Aviation safety issues and actions

En route supplement guidance to flight crews

Issue number: AO-2016-166-SI-04
Who it affects: Pilots operating into Darwin airport
Issue owner: Darwin International Airport
Transport function: Aviation: Airports
Background: Investigation Report AO-2016-166
Issue release date: 15 May 2019
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The additional information provided in the ERSA should improve the risk awareness and decision-making of flight crews during low visibility approaches to Darwin airport.

Safety issue description

The En Route Supplement Australia (ERSA) did not have formal guidance for flight crews regarding the limited visual cues for maintaining alignment to runway 11/29 at Darwin during night landings in reduced visibility.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2016-166-NSA-015
Action organisation: Darwin International Airport
Date: 28 January 2017
Action status: Closed

On 28 January 2019, Darwin International Airport initiated amendments to the ERSA entry for Darwin Airport. These amendments were introduced into the 23 May 2019 issue of the ERSA, and stated:

  • Under Additional information: ‘During low visibility conditions pilots of ACFT landing RWY 29 HN may experience loss of visual references due RWY WID 60 with no CL or TDZ LGT.’
  • Under Aerodrome and approach lighting: ‘RWY 11/29 CL and TDZ LGT not provided.’
Last update 15 May 2019