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Wednesday, 24 June 1998
Page: 5365


Mr McClelland asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Development, upon notice, on 2 March 1998:

(1) How many failures to comply with air traffic control clearances have occurred at Sydney (Kingsford-Smith) Airport (a) in the six months before the Long Term Operating Plan (LTOP) was implemented and (b) since the (i) first and (ii) second stages of implementation of LTOP.

(2) What reasons did pilots provide for failing to comply.


Mr Vaile (Transport and Regional Development) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) Airservices Australia has advised that for the period 4 February 1997 to 3 August 1997 there were 186 instances of pilots failing to comply with air traffic control clearances or requirements.

(1) (b) (i) Airservices Australia has advised that for the period 4 August 1997 to 3 December 1997 there were 133 instances of failure to comply with air traffic control clearances or requirements.

(1) (b) (ii) Airservices Australia has advised that for the period 4 December 1997 to 30 April 1998 there were 173 instances of failure to comply with air traffic control clearances or requirements.

(2) The above instances of non-compliance cover matters such as pilot violations of controlled airspace, failure to maintain assigned altitudes and failure to comply with the requirements of Standard Arrival Routes (STARS) or Standard Instrument Departures (SID's). The Bureau of Air Safety Investigation is conducting an ongoing study of compliance incidents to determine if any particular trends emerge.