Civil Aviation Safety Check Flights

Filed under News, Transport ~ by Press on  7 Feb 2019

If you’re buzzed by a low-flying aircraft resembling the one pictured above, don’t be alarmed. It’s not in trouble, and (almost certainly) not a drunken pilot.

Pictured ~ Cessna Conquest II – Image by Jonathunder – Own work, GFDL 1.2

Special flight path safety checks are being carried out at eight NSW aerodromes in February.

The checks are being conducted by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to make sure instrument procedure flight paths at the aerodromes continue to operate safely.

NSW aerodromes being checked on 14 and 15 February are:

Cootamundra, Temora, Narrandera, Hay, Griffith, West Wyalong, Young, Nowra.

A twin-engine Cessna Conquest aircraft will be used to carry out the safety checks within an area up to 35 kilometres from the aerodromes.

Low-level flying is an essential part of the safety exercise, with the aircraft down as low as several hundred feet at times.

Local residents may notice an uncommon flying pattern, but this is to make sure obstacles are accurately marked on charts and no new obstacles exist. Obstacles can be towers, trees, masts or buildings that can be a danger to aircraft.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority requires aerodrome flight path safety checks to be carried out every three years to maintain a high level of air safety at all aerodromes.

If poor weather or other factors do not allow the safety checks to go ahead on the planned days they will be carried out as soon as possible.

CASA has contracted the operation of the special check flights out to Corporate Air, one of Australia’s largest and longest established aviation services providers.

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