Horsham is one of 16 aerodromes across the state to see flight path safety checks during the first week of December, with low-flying aircraft expected to be seen in and around the Horsham district.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is conducting the checks to ensure that instrument procedure flight paths at the aerodromes operate safely.

The checks will take place between Monday 2 December and Sunday 8 December 2019 at the aerodromes listed at the bottom of this story.

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 thereafter.

Victorian Aerodrome Safety Checks
  • Mt Hotham
  • Benalla
  • Mangalore
  • Bendigo
  • Stawell
  • Horsham
  • Hamilton
  • Portland
  • Warrnambool
  • Ballarat
  • Avalon
  • Pt Cook
  • Tooradin
  • Moorabbin
  • Essendon
  • Melbourne
Checks will also be carried out at Naracoorte and Mt Gambier in South Australia.