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CASA contributes to Avalon success
CASA played a big role in the Australian International Air Show at Avalon Airport, Victoria, in 2015, providing approvals, surveillance and the ever-popular CASA stand.
The Australian International Air Show is held every two years. The 2015 event was held between Tuesday 24 February and Sunday 1 March and comprised three trade days and three public days.
Staff from CASA’s Southern Region office conducted oversight of the air show from a temporary office located on the flight line adjacent to the air show commentary team.
This provided an all-weather base for the surveillance staff to observe the operation of the air show, including the flying routines and the ground-based activities.
A highlight of the air show was a simulated airfield attack by both ground and airborne members of the Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army.
The aircraft included a Pilatus PC-9, an Airbus KC-30 airborne tanker, a Boeing C-17A Globemaster, an F/A-18F Hornet, an E-7A Wedgetail, a C-130J Hercules, an AP-3C Orion, and Tiger and MRH-90 helicopters. Ground troops in Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles were delivered by the C-17A Globemaster.
Avalon images: © Civil Aviation Safety Authority
CASA’s Southern Region office coordinated the approvals for the air show, which included the air show approval along with many approvals for specific air show routines, such as night glider aerobatics. In total, 12 approval instruments were issued.
The CASA stand was a popular destination for aviation enthusiasts. Over 1,000 pre-packed show bags were given away, containing a variety of safety promotion and education products, such as information on dangerous goods and remotely piloted aircraft systems, and the CASA online store brochure.
CASA subject matter experts and aviation safety advisors were on the stand throughout the air show, answering questions on remotely piloted aircraft systems, regulation reform, ageing aircraft, safety management systems and dangerous goods.