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At 1400 Eastern Daylight-saving Time on 23 March 2012, as a Vans RV-10 registered VH-PGX (PGX) became airborne at about 65 kts, the pilot of PGX observed another aircraft enter runway 22 at Taree NSW and turn right for the threshold of runway 04. PGX passed directly overhead the other aircraft at about 300 ft.

The other aircraft was identified as a Regional Express, SAAB Aircraft Co 340B registered VH-ZLH (ZLH). After the incident, the captain of ZLH established contact with PGX and neither aircraft experienced problems communicating with the other.

As a result of the incident, the operator of ZLH will amend procedures to more clearly define radio procedures for both flight crew and ground staff at those Common Traffic Advisory Frequency aerodromes without an Aerodrome Frequency Response Unit.

This incident highlighted the need for pilots to apply all available methods to maintain separation with other aircraft when operating outside controlled airspace. These methods include the utilisation of both alerted and un-alerted see-and-avoid principles, the use of on-board collision avoidance systems where fitted and all available aircraft lighting.

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General details
Date: 23 March 2012 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1400 EDT  
Location   (show map):Taree Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Runway incursion 
Release date: 25 June 2012 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: S.A.A.B. Aircraft Co 
Aircraft model: 340 
Aircraft registration: VH-ZLH 
Serial number: 340B-376 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Taree, NSW
Destination:Grafton, NSW
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Amateur Built Aircraft 
Aircraft model: Vans RV-10 
Aircraft registration: VH-PGX 
Serial number: 72091 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Taree, NSW
Destination:Port Macquarie, NSW
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Last update 18 April 2018