Melbourne (Essendon) airport (YMEN) is a very busy airport, hosting medium to small private jets, regular public transport services, pilot training, emergency response (police/ambulance airwing) and helicopter traffic amidst a growing commercial complex.
Essendon Airport operates 24 hours, however the Tower is operational during the following hours:
Monday to Friday from 0600-2200 local time
Saturday 0700-2200local time.
Sunday 0700-2200 local time.
Outside these hours control service is available from Melbourne approach.
The following are frequencies of interest for the keen aircraft listener:
CLEARANCE TOWER CLOSED 118.45 ATIS (Aerodrome Terminal Information System) 119.8
Victoria Police (Search and Rescue liaison) 123.1
Victoria Police (Search and Rescue Liaison) 123.2
SHARP airlines 127.47
Pearson Aviation 128.9
Executive Airlines (Engineering) 129.55
AUSJET (Australian Jet) 129.625
AERO FUELS 129.9
Essendon Executive 130.6
Victoria Police air – ground 131.6
Jet City 131.7
Shortstop jet charter 135.95