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Operations

Airside Driving

Authority to Use Airside (AUA) Permits

All vehicles operating in the airside area at Darwin International Airport (DIA) must display a valid Authority to Use Airside (AUA) Permit sticker.

What do I need to do to operate a vehicle in the airside area of DIA?

Before applying for any AUAs, applicants are required to complete and submit an Airside Vehicle Indemnity and Release Form and provide evidence of Public Liability insurance for an amount not less than AUD $20 million to DIA.

DIA Airside Vehicle Indemnity and Release Form

How do I apply for an Authority to Use Airside (AUA) Permit?

An application for an Authority to Use Airside (AUA) Permit must then be completed and submitted to DIA for each vehicle that is required to operate in the airside area.

Each application is required to be accompanied by a copy of current NT Vehicle Registration paperwork or a Mechanics Serviceability Inspection Report for non-registered GSE equipment.

DIA Authority to Use Airside (AUA) Permit Application Form

Where should I send my Authority to Use Airside (AUA) Permit application?

Please submit completed applications and attachments to tcc.reception@ntairports.com.au

Or alternatively you can post them to:

FAO: DIA Airside Operations Manager
DIA PO Box 40996
Casuarina NT 0811         
   
Or bring them into our office at:
Terminal Control Centre (TCC)
Gate A, Ground Floor
DIA Terminal Building

Authority to Drive Airside (ADA) Licence

Any person required to drive a vehicle in the airside area must be the holder of a valid red ASIC and a current State or Territory motor vehicle Driver Licence and must obtain a DIA Authority to Drive Airside (ADA) Licence.

How do I obtain an ADA?

In order to obtain an ADA, each applicant must undergo the applicable mandatory 4 or 8 hours practical training under the supervision of an experienced ADA holder, equivalent to or higher than the category of licence being applied for, then sit the DIA Authority to Drive Airside Online Induction and Assessment.

Applicants for a Category 3 or 4 Licence must also produce an Aircraft Radiotelephone Operators Certificate of Proficiency issued through CASA before an ADA will be issued.

What do I need for my Driver's Log?

Initial applicants must produce a Driver’s Log showing they have successfully carried out the minimum required hours of training for the category of licence they are applying for - view the table for details.

During initial training, applicants are required to complete the Practical Training Logbook, and prior to the online induction and assessment, all applicants will be required to read and understand the DIA Airside Driver’s Guide.

Please note, initial Category 3 applicants will be required to undergo a practical assessment drive with a member of the DIA Operations Team - remember to wear appropriate hi-viz clothing and footwear.

Licence Category Valid Areas Minimum Daytime Training Hours Minimum Night-Time Training Hours Current State / Territory Driver Licence Valid Red ASIC Radio Operators Certificate Practical Assessment Drive
Category 1 new Perimeter roads only 3 1 Required Required    
Category 1 renewal Perimeter roads only n/a n/a Required Required    
Category 2 new Airside roads and aprons 3 1 Required Required    
Category 2 renewal Airside roads and aprons n/a n/a Required Required    
Category 3 new Airside roads, aprons, taxiways 6 2 Required Required Required Required
Category 3 renewal Airside road, aprons, taxiways n/a n/a Required Required Required  
Category 4 new All airside areas 6 2 Required Required Required Required
Category 4 renewal All airside areas n/a n/a Required Required Required  
What is the pass mark for Airside Driving Online Induction and Assessment?

All candidates are required to gain a 100% pass mark on the Online Induction and Assessment in order to be deemed competent.

What should I do once I've successfully completed all training requirements?

Upon successfully completing all the training requirements, candidates must present a signed copy of the Practical Training Logbook (initial applicants only) and/or Online Assessment to the Terminal Control Centre. An ADA will then be granted at the discretion of Darwin International Airport.

How long is my ADA valid?

An ADA is valid for up to 24 months from the date of issue but must not exceed the applicants ASIC expiry date. Refresher training is to be completed every 2 years via the Online Induction and Assessment Process.

I've registered for my induction - what next?

Once you register, we will send you an email with your username and password and a link to the induction within 72 hours. Alternatively, call the Terminal Control Centre on (08 8920 1805).

Register for Induction

Fees and Payment Options

All application fees are payable at the time of submission - no applications will be accepted without payment.

DIA accepts the following methods of payment:

  • Cash
  • EFTPOS
  • Credit
  • Cheque made payable to Darwin International Airport
APPLICATION FORM FEE (gst INCL)
authority to use airside (AUA) permit application $80
authority to drive airside (ADA) permit application $60
Your company may have a payment arrangement set up with us - please check before you pay

Please check with your employer as to any payment arrangements they have set up with us.

Your company has the option of providing DIA with an Ongoing Credit Card Authority Form that will be securely retained by us and used for payment each time the company submits an application. Alternatively, you can attach a Single Payment Credit Card Authority Form that we will use for once off payment.

DIA Ongoing Credit Card Authority Form
DIA Single Payment Credit Card Authority Form

Aircraft Radiotelephone Operator Certificate of Proficiency

Flight Advantage currently conduct training courses for staff to receive an Aircraft Radiotelephone Operators Certificate of Proficiency. For more information and the next course date, contact info@flightadvantage.com.au.


Aerobridge Training

Darwin International Airport use passenger aerobridges on four bays on our Regular Public Transport (RPT) Apron.

These aerobridges enable passengers to board and disembark easily and efficiently and allow for the safe transfer of passengers between the aircraft and the airport terminal without being affected by weather conditions.

They also improve security by limiting access to aprons and operational areas.

Who can operate an aerobridge?

These aerobridges are common-use facilities and may only be operated by personnel who are authorised employees of airlines or ground handling agents. 

What do I need to do to become an Aerobridge Operator?

Certification as an Aerobridge Operator is restricted to those persons who will be required to regularly operate aerobridges as part of their job function and have successfully completed aerobridge operations training and assessment and certified as competent to operate each type of aerobridge.

Certification

How do I receive certification as an Aerobridge Operator?

To receive certification as an Aerobridge Operator, you are required to demonstrate a theoretical and practical understanding of the procedures. You will be required to do the following:

  • Complete the initial Aerobridge Practical Training Record signed by an Authorised Aerobridge Trainer
  • Complete the Online Aerobridge Induction and Assessment
What will I train in?

Training will be undertaken in general operating procedures as well as specific local procedures that apply. The trainee will be assessed as competent or not competent by the company’s Authorised Trainer over three dockings for an arriving aircraft, and three retractions for a departing aircraft.

What practical training do I need to complete?

Below are the Practical Training Records to be completed during the initial training process:

Fixed Aerobridge Practical Training Record - Bays 2, 3 and 4
Apron Drive Aerobridge Practical Training Record Bays 1 and 5

What training material do I need to read?

During training and prior to the online induction and assessment, you will be required to read and understand the Aerobridge Operating Guide and Procedures.

What online training do I need to complete?

Following completion of Practical Training, the candidate must pass an Online Induction and Assessment in order to be deemed competent.

I've completed my practical and online training - what next?

Upon successfully completing all the training requirements, candidates must present a signed copy of the Practical Training Record and Online Assessment to the terminal control centre; certification will then be granted at the discretion of Darwin International Airport. The operators Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) will be validated with the appropriate aerobridge control access.

Registeration instructions

Register for the Aerobridge Induction and Assessment

Please do not register for an Induction if you have applied to DIA for your ASIC; we will register you automatically once your ASIC is approved.

We will send you an email with your username and password and a link to the induction within 72 hours.

How long is an Aerobridge Operator certification valid for?

Aerobridge Operator certification is valid for two (2) years from date of training. Refresher training is to be completed every two years via the Online Induction and Assessment process.

Register for the Aerobridge Induction and Assessment


Crane Operations

Crane operations within the vicinity (20kms) of Darwin Aerodrome have the potential to create air safety hazards and may affect airport operations.

Assessing and approving crane operations around DIA's airspace

To protect Darwin International Airport’s airspace, all crane activities are required by law to be assessed and approved under the Commonwealth Airports (Protection of Airspace) Regulations 1996 before they can be carried out.

Legislation - crane operation around DIA's airspace

As a crane operator, it is an offence under Section 183 of the Airports Act 1996 to carry out, without approval, crane operations which intrude into airport’s protected airspace; it is also an offence not to give information to the Airport of proposed crane activity.

Application to operate a crane in the vicinity of Darwin International Airport

Application Form: Crane Operations Permit

Darwin aerodrome has four zones to assist you in deciding if notification to Darwin International Airport is required prior to crane activity taking place. The four zones are:

Zone Area WHEN MUST DIA BE NOTIFIED?
Zone 1 Within THE RED area Take-off & Approach Critical Areas – DIA must be notified of ALL crane operations
Zone 2 Within the BLACK area - Inner Horizontal Surface DIA must be notified of all crane activity exceeding 20M AGL
Zone 3 Within the BLUE area - Conical Surface DIA must be notified of all crane activity exceeding 40M AGL.
Zone 4 Remaining area outside the blue area and within 20km of the aerodrome - Outer Horizontal Surface DIA must be notified of all crane activity exceeding 80M AGL.

If you are unsure of the GPS Coordinates of the crane activity, or you wish to provide DIA with further site information, please use the below map to mark your exact crane location. Please ensure you have submitted a Crane Operations Permit Application first.

 

Contacts

Airside Driving

To book an Authority to Drive Airside (ADA) test please contact us on:

T: (08) 8920 1805
E: diatraining@ntairports.com.au

If you have any queries regarding AUA Permits or ADA Licences, please contact the DIA Airside Operations Manager on:

T: 08 8920 1904
E: DIAOperationsDepartment@ntairports.com.au

CRANE OPERATIONS

For further information relating to crane operations, please contact the DIA Airside Operations Manager on:

T: 08 8920 1904

Or the Duty Airside Operations Officer:
M: 0402 088 145 – 24/7
E: DIAOperationsDepartment@ntairports.com.au

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