Cameo: CASA surveillance sweeps through northern Australia
CASA surveillance sweeps through northern Australia
CASA takes its responsibility to regulate all aviation activity in remote and regional Australia very seriously. In June 2009 CASA conducted Operation ‘Croc Sweep’. This two-week surveillance exercise covered all aviation operations operating to and from aerodromes in the Northern Territory, northern Western Australia and north-western regions of Queensland.
Croc Sweep involved a team of CASA staff that included flying operations inspectors, airworthiness inspectors, drug and alcohol testers and aviation safety advisors. The team covered more than 12,000km, visited 25 aerodromes, conducted 182 ramp checks and issued 35 requests for corrective action and 38 aviation safety recommendations. The inspectors worked together with the safety education specialists to provide end-to-end aviation guidance, while the inspector staff carried out spot checks on aircraft and operators and conducted random drug and alcohol testing.
The types of aircraft checked by CASA during the exercise ranged from single-engine Cessna and Piper type aircraft through to turboprop aircraft such as Dash 8 and Embraer 120 ER and jet aircraft such as Boeing 737.
A number of helicopters were also looked at, ranging from the Robinson R44 to large passenger-carrying aircraft operated for the offshore oil rig industry.
The exercise successfully increased CASA presence in remote regions of Australia and reinforced CASA’s safety messages and new regulatory requirements in relation to drug and alcohol testing.