Aviation safety issues and actions

Commercial balloon procedural and guidance framework

Issue number: AO-2011-045-SI-01
Who it affects:
Issue owner: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Operation affected: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2011-045
Date: 21 November 2011

Safety issue description

The procedural and guidance framework for commercial balloon operations generally, did not provide a high level of assurance in regard to the safe conduct of low flying.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action number: AO-2011-045-NSA-004
Date: 21 November 2011
Action status: Closed

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) advised that:

...the proposed Part 131 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) 1998, presently entering legal drafting at Attorney General’s Department, requires balloon AOC [Air Operator’s Certificate] holders to have a safety management system.

and that:

CASA expects that the new legislation will require operators to address all risks within their organisation (not just low flying risks) in an organised manner, and maintain an ongoing review of risk within the organisation.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the proposed Part 131 of the CASR will, once in place, adequately address the safety issue.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification: Proposed regulatory framework changes will require operators to address low flying risks
Last update 08 January 2014