Aviation safety issues and actions

Low visibility risk at helicopter landing area

Issue number: AO-2009-077-SI-01
Who it affects: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and helicopter operators at the Dorrigo facility.
Issue owner: National Parks and Wildlife Service
Transport function: Aviation: General aviation
Background: Investigation Report AO-2009-077
Issue release date: 11 May 2011
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The landing area next to the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre has been closed

Safety issue description

The helicopter landing area was occasionally subjected to rapidly-moving fog or low cloud that increased the risk of flights under the visual flight rules encountering instrument meteorological conditions.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2009-077-NSA-046
Action organisation: National Parks and Wildlife Service
Date: 11 May 2011
Action status: Closed
National Parks and Wildlife Service closed the landing area adjacent to the Dorrigo National Parks and Rainforest Centre.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by National Parks and Wildlife Service adequately addresses the safety issue.
Last update 17 March 2016