This is the first publication in a series from the ATSB on aerial application (agricultural spraying and firefighting) accidents during the previous operational year (May 2014 to April 2015). Aerial application operations have a notably high accident rate relative to other aviation sectors. These operations involve inherent risks that are not present in most other types of flying. Risks include low-level flying with high workloads and numerous obstacles, in particular powerlines and uneven terrain. This report will focus on the aerial application accidents that occurred between May 2014 and April 2015 and fatal accident reports published in this period to coincide with the agriculture season in most parts of Australia.
Media release: Report to educate aerial agriculture and firefighting pilots