Aviation safety issues and actions

Operator guidance for flight crew briefing of aerodrome hot spots

Issue number: AO-2018-032-SI-01
Who it affects: All of the operator’s flight crew
Issue owner: Qantas Airways
Transport function: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2018-032
Issue release date: 01 October 2020
Current issue status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by Qantas addresses this safety issue.

Safety issue description

Although Qantas provided detailed guidance to flight crews about the content of departure and approach briefings, it did not specifically require aerodrome hot spots to be briefed.

Proactive action

Action number: AO-2018-032-NSA-39
Action organisation: Qantas Airways Limited
Date: 01 October 2020
Action status: Closed

As a result of this occurrence, Qantas advised the ATSB it initiated the following safety actions:

  • On 16 May 2018 it published a safety information notice to all pilots, which contained information about the background of runway incursions, details of two recent runway incursion occurrences, and safety educational information related to influencing factors, stop bar techniques and strategies to avoid a runway incursion.
  • On 6 June 2018 it issued Flight Standing Order (Operations) 048/18 to pilots, which communicated a policy update to its Flight Administration Manual (FAM) stating flight crew were to brief on relevant charted hot spots in their departure and arrival and approach briefings to mitigate against the possibility of collision or runway incursion.
  • On 11 March 2019, updated the Flight Administration Manual to include the following in the ‘contingency planning’ requirements for both departure briefings and arrival and approach briefings: ‘brief contingency plans for all threats assessed as requiring crew management, including aerodrome hot spots’.
Last update 01 October 2020