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Recommendation issued to: AirServices Australia

Recommendation details
Output No: R20020036
Date issued: 19 September 2002
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

Safety Recommendation

That Airservices Australia, in conjunction with airport owners, review the adequacy of equipment and procedures that allows drivers of all vehicles using airport runways to monitor the aerodrome controller radio frequency.

Initial response
Date issued: 06 August 2003
Response from: AirServices Australia
Action status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

Re ATSB recommendations arising from ATSB Report 200102695

Further to the 14 May 2003 meeting regarding Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation 200102696 - Sweeper on Runway, please find below Airservices Australia's responses in relation to each of the recommendations made in the investigation report.

With respect to ATSB Recommendation 20020036:
That Airservices Australia, in conjunction with airport owners, review the adequacy of equipment and procedures that allow drivers of all vehicles using airport runways to monitor the aerodrome controller radio frequency.

Airport Services have initiated changes to local procedures to ensure that vehicles that will enter and remain on a duty runway shall be controlled on the tower ADC frequency. The following points identify the four towers that require this change and the anticipated changeover date.

Perth - Anticipated changeover date: 1 September 2003.

Adelaide - Anticipated changeover date: Mid September 2003.

Melbourne - Anticipated changeover date: Mid September 2003.

Canberra - Anticipated changeover date: Date to be advised (changeover to occur
following Melbourne changeover).

With respect to ATSB Recommendation 20020040:

That Airservices Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Airports Association should jointly review airside vehicle operation with a view to establishing national operating standards and procedures (including vehicle colour, lights and procedures).

A meeting between stakeholders was held on 14 May 2003. A copy of the minutes are attached.

Airport Services will be requesting a change to CASR 139 MOS 8.10.4 as follows:

Delete paragraph 8.10.4.1.

Amend paragraph 8.10.4.2 to read:
A vehicle used regularly on the movement area must be marked either by using a flashing dome light on top of the vehicle in accordance with Paragraph 9.19.1 or, by day only, by flags.

This results in the minimum requirement for airside vehicles to be equipped with either the lights, or flags by day, and removes any reference to preferred colours.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 29 October 2004
Response from: AirServices Australia
Response status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

I write to inform you that the action taken following receipt of the above mentioned recommendation is now complete. The recommendation indicated that:

Airservices Australia, in conjunction with airport owners, review the adequacy of equipment and procedures that allows drivers of all vehicles using airport runways to monitor the aerodrome controller radio frequency.

All vehicles operating on airport runway now monitor the aerodrome controller (ADC) frequency. As such I would request that the ATSB close the recommendation.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 03 December 2002
Response from: AirServices Australia
Response status: Monitor
Response text:

I write responding to three recommendations which relate to Tower operations and follow incidents in Perth and Tamworth.

Recommendation R20020036

That Airservices Australia, in conjunction with airport owners, review the adequacy of equipment and procedures that allow drivers of all vehicles using airport runways to monitor the aerodrome controller radio frequency.

Airservices Australia accepts this recommendation.

In relation to activities in Perth, a number of joint workshops involving the Airport owner in Perth, Airside operators and Airservices Australia have occurred as a result a number of local vehicle operating procedures have been modified to enhance safety.

Airservices Australia is committed to working with other parties to investigate ways to effect standardisation at major airports, the aim being to ensure that all vehicles on active runways be required to be on aerodrome control frequency. Airservices Australia will inform the Australian Transport Safety Bureau of progress when this comes to hand.

Recommendation R20020040

That Airservices Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Airports Association should jointly review airside vehicle operation with a view to establishing national operating standards and procedures (including vehicle colour, lights and procedures).

Airservices Australia accepts this recommendation.
It is the intent of Airservices Australia that any traffic management changes identified in the workshops conducted in relation to ATSB recommendation R20020036 be reviewed for national implementation. Airservices Australia however would like to acknowledge that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority has regulatory governance over aspects of airside vehicular operations through CASR 139, and any suggested national changes that effect this regulation would require their agreement.

Recommendation 2002 0080

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that Airservices Australia ensure that procedures for parallel runway operations at Tamworth are in compliance with the Manual of Air Traffic Services.

Airservices Australia accepts this recommendation.

This recommendation relates to Parallel Runway Operations at Class D Towers specifically Tamworth. Airservices Australia has been working with the Department of Defence, joint author of the Manual of Air Traffic Control, to develop appropriate procedures and then manage their implementation. On the 17'h of October, the group meet with the ATC staff at Tamworth and local operators outlining the solution strategy and discussing implementation. Requests for change have been drafted for AIP and MATS following this input. The aim is to implement the proposed changes at the next MATS AIRAC date,
ie 17th April 2003.

If you have any queries on these responses, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 
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