CASA to carry out flight path checks

Tibooburra Aerodrome

Residents across Far West NSW may see a twin-engine Cessna Conquest flying unusually low from this weekend as the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) carry out flight path safety checks within 40km of aerodromes in Broken Hill, Ivanhoe, Tibooburra, White Cliffs, and Wilcannia.

Conducted by CASA, the checks are to make sure instrument procedure flight paths at various aerodromes operate safely with CASA regulations requiring that approach procedures are checked every five years to confirm their ongoing safety.

Low-level flying is an essential part of the safety exercise, says CASA, with the aircraft down as low as several hundred feet at times. CASA also warn residents may notice an uncommon flying pattern. This is to make sure obstacles, such as towers, trees, masts, or buildings that can be a danger to aircraft, can accurately be marked on charts and that no new obstacles exist.

The checks will be carried out from Sunday, February 4 from the following aerodromes:

Sunday, February 4: Broken Hill, Ivanhoe, White Cliffs, Wilcannia

Monday, February 5: Broken Hill, Tibooburra

If poor weather or other factors don’t allow the safety checks to go ahead on the planned days, they will be carried out as soon as possible.

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