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On 16 and 17 May 2012, three aircraft were operated on scheduled passenger flights from Gladstone to Brisbane, Queensland without the runway lights being activated for departure.   

The runway lighting was controlled by a pilot activated lighting (PAL) system that was combined with an aerodrome frequency response unit (AFRU).  To activate the runway lights, pilots were required to make a sequence of three transmissions on the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF).  A number of situational factors were associated with the crew not activating the runway lights prior to departure.   

Defining a specific place for PAL tasks in the crew’s sequence of procedures, and incorporating this into a pre-taxi checklist, could potentially ensure more reliability in performing these tasks.

Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin - Issue 12

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General details
Date: 16 May 2012 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1751 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Gladstone Airport Occurrence type:Runway lighting 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Infrastructure 
Release date: 29 October 2012 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: ATR-Gie Avions De Transport Régional 
Aircraft model: ATR72 
Aircraft registration: VH-FVL 
Serial number: 974 
Operator: Skywest 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Gladstone, Qld
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: ATR-Gie Avions De Transport Régional 
Aircraft model: ATR72 
Aircraft registration: VH-FVL 
Serial number: 974 
Operator: Skywest 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Gladstone, QLD
Aircraft 3 details
Aircraft model: DHC-8-402 
Aircraft registration: VH-QOK 
Operator: QantasLink 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Gladstone, QLD
 
 
 
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