Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Aviation

Important safety tips for aviators

When setting for the skies, it is important to ensure you have properly planned and are prepared for all circumstances ahead.

Are you really ready to leave?

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has developed the following pre-flight, during and post-flight precautionary safety checks to complete in preparation for each trip.

Pre-flight safety checks

If a registered civil or ultralight aircraft crashes, ditches or goes missing, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's (AMSA) has a national responsibility for coordinating the search and rescue (SAR) response. AMSA encourages all pilots to ensure they are fully prepared for the possible emergency situations ahead.

The following pre-cautionary measures ensure the safety of the pilot and the passengers on board as well as assisting Authorities to initiate a SAR response as soon as possible after being alerted of an emergency situation.

  Safety equipment

  Preparations for your beacon

  Nominate a SARTIME

  Lodge a flight note with someone responsible


During an emergency situation

In the event of an emergency, a MAYDAY or PAN PAN call should be the first attempt of alerting authorities of a distress situation as verbal communications provide the most details related to the emergency and can result in an immediate response. If not operating on an ATS frequency, always have the area or overlying airspace frequency set for immediate use.

  When to activate your distress beacon


Post-flight checks

  Cancelling SARTIMEs and reporting arrivals


Further information


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