CASA has assigned a set frequency for aircraft operating in Lake Eyre to reduce congestion on other frequencies as a result of the increased sightseeing traffic through the area.
Aircraft operating in the region are required to use 127.8 MHz as the broadcast area frequency from May 1 until October 31. The region covered by the frequency centres on North and South Lake Eyre – from Lake Gregory in the east to Mt Margaret in the west and Lake Pantoowarinna in the north to Tarlton Knob mine in the south and applies up to 5000 feet. Pilots are required to use the frequency to broadcast the aircraft’s callsign, position and level and intentions for the flight, while pilots taking off or landing within the designated airspace must also use the frequency.
Read more about the sightseeing operations around Lake Eyre in the most recent edition of Australian Aviation.