Test Flight Protocols

Location

The Kauring test site is located approximately 115 kilometres east-north-east of Jandakot Airfield in Perth, Western Australia.

Airborne Gravity (AG) Test Area

Longitude (°)
(GDA94)

Latitude (°)
(GDA94)

Easting
(MGA50)

Northing
(MGA50)

116.942315

-31.808554

494 540

6 480 783

117.167131

-31.808320

515 819

6 480 798

117.167625

-31.994037

515 834

6 460 213

116.941900

-31.993554

494 512

6 460 277

Airborne Gravity Gradiometry (AGG) Test Area

Longitude (°)
(GDA94)

Latitude (°)
(GDA94)

Easting
(MGA50)

Northing
(MGA50)

117.018803

-31.889518

501 778

6 471 810

117.064930

-31.866945

506 142

6 474 310

117.094664

-31.910668

508 950

6 469 462

117.047943

-31.933544

504 532

6 466 929

Access

The test site is situated on farmland and contact with landowners will be necessary before any flying is done over the test site.

A (partial) list of landholders and their contact details is available from the Geological Survey of Western Australia (contact: David Howard, Chief Geophysicist - telephone +61 8 9222 3331 or email david.howard@dmp.wa.gov.au).

Important: Allow sufficient time to notify landholders and obtain any necessary clearances before undertaking flights.
Figure 1: Regional Locality Diagram Kauring Test Site (AGG - Red overlying AG - Black)

Regional Locality Diagram Kauring
Test Site (AGG - Red overlying
AG - Black)
© Geoscience Australia

The aviation regulations stipulate a minimal 500ft vertical and 600m lateral separation from all buildings, sheds and vehicles. Flying with this configuration does not require landholder consent — although landholder notification, if this can be done, is a courtesy that would not go amiss. (Outside the 'core' area, this may be impractical given the number of properties involved and the difficulty of overcoming privacy issues in obtaining contact details of individuals from government agencies or local authorities.)

To fly at nominal survey clearances of, for example, 60m to 80m above ground level (AGL), above buildings the consent of the landholder is required.

The test site is situated beneath controlled airspace and any flights will need to be under the height specified for the controlled airspace. Prior notice to and liaison with other airspace users in the vicinity is essential.

Local airspace activity:

White Gum Farm Flight Training Facility (YWGM – AU-0032)

Location: WGS84 116.939E, 31.8671S (116° 56' 20.52"E, 31° 52' 1.56"S)
Approximately 11 km WNW from the centre of the test range.
Contact: Gordon Marshall, Chief Flying Instructor
Sky Sports Flying School
Telephone: +61 (0)419 942 645
Email: info@skysports.net.au
Website: www.skysports.net.au
Comments: This is an active training and recreational flying facility in a designated CTAF area. The use of correct radio procedures (CAAP 166 parts 1 and 2) is mandatory.

 

Designated parachuting area — YMMM/D186 Brooklands

Drop zone: Circle of two nautical mile radius centred on
WGS84 116.7961E, 31.825S (116° 47' 46"E, 31° 49' 30"S)
The vertical limit is from the ground surface to 8500 feet (2590.8 m).
Airfield: Brooklands (YBLD)
Location: WGS84 116.7982E, 31.8233S (116° 47' 20.52" E, 31° 49' 1.46"S)
Approximately 26 km WNW from the centre of the test range.
Contact: Skydive Express
Telephone +61 (08) 9444 4199
Email: jump@skydive.com.au
Website: www.skydive.com.au
Comments: Drop zone administering authority is Airservices Australia.

Topic contact: minerals@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013