Aviation safety issues and actions

Drop clearance indication procedures

Issue number: AO-2011-142-SI-02
Who it affects: All controllers using The Australian Advanced Air Traffic System
Issue owner: Airservices Australia
Transport function: Aviation: Airspace management
Background: Investigation Report AO-2011-142
Issue release date: 16 December 2013
Current issue status: Adequately addressed

Safety issue description

Local and national air traffic control procedures did not prescribe the means for controllers to indicate in the air traffic control system that a parachute drop clearance had been issued.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2011-142-NSA-062
Action organisation: Airservices Australia
Action status: Closed

Following the occurrence, on 28 June 2012, Airservices made changes to its National ATS (Air Traffic Services) Procedures Manual to include The Australian Advanced Air Traffic System human-machine interface requirements in section 5-15 titled Parachuting.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by Airservices Australia has adequately addressed the safety issue.

Last update 20 February 2014