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Flying in the wet season-Aviation safety seminar
Thunderstorms, heavy rain and reduced visibility. These are just some of the hazards that visual flight rules pilots face during a typical wet season in the top end of Australia.
Officially beginning at the start of November and finishing at the end of April, the wet season sees the majority of Darwin's 1700mm average rainfall occur. Often in heavy, short bursts which cool and rejuvenate the land and its creatures.
Temperatures also increase, typically ranging from a minimum of 25C to a maximum of 33C with increased humidity levels.
Aviation safety advisors Tim Penney and Peter Ball presented a seminar to more than 100 pilots in Darwin 2018 to discuss operational hazards and decision making and how to operate safely in this challenging environment.
The seminar was aimed at all pilots flying across the top end during the wet season, with many coming up from the south early on in their career who are not used to many of the challenges and hazards that pilots face across the top end.
The seminar drew on real life experiences from our subject matter experts who told stories of their own close calls. We also discussed the procedures and requirements that pilots need to be aware of from CASA's point of view when flying in these conditions.
- Tim Penney—CASA Aviation safety advisor (introduction)
- Harry Fabb-Burns—Bureau of Meteorology
- Bob Calaby—Aerodromes Safety and Standards Manager, Darwin Airport
- Flight Lieutenant Richard Thomas—Senior Training Officer 452SQN DAR FLT
- Greg Imlay—Flying Ops Inspector, CASA Darwin office (Part 1)
- Cameron Marchant—Head of Ops, Flight Standards
- Trevor Woods, NT Police Airwing
- Greg Imlay (Part 2)
- Panel discussion
The complete seminar is available to watch on our YouTube channel .
Flying in the wet season—YouTube live seminar
Aviation safety advisor Tim Penney is joined by Harry Fabb-Burns from the Bureau of Meteorology and Cameron Marchant, head of operations at Flight Standards in Darwin and discusses what some of the typical hazards that GA pilots face during a wet season in the top end of Australia.