Safety checks at Mallacoota aerodrome

Residents near Mallacoota may see an aircraft flying unusually low tomorrow (23 August) as the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) carries out important flight path safety checks.

A small plane taking off from Mallacoota airport

The checks are being conducted by CASA to make sure instrument procedure flight paths at Mallacoota operate safely.

The checks are being carried out as CASA and the East Gippsland Shire Council work to transition the airport to certification and restore the airport to pre-existing service levels.

A twin-engine Cessna Conquest will be used to carry out the safety checks within an area up to 40 kilometres from the aerodrome.

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.

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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