Aviation safety issues and actions

Provision of traffic information

Issue number: AO-2013-095-SI-02
Who it affects: All Sydney Terminal Control Unit Director controllers
Issue owner: Airservices Australia
Transport function: Aviation: Airspace management
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 safety action implemented by Airservices has adequately addressed the safety issue.

Safety issue description

Air traffic control did not, and was not required to provide traffic information to aircraft using adjacent runways and abeam each other during independent visual approach procedures at Sydney.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2013-095-NSA-023
Action organisation: Airservices Australia
Date: 07 August 2015
Action status: Closed

On 11 December 2013, Airservices Australia (Airservices) implemented a requirement for Sydney air traffic control to provide traffic advice whenever aircraft would operate within 1 NM (1.85 km) of traffic on the adjacent final approach during independent visual approach (IVA) procedures. The instruction stated that:

To enhance pilot situational awareness, the phraseology will include the aircraft type and whether the aircraft is ahead, behind or adjacent.

Last update 07 August 2015