PROTECTED AIRSPACE ASSESSMENT TOOL (PAAT)

Welcome to PAAT!

Perth Airport operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is one of the most important elements of public transport infrastructure in Western Australia. Not surprisingly, the protection of airspace for Perth Airport’s current and future needs is essential to provide a safe, predictable environment for the arrivals and departures of aircraft in all weather conditions.

The airspace around Perth Airport is protected under Part 12 of the Airports Act 1996 and the Airports (Protection of Airspace) Regulations 1996. Persons wishing to undertake activities that will result in an intrusion into Perth Airport’s protected airspace are required to apply to Perth Airport for approval. Further information on airspace protection laws and the statutory approval process is available here.

Infringement of Perth Airport’s protected airspace without approval is punishable by fines of up to $40,000.

Generally, fixed and mobile plant such as cranes, concrete pumps and elevated work platforms, both on and off the airport estate, are the most common activities that can infringe the protected airspace of Perth Airport. These activities can pose a real hazard to aviation if not mitigated appropriately. The Protected Airspace Assessment Tool is free of charge and allows external users to lodge and track applications for the erection of plant, such as cranes, in the vicinity of Perth Airport.

Other Activities: Enquiries regarding proposed structure or activities other than crane operations that may infringe the protected airspace of Perth Airport can be referred to planning@perthairport.com.au.

Further information on this process and PDF copies of Perth Airport’s protected airspace for download is available here.

Perth Airport’s PAAT user manual is available here.