Aviation safety issues and actions

Aircraft hopper markings or other level indicators not updated when hopper is modified

Issue number: AI-2011-150-SI-04
Who it affects: Aerial work industry
Issue owner: Operators of M18 Dromader aircraft
Transport function: Aviation: General aviation
Background: Investigation Report AI-2011-150
Issue release date: 09 April 2013
Current issue status: Partially addressed
Issue status justification: ATSB dissemination/publication of the issue, does not guarantee that will be addressed

Safety issue description

Aircraft operations with an enlarged hopper but no associated recalibration of the hopper level sight gauge increased the potential for operations at an uncertain aircraft operating weight, and therefore risk of operations in excess of the published aircraft limitations.

Last update 13 January 2014