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Inexperienced pilot tasked for flight

Issue number: AO-2011-110-SI-01
Who it affects: Heli Charters Australia Pty Ltd
Issue owner: Heli Charters Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Aviation: Other
Background: Investigation Report AO-2011-110
Date: 18 February 2014

Safety issue description

The pilot was assigned to a task for which he most likely lacked experience on both the helicopter type and the nature of the flying.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Heli Charters Australia Pty Ltd
Action number: AO-2011-110-NSA-070
Date: 05 September 2013
Action status: Closed

In relation to pilot rostering and authorisation, the operator advised that the operations manual, Section 1.4 was specific in regard to the duties and responsibilities of the lead pilot. In addition, the operator indicated that, although operations into helicopter landing sites (HLS) within the Shoalwater Bay training area can carry a medium risk factor, it was satisfied that a full briefing mitigated that factor.

However, the safety manager reported later that the operator had subsequently applied its resource sector pilot minimum experience requirements to all tasking other than scenic flights. On 31 May 2013, the company changed ownership and this requirement, if not already incorporated into the operator’s operations manual, was superseded by the new operator’s procedures and documentation.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that reported application by the operator of the resource sector experiential standards to all tasking other than scenic flights, will, when formalised in the operator’s operations manual, adequately address this safety issue and therefore makes no recommendation.

   
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that reported application by the operator of the resource sector experiential standards to all tasking other than scenic flights, will, when formalised in the operator’s operations manual, adequately address this safety issue and therefore makes no recommendation.

 
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Last update 04 August 2014