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Effect of #ozaviation on the community seen in Tasmania

Effect of #ozaviation on the community seen in Tasmania

Finally, there is a growing realisation of the impact of aviation and the factors of “…getting it wrong….”. There is a concern by Tourism Tasmania that people might be concerned about effects on numbers visiting Tasmania.

Imagine if there was another incident which involved loss of radar, aircraft on descent into Hobart and an unknown aircraft passing through the lower airspace [which can legally occur]. Remember, an aircraft that is under radar control is under radar control.

If the radar were to drop out, there is a serious risk to aviation traffic and radio aided separation would not ensure proper levels of safety.

A serious smoking hole results – not much good the jaw-dropping conversations that have already occurred.

Dick Smith is right in working towards getting the focus of the community on the “bad aspects” of poor management by #asa and #casa.

Dick Smith is correct – 1930’s systems rule the air.

The problem is deeper of course, with poor reporting standards of the national investigator – #atsb.

We should remember the two 737’s of Virgin and QANTAS landing in severely limited conditions. One 737, after two attempts and the other on the first. In both cases, reports have seriously limited fuel remaining on board.

#atsb reported that: The final report is anticipated for release to the public by June 2014.

This is on an incident that occurred on 18th June 2013.


Air chiefs assure Tasmanian air safe as Dick Smith blasts ‘cover-up’

Tasmanian Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding met with Airservices chiefs after raising

Tasmanian Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding met with Airservices chiefs after raising concerns about Tasmania’s radar system. Picture: Luke Bowden Source: News Corp Australia

Airservices chiefs have assured the Tasmanian government the state’s airspace is safe, as former air safety boss Dick Smith wrote to the organ­isation’s chairman alleging a “cover-up”.

State Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding said he met Air­services chiefs on Wednesday after raising concerns about the state’s radar system with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.

Led by Airservices Australia air traffic control chief Greg Hood, the delegation also met tourism leaders on Wednesday and state Opposition Leader Bryan Green yesterday.

All received assurances that air traffic control at Hobart and Launceston airports was safe, after a series of revelations in The Australian about failures in the $6 million Tasmanian Wide Area Multilateration surveillance system.

In a letter to Mr Hidding last month, Mr Truss repeated assurances from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority that Tasmanian airspace was safe, and that CASA would review the situation this year.

Mr Green said he had also received assurances from Airservices but had asked to inspect some of the TASWAM infrastructure. The radar-like system was introduced in 2010.

Many involved in aviation, as well as Saab Sensis, the company that supplied TASWAM, believed it would be used to provide full radar control of aircraft to the ground at Hobart and Launceston airports, replacing procedural separation, which relies on tower controllers communicating with pilots.

But five years later, TASWAM is being used only for radar control above 8500 feet, with CASA saying the system’s coverage is inadequate to approve its use to separate planes below this. Instead, below 8500 feet it is used only as a “situational awareness” tool to assist local tower controllers.

Yesterday, Mr Smith wrote to Airservices chairman Angus Houston accusing his organisation of a “cover-up”.

“It’s now obvious that the system didn’t work as planned,” he said. “The people of Tasmania are being let down. To ever think that pro­cedural separation — developed in the 1930s before radar was invented — could be as safe or as efficient as a separation using radar, as we do in every other capital city in Australia, is simply ridiculous.”

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