Aviation safety issues and actions

Risk management processes

Issue number: AO-2019-014-SI-01
Who it affects: Commercial Balloon operators that use a vehicle to assist during deflation
Issue owner: Picture This Ballooning
Transport function: Aviation: Other
Background: Investigation Report AO-2019-014
Issue release date: 29 June 2020
Current issue status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB agrees that compliance with the requirements of Part 131 will likely facilitate the identification of key operational risks including those associated with vehicle‑assisted deflation. Prior to the introduction of Part 131, the operator’s review of their own safety management processes and practices and an annual, industry-wide review will also likely facilitate the identification of key operational risks. 

Safety issue description

Picture This Ballooning's safety risk management processes and practices were not sufficient to facilitate the identification of key operational risks associated with vehicle-assisted deflation.

Proactive action

Action number: AO-2019-014-NSA-012
Action organisation: Picture This Ballooning
Date: 29 June 2020
Action status: Closed

Picture This Ballooning provided the following response to the safety issue:

Picture This Ballooning is to adopt safety management systems as required by CASA as and when CASA Part 131 is brought into force. In the meantime, Picture This Ballooning will specifically review its own safety management processes and practices, together with introducing a regular annual industry wide review of best practice in light of any and all safety incidents reported by ATSB and/or CASA.

Last update 29 June 2020