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Recommendation issued to: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recommendation details
Output No: R20010134
Date issued: 13 August 2001
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority ensure that balloon owners and operators identify and remove gas tank fittings that are not suitable for balloon operations.

Initial response
Date issued: 04 March 2002
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

I refer to Air Safety Occurrence Report 200101[0]65 on the accident involving V-77 (Viva) Cameron Balloon, VH-LPO, which occurred in Evatt, ACT on 10 March 2001. Please accept my apologies for the delay in my reply.

In response to the Recommendations R20010133 and R20010134, CASA advises the following:

Recommendation R20010134

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority ensure that balloon owners and operators identify and remove gas tank fittings that are not suitable for balloon operations.

CASA has worked with balloon owners and operators, through the Australian Ballooning Federation (ABF) Inc., to promulgate the findings of the investigation into the above accident and to provide feedback in respect of any unsuitable fittings. CASA staff assisted the ABF in drafting the survey and assessing responses. This action has assisted in ensuring that the recommendations have been turned into practice in the immediate term.

Responses to date have identified other cases where the same fittings were used on balloon fuel tanks, but where either the tank geometry or use of an elbow fitting retained the rigid part of the attachment to the fuel hoses within the guard ring of the tank. There has also been a suggestion that the orientation of the tanks in the basket can be arranged so as to minimise the risk of a fitting being knocked inadvertently.

For the longer term, the Recommendation will be incorporated into proposed Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) Parts 31 and 115M and supporting guidance material for balloon certification and maintenance.

Proposed CASR Parts 31 and 115M will be developed over the next 18 months in consultation with interested parties from the balloon operation, manufacturing and maintenance sectors and the LP gas industry. It is anticipated that these proposed CASR parts will take effect from January 2004.

 
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