLASSIFIED

To all sport organisations,

Please find an out of sessions RAPAC paper that the OAR would like you to disseminate to members in relation to an imminent change to the Port Phillip Bay, Vic VFR lane as annotated on the Melbourne VTC chart with effect 8 November 2018.  The changes are due to the establishment of a GLS approach onto RWY 34 at Melbourne which has resulted in a reduction in height of CTA to the south of Melbourne Airport to accommodate new procedures.

I have attached the OOS, AIC H44/18 and an excerpt from the MB VTC – 8 Nov 18 1:150,000 Inset for your information.

It is understood that the VFR lane has been used for many years and that with such a change, it will be more effective if sufficient education is disseminated to ensure that as many pilots and other airspace users as possible are aware of the changes before the charts become effective and in a timely manner which is why the change is being disseminated now just prior to the changes. Your assistance with the education of the changes is very much appreciated.

Key messages

Pilots flying around Port Phillip Bay, Vic are urged to check their aeronautical charts ahead of changes due to come into effect from 8 November.

The changes will see a lowering of Class C airspace from 2500 feet to 2000 feet under the approach and departure path for Runway 34 at Melbourne Airport to accommodate a Category 1 GLS approach.

As a result, a change has also been made to the recommended altitudes for VFR pilots flying the coastal route between the Laverton BOM Tower and Carrum and vice versa.

The new procedure recommends pilots flying eastbound/southbound fly at 2000 feet and westbound/northbound at 1500 feet. They should also track to the right of the lane when approaching aircraft are identified, which is in accordance with CAR 161 VFR ‘Right of way’ rules.

The VTC aeronautical chart inset 1:150,000 scale has been updated with the new VFR lane procedures.

This is a recommended procedure only – with pilots urged to check their charts for the most recent information at all times or ensure their electronic flight bags have been updated and that they are monitoring the appropriate frequency for traffic information.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me for clarification.


Kev Scrimshaw

Acting Manager

Air Navigation, Airspace & Aerodromes Branch

CASA\National Operations and Standards

Melb Port Phillip Bay VFR Rane – RAPAC

Melb Port Phillip Bay VFR Rane – VTC

Melb Port Phillip Bay VFR Rane – AIC_H44_18

Published by CASA: 29th October 2018