Aviation safety issues and actions

Aerial platform shooter emergency training

Issue number: AO-2019-025-SI-03
Issue owner: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Transport function: Aviation: General aviation
Background: Investigation Report AO-2019-025
Issue release date: 26 February 2021
Current issue status: Open – Safety action pending
Issue status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the proposed changes to be made on 2 December 2021 will reduce the risk of this safety issue. As this is a regulatory change, the time frame is recognised and this safety action will be reviewed in December 2021.

Safety issue description

Recurrency training and drills in aircraft emergencies were not required for reissue of an aerial platform shooting permission. Some shooters last conducted training about 20 years prior, during initial issue of their permissions.

Proactive action

Action number: AO-2019-025-NSA-040
Action organisation: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Date: 01 January 2021
Action status: Monitor

In January 2021, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) advised that the new Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 138 – Aerial work operations would commence on 2 December 2021. Part 138 will require that, where an aerial work operator carries a task specialist, the operator’s operations manual will need to describe how it trains that person to ensure that they are competent in carrying out the normal, abnormal, and emergency procedures relevant to the task specialist role. The operator will also need to describe who will conduct the training of the task specialist and what the minimum qualifications are, for a person to fulfil the role of a task specialist trainer.

CASA also advised that section 25.02(1) of the of the Part 138 Manual of Standards will require:

For subregulation 138.580 (3), the operator must ensure that, before performing unsupervised duties on a flight (the relevant duties), a task specialist is competent in carrying out the operator’s normal, abnormal and emergency procedures for the aircraft and the operation that are relevant to the task specialist’s duties for the flight (the relevant procedures).

Last update 26 February 2021