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Recommendation issued to: CASA, Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recommendation details
Output No: R20060004
Date issued: 02 February 2006
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

Safety Recommendation

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), review the requirements for the carriage of on-board recording devices in Australian registered aircraft as a consequence of technological developments.

Initial response
Date issued: 11 May 2006
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will analyse the cost benefit of the recommendation regarding the carriage of on-board recording devices to this type of operation

Further correspondence
Date issued: 17 July 2007
Response from: CASA
Response status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

On the issue of on board recording devices, this is a cost and maintenance burden with existing equipment. Low cost/new technology units are not currently available.

CASA will continue to monitor this.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 07 September 2007
Response from: CASA
Response status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

In reference to ATSB recommendation R20060004 (issued following the Benalla accident) on page 34 of the draft report [relating to 200502662]:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) review the requirements for the carriage of on-board recording devices in Australian registered aircraft as a consequence of technical developments.

As you are aware, on 11 May 2006 CASA advised of an intention to conduct a cost/benefit analysis of the recommendation regarding the carriage of on-board
recording devices to this type of operation.

I understand that CASA has previously investigated this matter and, based on the equipment available at the time, could not justify mandating carriage of recording devices on low capacity aircraft. However, given other priorities, this has not yet been confirmed by way of a cost/benefit analysis.

I have now directed that a cost/benefit analysis be undertaken. I expect to have a result before the end of the year and will forward the results to you.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 20 December 2007
Response from: CASA
Response status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

I refer to the letter dated 11 October 2007 from the Deputy Director, Information and Investigations to General Manager, Corporate Relations[CASA], enclosing an advance copy of amended Transport Safety Investigation Report on the fatal accident involving a Piper PA-31-350 aircraft registered VH·PYN, which occurred near Condobolin, New South Wales on 2 December 2006.

The draft Cost Benefit Analysis for on-board recording devices will be completed by the end of this week [21 Dec 2007]. Consideration of this is to be completed and CASA will write to you again by the end of January 2008.

ATSB Note:

On 31 January 2008, CASA advised that the cost benefit analysis was being evaluated.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 23 November 2008
Response from: CASA
Response status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

I refer to my letter of 7 September 2007 regarding the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) Recommendation R20060004 relating to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) reviewing the requirements for the carriage of on-board recording (OBR) devices in Australian registered aircraft.

As you would be aware, there has been extensive liaison between CASA and the ATSB on this matter over the last twelve months. I can now advise that CASA has completed its cost benefit analysis (CBA). The CBA results confirm CASA's initial view that there is no justification to mandate the carriage of recording devices in smaller aircraft. The analysis considered 7 categories of small aeroplane operations, from Low Capacity RPT and Charter, down to aerial work, business and private operations and did not find fitment justified on safety grounds.

CASA believes that the safety regulator's focus should be on passenger carrying operations and preventing accidents by fitment of new generation technologies such as Airborne Collision Avoidance Systems, Terrain Avoidance and Warning Systems and Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast equipment, rather than mandating fitment of OBR devices to assist in determining the cause of an accident.

The CBA determined that the industry was unlikely to make this investment on its own accord. The use of quick access recorders by larger airlines provides considerable economic and business benefits which outweigh the costs involved. With the recent emergence of low cost and light weight recorders for small aircraft it is expected that the take up of recorders may gather momentum over the next couple of years once suppliers become more active in the market and prices come down. In the interim, CASA will be monitoring voluntary fitment of OBRs.

 
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