At the time of the occurrence, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) had a revised air display guidance manual in draft. This was subsequently published in September 2017 as the Air Display Administration and Procedure Manual. Version 3.0 of this manual was published in April 2018. Pro-active safety actions arising from the new publication included:
- the requirement to conduct a risk assessment as part of the air display planning
- the requirement for the display organiser and display coordinator to document their relevant qualifications and associated display experience, to allow CASA to assess their suitability for the role
- further clarification of roles and responsibilities, and display organisational expectations
- enhanced forms for display pilots and additional crew, to assist the display coordinator in their assessment of the pilot and display, and to ensure all persons on board are identified and authorised.
The ATSB acknowledges the improvements to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s Air Display Administration and Procedure Manual, and associated forms. While these changes improve existing guidance and partially address the safety issue, The ATSB considers that further improvements can be made to provide additional assurance of the suitability of key personnel, and to provide enhanced guidance and tools around the approval and oversight of air displays. Accordingly, the ATSB issues the following recommendation.