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29th March 2017 9:43:06 PM
Captd D . I sold this Aircraft to a great friend 11 Oct 1995.
The new Owner took great pride in this TOMMI & put new Engine in that has only done less than 200 Hrs yet had the annual Isnp & 50 hourly Oil changes . Also a new Propeller FP . Engine LYC 0-235 and it ADSB plus great radio's .

22nd March 2017 12:43:01 PM
VH WTQ was involved in a crash early January 2017 and is no longer.

21st March 2017 11:40:27 PM
Went for a flight in this one 13/3/2016. Pilot was great and the flight very enjoyable. Euston Robinvale Ski Race weekend. Location Robinvale Football oval.

17th March 2017 12:13:14 PM
Hello, need a photo of this a/c. Can you tell me if it is a CP301a,b, or c?

2nd March 2017 8:07:33 AM
At rest at Invercargill Airport 8 Sept 2015. A very load aircraft taking off.

jetgriff
Invercargill
New Zealand
28th February 2017 9:28:20 AM
The aircraft is the P model just a little more powerful engine (160 HP at 2700 RPM) than most 172's and just a little more fun to fly.

26th February 2017 2:37:08 PM
This aircraft (ZK-HBH) is actually owned by Helena Bay Lodge, not Heletranz. Just something I thought you should know :)

19th February 2017 1:26:54 AM
I am the current owner operator of this great little aircraft. No Spats or spinner at the moment.

4th February 2017 5:25:54 AM
Jetgriff you are a perfect paparazzi because you give all the informations about your photos.
I like it.
le commandant
29th January 2017 12:44:31 AM
Year manufactured is 1960. Lockheed L-188C c/n 2014 was flown first on 17 February 1960.
The airliner was registered PH-LLG with the KLM NV on 24 February 1960, delivered on 25 February 1960 to KLM.

26th January 2017 1:42:07 PM
Has anyone got an idea about what this aircraft has been doing over Adelaide today 26/1/16? Its track goes back and forth across the northern suberbs of Adelaide. Have a look at https://flightaware.com/live/flight/VHKPZ.

26th January 2017 9:59:43 AM
KSH has been engaged in shark spotting ops on the Far south coast on NSW flying over Eden (my home town) twice every morning.

23rd January 2017 1:46:59 AM
Benkurek, Is it possible when you publish some photos of aircraft to give all the necessary informations like the kind of airplane, model, at which airport the photo was taken and indicated the position on the map? For a aviation fan like me who live in the North of the Planet i like to know what happens in aviation to the South of the Earth. A real paparasi give all the informations about his photos. Thank you.
Le Commandant.
17th January 2017 1:25:35 PM
Archerfield 17.01.2017

13th January 2017 6:57:11 AM
Tower , squawk VFR code and say type
Crew,,, I'm ARV :)

8th January 2017 6:01:50 PM
Aircraft is active flying from cycd or cyyj. About one hundred hours around southern bc. Cruise 100 knots, or 90 knots at 18 lbs/ hr.

8th January 2017 2:12:14 PM
I saw it flying over Peace Valley Park, Bucks County Pa.

28th December 2016 5:12:38 PM
Hi Paul:

I was the second owner of Foxtrot Hotel Yankee Uniform. I bought it from the original owner in 1984. Still miss it. There were about 700 hours on it when my wife decided she'd like a new house rather than an airplane. So bye-bye to my Grumman. How many hours on the plane now? Still running?

Gary

13th December 2016 6:46:31 AM
Hi this is Hannah with Executive Aviation in Baton Rouge! We recently had you guys over and charged for some fees, I'm currently having trouble finding a telephone number for you guys! If you could please call us when you can!
225.355.5183

Thank you!!
Hannah

4th December 2016 7:04:21 AM
Salut Billykid. Quand tu fait un commentaire pour ton avion tu devrait publier la photo de ton avion si tu veux le vendre, les acheteurs aiment voir les avions qu'ils veulent acheter. A quelle adresse courriel les acheteurs peuvent te contacter et ou est stationné ton Maule?
le commandant.
3rd December 2016 6:09:01 AM
This maule is currently for sale. I dont have the time to fly it anymore. If you need anymore info feel free to contact me

26th November 2016 2:55:55 PM
Beautiful a/c to fly

30th October 2016 10:45:37 AM
Version sans accent :-(

Wow! Impressionnant le Commandant tout un travail. Une ecole de pilotage devrait acheter ca. Pour des photos en vol de mon RW ca ne sera pas pour si tot. J'ai presque une annee complete de perdu a cause de problemes de sante. J'ai subit 3 chirurgies et j'attend la 4ieme qui jespere sera la derniere d'ici peu. Donc le RW est encore dans le garage avec mes udgrades non completer. Mais aussitot que ce sera possible je le ferai.

PS, un de mes ami vient tout juste d'arriver avec sa nouvelle acquisition. Un beau Pelican avec un 914 turbo avec wheel ski Datum, MGL Enigma etc. Superbe de machine.

30th October 2016 10:41:59 AM
Wow! Impressionnant le Commandant tout un travail. Une école de pilotage devrait acheter ça. Pour des photos en vol de mon RW ça ne sera pas pour si tôt. J'ai presque une année complète de perdu a cause de problèmes de santé. J'ai subit 3 chirurgies et j'attend la 4ième qui j’espère sera la dernière d'ici peu. Donc le RW est encore dans le garage avec mes udgrades non complétés. Mais dès que ce sera possible je le ferai.

PS, un de mes ami vient tout juste d'arriver avec sa nouvelle acquisition. Un beau Pelican avec un 914 turbo avec wheel ski Datum, MGL Enigma etc. Superbe de machine.

21st October 2016 3:38:29 PM
VH-CJW was purchased on March 5th, 1978 by Knut Vahl Meyer (Ballarat Aero Club CFI) from a RAAF Point Cook dentist who had had the aircraft restored there following its crop dusting career (Tocumwal?). VH-CJW was subsequently kept in Ballarat and eventually sold to Messrs John Kennedy and John Turner in January 1983 where I believe it is still hangared and owned by John Kennedy. VH-CJW was not fitted with a metal propeller (as stated above) but, as far as I can recall, a fabric covered wooden propeller with brass leading edge and tip protectors. (KVM Oct 21, 2016)

18th October 2016 11:39:43 AM
Salut commandant, c'est moi qui a demande GOLF HOTEL ROMEO WHISKI. Un 300 est un bon helico plusieurs ecole l'utilise. Je prefererais aussi un R44 mais je crois que le cout d'operation est plus elever. Et la fameuse duree de vie de 12 ans des Robinson.
Merci pour les bons commentaires.

11th October 2016 4:41:45 PM
Hi Dear Friends,

I'm trying to get in touch with this Private Airline Operator going by the name of Lewis Garry E.
Contact details: Owner

Owner Name: LEWIS GARY E
Registrant Type: Individual
Last Action Date: 03 Jan 2016
Owner Address: 7848 E THELMA DR
PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ, 863143337
US

Would anyone have any reliable contact like phone numbers or email address of this person?

Thank you.

3rd October 2016 6:31:22 AM
One Pilot one passenger Tandam seating

3rd October 2016 6:29:49 AM
Powered by a Lycoming 0-235 (118 HP)

1st October 2016 12:19:21 PM
SF 260

VH- ZKC history.

5Y-ALL from Aug 1970 - Feb 1982

N260FS from Mar 1982; repainted in a Red Arrows colour scheme; summer 1983

shipped to US

N260SM from Nov 1983 - May 2013; repainted in fake Italian Air Force colour

scheme "70-58" code

VH-ZKC from Jul 2013 to present.
1st October 2016 1:57:46 AM
What an amazing plane. Aerobatic, retractable and cruised at 175 K.
I flew this aircraft when charter flying in Kenya in the late 70's. She was blue and white then, 5Y-ALL. Belonged to my chairman Zovita Boskovic an amazing character. He was Yugoslav and flew Spitfires for the RAF in North Africa during the war. His low level aeros in LL were a delight to watch.
Bosky as he was fondly called was also a member of the caterpillar club and mentioned in the book 'Into the silk'. He was demonstrating a bunt (a Yugoslavian type) and told to only do one! It went so well he decided to do another which certainly didn't go to plan. The plane broke up when inverted! Bosky deployed his chute but then debris from the plane starting falling into the canopy and accelerated his descent. He hit the deck hard whilst trying to rid the canopy of debris and thankfully lived to tell the story.

LL was sadly sold in the early 80's to a KLM pilot who ferried her to Holland from Nairobi Wilson.

Bosky loved this plane and I know regretted its sale. He was elderly though and sadly passed away on the 23/11/98

Great to see her still going strong and flying in Australia. (Quite a history. Italy-Kenya-Holland-USA-Australia!)
25th September 2016 11:53:46 AM
THC at Tooradin

24th September 2016 6:58:42 PM
VH-ZJG, not JZG!

24th September 2016 6:58:18 PM
This plane has recently been purchased by Jetgo Australia and will be registered as VH-JZG on it's arrival into the country... quote from australianaviation.com.au:

The aircraft previously operated under US registration N297SK for Republic Airways Holdings, which provides regional services to the major US network carriers. It has been repainted into Jetgo livery and will have Australian registration VH-ZJG when it enters service in this country.

24th September 2016 9:57:04 AM
Salut commandant, je trippais pas tellement sur un helico qui te dit que c fini avant de monter dedans. Alors que GHRW great heli rotor way est mieux. Les modif de mon interieure ne sont pas terminer.

18th September 2016 2:31:45 AM
I now own this aircraft at Earl Grey, Saskatchewan.

16th September 2016 4:45:44 PM
Seen over flying Hobbiton (Matamata), New Zealand on 20160911

16th September 2016 4:27:06 PM
Over flew Hobbiton (Matamata) 20160911

16th September 2016 3:51:10 PM
Seen at Te Kuiti 20160914 - along side ZK-LTQ

16th September 2016 12:15:50 PM
Aug/Sep 2106 - see http://www.flyingthehump.com/ . XUX is on an epic flight over the 'Hump' to China to be preserved in FLYING TIGER HISTORICAL MUSEUM in Guilin, China. Due to an engine fire on 17 August ,just out of Denpasar (where I was lucky enough to see it being prepped for flight) XUX diverted to Surabaya, Indonesia, where it is awaiting an engine change.

12th September 2016 5:48:37 PM
This aircraft was owned by the Tunut Aero Club in southern NSW in the mid/late 1960s. It was used as a trainer and a very popular one. I am pretty sure that the club purchased it from Victa and from memory it was being used in Papua New Guinea as a sales demonstrator. It had a caricature of a mosquito with scarf and flying goggles painted on the nose cowling or just foreward of the cockpit.
I worked on Blowering and Talbingo dams in the construction days and flew in it many times. Vivid memories.

10th September 2016 7:43:22 AM
Prensently under it's 100hrs maintenance and some upgrades. All new upgraded drivetrain bearings and belts. Redesign dash and interior uprade.

2nd September 2016 2:27:19 AM
Hello. I am a Realtor in Coffeyville Kansas. I have someone interested in purchasing the home located at 4104 W 6th in Coffeyville. I am trying to locate the correct owner of that home. If this is you, please call me at 620-716-1308. Thanks!

14th August 2016 3:50:15 PM
Seen flying over Soldiers Beach, Central Coast NSW at 13:48 on 14 August 2016

13th August 2016 1:07:27 AM
Form global news story: man in his 20s is dead after a small plane, which police said was stolen from a rural Greater Toronto Area airport, crashed near a mall in Peterborough overnight.

Police said the Piper aircraft went down just after 1 a.m. in Peterborough’s south end near Lansdowne Place at High St. and Landsowne St. about 140 kilometres east of Toronto.

The pilot, who was the lone occupant on board the plane, was found dead by emergency crews.

Police said the aircraft was stolen from a York Region airport north of Toronto earlier in the evening. Authorities did not provide details of the exact location.

“When the plane was in Peterborough we were able to identify the owner and contacted the owner, that’s how we established the plane was stolen,” Insp. Lynne Buehler told reporters Friday morning.

“York Regional Police Services is investigating the theft of the plane as it occurred in their jurisdiction.”

Police said the Transportation Safety Board attended the scene and is cooperating with authorities to determine the cause of the crash.

The identity of the deceased has not been released and police did not reveal whether he was a licensed pilot.

Buehler said the man’s body was taken by the coroner to Toronto for an autopsy.

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21st July 2016 11:44:36 AM
Finalementt ont est mieux d'oublier les accents sur ce site. Ca bouzille tout le texte LOL.

21st July 2016 11:42:32 AM
Merci le commandant, cela me ferait plaisir. Très bel endroit avec de la place pour atterrir. Cependant ce ne sera pas pour bientôt. Plutôt loin de chez moi et je dois encore faire ma licence lorsque l'hélico sera prêt à mon gout. Je vais bientôt à Trois-Rivières visiter un ami qui vole régulièrement avec son Talon A600 qui est très beau aussi.

9th July 2016 6:27:47 PM
This blimp has been working around Brisbane these past months (June-July 2016)

5th July 2016 4:10:56 PM
Private hire Melbourne. Piper Lance , long range , visit www.ufly.me

5th July 2016 6:04:56 AM
I soloed in this Cessna on 6 MARCH 1968, at Herlong Field, FL. The plane belonged to the Navy Flying Club at NAS Cecil Field, where I was stationed for about two years. The hourly rate to fly back then was $5 per hour. My, how things have changed...

29th June 2016 12:50:29 AM
I'm the new owner of C-FNIS

Presently doing a full 100hrs maintnance and upgrading some parts including ALL new belts and bearings.

Claude Laforest
La Sarre,Qc, Canada
CSR8

9th June 2016 11:07:05 AM
This must be a mapping or survey plane, as it is doing like a grid search pattern over Gladstone, Qld, right now.

13th May 2016 2:27:33 AM
The pilot is a guy I video game with NordicTrac. This is his photo of his ride.

11th May 2016 11:58:28 AM
Three men from the Lumby area suffered only minor cuts and scrapes following a plane crash north of the village Tuesday morning.

A small single-engine de Havilland Beaver float plane crashed on private property on Mabel Lake Road at around 10:45 a.m.

It went down shortly after taking off from a neighbouring private airstrip.

“All three occupants were able to scramble to safety before the plane became fully engulfed in flames,” said Cpl. Trevor Tribes with the Lumby RCMP detachment.

The three men are all in their 50s, and it is not known if they were on a business or pleasure trip.

The pilot is the owner of the plane.

“He is an experienced pilot with lots of hours flown in that plane,” said Tribes. “He has been fully cooperative with us.”

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The case has been turned over to the Transportation Safety Board with the Lumby RCMP offering any help they can with the investigation.

11th May 2016 11:56:53 AM
This plane crashed today My 10, 2016

LUMBY, B.C. — A small plane has crashed in a rural area near Lumby — east of Vernon.

The plane went down around 11 this morning in the 600 block of Mabel Lake Road.

Three people were on board.

The plane ended up about 300 feet from a home.

Dave Fletcher of Vernon was working on a house at the time and saw the crash.

“Three passengers were in it. They (plane) came down and it was pretty close to the house where I was working at and they guy (pilot) landed it right in a field right beside the creek and there was an instant explosion. The three guys in it were alive,” says Fletcher.

RCMP say there were no serious injuries.

2nd May 2016 10:32:10 AM
Hi,
When uploading the second VH-VJE photo (taking off) the plane is actually painted in "Reefwatch" colours (also owned by GAM), when it was operating out of Cairns, from 2008 to about 2010.

It was later painted in other GAM colours (third photo) and to my knowledge, remains so today.
Mack


VH-VJE #9026

3rd April 2016 4:09:46 PM
This crashed last night April 1 2016. Near Salmon Arm BC, the pilot was the only one on board but only had minor cuts and bruises. Found by SAR after a 2 -3 hour search. Plane likely a right off.

20th March 2016 5:20:44 PM
A news article describing the incident.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/tooradin-airfield-plane-crash-landing-lucky-escape-for-four-people/news-story/9c151b1a883a6625d13c27be2ada00b1

20th March 2016 5:19:26 PM
VH PCO Crashed on landing at Tooradin (Vic Aust) 20 March 2016. Four persons on board all walked away from the plane and were taken to Frankston (Vic) Hospital for observation.
They were a man aged in his 20s with neck pain, a female aged in her 30s with shoulder injuries and man in his 50s with minor cuts and abrasions.
A child was also in the plane but escaped unharmed.

20th March 2016 4:52:48 AM
C-FAML Robinson R-22 Beta. Ce R-22 a déja 20 ans, il est stationné à Lavaltrie sur le domaine privé du propriétaire du R-22 sur la rive nord du fleuve St-Laurent QC. Comme passager, j'ai eu la chance et le bonheur de faire 3 vols avec le pilote dans la région de Lanaudière QC. Un de ces vols a eu lieu le 10-08-2015 pour voir les belles couleurs d'automne du Québec. ((Voir photo)) En espérant d'avoir encore la chance de voler avec le pilot Georges.
Le commandant.
19th March 2016 7:59:10 PM
VH-IMN Piper Arrow2 formal club aircraft of WHYALLA AERO CLUB where I shown how to fly .

19th March 2016 7:52:19 PM
Who ever puts GASOLINE is no a pilot AIRCRAFT USE AVGAS or JET use JETA1 unless you have paid for STC for MOGAS (CAR PETROL) trust me as former owner of VH-JQJ & VH-JQI Piper Tomahawk's that both were in SA at Parafield

19th March 2016 7:46:56 PM
VH-IOE is great plane to pilot and has grand view of all below , you can check main gear via window except nose wheel.
The seats are great for pilot & PAX on long flights .

19th March 2016 7:38:48 PM
Comment FUEL AVGAS not gasoline as former owner back in 1970s and before my it came down from N.T. V.R.D cattle station.

19th March 2016 7:34:40 PM
I owned this TIGER AA5B when it was at Parafield S.A.
This was a gem to fly getting to know the way to taxi was a little fun at first but after that fun to fly.

8th March 2016 8:56:48 AM
A Gulfstream II business jet heavily modified as an airborne communications relay testbed has arrived in Australia.

The aircraft, registered N510AG to Lowcountry Trading, features Tempus Applied Solutions and Northrop Grumman logos on its tail and forward fuselage. It arrived in Brisbane on February 24 and is pictured here parked outside Northrop Grumman Australia's Integrated Defence Services hangar at Brisbane Airport on the weekend.

The Gulfstream sports a large satcom antenna on its upper fuselage and was originally modified as a demonstrator for use by Northrop Grumman for the Multi-Role Tactical Common Data Link program, which, according to a Northrop Grumman January 2011 media statement, "provides real-time networking connectivity to warfighters and commanders by enabling extremely fast exchange of data via ground, airborne and satellite networks".

The Multi-Role Tactical Common Data Link has since been integrated as an element of the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN). Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the BACN program where four modified Bombardier Global Express business jet platforms (designated E-11A) and three unmanned EQ-4B Global Hawks are used as airborne relay nodes to translate and distribute "imagery, video, voice and data, often from disparate elements, improving situational awareness by allowing ground troops to reach back for needed support over mountainous terrain", according a US Air Force press release.

BACN has been used operationally over Afghanistan, first with the E-11A and then with the EQ-4B, since 2008.

Flight tracking website flightaware.com shows the Gulfstream flew from Brisbane to RAAF Base Amberley early on Tuesday afternoon.

(Originally Published on Australian Aviation)

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Dasher was here....
24th February 2016 1:20:07 AM
N1680C a White w/Blue accents from memory , Les Steever - my Father - and Joe Bartram purchased it about 1958 after selling their 170 , It then was at Buchanan Field in Concord Ca. and I was 9 then and in the next 8 to 9 years dreamed of when we would go Flying , It then was a Tail Dragger but Pop never cared for them and it was converted to a Tricycle , many times it was flown to my Grandparents ranch in Cool Ca. to land on Dad's 2,000ft dirt runway he cut in , in 67 Dad sold out to Joe and later it was converted back to a Tail Dragger , Joe flew it a few more years then on a trip to Bryce Canyon Ut. it was ground looped from what Dad told me and sold to someone at Buchanan and repaired .
Lynn

23rd February 2016 3:43:33 PM
HI I OWNED THAT PLANE IN 1957 AND GOT MY LIC. THAT YEAR IN MT. VERMOM WASHINGTON GREAT PLANE
CCURBOW@ALTA-TEC.NET

HI I OWNED THAT PLANE AND GOT MY LIC. IN 1957 IN MT VERNON WASHINGTON
20th February 2016 9:43:59 AM
I did my first solo in VH-CJW on Sat 30 July 1967 at Moorabbin Victoria.

It was a 15 minute circuit and I recall my instructor who was watching from the ground said my landing was good compared to a few other in the circuit. This comment was very pleasing for a young 16 year old at the time.

The aircraft was almost brand new and belonged to a flying school called Pipeair which closed up many years ago.

I never flew this aircraft again ..Pipeair owned about 6 similar Piper Cherokee 140's and I always seem to get something else.

Moorabbin was a buzz of aircraft and activity in those days ..

I got my unrestricted PPL at Merimbula on 09 March 1991 ..25 years later !!
25th January 2016 10:02:29 PM
I heard part of what transpired this evening, flying through the localiser at Essendon. As someone who is an airplane geek, do I take it that you had meant to conduct a VFR flight landing at Lillydale before you got court by the weather and requested assistance from Melbourne approach?

24th January 2016 3:35:01 PM
Mr Simpson, We owned this aircraft in Miami Florida back in the 60's. Logged several hundred hours flying around the States in ministry. Enjoyed flying it very much. If you don't mind I would like a picture of it. My name is Phil Martin, email is boyce1374@aol.com. I hope you are getting as much enjoyment out of it as we did. Have a blessed and prosperous year.

24th January 2016 2:48:29 PM
HZE at Kallara Ststion. Tilpa NSW.
22nd January 2016 9:03:37 AM
Was N6201L with original factory orange paint. Repainted and N number changed to N3LC in December 2015. Paint design is U.S. Army Air Corps, 1942 trainer.

Gunslinger 37
Based at 57AZ
12th January 2016 11:37:31 AM
Bully,
My father bought SYK after he sold a 172 (APJ). Dad was a fyling nut and learnt to fly with Discover Flying while he was Editor of the old Melbourne Sun newspaper. Ispent many hours at Essendon Airport at the time - even washing planes. Another instructor was ??? Fox.
I went in many trips in SYK and wondered if it was still about.
Huw.
172 APJ has gone and is now a Cessena Citation!

11th January 2016 12:14:33 PM
My father (Norm Ford) & I built this aircraft from 1994 to 1998.
It was my father's idea to put the breakers and switches on the panel above the windshield which helped to keep the instrument panel clean.
It was great great experience to build the Rebel and Murphy Aviation did a great job at making the process easy with the pre-punched panels well documented manuals.
I have to thank my friend Myron for his input to the instrument layout, the retractable handle in the tail and for the idea of making the door a gullwing style, specifically for the purpose of having it on floats.

14th December 2015 6:47:55 PM
During flight preparation on the 10th December 2015 the aircraft encountered a fuel leak while parked at Gate 7 at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport.

13th December 2015 6:28:11 AM
Saw this on Pima museum site being repainted and repaired.

7th December 2015 5:07:06 PM
Great helicopter to fly!

7th December 2015 1:41:22 PM
I used to fly it when Flinders Island Airlines owned it.......mainly for delivering the Herald (now Herald Sun) newspaper in the early 70s

27th October 2015 10:18:13 AM
From 1983, a home video of skydivers in action at Kambalda WA.
VH-TSH features in the first 2 mins
Here is a link to my video on youtube...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=PYsyaAXmUvw

29th September 2015 11:34:17 AM
Interesting article.......



The ATSB has released its investigation report into the

Airspeed management occurrence involving Airbus A320, VH-JQG, Sydney Airport, NSW on 25 June 2013

On 25 June 2013, the flight crew of an Airbus A320-232 aircraft, registered VH-JQG and operated by Jetstar Airways (Jetstar), was conducting an instrument landing system approach with autoland training at Sydney Airport, New South Wales.

During the approach, the training captain (pilot flying) disconnected the autothrust system by retarding the thrust levers to the IDLE STOP, and asked the first officer to assess the effect on the proposed approach. After briefly referring to the Quick Reference Handbook, the crew extended the landing gear and wing flap, and finalised the pre-landing checklist. The flight crew then became involved in a discussion about the requirements in the handbook for the proposed approach.

With engine thrust at idle and the aircraft in a high drag configuration, the airspeed quickly reduced to below the minimum approach speed. The captain was in the process of applying thrust when the aircraft's alpha-floor protection system activated. Take-off/go-around thrust was automatically commanded by this system and the flight crew conducted a missed approach.

The ATSB found that during an autoland training exercise with the autothrust disengaged, both pilots were distracted by their consideration of a training scenario. As a result, they did not identify the airspeed reducing below the target approach speed in sufficient time to prevent activation of the aircraft's alpha-floor protection system.

The ATSB also found that during the autoland training exercise, the training captain directed the first officer to set hypothetical minima/decision heights in the autoflight system in support of the training scenario. These heights were not applicable to the instrument approach being flown and the practice was not approved by Jetstar. The resulting increased workload impacted on the first officer's capacity to effectively fulfil the pilot monitoring role.

As a result of this occurrence, Jetstar issued a memo to its check and training pilots highlighting the requirements for autoland training. The memo reiterated that flight crew must only use the minima for the approach being flown.

Safety message

This occurrence demonstrates the risks associated with conducting training exercises during periods of high workload. Training pilots need to be cognisant of trainee experience and capability and ensure that the training exercise never compromises the primary task of monitoring/flying the aircraft.



Courtesy of the ATSB

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Dasher was here....
24th September 2015 10:40:42 PM
Owned and operated by the Narrogin Flying Club from 1977 to unknown. The photo supplied was taken at Merredin Aerodrome in 1979.

8th September 2015 11:36:02 AM
I just bought this plane and it will be delibvered this week to me at the CEF6.
This would have been number 13 in my collection, but last week my lz=azair got blown to pieces by a freak windstorm. So I am still sitting at 12 in my collection.
Come for a visit to CEF6. We always have free coffee on and dont charge any landing fees either.

7th September 2015 6:24:18 PM
Cessna 172 VH-TTE was on the line at Maitland NSW in Feb 2001.

7th September 2015 6:21:47 PM
Cessna RNJ was based at Maitland in January 2000.

7th September 2015 6:17:50 PM
VH-JLF was registered to a C150 in April 2000.

7th September 2015 5:54:11 PM
VH-BTU was the registration on a PA-44 Seminole based at General Flying Services Moorabbin VIC in December 2003.

3rd September 2015 1:23:54 PM
I own this Bird now and have it in my shop. The fabric is bad and she is getting recovered in Oratex. Will be Blue and silver when completed.
Great plane. 33 hours old tt with a Simonini 102 hp engine instead of the 52hp rotax.
Will be operating out of CEF6

3rd September 2015 1:21:55 PM
I own this Airplane now and have just sent in the paperowrk to get a new CoR. She will be operating out of CEF6. Great Bird. Very Agile and only 135hours old tt

26th August 2015 2:27:53 PM
I part owned this aircraft in the 60,s and even used it for parachuting. Gave the skydivers quite a buzz clinging over the mid rail.
Quentin Lehane

26th August 2015 2:25:13 PM
I flew this aircraft when it was operated by Schutt flying school in the late sixties. It was VH KOZ then.
Quentin Lehane

22nd August 2015 3:17:50 AM
I have just purchased this little bird and she only has 4.2 hours on it.

28th July 2015 6:19:03 AM
This aircraft was in a roped off section with no identifying info. People standing around it didn't know what is was. This site will be extremely useful!

19th July 2015 11:23:19 PM
That's a great Photo!!!

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Dasher was here....
12th July 2015 4:33:00 PM
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