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Significant Factors


  1. The crew of the A320 dialled an incorrect heading into the FCU, although the pilot in command read the correct heading back to ATC.
  2. The A320 crew followed normal procedure and contacted Departures (S) as soon as practicable after takeoff. This frequency change prevented the aerodrome controller correcting the tracking error of the A320 crew.


  1. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority adopted the SODPROPS standard without critical analysis of the FAA standard or the risks associated with the application of the standard to Australian operations.
  2. Airservices Australia implemented the standard without fully complying with the requirements of section 6.3 of the LIP.
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