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Old 6th January 2023, 01:03 PM
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Question Sea World incident

Without speculating on what ATSB will find/recommend, are there protocols for situations where two or more helicopters are operating concurrent short-duration joy flights, even from dedicated separate helipads? For example, is there a mandatory verbal co-ordination protocol in addition to the universal see and avoid imperative? Are they required to operate non-overlapping flight routes for example?
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Old 6th January 2023, 03:20 PM
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Hi Philip . On checking the VTC chart for the Gold Coast it appears that the base of controlled airspace in the area of concern is 1500’, below this it is Class G airspace and is as a consequence outside of controlled airspace ( OCTR ) . There is no clearance required to fly in Class G airspace , that may or may not be a contributing factor . There is also a CTAF radio frequency for Sea World operations , was it being used or monitored ? . All no doubt will be revealed in due course , however , irrespective of any findings it a tragedy that should not have happened .
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Old 6th January 2023, 05:09 PM
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The area is covered by the Southport CTAF, so calls are required for departure, landing and circuit area
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Old 7th January 2023, 12:21 PM
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https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications...rt/ao-2023-001
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Old 7th January 2023, 04:47 PM
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Old 7th March 2023, 11:06 AM
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ATSB has released its preliminary report.

Pilot of landing chopper failed to hear call from takeoff chopper.

https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications...rt/ao-2023-001
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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-03-...iner/102063520
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