Aviation safety issues and actions

Aeropower post-training supervision

Issue number: AO-2019-015-SI-01
Issue owner: Aeropower Pty. Ltd.
Transport function: Aviation: General aviation
Background: Investigation Report AO-2019-015
Issue release date: 09 March 2021
Current issue status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The actions taken by the operator address the key concern of the safety issue, that being the supervision of pilots recently trained/authorised in a new specialist task. The mandated extension of command under supervision time, the introduction of periodic consolidation flight checks and the mandated extension of mentoring time are all expected help better prepare newly trained pilots for solo operations and provide them with additional defences to the hazards associated with specialist flight tasks

Safety issue description

There were no requirements in Aeropower procedures to provide any post-training supervision for powerline operations. What supervision was provided was ineffective in identifying that a modified stringing method was being used by the pilot.

Proactive action

Action number: AO-2019-015-NSA-044
Action organisation: Aeropower Pty. Ltd.
Date: 04 November 2020
Action status: Closed

On 4 November 2020, the ATSB were advised that Aeropower had taken the following proactive safety actions:

Specifically relating to the supervision and review of newly authorised pilots in specialist tasks, Aeropower has made the following amendments to our procedures:

  1. Mandated and expanded In Command Under Supervision (ICUS) time requirements for pilots as part of initial task training for relevant specialist tasks.
  2. The introduction of consolidation flight checks at key points for pilots newly authorised in relevant specialist tasks. These have been identified as primary, secondary, and tertiary checks.
  3. The introduction of a requirement for pilots newly authorised in relevant specialist tasks to be rostered with an experienced pilot to act as a mentor for their first tasking as PIC on the specialist task.

For cable stringing, the new requirements include 2,500 hours minimum as pilot in command, 100 hours on type, 200 hours low level flying, 200 hours on other powerline operations. Additional supervision requirements include;

  • 10 hours in command under supervision (ICUS)
  • Primary consolidation check at 1-20 hours
  • Secondary consolidation check at 30-50 hours
  • Tertiary consolidation check at 75-100 hours
  • Operational proficiency checks pre tasking.
Last update 09 March 2021