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Emerging trends in Australian aviation safety July to December 2014
This report summarises significant trends in Australian aviation from July to December 2014, and resultant safety action being taken to address these trends.
Search for MH370
Updated 22 July 2015 ...
Fallen load speader. Source: AMSA
Two crew were seriously injured by a falling load spreader. The ATSB identifies some simple safety precautions that must apply to crane operations.
 Mr Noel Hart, Commissioner
The Chief Commissioner of the ATSB, Mr Martin Dolan has welcomed the re-appointment of Mr Noel Hart as a Commissioner.
Collision on the ground involving a Piper PA-28, VH-TXH and a Cessna 172, VH-EUU Moorabbin Airport, Victoria
A light aircraft collision between a Piper PA-28 and Cessna 172 shows why it’s crucial to manage and respond to partial power loss immediately.
Aviation Short Investigations Bulletin: Issue 41
The ATSB has released its latest Bulletin of short investigations covering incidents involving regular passenger transport aircraft, light aircraft and helicopters.
Robinson R44 helicopter accident site at Bulli Tops NSW.
A fatal Robinson R44 helicopter accident has prompted the ATSB to recommend safety improvements to helicopter fuel tanks in the United States and Europe.
Frugo Discovery in the Southern Indian Ocean
Recent news reports about the search for MH370 have included highly inaccurate assertions about the search and how it is being conducted.
Area of operation and the accident site location: 240 km west of Davis Base, Antarctica
Flying visually in poor visibility continues to be a major aviation concern, following a serious helicopter accident injuring three people in Antarctica on 1 December 2013.
Ship-related debris on the sea floor, including an anchor.  Source: ATSB, photo by Fugro.
The debris field appeared to be of man-made origin but once again it did not exhibit all the characteristics of a typical aircraft debris field.
ATSB investigator at work
Where necessary, investigators will collaborate with academics and international specialists when additional expertise or advice is required.
Accident site of Cessna 310 aircraft, registered VH-TBE
During the flight, one of the passengers coughed incessantly through the headset which distracted the pilot.
Privacy awareness week 3-5 May 2015
The ATSB is a proud partner of Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) 2015. This year, PAW is being held from 3–9 May
Aviation Short Investigations Bulletin: Issue 40
The ATSB has released its latest Bulletin of short investigations covering incidents from November last year through to February this year.
Mr Martin Dolan, the Chief Commissioner of the ATSB, and Mr Mark Skidmore, the Director of Aviation Safety, CASA, signed the new MoU on 30 March 2015
A new memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Australia’s transport safety investigator and civil aviation safety regulator places a renewed emphasis on cooperation to improve aviation safety.
Fire damaged freight. Source: GWA
Freight within affected container, including undeclared dangerous goods, packed not in accordance with code of practice.
Accident site of Cessna 172 VH-ZZD
Pilots encouraged to seek ATC services if unsure of their position.
Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin - Issue 39
Issue 39: The ATSB has just released a new aviation bulletin containing 10 investigation reports.
Government announces additional commissioner
Mr Chris Manning has been appointed to the ATSB Commission with effect 9 March 2015 for a period of three years.
Piper PA-25 impact with wire
Pilots are advised to use additional cues to identify powerlines, such as the power poles and buildings to which the powerlines may connect.
Accident site of Cessna 206, VH-KRR
This incident highlights the importance of thorough pre-flight planning and monitoring and reassessing actual versus planned flight tracks and aircraft fuel consumption.
Accident side of Beech Aircraft Corp D17-S
Pilots need to consider the effect of an in-flight engine failure at different altitudes has on the time available to manage that failure and identify a suitable forced landing area.
Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin - Issue 38
Issue 38: The ATSB has just released a new aviation bulletin containing 10 investigation reports.
Vehicle position post collision. Source: NT Police
The train crew believed that the impact had derailed the locomotive and they were about to fall off the bridge and into the Katherine River.
Derailed or wagons. Source: ATSB
The ATSB found that The ARTC’s inspection and maintenance practices were ineffective at identifying and correcting the deteriorating condition of track infrastructure exhibiting accelerated wear, such as 38A points at Spencer Junction.
Pacific National broad-gauge freight train, No. 9204V,
The ATSB found that the network control officer had established a standard-gauge route beyond signal DYN158 rather than the required broad-gauge route.
 
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This report summarises significant trends in Australian aviation from July to December 2014, and resultant safety action being taken to address these trends.
 
Updated 22 July 2015 ...
 
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Two crew were seriously injured by a falling load spreader. The ATSB identifies some simple safety precautions that must apply to crane operations.
 
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The Chief Commissioner of the ATSB, Mr Martin Dolan has welcomed the re-appointment of Mr Noel Hart as a Commissioner.
 
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A light aircraft collision between a Piper PA-28 and Cessna 172 shows why it’s crucial to manage and respond to partial power loss immediately.
 
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The ATSB has released its latest Bulletin of short investigations covering incidents involving regular passenger transport aircraft, light aircraft and helicopters.
 
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A fatal Robinson R44 helicopter accident has prompted the ATSB to recommend safety improvements to helicopter fuel tanks in the United States and Europe.
 
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Recent news reports about the search for MH370 have included highly inaccurate assertions about the search and how it is being conducted.
 
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Flying visually in poor visibility continues to be a major aviation concern, following a serious helicopter accident injuring three people in Antarctica on 1 December 2013.
 
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The debris field appeared to be of man-made origin but once again it did not exhibit all the characteristics of a typical aircraft debris field.
 
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Where necessary, investigators will collaborate with academics and international specialists when additional expertise or advice is required.
 
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During the flight, one of the passengers coughed incessantly through the headset which distracted the pilot.
 
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The ATSB is a proud partner of Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) 2015. This year, PAW is being held from 3–9 May
 
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The ATSB has released its latest Bulletin of short investigations covering incidents from November last year through to February this year.
 
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A new memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Australia’s transport safety investigator and civil aviation safety regulator places a renewed emphasis on cooperation to improve aviation safety.
 
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Freight within affected container, including undeclared dangerous goods, packed not in accordance with code of practice.
 
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Pilots encouraged to seek ATC services if unsure of their position.
 
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Issue 39: The ATSB has just released a new aviation bulletin containing 10 investigation reports.
 
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Mr Chris Manning has been appointed to the ATSB Commission with effect 9 March 2015 for a period of three years.
 
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Pilots are advised to use additional cues to identify powerlines, such as the power poles and buildings to which the powerlines may connect.
 
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This incident highlights the importance of thorough pre-flight planning and monitoring and reassessing actual versus planned flight tracks and aircraft fuel consumption.
 
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Pilots need to consider the effect of an in-flight engine failure at different altitudes has on the time available to manage that failure and identify a suitable forced landing area.
 
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Issue 38: The ATSB has just released a new aviation bulletin containing 10 investigation reports.
 
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The train crew believed that the impact had derailed the locomotive and they were about to fall off the bridge and into the Katherine River.
 
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The ATSB found that The ARTC’s inspection and maintenance practices were ineffective at identifying and correcting the deteriorating condition of track infrastructure exhibiting accelerated wear, such as 38A points at Spencer Junction.
 
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The ATSB found that the network control officer had established a standard-gauge route beyond signal DYN158 rather than the required broad-gauge route.
 
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The ATSB has just released a new aviation bulletin containing 9 investigation reports. Issue 37
 
 
 
The search for MH370 continues

The search for MH370 continues

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