Aviation safety issues and actions

Absence of prior planning

Issue number: AO-2013-160-SI-01
Who it affects: Department of Defence air traffic services
Issue owner: Department of Defence
Operation affected: Aviation: Airspace management
Background: Investigation Report AO-2013-160
Date: 12 November 2015

Safety issue description

The applicability of a general requirement to conduct aviation risk assessments for complex, new, unusual or irregular activities was open to interpretation.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Department of Defence air traffic services
Action number: AO-2013-160-NSA-043
Date: 12 November 2015
Action status: Closed

The Department of Defence took proactive action to improve the implementation of aviation risk management (AVRM) to ensure that AVRM plans developed for unusual or irregular operations, such as calibration operations, addressed staffing and traffic levels, coordination and workload. AVRM using this updated policy has been utilised for subsequent calibration activity.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

Changes made to the aviation risk management instructions have clarified those activities that require a review of risk assessments.

Last update 10 March 2016