Aerodrome Operators of Certified Aerodromes must have an aerodrome manual that describes all relevant information and procedures that underpin the safe and effective use of the aerodrome. The aerodrome manual is the authoritative source for aerodrome information published for public use and provides a compliant data source for other products to draw from, such as those used by Military Air Operators (MAO) for the conduct of flight operations at the aerodrome. Examples of other Defence Aeronautical Information Publications (AIP) include the En-Route Supplement Australia (ERSA) and CASA promulgation of Notice to Airmen (NOTAM).

The aerodrome manual aligns with CASA’s Manual of Standards (MOS) – Part 139; tailored for a unique military context. The MOS 139 sets out the standards and operating procedures of civilian certified aerodromes and other aerodromes used in air transport operations.

The aerodrome manual must contain as a minimum, but not limited to, the content listed in the Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) tab to the DASR 139.50 – Aerodrome Manual (AUS).

The content includes Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) requirements, Aerodrome Emergency Plans (AEP) and description of potential or known hazards and their treatments.

Where the content may not be applicable, this section is to remain in the aerodrome manual and the Aerodrome Operator must provide a justification as to why the content is not relevant.

Further guidance and information on the Aerodrome Manual is available below and can be provided by the Authority to help support the applicant.

What We Do

The DASR 139 – Aerodromes provides a minimum set of requirements, procedures, plans and essential information to be contained in the aerodrome manual.
The DASA will review the aerodrome manual for compliance with the AMC when assessing if an aerodrome can be added to the Aerodrome Operator specification.

How Do I Apply?

Application for aerodrome manual approval is combined with the application for Aerodrome Operator approval. See web page Aerodrome Operator Organisational Approval to identify how to apply for authority certification for an aerodrome.

I Want To Learn More…

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

Guidance Material



If you have questions about this topic please contact

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

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DASA Web Page Requirements for Aerodrome Operator Approval