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Airspace related event – Amateur Built Van’s RV-8, VH-YGY, 6 km SE from Redcliffe Aerodrome, QLD, 13 May 2012

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Status: Completed
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On 13 May 2012, a Cessna Aircraft Company 208, registered VH-DZQ (DZQ), was conducting parachute operations at Bells Beach near Redcliffe aerodrome, Queensland. At about the same time, an amateur built Van’s RV-8 aircraft, registered VH-YGY (YGY), was on a scenic flight around the Brisbane area.

At about 1229 Eastern Standard Time, DZQ departed Redcliffe aerodrome and at about 1249 dropped nine parachutists from Flight Level (FL) 140 at Bells Beach. The pilot of DZQ made all necessary radio broadcasts prior to and immediately after the parachute drop.

At about 1252, as YGY flew along Bells Beach, the pilot saw four parachutes and made a slight right turn to pass about 150 to 200 ft above and about 50 ft to the right of one parachutist. The location of YGY when the parachute-related broadcasts were made by DZQ meant that the pilot could not have heard the calls.

The incident highlights the importance of accurate information being available to pilots to facilitate an adequate pre-flight brief. The correct placement of parachute symbols on the Brisbane Visual Terminal Chart (VTC) or a NOTAM on current parachute operations would have alerted the pilot of YGY to the potential for parachutists in the Bells Beach area.

The incident also demonstrates the need for pilots to maintain continuous visual scans and not rely solely on radio broadcasts for traffic advice.

Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin - Issue 12

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General details
Date: 13 May 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1229 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 6 km SE from Redcliffe Aerodrome    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Near collision  
Release date: 29 October 2012   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Amateur Built Aircraft  
Aircraft model Vans RV-8  
Aircraft registration VH-YGY  
Serial number 80605  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Redcliffe aerodrome, QLD  
Last update 14 November 2018