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Airspace related event involving a Beech 1900C, VH-KFN and an Aerospatiale AS350 B2, VH-VRW, Newman Aerodrome, Western Australia, 6 September 2012

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Status: Completed
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On 6 September 2012, the pilot in command (PIC) of a Beech 1900C, registered VH-KFN (KFN), rejected a takeoff on runway 05 at Newman, Western Australia, as he believed that the flight path of an Aerospatiale AS.350 B2, registered VH-VRW (VRW) that had become airborne parallel to runway 05, would conflict with his aircraft. As the aircraft slowed from 120 kt, 11 kt above V1, the PIC of KFN observed VRW turn right and cross the runway about 200 m in front, at about 200 ft above ground level.

The PIC of KFN and the pilot of VRW made all necessary broadcasts but the pilot of VRW did not hear all the broadcasts from KFN and only became aware of the aircraft when he heard ‘KFN aborting’. The pilot of VRW later reported that he felt under pressure to transit to a remote site to evacuate an injured person.

As a result of this occurrence, the airfield operator has advised the ATSB that they are seeking to have information promulgated in the aviation information publication for Newman on visual and radio shielding between the apron and the threshold runway 05, and on helicopter arrival and departure procedures.

A study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) found that perceived or actual pressure can contribute significantly to degradation in human performance and behaviour. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) on-line store has a number of resources to assist pilots to understand the significance of pressures in the aviation environment.


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General details
Date: 06 September 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1300 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Newman Aerodrome    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Separation issue  
Release date: 23 April 2013   Occurrence class: Airspace  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Incident  
  Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 1900  
Aircraft registration VH-KFN  
Serial number UC-173  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Newman, WA  
Destination Karratha, WA  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Aerospatiale Industries  
Aircraft model AS350  
Aircraft registration VH-VRW  
Serial number 2115  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Newman, WA  
Last update 14 November 2018