If you’re a pilot flying in Australian airspace, it’s crucial to be aware of the air-to-air communication procedures. The designated VHF communications channel for air-to-air communication in Australia is 123.45 MHz. This channel is particularly useful when flying over remote or oceanic areas where VHF ground stations are not within range.
By using this channel, pilots can effectively exchange vital operational information, coordinate flights, and address any operational challenges that might arise during their journey. Additionally, this frequency can be used for enhancing situational awareness and improving overall aviation safety.
In the event of communication issues or other unforeseen circumstances, contingency procedures are in place. These include TIBA (Traffic Information Broadcasts by Aircraft) and Mandatory Broadcast Procedures. TIBA is a procedure where aircraft broadcast their position and other relevant information to nearby aircraft, ensuring situational awareness even when ground-based air traffic services are unavailable. Mandatory Broadcast Procedures refer to specific communication protocols that pilots must adhere to in certain designated areas.
To learn more about these contingency procedures and other essential information, consult the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) GEN 3.3. Being well-informed and following these guidelines will ensure a safer and more enjoyable flying experience in Australian skies.