Aviation safety issues and actions

Inconsistent monitoring messages in company documentation

Issue number: AO-2009-066-SI-01
Who it affects: Qantas Airways
Issue owner: Qantas Airways
Transport function: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2009-066
Issue release date: 18 October 2011
Current issue status: Adequately addressed

Safety issue description

The conflicting requirements and definitions in the operator’s publications in relation to the pilot not flying role had the potential to diminish the importance of monitoring as an essential element in an aircraft’s safe operation.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2009-066-NSA-072
Action organisation: Qantas Airways
Date: 18 October 2011
Action status: Closed
Qantas Airlines has reviewed its current procedures and publications concerning monitoring as a result of this occurrence but has not currently deemed it necessary to make any changes at this stage. However, Flight Operations will continue to monitor this and make any necessary changes if required.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB notes the review by Qantas of its procedures and publications in respect of the pilot not flying’s monitoring role, and that it may make changes to those procedures and publications as and if required. In the interim, the residual safety risk in respect of this safety issue remains as low as reasonably practicable.
Last update 25 February 2014