CASA helps to mitigate hazards of Indonesia's tropical mountainous terrain
The combination of rapidly, unpredictably changing weather conditions and rugged, mountainous terrain is one of the most challenging environments in the world for pilots.
A training kit for tropical mountainous terrain flying operations, written in the Indonesian language, Bahasa Indonesia, was launched in Jakarta in October 2013.
The kit was produced as part of a project between CASA and the Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to provide practical information about the hazards of flying in mountainous areas such as those found in West Papua.
The DGCA is the safety regulator for the entire Indonesian archipelago, which varies from province to province in terms of topography and flying conditions.
The Indonesian Government has been particularly concerned about operations in mountainous provinces, due to the high number of accidents that have occurred in those regions.
In a nation where the islands are both tropical and mountainous, and have only a small number of safe roads, air travel is often the only viable transportation option. Operators in these regions tend to fly small aircraft, and even experienced pilots can get into difficulty when conditions rapidly change, as is often the case in tropical mountainous areas.
The Bahasa Indonesia version of the training kit was developed to ensure that the information had the best possible chance of reaching its target audience.
The kit complements a version in English, the official language of aviation, which was released in 2011 and has been well received. It contains a training handbook, a booklet outlining case studies focused on accidents in the area, and a CD containing all of the information.
CASA's work on the project was funded under the Australian Government's Indonesia Transport Safety Assistance Package (ITSAP).
A forum on tropical mountainous terrain flying operations, also funded through ITSAP, was held in Manado, North Sulawesi, following the launch of the training kit. Industry and government representatives were very engaged on the topic. CASA will continue to work with the DGCA to roll out further safety promotion activities on tropical mountainous terrain flying operations.
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