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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  
Location   (show map):Moorabbin Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Near collision 
Release date: 20 December 2012 Occurrence class: Airspace 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
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
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