Recommendation R19990171

Recommendation issued to: Australian Defence Force

Recommendation details
Output No: R19990171
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 the Australian Defence Force in conjunction with Airservices Australia and AusSAR investigate methods of improving communication links for SAR operations.

Initial response
Date issued: 11 May 2000
Response from: Australian Defence Force
Action status: Closed - Partially Accepted
Response text:

The methods of communication between aircraft are considered satisfactory. It is considered that the issue in this instance was related to inappropriate planning, most particularly a lack of vertical separation between the aircraft in adjacent areas. The navigation errors that the P3C incurred, which in turn resulted in the breaking of assigned search area, have been addressed internally by the RAAF.

Communication between AusSAR in Canberra and locally assigned Regional Commanders are understood to have been addressed separately by AusSAR.

As a result of this recommendation, communications have been included as a standing agenda item for the quarterly meetings between the ADF and AusSAR.

Last update 01 April 2011