For Defence aerodromes, the Defence Aviation Safety Authority (DASA) is responsible for establishing the initial safety requirements. These aviation safety requirements are prescribed within Section 6 of the DASA’s Defence Aviation Safety Design Requirements Manual (DASDRM) and are to be used when designing Defence certified aerodromes.

The Authority will identify a primary design standard which represents international or domestic "good practice" for aerodrome design and is an integrated requirement set, internally consistent and kept up-to-date by the sponsoring authority. The DASDRM aerodrome requirements leverage heavily, where possible, on a primary design standard. These primary standards provide a sound foundation for aerodrome design, however due to Defences unique military role and environment, the DASDRM adapts the primary design standard through supplementation or tailoring. This may be needed where the primary design standard:

•          is silent on specific design elements needed for Defence aerodromes, such as military-specific capability requirements;
•          does include requirements for a particular design element, but Defence experience has shown it needs to be varied for the Defence operational context; and/or
•          is not entirely compatible with mandatory Australian legislative design requirements, for example electrical wiring.

The Authority prescribe design requirements in support of safe flight operations. Non-aviation safety-related design requirements necessary for Defence capability, standardisation and interoperability with other defence forces are not included.

Aerodromes Design Requirements

The DASDRM design requirements provide the starting point for developing the aerodrome certification basis – the requirements for which the aerodrome is to comply with to achieve certification. The DASDRM aims to cater for most Defence capability needs, although supplementation or tailoring may occasionally be needed for niche capabilities on an aerodrome.

Aerodrome design requirements are identified in Defence Aviation Safety Design Requirements Manual (DASDRM), Section 6 as follows:

Aerodrome Type

Applicable DASDRM Chapter

Primary (Aerodrome) Design Standard

Land based aerodromes

Section 6, Chapter 2

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Part 139 (Aerodromes) Manual of Standards 2019 (Part 139 MOS) (September 2019), including the MOS Part 139H - Standards Applicable to the Provision of Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (MOS Part 139H) (January 2005).

Land based heliports

Section 6, Chapter 3

International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 14 Aerodromes Volume 2 Heliports (July 2020); and
Unified Facility Criteria 3-260-01 Airfield And Heliport Planning And Design (to provide necessary militarisation)

Shipborne heliports

Section 6, Chapter 4

Australian Defence Force Maritime Materiel Requirements Set - DEF (AUST) 5000 - Volume 11 Ship Aviation Requirements (November 2017) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

Systems and functions covered by the design requirements include:

  • Physical characteristics of movement facilities.
  • Aircraft arresting systems, and recovery assist systems for shipborne heliports.
  • Obstacle restrictions and limitations.
  • Visual aids provided by aerodrome markings, markers, signals, wind direction indicators, and so on.
  • Visual aids provided by aerodrome lighting.
  • Communication, Navigation, Surveillance (CNS) and Meteorological (MET) facilities.
  • Earthing points.
  • Aircraft tie-down facilities
  • Radio communication facilities.
  • Aerodrome Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) requirements.

What We Do

The DASA prescribes design requirements for aerodrome systems and functions that are necessary to support safe flight at Defence aerodromes. The design requirements are captured within the DASDRM Section 6.

Design requirements are separately prescribed for Defence aerodromes primarily used for fixed wing operations, land based heliports and shipborne heliports.
The DASA provides advice on interpreting the design requirements.

I Want To Learn More…

If you want to learn more about Aerodrome design requirements, please consult the DASR 139 (Aerodrome) Regulations at DASR 139 Aerodromes and the following resources:

Guidance Material



  • DASDRM S6 Ch 2 CB Template

    TBD – Contact DASA Aerodromes
  • DASDRM S6 Ch 3 CB Template

    TBD – Contact DASA Aerodromes
  • DASDRM S6 Ch 4 CB Template

    TBD – Contact DASA Aerodromes
  • User Guide – Certification Basis Template

    TBD – Contact DASA Aerodromes


If you have questions about this topic please contact

For DASR queries please submit a DASR Query Form (DQF) Form 110

DASA Web Page Certification Process and Programmes
DASA Web Page Certification Basis