Safety checks at West Australian aerodromes

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

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

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

The checks will be carried out from Monday 17 MAY at the following aerodromes:

Date Aerodrome
17 May 2022
  • Warburton
  • Tropicana
  • Laverton
  • Sunrise Dam
18 May 2022
  • Gruyere
  • Duketon Gold
  • Murrin Murrin
  • Leonora
19 May 2022
  • Darlot
  • Mount Keith
  • Bellevue
  • Leinster
20 May 2022
  • Mount Holland
  • Windarling
  • Meekatharra
21 May 2022
  • Degrussa
  • Abra
  • Karlawinda
  • Jundee
  • Wiluna
22 May 2022
  • Mount Magnet
  • Cunderdin
  • Murray Field
23 May 2022
  • Karara
  • Golden Grove
  • Geraldton
  • Morawa
24 May 2022
  • Rottnest Island
  • Pearce
  • Perth
  • Jandakot

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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