Join the conversation with CASA’s aviation safety advisors


Their role is a combination of diplomat, travelling salesperson, agony aunt, advocate, pastor and, very rarely, stand-up comedian. CASA’s aviation safety advisors are the organisation’s ambassadors, and, as the above videos shows, a valuable resource to general aviation pilots and organisations. Flight Safety Australia followed the ASA’s on the road to produce a profile for the current Summer printed edition.

CASA’s ASA’s present more than 200 AvSafety Seminars a year, free of charge. The 2019 AvSafety seminar titled ‘Enhancing pilot skills – Expect the unexpected’ discusses three key safety topics:

  • pre-flight planning
  • aeronautical decision making
  • checklists.

The free seminar is designed to enhance and refresh pilots’ knowledge at all levels.

You will learn through discussion how sound planning practices can prepare pilots for unexpected events and assist decision making in all phases of flight. You will find out about resources and practical hints and tips to help you fly safely and efficiently.

Two specialist ASAs offer engineering AvSafety seminars, focusing on human factors, engineering error, and advice on updated regulations.

Western region aviation safety advisor Craig Peterson says safety is a never-ending topic.

‘Safety isn’t something you learn and then get on with,’ he says. ‘Safety is a constant ongoing discussion and a constant ongoing state of vigilance.’

Peterson wants safety conversation to echo long after the seminar has finished. ‘When we leave the room that night, that’s not where it ends,’ he says. ‘We’re hoping that we generate discussion, in them and their peers, and that they take up that safety conversation and keep it going until we touch base next time.’

For the rest of the story subscribe to Flight Safety Australia online, or buy the Summer issue from the CASA Online Store. The issue also looks at communications, pilot fatigue, and reanalyses a historic crash that nearly decapitated Australia’s wartime government.



  1. I recently attended one of these seminars (which I might add was well presented) & was somewhat surprised at the amount of Pvt pilots who knew very little when the audience was asked some pretty basic Q’s pertaining to an every day flight at the planning stage as well as enroute! Now that’s scary!
    I’ve always said that it’s too easy to get a pilots licence at the entry level & it shows!

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