Thank you to CASA for this update and clarification today.
Sunshine Coast Airspace
The Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) in the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is currently reviewing an airspace change proposal submitted by Airservices Australia (Airservices) regarding the realignment of the runway at Sunshine Coast Airport.
The OAR has received a large number of submissions from members of the public outlining their concerns with the proposed modification to the flight paths associated with the runway. However the OAR can only consider those issues which relate to its function of airspace regulation. The OAR assesses all airspace change proposals to determine if the proposal meets the regulatory requirements for classification of airspace, the level of air traffic services that are proposed within that airspace and any impact on airspace users. While the OAR reviews any safety information that supports a decision about a proposed airspace change, matters such as possible bird strike and the availability of runways fall outside the consideration of an airspace change proposal.
CASA does not assess flight paths as part of an airspace change proposal. The design of flight paths, environmental considerations and the conduct of public consultation are the responsibility of Airservices and the Sunshine Coast Airport. CASA understands that the proposed airspace and flight path designs for Sunshine Coast Airport are consistent with the Environmental Impact Statement that was approved by the Queensland State Coordinator General on 19 May 2016.