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Aircraft proximity event - Cessna 152, VH-HCC and Piper PA-28-161, VH-XSN, Bankstown Aerodrome NSW, 23 October 2010

Investigation number:
AO-2010-083
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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On 23 October 2010, the student pilot of a Cessna Aircraft Company 152, registered VH-HCC (HCC) was conducting solo circuit training at Bankstown aerodrome, New South Wales (NSW). At the same time, a flying instructor and student pilot were conducting dual training circuits in a Piper Aircraft Corporation PA-28-161, registered VH-XSN (XSN).

While on the base leg of the circuit, the pilot of HCC reported sighting another aircraft at a 90º angle to his right. He noted that this aircraft was a long way from the aerodrome and decided to continue flying his circuit as normal. At the same time, when on final for runway 29L, the student pilot of XSN observed a Cessna 152 aircraft turn in front, and below his aircraft. The instructor initiated a go-around and advised air traffic control (ATC).

The distance between the two aircraft was estimated at 100 m horizontally and 100 ft vertically.

It is important that pilots apply the principles of 'see-and-avoid' by maintaining a constant lookout for other traffic in the circuit and actively listen to the radio to ensure that separation with preceding aircraft is maintained. If there is any doubt as to the position of other aircraft, contact ATC or make a broadcast.

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General details
Date: 23 October 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0914 ESuT    
Location   (show map): Bankstown Aerodrome   Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Near collision  
Release date: 28 January 2011   Occurrence class: Airspace  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
  Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 152  
Aircraft registration VH-HCC  
Serial number 15283527  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Bankstown, NSW  
Destination Bankstown, NSW  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-XSN  
Serial number 28-8016317  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Bankstown, NSW  
Destination Bankstown, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018