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On 30 June 2010, a Grob - Burkhaart Flugzeugbau G-115C2 (Grob) aircraft, registered VH-BDP, and an Avions Pierre Robin R-2160 (Robin) aircraft, registered VH‑JXY, were conducting flying training north-west of Mandurah, Western Australia (WA). On board both aircraft were a flight instructor and student.

At about 1400 Western Standard Time, the Robin was travelling to the south-west, maintaining about 3,500 ft. The instructor in the Robin reported that he had just cleared the area in preparation for conducting a manoeuvre when he saw the Grob on a reciprocal heading, at about the same altitude. The aircraft was sighted too late to take any action. The instructor in the Grob also sighted the Robin, slightly to the left, and immediately initiated a steep turn to the right. It was estimated that the distance between the aircraft was about 50 m horizontally and 150 ft vertically, with the Grob positioned above the Robin.

As a result of this incident, the operator of the Grob has modified their operating procedures so that flying training will only be conducted in the designated training area. The operator of the Robin has implemented a procedure requiring pilots to request traffic information or flight following from air traffic control prior to commencing aerial work.

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General details
Date: 30 June 2010 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1400 WST  
Location   (show map):4 km WNW of Mandurah Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Near collision 
Release date: 14 October 2010 Occurrence class: Airspace 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Avions Pierre Robin 
Aircraft model: R-2160 
Aircraft registration: VH-JXY 
Serial number: C181 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Jandakot, WA
Destination:Jandakot, WA
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Grob - Burkhart Flugzeugbau 
Aircraft model: G115 
Aircraft registration: VH-BDP 
Serial number: 82031/C2 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Jandakot WA
Destination:Jandakot WA
 
 
 
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