Recommendation R19990164

Recommendation issued to: AusSAR

Recommendation details
Output No: R19990164
Date issued: 04 January 2000
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

The Directorate of Flying Safety-ADF and the Bureau of Air Safety Investigation (ATSB) recommends that AusSAR improve the knowledge of AusSAR staff in respect to the capabilities and limitations of assets that may be required to conduct search and rescue tasks.

Initial response
Date issued:
Response from: AusSAR
Action status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

AusSAR staff already conduct "operational development" visits to various organisations relevant to search and rescue (SAR) operations. These include visits to State Police, TAAATS Centres, Helicopter and Fixed Wing operators, and those industry segments that often require SAR services.

In particular, liaison arrangements with Defence Headquarters, and 92 Wing (P-3C Orion) and 87 Wing (CA 30 Hercules) Headquarters have been intensified consistent with this recommendation. A P-3C deployed to Canberra in late 1999 and another visit is planned for mid-2000. Two AusSAR officers have deployed overseas recently with a Hercules flight.

Arrangements are in place for Air and Maritime Headquarters to update information on the communications, navigation and surveillance capabilities of military assets that may be used for search and rescue.

Additionally, an AusSAR internal exchange program has been running since mid-1999 to increase the opportunities for Rescue Coordination Centre staff to train with aviation Civil Search and Rescue Units.

It is considered that the intent of this recommendation has been satisfied.

Last update 01 April 2011