Aviation safety issues and actions

Potential to overload helicopter

Issue number: AO-2009-017-SI-02
Issue owner: Helifarm Pty Ltd
Transport function: Aviation: General aviation
Background: Investigation Report AO-2009-017
Issue release date: 13 December 2010
Current issue status: Partially addressed
Issue status justification:

Bought standard spray equipment for new .

Safety issue description

The removal of fluid quantity markings from, and unapproved modifications to the helicopter’s spray tank by the operator increased the risk of overweight operations

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2009-017-NSA-070
Action organisation: Helifarm Pty Ltd
Date: 05 November 2010
Action status: Closed

Partially addressed by buying standard spray equipment.

ATSB comment:

During the investigation, the ATSB discussed the background for this safety issue and the associated safety risk with the operator. Any action by the operator to proactively address this safety issue will be included in the final report.

Last update 17 March 2016