CASA's 'timely' safety briefing for Port Macquarie pilots

Timely: Hastings District Flying Club president Rod Davison says a Civil Aviation Safety Authority briefing for Port Macquarie pilots is timely. Photo: Ivan Sajko
Timely: Hastings District Flying Club president Rod Davison says a Civil Aviation Safety Authority briefing for Port Macquarie pilots is timely. Photo: Ivan Sajko

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A ‘timely’ safety briefing for pilots will be held in Port Macquarie on Wednesday, November 15.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will host the annual briefing.

CASA’s Peter Gibson says the briefing for local pilots is part of a national aviation safety campaign.

“Getting pilots to think and talk about aviation safety issues is the key aim of the briefing,” Mr Gibson said.

“This is not just CASA talking but a chance to share safety knowledge and experiences.”

The briefings are particularly relevant with Port Macquarie-Hastings experiencing two plane crashes in the just two months.

On September 8, a 25 year old trainee pilot and a 25 year old female flying instructor were injured when their light plane crashed south of the Boundary Street runway. 

On October 28 Grant Burley and his fiance Suzanne Rohleder died when their Cessna 310 crashed near Johns River.

Investigations are continuing into both matters.

Hastings District Flying Club president Rod Davison said the briefing was held each year and designed to provide the latest information for pilots.

“But it is timely that this briefing is happening now, because of those two incidents,” he said.

“We have a very active pilot community in Port Macquarie and these briefings are quite well attended compared to most others.

Fatal flight: Grant Burley and his fiance Suzanne Rohleder died when their Cessna 310 crashed near Johns River.

Fatal flight: Grant Burley and his fiance Suzanne Rohleder died when their Cessna 310 crashed near Johns River.

“The club boasts some 150 members and we encourage all our club pilots to attend. This event is also for the local flying schools as well.”

Mr Davison said between 50 and 60 pilots attended the last briefing held in Port Macquarie.

He said the briefings were valuable because they were based on facts of actual accidents ‘and we can look at those facts and see what we can learn from them’.

“These briefings are designing to heighten awareness for pilots in regards to risk management,” he added.

Mr Gibson said Wednesday’s briefing will focus on pilot pre-flight and in-flight decision making, flying within personal limits and hazards during landing.

Pilots will be encouraged to share their own good and bad flying experiences and any lessons they have learned, he said.

“It is also a great opportunity for local pilots to give feedback and suggestions to CASA and to catch up with their colleagues,” he added.

The free Port Macquarie aviation safety briefing is being held on Wednesday November 15, 2017 at 6pm at the Hastings District Flying Club.

People attending are asked to book online at the CASA website.

Two injured: A trainee pilot and a flying instructor were injured when their light plane crashed south of the Port Macquarie Airport on September 8.

Two injured: A trainee pilot and a flying instructor were injured when their light plane crashed south of the Port Macquarie Airport on September 8.