Recommendation R19990169

Recommendation issued to: AusSAR

Recommendation details
Output No: R19990169
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 in conjunction with the Australian Defence Force and Airservices Australia investigate methods of improving communication links for SAR operations.

Initial response
Date issued: 03 May 2000
Response from: AusSAR
Action status: Closed - Partially Accepted
Response text:

This recommendation is being addressed in the context of ongoing systemic changes to Flight Service and associated aeronautical communications. AusSAR, in consultation with Airservices Australia, is examining both SAR communications requirements and mechanisms to deliver them.

As an operational practice, AusSAR provides communications support for search aircraft when necessary by positioning a top cover aircraft at high level. This facilitates VHF communications between Airservices operators and low level search aircraft.

It is considered that the intent of this recommendation has been satisfied, noting that technological changes and evolving air traffic services will tend to invoke continuous improvement processes in any case.

Last update 01 April 2011