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NOTAM: Letter of Agreement Between RAAFv and VATSIM Australia Pacific

1. INTRODUCTION

RAAFv and VATSIM Australia Pacific have ratified a Letter of Agreement that defines the release of restricted airspace within VATPAC to RAAFv during operational periods.

This letter of agreement is supplementary to VATSIM and Regional documents and does not replace or override VATSIM Policy.

Document: RAAFv VATPAC LOA

2. DETAILS

Background

  • RAAFv conducts operations that utilise restricted airspace within the designated airspace assigned to VATPAC by the CoR.
  • In the past, the release of this airspace has not been formally documented and has been at the discretion of the Director Operations.
  • Additionally, procedures pertaining to the responsibilities of AEWAC pilots, civil aircraft and civil controllers has not been documented during the activation of RA's. 

Document Summary

  • Provides definition to restricted airspace and it states, these include Activated, Active and Inactive. 
  • Defines who an AEWAC pilot is and how pilots can identify them.
  • Defines the release of controlling authority from VATPAC controllers to AEWAC Controllers.
  • Provides operational procedures and requirements of controllers for handling aircraft travelling into and out of RA's

Area's of Potential Confusion 

  • AEWAC Pilots are NOT controllers, they are aircraft which are connected to the network via a pilot client and maybe utilising a radar scope which is proxied.
  • RA's are not entirely restricted to military aircraft. There are different categories of restricted areas which determine whether civilian aircraft can transit. To find the category of an active RA, consult the NOTAM pertaining to the operation. See this post for clarification: here
  • When an RA is active and an AEWAC pilot is within its boundaries, pilots shall contact the AEWAC pilot. If a pilot is unaware of the active RA, the AEWAC pilot shall make contact with the civilian pilot. In addition to this, AEWAC pilots may give aircraft and alternate route/level which avoids the active RA. However, aircraft may deem this operationally unviable in which the AEWAC pilot shall manage military traffic around the civilian aircraft. 
  • ATC may be unaware of this LOA. In the event that a civilian controller is unaware, the AEWAC pilot shall provide a link to the LOA and the civilian controller shall comply with the details set out within the document. In the event the controller continues to be non-compliant, use the .wallop command to call a supervisor and cite the link to this post and the LOA. 

3. AUTHORITY 

VATPAC Board of Directors

4. CANCELLATION

This LOA shall remain active unless notification is provided in the NOTAM forum.

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