Aviation safety issues and actions

Operator’s circuit and approach procedures for marine pilot transfer operations and criteria for achieving a stabilised approach

Issue number: AO-2018-022-SI-04
Issue owner: Heli-Aust Whitsundays Pty Limited
Transport function: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2018-022
Issue release date: 16 June 2022
Current issue status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the proactive safety action taken by the operator appropriately addresses this issue.

Safety issue description

The operator’s circuit and approach procedures for marine pilot transfer operations did not minimise pilot workload or provide the recommended stabilised approach criteria with mandatory go-around policy. These procedures could allow a combination of conditions that increased the risk of a sustained abnormal flight path and collision with terrain/water.

Proactive action

Action number: AO-2018-022-PSA-05
Action organisation: Heli-Aust Whitsundays Pty Limited
Action status: Closed

The operator advised that it has addressed circuit and approach procedures and defined stable approach criteria during marine pilot transfer operations, including when operating in degraded visual cueing environments.

Last update 16 June 2022