Recommendation R20060018

Recommendation issued to: Airservices Australia

Recommendation details
Output No: R20060018
Date issued: 03 October 2006
Safety action status: Closed - Action Taken
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

Safety Recommendation

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that Airservices Australia review guidance material and training for aerodrome controllers relating to the provision of relevant traffic information, to enhance pilot situational awareness.

Initial response
Date issued: 08 December 2006
Response from: Airservices Australia
Action status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

Airservices Australia advised that a Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS)/Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) request for change (RFC) had been issued 2 December 2006. The rules in MATS regarding visual separation can be misinterpreted and in some circumstances separation is not assured. The intention of the RFC is to:

  • clarify the application of visual separation and specifically the use of projected flight paths
  • restructure the visual separation rules to differentiate visual separation by the pilot and the controller
  • clarify when traffic information needs to be passed
  • include the use of surveillance systems in identifying aircraft prior to the application of visual separation.

The change is planned to be implemented 15 March 2007.

Last update 05 April 2012