3.1.2 Documentation


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Throughout the whole of your flight training and in proticular Flight Rules - Air Law subjects, the following documents will be used to reference items of operational significance and extract relevant current information.

Civil Aviation Act And Regulations (CAR and CASR)
The Civil Aviation Act provides the primary legislative base for air safety control in Australia and contains a number of important regulatory provisions. In accordance with the Civil Aviation Act the Regulations contain the mandatory regulatory requirements in relation to airworthiness and operational matters, licencing and requirements, enforcement powers and air traffic control.

Civil Aviation Orders (CAOs)
The Regulations make provision for Civil Aviation Orders, the Orders include information on technical standards and specifications. In particular they contain detailed mandatory operational, airworthiness and safety requirements, including design requirements, standards, specifications, mandatory operational, technical and administrative procedures and safety instructions.

Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)
AIP Australia consists of a package of documents which provides all of the operational information necessary for the safe and efficient conduct of national (civil) and international air navigation throughout Australia and its Territories.

Civil Aviation Advisory Publications (CAAPs)
CAAPs are advisory documents which set out in simple language the purpose of the Regulation/Order and ways to comply with the mandatory requirements. The CAAPs have three sections; Blue - Operational, Green - Airworthiness, Yellow - Aerodrome.

Enroute Supplement Australia (ERSA)
The ERSA is a publication which contains information vital for planning a flight and for the pilot in flight. It includes pictorial presentations of all licenced aerodromes and is amended every 12 weeks. Other information includes aerodrome physical characteristics, hours of operation, visual ground aids, air traffic services, navaids, lighting, CTAF frequency, aerodrome operators’ details and any changes applicable. The ERSA is available in spiral bound or loose leaf format and can be supplied with or without the Runway Distance Supplement.

Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)
NOTAM provides information that is of direct operational significance and which may immediately affect aircraft operations. The notice is distributed by means of telecommunication containing information concerning the establishment, condition or change in any aeronautical facility, service, procedure or hazard, the timely knowledge of which is essential to personnel concerned with flight operations.

Aeronautical Information Circulars (AICs)
SUPS include operational information appropriate to the AIP. A SUP is published when the information is of a temporary nature and requires advanced notification. SUPs indicating major changes affecting air operations are usually issued under the ICAO Aeronautical Information Regulation and Control (AIRAC) requirement which stipulates that implementation occurs on a specific AIRAC date. AICs contain information of a technical nature and are generally educational giving advance notice of new facilities, services, procedures etc.

Departure And Approach Procedures (DAP)
The charts connected with all instrument departure and approach procedures are contained in two separate packages called DAP East and DAP West. DAPs also contain information on Noise Abatement Procedures, if applicable, for all locations.

Runway Distance Supplement (RDS)
The Runway Distance Supplement provides take-off and landing distances data and supplementary data for all licensed aerodromes. It is amended at the same time as the ERSA.

AIP GEN 3.2 Aeronautical charts.


The following aeronautical charts are produced:

  • Planning Chart Australia (PCA)
  • World Aeronautical Chart (WAC)
  • Visual Terminal Chart (VTC)
  • Visual Navigation Chart (VNC)
  • En Route Chart - Low (ERC-L)
  • En Route Chart - High (ERC-H)
  • Terminal Area Chart (TAC)
  • Aerodrome (AD) chart
  • Apron chart
  • Standard Instrument Departure (SID) chart
  • Standard Arrival Route (STAR) chart
  • DME and GPS Arrival chart
  • Instrument Approach and Landing (IAL) chart
  • Obstruction chart (Type A) (available from aerodrome operator)

ERSA Special Procedures