Operations

Essendon Airport operates a two-runway system supporting a mix of charter, corporate, emergency services and general aviation users.

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All persons at the airport requiring unescorted access to security sensitive areas are required under government regulations to have a valid ASIC as well as an operational need.

Persons requiring lawful access, either pedestrian or vehicle, should complete the application form, and submit the form to Essendon Fields Head Office. Applicants must undertake and pass Security Awareness Training prior to receiving access. All access control permissions are subject to the terms and conditions of issue by the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 and the Issuing Body.

Further Information
Security Training is conducted online at Link Safe. Upon successful completion of training, you will be emailed a certificate. You will be required to provide Essendon Airport Pty Ltd a copy of this certificate.
TO COMPLETE YOUR SECURITY TRAINING PLEASE CLICK HERE

Security Handbook
SECURITY HANDBOOK V1.0 MAY 2017, 2MB

Access Application
ESSENDON FIELDS AIRPORT AIRSIDE ACCESS APPLICATION, 348 KB

ESSENDON FIELDS AIRPORT CREDIT CARD AUTHORITY FORM, 176 KB

Essendon Airport Pty Ltd (EAPL) and Essendon Fields Pty Ltd (EFPL) require all contractors working on the airport site to undertake its online Contractor Induction programme and carry a completion certificate with them at all times whilst working on the airport site.

Separate induction programs have been developed for contractors working Airside or Landside which address the specific requirements for working in each area. Non-compliance with the requirements covered within this induction will be a breach of Head Contract Requirements and appropriate action will be taken to ensure compliance.

Should you have any queries, contact your supervisor or Essendon Fields Project Manager.

CLICK HERE TO UNDERTAKE THE CONTRACTOR INDUCTION

It is a requirement under the Regulations that all persons accessing this airside must have a valid ASIC, or be a passenger under escort of a pilot holding an ASIC, or have a Visitor Identification Card (VIC) and be under escort by an ASIC holder.

ASIC Application

All persons accessing airside must have a valid ASIC. ASIC cards are issued by Aviation ID Australia.
TO APPLY FOR AN ASIC, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Visitors Pass
Visitor passes allow access under escort by an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) holder into our Security Restricted area. A valid reason is also required. If you are issued a Visitor’s pass, you must be under escort at all times while in the Security Restricted Area.

Contractor Inductions must be completed before applying for a Visitor Pass (unless otherwise organised with Essendon Fields).

To apply for a visitors pass, please fill in the form below

Visitor Pass Online Application Form

If you require a Visitor Pass, please complete the application form below. All sections must be filled in completely. A Visitor Pass cannot be printed if all details have not been completed. All contractors must complete the online Contractor Induction prior to applying for a Visitor Pass. Your Contractor Induction number will need to be added to the Vic pass application below. If a contractor has not completed the Contractor Induction and does not present the Completion Certificate when applying for a Visitor Pass – a Visitor Pass will not be issued.

If a Visitor Pass is required for more than 3 days – applicant must have photo taken at Essendon Fields Reception, EF HQ – Level 2, 7 English Street. A Visitor Pass can only be issued for a maximum of 28 days (including weekends) for a period of 12 months with no extensions given. If you require a Visitor Pass for longer, you will need to apply for an ASIC through Aviation ID Australia (details above). A Visitor Pass cannot be issued prior to date of commencement. The pass must be picked up on the date it is required from.

All online application forms will be printed out by EAPL – the applicant must sign the form when picking up Visitor Pass. Once applicant has completed the online Visitor pass application form, the pass will be processed by Reception. Once form is received, applicant will be contacted by Reception to confirm pick up times, requirements for photo to be taken at pick up (where necessary), etc.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST WAIT TO BE CONTACTED BY RECEPTION BEFORE COMING IN TO PICK UP THE VISITOR PASS.

All Visitor passes must be returned to EF HQ – Level 2 / 7 English Street, Essendon Fields – on completion of use. Please note: Each time a Visitor pass is required, applicant must apply using online form below (regardless of having a pass previously).

Vic Pass must be picked up by APPLICANT ONLY – with presentation of photo ID and Contractor Induction Card (where applicable).

Hours for Vic Pass Pick Ups (From EF HQ):

Monday to Friday – between 9.30 am – 12.00 pm & between 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm

  • Driver's license or Passport - must be presented when collecting your pass
  • A Contractor Induction ID can be acquired here
  • Please note you must have your induction ID No. OR your induction card with you along with Photo ID to collect your VicPass.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Two regional airlines, Sharp Airlines and Fly Corporate fly to seven destinations across NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. Find out more.

TO DOWNLOAD THE ESSENDON FIELDS AIRPORT FLIGHT SCHEDULE, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Aerodrome Landing Fees can be downloaded by clicking on the following link.
AERODROME LANDING FEES, 164 kb

The Conditions of Use document can be downloaded by clicking on the following link.
CONDITIONS OF USE – EFFECTIVE 8 OCTOBER 2017

Airspace around leased Federal airports is protected under the Airports Act 1996 and the Airports (Protection of Airspace) Regulations 1996. The protection of airspace is essential in order to provide a safe and predictable environment for the arrival and departure of aircraft using an airport.

National and international standards have been adopted which define two sets of invisible surfaces above the ground. These surfaces are:

  • Obstacle Limitation Surface (OLS) and
  • Procedures for Air Navigation Services – Aircraft – Operations (PANS-OPS)

The OLS is generally the lowest surface and is designed to provide protection for aircraft flying into or out of the airport when the pilot is flying by sight. The PANS-OPS surface is generally above the OLS and is designed to safeguard an aircraft from collision with obstacles when the aircraft’s flight may be guided solely by instruments, in conditions of poor visibility.

Any activity that infringes an airport’s protected airspace is called a “controlled activity” and requires approval before it can be carried out. Controlled activities include the following:

  • Long term activities including structures, such as buildings, intruding into the protected airspace
  • Short term (no longer than 3 months) activities such as cranes intruding into the protected airspace
  • Any activities causing intrusions into the protected airspace through glare from artificial light or reflected sunlight, air turbulence from stacks or vents, smoke, dust, steam or other gases or particulate matter.

The Regulations provide for the airport operator to approve short-term activities intruding the OLS. The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development approves long term activities and short-term intrusions of the PANS-OPS surface. Long term intrusions of the PANS-OPS surface are prohibited. A person who carries out a controlled activity without approval commits an offence under Section 183 of the Airports Act 1996. That section provides for a penalty of 250 penalty units for each offence ($42,500 as at August 2014).

In addition, if a building authority receives a proposal for a building activity that, if undertaken, would constitute a controlled activity; it must give notice of the proposal to the airport operator. Failure to do so is an offence under Section 186 of the Airports Act 1996 (50 penalty units – $8,500 as at August 2014).

Approval Process

The approval process varies depending on the type of controlled activity:

  • Short-term controlled activities penetrating the OLS can be approved/refused by the airport operator after consultation with CASA and Airservices, or referred by the airport to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (the Department) for a decision;
  • A decision on long term and short term controlled activities is required to be made by the Department within 28 days of the Department’s receipt of the application.
  • Long-term controlled activities penetrating the OLS and short term penetration of the PANSOPS are referred by the airport to the Department for a decision after consultation with CASA, Airservices and the relevant building authority;
  • A decision on short term controlled activities (OLS) is required to be made within 21 days of the airport operator receiving the application, unless the application is referred to the Department for a decision;
  • Long-term controlled activities penetrating the PANS-OPS airspace are not permitted, and the airport operator can notify the refusal of such controlled activities. If the airport operator assesses that the application is long term (more than 3 months duration) and would result in penetration of the PANS-OPS surface, it must be refused.
  • The Regulations require any decision by the airport operator to be made in the interests of the safety, efficiency or regularity of existing or future air transport operations into or out of the airport. An approval may be subject to conditions specified by the airport operator. These conditions may concern how the controlled activity is carried out (e.g. hours of operation of a crane), or may require the building or structure to be marked or lit in a certain way. These conditions must also be in the interests of the safety, efficiency or regularity of existing or future air transport operations.
  • The Regulations set the following timeframes for the approval of controlled activities:If the airport operator, CASA, Airservices or the Department requires further information in respect of individual applications, the decision is to be made within 21 days (for short-term intrusions) or 28 days (for long-term intrusions) of the extra information being provided by the applicant.

Further Information

ESSENDON FIELDS AIRPORT PRESCRIBED AIRSPACE – OBSTACLE LIMITATION SURFACES
ESSENDON FIELDS AIRPORT PRESCRIBED AIRSPACE – EXISTING PANS-OPS CRITICAL SURFACES
ESSENDON FIELDS AIRPORT CONTROLLED ACTIVITY APPLICATION FORM
AIRSPACE PROTECTION AT LEASED FEDERAL AIRPORTS