Occurrence Briefs are concise reports that detail the facts surrounding a transport safety occurrence, as received in the initial notification and any follow-up enquiries. They provide an opportunity to share safety messages in the absence of an investigation.
On 14 August 2019 at approximately 1500 Eastern Standard Time, an Aeroprakt 32 was conducting a training flight from Moorabbin Airport, Victoria, with an instructor and a student on board.
During the take-off run, the crew detected that the airspeed indicator (ASI) was indicating zero and subsequently rejected the take-off. The aircraft then taxied off the runway.
Following the incident, an engineering inspection was carried out. It was determined that the pitot tube was blocked, likely from water. A blocked pitot tube affected the accuracy of the ASI, resulting in fluctuating or zero speed indications.
A test flight was subsequently conducted and the aircraft was returned to service.
As a result of this occurrence, the aircraft operator has advised the ATSB that they are taking the following safety actions:
- ensuring all aircraft are allocated pitot tube covers
- issuing a safety reminder to all pilots to fit pitot tube covers after all flights and report if a pitot tube cover is missing.
This occurrence highlights the importance of pre-flight checks, as well as the use of pitot tube covers to minimise the risk of the aircraft departing with an unserviceability. Pitot tube covers are designed to prevent foreign objects from entering the pitot tube while the aircraft is stationary.
It also serves as a reminder to be aware of unreliable or erroneous airspeed indications during the take-off run. If detected and it is safe to do so, abort the take-off.
About this report
Decisions regarding whether to conduct an investigation, and the scope of an investigation, are based on many factors, including the level of safety benefit likely to be obtained from an investigation. For this occurrence, no investigation has been conducted and the ATSB did not verify the accuracy of the information. A brief description has been written using information supplied in the notification and any follow-up information in order to produce a short summary report, and allow for greater industry awareness of potential safety issues and possible safety actions.
|Date:||12 August 2019||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Release Date:||23 September 2019||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Aeroprakt Ltd|
|Aircraft model||Aeroprakt 32|
|Type of operation||Flying Training|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Moorabbin, Victoria|