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Civil Aviation Safety Authority

On 26 May 2005, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority advised the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) that it had previously reviewed the issue of life jackets for water operations and that the requirement to wear life jackets by the occupants of an aeroplane, seaplane or an amphibian that is taking off or landing on water is contained in draft Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) Part 135. Specifically, the draft of CASR Part 135.825 (6), states that each occupant of a seaplane or amphibian that is taking off from or landing on water must wear a life jacket equipped with a whistle and a survivor locator light.


The operator has advised the ATSB that since the accident, the pilot had undertaken human factors training with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, and that it will be implementing a range of safety actions including:

  • introduction of a wind limitation of 30 kts for commercial operations in the company aircraft landing area (ALA) register
  • monitoring of the Bureau of Meteorology's radar website by ground staff on days of frontal activity and anticipated windshear conditions
  • carriage of a portable wind speed meter for actual wind readings to be kept in the aircraft and used where doubt exists as to the wind strength
  • consideration will be given to lateral effects of loading passengers when conducting weight and balance calculations
  • requiring all passengers to wear an approved life jacket while on company aircraft
  • requiring all company pilots to complete Underwater Escape Training.
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