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Recommendation issued to: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recommendation details
Output No: R19980280
Date issued: 04 February 1999
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

The Bureau of Air Safety Investigation recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority:

(i) formulate requirements for all operators conducting fare-paying passenger flights to develop and publish procedures, for the guidance of crews, that permit the safe operation of aircraft from those locations that do not meet the minimum physical characteristics of licensed aerodromes;

(ii) require initial and routine checks of competency of crews operating into those locations, or locations with similar physical characteristics; and

(iii) record these checks in company training records.

Initial response
Date issued: 22 March 2002
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

I refer to Investigation Report 9802830 on the accident involving Cessna A185E, VH-HTS AT Calabash Bay, NSW on 26 July 1998 generating Recommendations R199801279, R19980280 and R19980284. Please accept my apologies for the delay in my reply.

Recommendation R19980280

I. formulate requirements for all operators conducting fare-paying passenger flights to develop and publish procedures, for the guidance of crews, that permit the safe operation of aircraft from those locations that do not meet the minimum physical characteristics of licensed aerodromes;

II. require initial and routine checks of competency of crews operating into those locations, or locations with similar physical characteristics; and

III. record these checks in company raining records


CASA acknowledges the intent of the above recommendations and advises that these issues will be addressed in the proposed Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASRs) Parts 119, 121A and 121B.

A Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for each of these CASR Parts will be released in April 2002. As part of the NPRM consultative process, industry and interested parties are invited to provide their comments and feedback to the proposed regulations.

ATSB response:

The proposed changes in the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's (CASA) regulatory reform program, which was originally the basis for acceptance of the recommendation, have not yet been implemented. However, a June 2006 ATSB review of current documentation, including the Air Operators Certification Manual, shows that the CASA approval process for the issue of Air Operator Certificates should increase the likelihood that this safety issue relating to fare-paying passenger operations is identified and addressed.

 
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