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A number of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft, one at Devonport and two others inbound to Devonport, were unable to contact a Visual Flight Rules (VFR) aircraft, VH-CGH, which called seven miles inbound to Devonport. The weather was marginal with the cloud base at 600 feet. After two unsuccessful attempts to land, VH-CGH departed for Wynyard. The pilot of VH-CGH had recently passed a biennial flight review. He had recently returned to flying after a considerable lapse. At the time of the incident he was having trouble with selection switches on the VHF radio. He had selected audio to headphones instead of the speaker such that he could transmit but not hear any replies from other aircraft. There was no known breakdown in separation between aircraft. Significant Factors The following factors were considered relevant to the development of the incident: 1. The pilot was unfamiliar with the radio selection switches installed in the aircraft. 2. The pilot operated at Devonport in non visual meteorological weather conditions.
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General details
Date: 09 July 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 12:45 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: VFR into IMC 
Release date: 26 October 1994 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182Q 
Aircraft registration: VH-CGH 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Wynyard TAS
Destination:Devonport TAS
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