Aviation safety issues and actions

Hazard identification procedures

Issue number: AO-2009-017-SI-01
Who it affects:
Issue owner: Helifarm Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Aviation: General aviation
Background: Investigation Report AO-2009-017
Date: 13 December 2010

Safety issue description

The Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia suggestion that an additional hazard identification check be carried out prior to a cleanup run was not routinely practiced by the pilots, or monitored by the operator.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Helifarm Pty Ltd
Action number: AO-2009-017-NSA-069
Date: 05 November 2010
Action status: Closed
As a result of this accident, the operator has advised that more comprehensive wire avoidance procedures will be included in the operator’s operations manual, and that pilots will be required to conduct an additional hazard identification check prior to any cleanup run.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action by the helicopter operator will, when incorporated in the operator’s operations manual, adequately address the safety issue.
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification: The Chief pilot advised that changes have been made to the company operations manual that addresses hazard identification checks and has now been submitted to CASA.
Last update 08 January 2014