Lismore Aero Club senior instructor Phil Heal (right) and student Andrew Maddocks, of Boonah, under the hood of a Jabiru 170.
Lismore Aero Club senior instructor Phil Heal (right) and student Andrew Maddocks, of Boonah, under the hood of a Jabiru 170. Jacklyn Wagner

Attention Lismore pilots

HUMAN error accounts for 70 per cent of aviation accidents, according to Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman, Peter Gibson.

The risks that go with taking off into the ‘wild blue yonder’ can be fatal, so Lismore pilots are urged to attend an air safety workshop tomorrow night.

Mr Gibson said while the workshop wasn’t rocket science it would certainly add value to a pilot’s training.

“The two topics we will be covering are weather and fuel management,” he said.

“These were the two main subjects the local aero club wanted us to cover.”

Mr Gibson said the workshop was part of a nationwide regional air safety campaign.

“Giving pilots from Lismore extra training will lift their safety skills to even higher levels,” he said.

“Despite technology getting better, people still make mistakes when running that technology.

“We want to help pilots learn where potential mistakes could happen.”

Mr Gibson gave the example where a pilot might fly into cloud and lose sight of the ground.

“We give them advice, tips and strategies on how to check their surroundings,” he said.

“We want them to be able to take a panic situation and use these extra skills to help themselves.”

Mr Gibson said Lismore had a good safety record.

“There haven’t been any recent air disasters in the Lismore area,” he said.

“But accidents do happen and everyone in aviation must work hard to keep local skies safe.”

It’s expected 30 to 40 people will attend the workshop which will be of value to commercial, private and student pilots, as well as ultra light pilots and anyone thinking of learning to operate aircraft.

The workshop will be held tomorrow night at the Lismore Aero Club at Lismore airport, starting at 6pm.

CASA will be providing free refreshments.



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