Aviation safety issues and actions

Vehicle-assisted deflation procedures

Issue number: AO-2019-014-SI-02
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 is satisfied that these procedures should significantly reduce the likelihood of basket tipping and personnel injury when conducting a vehicle‑assisted deflation.

Safety issue description

Picture This Ballooning did not have any procedures for conducting vehicle-assisted deflation.

Proactive action

Action number: AO-2019-014-NSA-011
Action organisation: Picture This Ballooning
Date: 29 June 2020
Action status: Closed

Picture This Ballooning developed a new procedure for deflation. This included the steps:

Clear radio communication is to be established between the PIC and the crew (Crew 1) driving the tow over vehicle.

Crew 2 shall be radio equipped and locate themself adjacent to the basket where a) they can maintain verbal contact with the PIC and b) maintain visual contact with the tow over vehicle. Crew 2 are to act as communication backup between PIC and Crew 1 if required.

PIC to instruct passengers to resume their landing positions in case the basket inadvertently gets pulled over onto its side.

Last update 29 June 2020