Pilot incapacitation involving Cessna 208B, VH-DQP, near Brisbane Airport, Queensland, on 2 July 2020 - new investigation
The Cessna 208B was on its flight planned track from Cairns to Redcliffe, Queensland at flight level 110, when the pilot first contacted Brisbane air traffic control. The controller lost contact with the pilot 10 minutes later and the aircraft overflew its planned destination. The controller suspected the pilot had become incapacitated and another aircraft followed the 208B in an attempt to gain contact with the pilot.
Main rotor blade strike involving Leonardo s.p.a helicopters AW139, VH-EGK, near Caboolture, Queensland, on 20 June 2020 - new investigation
During winching operations, the helicopter's main rotor blades struck a tree. The crew returned to Archerfield, after which inspection revealed substantial damage to all main rotor blades, which were replaced by engineers.
Unreliable Airspeed Indication involving Pilatus PC-12/47E, VH-OWI, near Albany, Western Australia, on 22 June 2020 - new investigation
During descent, the pilot detected an airspeed mismatch between the pilot and co-pilot primary flight displays (PFD) and elected to return the aircraft to Jandakot.
Collision with floodwater involving freight train 6792, Little Banyan Creek, Queensland, on 7 March 2018 - final report
A freight train unexpectedly encountered and entered floodwaters across a rail bridge near Tully, Queensland, highlighting the importance of weather monitoring stations at known flood locations being serviceable.
Loss of control and collision with terrain involving BRM Aero S.R.O Bristell LSA aircraft, VH-YVX, at Stawell, Victoria, on 5 October 2018 - final report
Aerobatic flight should not be undertaken by pilots who have not been adequately trained, as it requires specialist techniques and methods to maintain control of the aircraft during significant manoeuvring. Further, aircraft manufacturers that prohibit aerobatics in certain aircraft types do so because the aircraft has not been designed and/or tested to ensure these manoeuvres can be conducted safely.
Visual flight rules pilots pressing on into instrument meteorological conditions without a current instrument rating carries a significant risk of spatial disorientation due to powerful and misleading orientation sensations with reduced visual cues.
» Disorientation can affect any pilot, no matter what their level of experience.
» Avoid deteriorating weather by conducting thorough pre-flight planning.
» Use a ‘personal minimums’ checklist to help control and manage risk.
» If you become disoriented or lost in marginal weather, seek whatever help is available, including support from air traffic control.