Aviation safety issues and actions

Pilot training

Issue number: AO-2011-126-SI-01
Who it affects: Operator of the Taree flight training facility
Issue owner: Recreational Aviation Australia Incorporated
Transport function: Aviation: General aviation
Background: Investigation Report AO-2011-126
Issue release date: 17 April 2014
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

There have been significant safety actions reported by RA Aus in response to this accident.

Safety issue description

The training provided to the pilot did not afford him the opportunity to develop the competencies required to exercise the privileges of the Recreational Aviation Australia Incorporated private pilot certificate.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2011-126-NSA-072
Action organisation: Recreational Aviation Australia Incorporated
Date: 17 April 2014
Action status: Closed

Recreational Aviation Australia Incorporated (RA-Aus) advised of safety action in response to this safety issue in the areas of the pilot’s competence to exercise the privileges of the RA-Aus private pilot certificate, the Chief Flying Instructor’s administration of the requirements of the RA-Aus Operations Manual, the provision of training by the senior instructor and the validity of the Taree training facility as a temporary satellite flight training facility. These actions are discussed in the following sections.
Pilot certificate action

The pilot’s RA-Aus pilot certificate was suspended following the accident and the pilot was required to undergo a flight review with an RA-Aus examiner. As a result of that review, the pilot was required to undergo further training before being allowed to exercise the privileges of his pilot certificate.

Chief flying instructor review

RA-Aus reported that the Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) attached to the Taree flight training facility (FTF) was mentored on the:

  • correct use of Generic Student Progress records
  • proper method of keeping and retaining records
  • importance of keeping records
  • correct definition and requirements of a temporary satellite flight training facility (TSFTF)
  • administration of RA-Aus pilot certificate application forms
  • production of standardised pilot briefing notes.

Senior instructor review

RA-Aus operations staff undertook a review of the performance of the senior instructor who provided the pilot’s training. That review found that the instructor had adequate aeronautical knowledge but did not possess any formal and consistent briefing material for pilots. In response, he was tasked to produce a set of standardised pilot briefing notes.

Validity of the Taree flight training facility

RA-Aus reported that the CFI of the FTF was mentored on the correct procedure to follow for the implementation of TSFTFs. The facility was inspected by RA-Aus operations staff and approved as a TSFTF.

In addition, the RA-Aus Operations Manual is being updated to include a clear definition of a TSFTF and the requirements for their establishment.

RA-Aus have advised that they will be conducting random desktop audits of pilots trained by the FTF to ensure continued compliance with requirements.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken and proposed by RA-Aus should lead to improvements that adequately address the safety issue.

Last update 01 July 2014