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.
Heli-Aust Whitsundays Pty Limited
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.