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COVID-19 INFORMATION

Our priority is the wellbeing and safety of everyone passing through or working at our airport. We are taking all the necessary precautions to ensure everyone is protected. For information about our response to COVID-19 and current airport operations, please contact the NT Airports COVID-19 Community Hotline on 1800 313 177 to listen to the latest information or visit our COVID-19 Passenger Information page. 

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  

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.

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).

To register for this induction please email DIATraining@ntairports.com.au and include the following details;

  • Applicant full name
  • Organisation name
  • The name of the induction you wish to register for (DIA Online Security 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.

To register for this induction please email DIATraining@ntairports.com.au and include the following details;

  • Applicant full name
  • Organisation name
  • The name of the induction you wish to register for (DIA Aerobridge Training)

Crane Operations

The protection of the immediate airspace around Darwin International Airport is essential to ensure that we maintain a safe operating environment and to provide for future growth for the airport.

The airspace around Darwin International Airport is protected under the Commonwealth Airports Act 1996, the Airports (Protection of Airspace) Regulations 1996. Darwin International Airport is jointly used with the Department of Defence and the Defence Aviation Areas Regulations 2018 also apply for RAAF Base Darwin.

Crane operations or other obstructions in the vicinity of an airport (approximately 15 kms) have the potential to create air safety hazards and to seriously limit the airport’s operations. For this reason, they are required to be assessed and approved in accordance with the respective regulations and legislation.

It is an offence under Section 183 of the Airports Act 1996 to carry out, without approval, crane operations which intrude into an airport’s protected airspace; it is also an offence under Section 186 of the Act not to give information to the airport operator that is relevant to a proposed activity.

Protected airspace

International standards have been adopted which define two sets of invisible surfaces above the ground around the airport. The airspace above these surfaces forms the airport’s protected airspace. These two surfaces are:

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

The OLS is generally the lowest surface and is designed to provide protection for aircraft flying in or out of the airport when the pilot is flying visually (by sight).

The PANS-OPS is generally above the OLS surface and is designed to safeguard an aircraft from collision with obstacles when the aircraft’s flight may be guided solely by instruments.

Controlled Activity

Controlled activities require assessment and approval before they can be carried out and include the following:

- Constructing permanent structures, such as buildings, intruding into the protected airspace
- Temporary structures such as cranes intruding into 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 differentiate between short-term (less than 3 months) and long-term controlled activities. The regulations provide for the airport operator (in consultation with Defence and Airservices) to approve short-term activities. A long term controlled activity requires approval by the Department of Infrastructure and Defence, any long term intrusions of the PANS-OPS surface are prohibited.

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

Applications to carry out crane operations should be made in writing (application form or email) to the airport as soon as possible. A minimum of three (3) days is required for the assessment process, however,+ if the proposed activity is expected to result into an intrusion into the OLS or PANS-OPS surface proponents should allow a minimum of four (4) weeks.

The information required for an application to be assessed must include:

  1. A description of the proposed activity e.g. crane or concrete boom operation etc.

  2. Its precise location:
    - Site address – if large site, include specific location (e.g. site plan)
    - Co-ordinates or location shown on map

  3. The maximum height of the crane above ground level.

  4. Ground level (AHD) at site (if known)

  5. Proposed operating times/dates – obstruction light required for night operations.

Application Form: Crane Operations Permit Application

Completed crane operation applications and any other relevant information must be submitted to airportoperations@ntairports.com.au

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 DIA must be notified of all crane activity exceeding 10m AGL
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 DIA must be notified of all crane activity exceeding 80m AGL.

The map below can be used to submit the location of the crane activity and the coordinates of the site by moving the markers. An application form must also be submitted in addition to this.

 
Assessing and approving short-term crane operations around Darwin Airport airspace

DIA will conduct the initial assessment of the application in terms of:

- Whether the activity results in and intrusion into the OLS or PANS-OPS surface - The extent of the intrusion; - The precise location of the activity.

If the initial assessment results in no intrusion to the OLS or PANS-OPS surface, DIA in consultation with RAAF Base Darwin will approve the proposed activity. If the application results in intrusion to the OLS or PANS-OPS surface, DIA is required to invite the following organisations – Airservices, Defence and CASA - to comment or assess for any impact the proposed obstacle has on published procedures and aviation safety; this process can take approximately 2 – 6 weeks depending on the location and complexity of the assessment.

Crane Operations - Further Information

For further information relating to crane operations, please contact the Airside Operations Manager on 08 8920 1904 or email


Contacts

Airside Driving

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

T: (08) 8920 1805
E: airportoperations@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: airportoperations@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: 


Take-Off Chart

Type A Take-Off Chart

Aerodrome Obstacle Chart


Precision Approach Chart

Precision Approach Terrain Chart


Aircraft Engine Ground Running

DIA Engine Ground Running Plan 2017


Taxiway Yankee Runup Bay

Yankee Run Up


Drone Usage

As the use of personal drones continues to soar in popularity, it is important users inform themselves on how and where they may operate a drone, whether they need to be licensed and the dangers of flying drones near airports.

Recreational use of drones in the airspace surrounding Darwin International Airport is not permitted at any time.

In general, the rule set by CASA is that drone operators should stay well clear of any area where aircraft may fly at a low altitude.

Drones are not allowed to intrude into aviation airspace and are not to be used within three (3) nautical miles (5.5 km) of Darwin International Airport without prior permission. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has developed rules which strictly prohibit unmanned aircraft being flown in a manner that creates a hazard to an aircraft.

Further information

Detailed information surrounding CASA’s regulations for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) usage can be found at:
https://www.casa.gov.au/aircraft/landing-page/flying-drones-australia

Commercial Use

How to enquire about obtaining approval to operate a drone for commercial use at Darwin International Airport and surrounds

There are very limited situations, for commercial purposes only, where permission may be granted to operate a drone near Darwin International Airport. As Darwin International Airport is a joint user airport and shares airfield facilities with the RAAF Base Darwin, separate written approvals are required from CASA, the Department of Defence Air Traffic Control and Darwin International Airport.

To enquire about obtaining approval to operate a drone at Darwin International Airport, please contact: airportoperations@ntairports.com.au


Airside PPE Policy

Northern Territory Airports considers the safety of staff and other airport users to be of paramount importance. To assist in the achievement of this, we have a mandatory Airside PPE Policy.