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At approximately 2200 Eastern Daylight-saving Time on 15 December 2005, the pilot of a Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain aircraft, registered VH-HJS, was approaching Bankstown Airport to land on Runway 11.  Following touchdown, the pilot of the Chieftain noticed another aircraft on the right side of the runway and took avoiding action by manoeuvring to the left, off the runway sealed surface and on to the grass, to prevent a collision.  The pilot of the Chieftain reported that the other aircraft appeared to have only a dim tail light on at the time.

Subsequently, the other aircraft was identified as a Piper PA-28-151 Cherokee aircraft, registered VH-LMY.  The pilot of the Cherokee had completed a number of night circuits at Bankstown and reported that he was taxiing on runway 11 following a full stop landing.

At the time of the incident, Bankstown Airport was operating as a Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (R) (CTAF - radio required to be carried and used).

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau reviewed the recorded frequency channels for the Bankstown CTAF (R).  The recordings indicated that the pilot of the Chieftain had broadcast his intentions on the Bankstown CTAF (R) during the approach. In addition, transmissions from other traffic and the Bankstown Aerodrome Frequency Response Unit (ARFU) were recorded.

However, there were no recorded transmissions from the pilot of the Cherokee on the Bankstown CTAF (R).

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