Aviation safety issues and actions

Annunciation of mode changes

Issue number: AO-2013-095-SI-01
Who it affects: Virgin Australia flight crews
Issue owner: Virgin Australia
Transport function: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2013-095
Issue release date: 07 August 2015
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the change in policy requiring the announcement of flight mode changes has adequately addressed the safety issue.

Safety issue description

The Virgin Australia procedures did not require its flight crews to, whenever practicable, announce flight mode changes.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2013-095-NSA-022
Action organisation: Virgin Australia
Date: 07 August 2015
Action status: Closed

Virgin Australia reported that, on 7 June 2013, the following changes were made to its flight policies:

Flight Mode Annunciator Changes. Virgin Australia policy is that Flight Mode Annunciator [FMA] changes should be announced by the PF [pilot flying].

Due to high workload, FMA changes below 500AFE [above field elevation] only need to be made if required by specific aircraft operations manual.

The PM [pilot monitoring] should announce the change if missed by the PF.

Last update 07 August 2015