CA/GRS (Certified Air/Ground Radio Information Service) and UNICOM (Universal Communications) are two services IAS can provide to enhance safety at non-controlled aerodromes with a fluctuating and complex air traffic mix (including RPT operations).
The Company employs staff with a wealth of experience in Air Traffic Services (ATS) and related disciplines and as such, can provide staff trained to a high standard for UNICOM or CA/GRS operations. Backed by the IAS ‘Aviation Safety Risk Management System’, staff work within the best practice available to ensure they are providing a comprehensive level of service in line with CASA requirements.
Current UNICOM Operations
Operationally, IAS has provided UNICOM services regularly at several aerodromes around Australia, in particular;
During the conduct of Wallaby Removal Operations, an IAS staff member qualified in UNICOM operations provides a UNICOM service to support aerodrome operations with information relating to aerodrome activities, ensuring that live firing is ceased during aviation activities. Additionally, during the Birdsville Races Fly-in, IAS staff provide information to pilots to ensure arrivals, refuelling and parking are coordinated to limit delays to participants. This also includes the coordination of parking on hardstand areas for larger turbo-prop aircraft, small business jets, helicopters and RPT arrivals and departures.
Further Reading 1: CASA Manual of Standards (MOS) 139, Chapter 14 (Adobe PDF Reader required)
Further Reading 2: Airservices Australia – UNICOM Service Trial
Aviation Safety - Risk Management System
IAS is committed to providing the customer with the ‘best practice’ in the application of aviation safety management, and indeed, value for money. Through the management of the range of risks inherent in the IAS daily business activities, IAS can provide assurance to the customer that mutual aviation risks and potential legal exposure are heavily controlled.
The company has developed an Aviation Safety Risk Management Policy and System, which embraces the incident reporting systems of Airservices Australia, the ATSB and Defence, as well as promoting an organic safety alerting system and a closed loop incident reporting system.
IAS adopts and employs the Standards Australia AS/NZS Risk Management Standard 4360/2004. For each IAS operation, a Risk Management Plan utilising AS/NZS 4360/2004 is adopted and subject to constant monitor and review.