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The aircraft was issued with a take-off clearance, with a requirement to maintain 3000 feet. On departure, the pilot reported on climb to 3000 feet. The aircraft was then observed on radar to be approaching 3800 feet. When queried, the pilot confirmed his altitude was 3800 feet. The aircraft was then cleared to maintain 4000 feet to ensure separation with crossing traffic arriving at Sydney. The pilot later stated that he understood his initial clearance limit to be 4000 feet.
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General details
Date: 26 February 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 9:19 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Operational non-compliance 
Release date: 29 July 1993 Occurrence class: Airspace 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-31-350 
Aircraft registration: VH-WAD 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Sydney NSW
Destination:Maitland NSW
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Last update 23 July 2015