Aviation safety issues and actions

Flying school spin recovery training

Issue number: AO-2014-114-SI-01
Who it affects: Instructors and student pilots undertaking aerobatic and spin recovery instruction
Issue owner: Airborne Aviation Pty Ltd
Transport function: Aviation: General aviation
Background: Investigation Report AO-2014-114
Issue release date: 04 February 2016
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by Airborne Aviation Pty Ltd adequately addresses this safety issue.

Safety issue description

The spin recovery methods taught by the flying school were inconsistent across instructors and training material, and were not always appropriate for the Chipmunk aircraft type used by the school.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2014-114-NSA-005
Action organisation: Airborne Aviation Pty Ltd
Date: 04 February 2016
Action status: Closed

The flying school reported that, after this accident, a briefing process was undertaken with all of its current aerobatic instructors. The aim was to ensure that consistent terminology is used to describe and teach aerobatic manoeuvres. A programme of standardisation flights for all current aerobatic instructors commenced on 16 July 2014 and included spin recovery training and unusual attitude recovery for the school’s aerobatic students. This briefing and training is ongoing.

Last update 04 February 2016