Safety checks at Queensland aerodromes

Residents of communities across a wide area of Queensland may see an aircraft flying unusually low next week as the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) carries out important flight path safety checks.

Archerfield aerial view, inbound from the east and looking north west at Target. Photographed for the Archerfield Visual Pilot Guide, 2010.

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

ASA regulations require that the approach procedures are checked every three years to confirm their ongoing safety.

The checks will be carried out from Tuesday 21 JUNE at the following aerodromes:

Date Aerodromes
21 June
  • Blossom Banks
  • Hamilton Island
  • Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast
  • Bowen
22 June
  • Townsville
  • Palm Island
  • Ingham
  • Innisfail/Mundoo
  • Tully Hospital
23 June
  • Mossman Hospital
  • Wujal Wujal
  • Chillagoe
  • Mareeba
  • Atherton
25 June
  • Cairns
26 June
  • Georgetown

A twin-engine Cessna Conquest and a Bell Jet Ranger 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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