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Safety Action

Summary

Dash 8 operator safety action

The Dash 8 operator has conducted a risk assessment in relation to their policy on the use of the company frequency during ground manoeuvring. All standard transmissions on company frequency are to be completed before the aircraft moves from the blocks before departure.

The Dash 8 operator's Procedures Review Group will further assess and modify procedures to minimise company frequency usage.

Saab operator safety action

The Saab operator reviewed procedures and issued two bulletins that amended the policy and procedures manual in relation to the use of the company frequency during ground manoeuvring. On departure, all radio communication with the company must be made prior to leaving the bay and on arrival radio communication with the company should only be made after contact with the SMC. The timing of any communications following arrival shall be such that all crew members are not distracted from monitoring SMC when approaching runways and taxiways where a clearance is usually required.

The next Flight Operations Safety meeting will consider the requirement for a policy on monitoring aircraft groundspeed while taxiing.

 
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