Aviation safety issues and actions

Limited system features for protection against inhibited tracks

Issue number: AO-2012-132-SI-02
Who it affects: All Airservices Australia en route air traffic controllers providing surveillance services
Issue owner: Airservices Australia
Transport function: Aviation: Airspace management
Background: Investigation Report AO-2012-132
Issue release date: 20 March 2015
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the safety action, when fully implemented, will reduce the risk associated with this safety issue.

Safety issue description

The limited interoperability between The Australian Advanced Air Traffic System and Australian Defence Air Traffic System increased the risk of error due to the need for a number of manual interventions or processes to facilitate the coordination and processing of traffic.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2012-132-NSA-048
Action organisation: Airservices Australia
Date: 12 March 2015
Action status: Closed

Airservices and the Department of Defence are currently working towards implementing a harmonised joint civil military air traffic service system via the OneSky Program. Once implemented, the new harmonised air traffic service system will increase the interoperability between both organisations and address the identified safety issue.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the safety action, when fully implemented, will reduce the risk associated with this safety issue.

Last update 20 March 2015