This accident highlights the importance of pre-flight planning. Pilots should ensure that every flight is appropriately planned for, utilising accurate flight times and fuel calculations.
Turning manoeuvres at or close to the aircraft’s critical angle of attack, if mishandled, can lead to a stall that may result in the aircraft entering a spin. Recovery from this condition will take a considerable amount of altitude, dependant on the speed of response by the pilot and the use of appropriate control inputs.
Pre-flight planning needs to include consideration of not only the conditions on departure, but at all stages of the flight. This informs the decision of whether to depart and allows for prior consideration of alternative actions in the case of deteriorating weather, such as returning or diverting.
The ATSB is investigating a loss of separation between a Boeing 737, registered VH-XZP, and a Robinson R44, registered VH-FOA, at Canberra Airport, Australian Capital Territory, on 2 June 2017.
While there were requirements for coordination between Melbourne and Essendon Airports, there were no documented procedures, checklists, tools or memory prompts to assist controllers to coordinate runway and airspace changes.
Incorrect reference data can have potentially serious consequences in remotely piloted and manned aircraft.
The ATSB is investigating a loss of separation due to callsign confusion involving Qantas Airbus A330, VH-EBA, and Qantas Boeing 737, VH-VXF, near Brisbane Airport, Queensland, on 15 December 2016