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Flight path safety check at Merimbula aerodrome

Special flight path safety checks are being carried out at Merimbula aerodrome next week.

The checks are being conducted for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to make sure instrument procedures at the aerodrome continue to be safe.

A twin-engine Cessna Conquest aircraft will be used to carry out the safety checks within an area up to 35 kilometres from Merimbula.

Low-level flying is an essential part of the safety exercise, with the aircraft down as low as several hundred feet at times.

This will include looking for any obstacles that could be a danger to aircraft using the flight paths. Obstacles can be towers, trees, masts or buildings that can be a danger to aircraft.

Residents should not be concerned about the unusual flying pattern as it is to ensure the safety of the flight paths.

If poor weather or other factors do not allow the safety checks to go ahead next week they will be carried out as soon as possible.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority requires aerodrome flight path safety checks to be carried out every three years to maintain a high level of air safety at all aerodromes.

CASA has contracted the operation of the special check flights out to Corporate Air, one of Australia’s largest and longest established aviation services providers.


Media contact:
Peter Gibson
Mobile: 0419 296 446
Email: peter.gibson@casa.gov.au
Ref: MR3115