Aviation safety issues and actions

Re-evaluating hold speeds for a change in altitude

Issue number: AO-2017-044-SI-02
Who it affects: Qantas Airways Boeing 747 flight crew
Issue owner: Qantas Airways
Operation affected: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2017-044
Date: 27 March 2019

Safety issue description

The operator provided flight crew with limited training and guidance relating to the need for crew to re-evaluate their holding speed for a change in altitude (specifically above flight level 200).

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Qantas Airways
Action number: AO-2017-044-NSA-010
Date: 27 March 2019
Action status: Closed

Qantas Airways amended the Boeing 747-400 flight crew training manuals relating to hold speed selection to provide enhanced holding pattern information to flight crew. They also updated ground school lesson plans and information to ensure standardised flight crew training and ensure holding pattern training was adequately addressed during flight crew training.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

Updated training manuals and lesson plans provided flight crew with the requisite knowledge and guidance to adequately prepare an aircraft for changes in holding level.

Last update 11 July 2019