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Safety checks at local aerodromes

Article Category  Current News
Date Published  Friday 7th February 2020
Author AAP Medianet
Photo  Wangara Consulting

Safety checks at local aerodromes
Important flight path safety checks will be carried out at nine Victorian aerodromes in February 2020, including Nhill and Warracknabeal.

The checks will occur between 11 and 16 February and are being conducted by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to make sure instrument procedure flight paths at the aerodromes operate safely.

Other Victorian aerodromes included in this program include Corryong, Yarrawonga, Wangaratta, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, and Kerang.

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.



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