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Recommendation issued to: AirServices Australia

Recommendation details
Output No: R19980164
Date issued: 18 August 1998
Safety action status:
Background:

See report B98/90 - 'Systemic investigation into factors underlying air safety occurrences in Sydney Terminal Area airspace'.

Output text

The Bureau of Air Safety Investigation recommends that Airservices Australia, in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, reconsider the current policy of routinely operating runways with up to 25 kts crosswind when safer options are available.

Initial response
Date issued: 01 September 1998
Response from: AirServices Australia
Action status: Monitor
Response text:

I refer to your letter of 14 August 1998 concerning the Bureau of Air Safety Investigation (BASI) report on operations in the Sydney terminal airspace area (Investigation Report B98/90).

The report was initially considered by the Board Safety and Environment Committee on 14 August 1998, the day the report was formally issued by Government. Subsequently, the BASI report was considered at the full Board Meeting, held on 21 August 1998.

The Board and Management of Airservices are affording priority consideration to the BASI recommendations and findings. We will work closely with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in assessing the actions necessary to address the recommendations and findings of the BASI report.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 16 November 1999
Response from: AirServices Australia
Response status: Monitor
Response text:

I am writing in response to the BASI report on the Investigation of Systemic Safety Issues at Sydney Airport.

The attached response provides details on Airservices ongoing actions to address the recommendations. Airservices is working closely with CASA to resolve the issues of mutual concern.

I must stress that this process is being approached with caution and planning to ensure minimal disruption to the safe and efficient operations of Sydney Airport.

Airservices will provide you with further reports on progress in due course.

R980164 Airservices Australia in conjunction with CASA reconsider the current policy of routinely operating the short runways at Sydney with up to 25kts crosswind when other runway options are available.

CASA is re-examining their policy regarding operations with 25 knots of crosswind and will provide direction in due course. This review is being undertaken with the full cooperation of Airservices and operators.

Additionally, Airservices has commissioned an independent review by the Bureau of Meteorology of the impact of reducing the crosswind criteria on operations at Sydney. This report will enable the traffic management impact of any changes to be determined.

ATSB response:

The Bureau wrote to Airservices Australia on 4 January 1999 as follows:

The response to this recommendation indicates that a final resolution to this matter has not been reached and that further discussion between Airservices Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and operators must take place before changes to the current policy, if any, are to be implemented. The Bureau therefore requests that reports on progress toward a resolution of this matter be provided.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 19 July 1999
Response from: AirServices Australia
Response status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

I am writing to provide a response to the BASI Systemic Review of Airservices' operations at Sydney Airport and subsequent investigations which have resulted in recommendations correlated with that review.

Airservices has previously responded to the following recommendations and has been advised that BASI has accepted those responses and closed off any further action:

R980157
R980160
R980163

The following is a precis of the action Airservices is undertaking in response to the remaining outstanding recommendations:

"R980164
Airservices Australia, in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, reconsider the current policy of routinely operating the short runways at Sydney with up to 25 knots crosswind when other runway options are available."

Airservices Australia have reconsidered and consulted with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority on BASI Recommendation R980164. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority advised Airservices in a letter dated 20th April 1999 " ... it is CASA's belief that the practice of routine operating runways with up to 25 knots of crosswind before initiating a change of nominated runway does not pose an unacceptable safety hazard."

Airservices believes it is moving forward in a positive and concerted manner to improve safety as well as the organisation's productivity and service to its customers and stakeholders.

ATSB response:

The following correspondence was forwarded to Airservices Australia on 17 December 1999:

Thank you for your response, dated 9 June 1999, in which you detailed action taken in response to recommendations related to the systemic investigation of factors underlying air safety occurrences in Sydney terminal airspace. The following comment on each response to the recommendations is provided for clarification.

R19980164 - The Bureau of Air Safety Investigation recommends that Airservices Australia, in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, reconsider the current policy of routinely operating runways with up to 25 kts crosswind when safer options are available.

Response classification - CLOSED - ACCEPTED

The Bureau accepts that both Airservices and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority have reconsidered the practice referred to in the recommendation and have therefore met the intent of the recommendation. The Bureau also notes the final position of both agencies on the recommendation and will continue to monitor the application of the procedure.

 
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Last update 01 April 2011