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Air-ground communication; 2km NNW Hamilton Island Aero., Qld

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Status: Completed
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On 29 July 2006 at approximately 0917 Eastern Standard Time, an Airbus A320-232 (A320) aircraft, operating under the instrument flight rules (IFR), was on a scheduled passenger service from Sydney, NSW, to Hamilton Island, Qld. The crew was conducting a runway 14 very high frequency omni-directional radio range (VOR) instrument approach to land at Hamilton Island Airport. At that time, a de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd DH-82A Tiger Moth (Tiger Moth) aircraft, operating under the visual flight rules (VFR), was seen to be near the A320's approach path to the north-west of Hamilton Island. The pilot of the Tiger Moth had not complied with a previous instruction to remain east of the eastern tip of Hamilton Island, which was well to the east of the instrument approach path.

The Hamilton Island aerodrome controller (ADC) issued clearances and instructions to the pilot of the Tiger Moth and to the pilot of the A320 to facilitate traffic management in accordance with published procedures. He was not required to apply a separation standard between an aircraft operating under the IFR and another aircraft operating under the VFR in class D airspace. He was required to provide traffic information to the pilots of both aircraft in class D airspace.

However, the aerodrome controller did not provide traffic information to the pilots of either aircraft in accordance with class D procedures. The pilot of the Tiger Moth did not comply with the air traffic control instructions. The provision of traffic information may have assisted the pilot of the Tiger Moth with situational awareness and helped to ensure that he did not proceed towards the A320 as it approached Hamilton Island.

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General details
Date: 29 July 2006   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0917 EST    
Location   (show map): 2km NNW Hamilton Island, Aero    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Failure to pass traffic  
Release date: 16 March 2007   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus Industrie  
Aircraft model A320  
Aircraft registration VH-VQN  
Serial number 2600  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney, NSW  
Departure time 21:13  
Destination Hamilton Island, QLD  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model DH-82  
Aircraft registration VH-ARU  
Serial number AM237  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Shute Harbour, QLD  
Destination Shute Harbour, QLD  
Last update 18 April 2018