Safety issues and topics
CASA and occasionally other experts will deliver a presentation on the chosen topics as well as engage pilots in lively discussions about relevant local issues.
Safety issues being covered are:
A fuel related incident occurs once every ten days in Australia. Learn how so many pilots have come unstuck when things go wrong in the cockpit. Many fuel starvation and fuel exhaustion accidents are easily preventable yet can turn tragically wrong just as easily. Two case studies bring your attention to the perils of poor planning and in-flight procedures in a way that helps you understand the importance of correct Situational Awareness and Decision making.
Weather to fly
A presentation focusing on pilot decision making in the face of adverse weather. A look at 'weather' related decisions in the pre-flight preparation stage, as well as information available to pilots enroute. A review of the importance of good decision making, and ways to avoid spatial disorientation.
Looks at defining Situational Awareness (SA) in the cockpit, and demonstrates how easy it is to for the pilot to become situationally impaired. The presentation considers the human factors side of SA, scoping the levels and elements of SA together with a review of cognitive aspects including pilot "sensation, perception, decision and action". The presentation brings the information together in a practical and useable sense through review of media clips and recent Australian accident case studies.
Runway Incursions examines what a runway incursion is and what procedures pilots can adopt so as to reduce the chances of being involved in a runway incursion. There is a review of common airport signage and movement area markings in use at Australian airports and 2 case studies of runway incursions focusing on what led to near misses due to runway incursion. The presentation also highlights the most common locations of persistent runway incursions as seen by Air Services Australia at the major General Aviation airports in each capital city.
Controlled airspace protection is critical to the fare-paying passenger and in Australia there are over 1000 infringements of controlled airspace and restricted areas each year. The Airspace Infringement presentation focuses on the reasons for controlled airspace, tips to avoid unintentional penetration and air traffic services VFR pilots can avail themselves of to assist navigating airspace safely. Also included are the top 10 reasons that pilots infringe controlled airspace according to you - the pilots.
Air Safety and Basic Human Performance
Aviation safety is critical and at the centre of this complex aviation system is the human. Humans play a critical role in aviation and must perform to high standards consistently. However, to be human is to err and on occasions humans violate standard operating procedures reducing safety margins. Find out more about error and violation and the way humans perceive the environment around them, perceive it, attend to it, compare it and then recognise it. This is how we think and process information. Want to be fooled by illusions?
This topic is designed to inform private pilots what maintenance they are permitted to do under CAR 42ZC and Schedule 8 of the 1988 CARs. It will not train them to carry out any maintenance tasks.
Organisational culture looks at the influences that management level attitudes and decision making has on an organisation as a whole. Culture is the driving force behind the management of not just safety but is very closely linked to the financial viability of the organisation as well. The choices made at the boardroom level can create system defects that are inherited by their own frontline operators.
Operations at non towered Aerodromes
A look at the requirements for operating in the vicinity of non-towered aerodromes. This presentation focuses on regulation CAR 166, as well as the supporting documentation of the two CAAPs. The focus is on radio procedures, standard circuit procedures, and hazards that need to be considered.
Are you in Command?
Pilot in Command is not only legal terminology; it's a fundamental principle of safe flight. Your responsibilities are wide ranging and not only cover your aircraft and your passengers, but also the environment around your and people on the ground. In this AvSafety Seminar, you will learn about your responsibilities when operating as Pilot in Command when it comes to areas such as carrying passengers, defect reporting, carriage of documents, the maintenance release and duty of care.
This topic examines the concept of "Airmanship" as it relates to our everyday behaviours surrounding the operation of aircraft. The presentation provides a valuable opportunity for the audience to reflect on their own levels of airmanship, whether flying recreationally or as career pilots. We highlight that airmanship is not an exact science, but is in fact made up of a series of behaviours that all pilots should think about demonstrating in their our own flying. Airmanship is looked at from a number of different sources such as the regulator (CASA), highly qualified and skilled display pilots as well as survey data from a wide cross section of Australian pilots seeking to unearth some of the typical characteristics that make up what we know as "Airmanship". There is plenty of scope for discussion in this topic which prompts us to ask ourselves, "Am I truly happy with my standards??"
Controlled Flight into Terrain
The CFIT story in Australia goes way back to the very early days of aviation. The most famous CFIT accident occurred in 1948 at Mt Macedon in Victoria. An Australian National Airways DC3 'Kurana' flew into the side of the mountain shortly after departing Essendon on the daily Sydney service.
In the last 10 years there have been several high profile CFIT accidents. This seminar will cover a number of topics including, Why do CFIT accidents occur, preventing CFIT accidents, case studies, and How do I CFIT-Proof myself.
Pre Flight Decision Making
Private pilots have a disturbing tendency to crash their aeroplanes. The statistics show that private pilots are over-represented in the accident stakes compared to the total hours flown by all aircraft in Australia. The stats also indicate that a high percentage of these accidents relate to poor flight planning. In this presentation we will examine the concept of "personal minimums". You will also have the opportunity to be involved in a basic flight planning session which includes the need to make some sound pre-flight decisions
Commercial Pilots Guide
Brand new Commercial Pilots have to deal with a number of peculiar issues they may never have experienced, such as carrying strange loads, to disruptive passengers in bad weather, to operating with minimum fuel and maximum load.
As a way of helping new Commercial Pilots prepare themselves, the Commercial Pilot Guide AvSafety Seminars, take the pilot through 3 major areas where CASA guidance and open and honest discussion will help make the transition less stressful and much safer.
The three separate seminar topics are:
Commercial Pilot Guide - Flying Operations
This covers weather, fuel and refuelling, weight and balance, and performance.
Commercial Pilot Guide - Commercial Operations
This covers responsibilities, ramp checks, pilot maintenance, and dangerous goods.
Commercial Pilot Guide - Human Factors
This covers non-technical skills, HF in commercial operations, commercial safety, pilot health check, and survival.
- Commercial Pilot Guide - Flying Operations
CASA and Safety Management
This presentation focuses on how the regulator (CASA) approaches the management of aviation safety from both a purely prescriptive mindset to a more "outcome based" approach. We examine the nature of human error and violation and how that can be best managed in a safety critical industry such as aviation which leads us to a discussion on the key aspects of developing a safety culture within aviation and how the various levels of safety culture can be identified within an operation. The presentation also discusses in abroad sense, how the concept of a Safety Management System (SMS) can equip aviation business to more effectively manage the safety of their own operation. We end the presentation with a brief examination of an accident case study where weaknesses in safety culture and the ongoing management of safety were behind several causal factors leading to a major accident event. This topic would be useful for both large and small aviation organisations, as well as tertiary institutions wishing to gain an overview of how aviation safety is being managed both now and into the future.
Maintenance Human Factors
This presentation looks at the need for Human Factors awareness within the aviation maintenance environment. It discusses basic human factors models, describes how to incorporate human factors training into a maintenance organisation, and covers the new requirements of CSR 66 and 145.
For the last 50 years there has been little change in light aircraft design and or features. However that's now changing with new technology in the form of computerised flight information systems, avionics and navigations systems for light aircraft. One of these advances is the glass cockpit and you can expect to see and experience them soon. With any new technology comes new learning and human factors issues. This presentation will look at some of these issues from both the positive effect on safety and the negative.
CASA General Presentation
The CASA General Presentation has been created for the non-aviation community, or the new to aviation community, to explain who the Civil Aviation Safety Authority is, what we do, and why, how rules and regulations are written, and also some statistics about aviation in general. There are many myths about CASA and how it operates, and this presentation is designed to help dispel some of those myths. The presentation takes approximately 30 minutes which includes some question time.
Class D and E Airspace Procedures
This topic reviews procedures to utilize and services available to pilots when operating in and around Class D aerodromes collocated with Class E airspace
In aviation, effective communication is essential for the safe and efficient operation of aircraft as it ultimately influences the decision making process through the exchange of information and the maintenance of situational awareness. This presentation considers the human factors issues that arise when ever we send or receive messages and also contains a short interactive exercise which demonstrates how easily effective communication can break down.