2 October 2023

Low-flying aircraft expected near Scherger for CASA safety checks

| Matt Nicholls
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CAPE York residents and tourists may see an aircraft flying unusually low near RAAF Base Scherger tomorrow as the Civil Aviation Safety Authority carries out important flight path safety checks.

The checks are being conducted by CASA to make sure instrument procedure flight paths at the aerodrome operate safely.

CASA regulations require that the approach procedures are checked every five years to confirm their ongoing safety.

The checks are planned for Tuesday, October 3, between 9am and 1pm.

A twin-engine Beechcraft Baron (registration VH-ABP) will be used to carry out the safety checks within an area up to 40 kilometres from the aerodrome.

Low-level flying is an essential part of the safety exercise, with the aircraft down as low as several hundred feet at times.

People near the base may notice an uncommon flying pattern, but this is to make sure obstacles are accurately marked on charts and no new obstacles exist. Obstacles can be towers, trees, masts or buildings that can be a danger to aircraft.

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

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