RAAus National Safety Month

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image; courtesy Mark Smith

Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) is conducting a campaign this month that will interest people from all streams of aviation.

There’s $10,000 worth of giveaways up for grabs during the month, some of which are open to non-members.

RAAus Innovation and Improvement Executive Cody Calder says safety articles and quizzes will be posted each week of the campaign.

‘Pilots and maintainers will be able to enter our membership draws, and there will be additional chances to win for non-members,’ he says.

‘During our National Safety Month, we want pilots to stop and review their personal safety and ask, “What can I do to improve the safety of my flying?”

‘We will also be holding a live stream each Wednesday night at 1900 AEDT with industry professionals.’

Each week of the campaign will focus on a key area:

  • the human element – sponsored by OzRunways
  • the aircraft and equipment – sponsored by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority
  • the flight training environment – sponsored by QBE
  • loss of control events– sponsored by OzRunways.

More details are available at RAAus.

CO detectors

The organisation is also supplying carbon monoxide detectors at cost price, following safety advisory notices from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The detectors are available for $80 at the RAAus online store.

The notices were released after an investigation into the fatal accident of a Sydney Seaplanes de Havilland Beaver, in which elevated levels of carbon monoxide were found to be present in the pilot’s blood samples.

This was identified to be caused from pre-existing cracking of the aircraft exhaust, along with a likely breach in the firewall. This accident emphasises the importance of inspecting aircraft exhaust systems and firewalls to avoid the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning.
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