Aviation safety issues and actions

Lido airport operational information

Issue number: AO-2018-053-SI-03
Issue owner: Lufthansa Systems
Transport function: Aviation: Other
Background: Investigation Report AO-2018-053
Issue release date: 16 March 2022
Current issue status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The amendments made to the airport operational information (AOI) resolve the safety concerns identified by the ATSB. In addition, the amendments to the guidance manual for AOI content provide greater assurance for the accurate and complete reproduction of other safety information for airports worldwide.

Safety issue description

The Lido airport operational information did not include the Australian Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) advice to fit pitot probe covers at Brisbane Airport (related to significant mud wasp activity), as well as other safety AIP information.

Proactive action

Action number: AO-2018-053-PSA-08
Action organisation: Lufthansa Systems
Action status: Closed

From 30 July 2018, Lufthansa Systems amended the airport operational information (AOI) for Brisbane to include the following statement:

Significant mud wasp activity within AD affecting pilot tubes. Pilot tube covers recommended.

Lufthansa Systems also amended the caution about bird activity at Brisbane such that it no longer applies to a limited part of the year.

On 13 Oct 2020, Lufthansa Systems amended its guidance manual for AOI content to expand the type of cautions that should be included:

General (means neither Arrival nor Departure related) caution or warning notes for any kind of dangers officially referenced in source documents and of pilots interest such as

-   special MIL [military] or glider traffic,

-   bird hazards in vicinity of airport or

-   strolling animals etc. on RWY [runway], or

-   significant mud wasp activities affecting pitot tubes and specific recommendations to cover them as well as

-   all similar caution notes and warnings requiring either pilots attention or pilots activities

shall be published here.

Additional examples given included high terrain and parachuting operations.

From 27 January 2022, Lufthansa Systems amended other AOIs to include previously-omitted information regarding the hazard posed by a searchlight in the Sydney area and unlit military helicopter operations in the Darwin area.

Last update 16 March 2022