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The pilot submitted a flight plan for a flight from Brisbane Airport to the television studios at Mt Cootha. The flight planned cruising altitude was 1000 feet. When the pilot requested an airways clearance, prior to takeoff, the Surface Movement Controller(SMC) in the Brisbane Control Tower found that the required cruising altitude had not been annotated on the flight progress strip. He therefore issued the aircraft with a clearance at 1500 feet. This altitude was accepted and acknowledged by the pilot. The SMC then advised the Brisbane Approach Controller the cleared cruising altitude of the aircaft. After the aircraft departed, the pilot advised the Brisbane Approach Controller that the aircraft was on climb to a cruising altitude of 1000 feet, in error. This was not queried by the Approach Controller. No traffic conflictions resulted from the occurrence.

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General details
Date: 30 March 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1339  
Location:Brisbane Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 29 May 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 206 
Aircraft registration: VH-XDM 
Type of operation: Business 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Brisbane QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Mt Cootha QLD
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