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Airspace related event between Cessna 172, VH EPB and Piper Warrior, VH BZE, Moorabbin Airport, Vic. 27 August 2012

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Status: Completed
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On 27 August 2012, at about 1330 Eastern Standard Time a Piper PA-28 aircraft, registered VH-BZE, departed Moorabbin Airport on a private flight to Colac, Victoria. The pilot was the only person on board. The pilot decided to return to Moorabbin due to the severity of the turbulence being experienced.  

While turning onto final for runway 35L at Moorabbin, VH-BZE drifted through the runway centreline. The pilot was having difficulty controlling the aircraft and requested a late change in runway to 35R. At the same time, a Cessna 172 aircraft, registered VH-EPB with an instructor and student on board, was established on finals for runway 35R. The two aircraft came within close proximity of each other.

This investigation is a reminder that personal minimums, when set, provide a safety buffer between the skills required for a flight and the skills available through training, experience, currency, and proficiency.

Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin – Issue 14

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General details
Date: 30 August 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1330 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Moorabbin Airport    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Near collision  
Release date: 20 December 2012   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-EPB  
Serial number 172S9986  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Moorabbin, VIC  
Destination Moorabbin, VIC  
Last update 14 November 2018