Aviation safety issues and actions

Commercial balloon procedural and guidance framework

Issue number: AO-2011-045-SI-01
Issue owner: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Transport function: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2011-045
Issue release date: 21 November 2011
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification: Proposed regulatory framework changes will require operators to address low flying risks

Safety issue description

The procedural and guidance framework for commercial balloon operations generally, did not provide a high level of assurance in regard to the safe conduct of low flying.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2011-045-NSA-004
Action organisation: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Date: 21 November 2011
Action status: Closed

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) advised that:

...the proposed Part 131 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) 1998, presently entering legal drafting at Attorney General’s Department, requires balloon AOC [Air Operator’s Certificate] holders to have a safety management system.

and that:

CASA expects that the new legislation will require operators to address all risks within their organisation (not just low flying risks) in an organised manner, and maintain an ongoing review of risk within the organisation.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the proposed Part 131 of the CASR will, once in place, adequately address the safety issue.

Last update 08 January 2014