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Near collision involving an Evektor Sportstar, 24-4467 and a PA28R Piper Arrow, VHKGP, Wollongong Airport, New South Wales, 7 September 2014

Investigation number:
AO-2014-150
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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On 7 September 2014 at about 1303 Australian Eastern Standard Time, a Piper Arrow, registered VH-KGP was completing a private, visual rules flight (VFR) from Orange to Wollongong, New South Wales. On board were a pilot and one passenger.

At about 10 NM north of Wollongong, the pilot broadcast an inbound call on the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF). At the time, an instructor and student in an Evektor Sportstar registered 24-4467 were one of two aircraft conducting circuit training on runway 34.

The pilots of both KGP and 4467t communicated their respective position and intentions, and at 1306, the pilot of KGP called joining an extended downwind for runway 34.

When 4467 was on the crosswind leg for runway 34, the crew noted KGP on their left, about 100 metres ahead and at about the same level as them.

The instructor in 4467 initiated a climbing turn and shortly after, KGP passed underneath and just behind 4467.

This incident highlights the importance of using standard phraseology, and making extra calls when there is any uncertainty regarding another aircraft’s position when operating at non-controlled airports. As well as a requirement, it is good airmanship given the limitations of the See-and-Avoid Principle.

 

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General details
Date: 07 September 2014   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1245 EST    
Location   (show map): Wollongong Airport   Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Taxiing collision/near collision  
Release date: 27 January 2015   Occurrence class: Airspace  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
  Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Evektor Aerotechnik  
Aircraft model Sportstar  
Aircraft registration 24-4467  
Serial number 2005 0403  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Wollongong, NSW  
Destination Wollongong, NSW  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28R-200  
Aircraft registration VH-KGP  
Serial number 28R-35611  
Type of operation General Aviation-Unknown  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Destination Wollongong, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018