RAAP 02.1 Accidents

Wednesday 2 May, 2018

Recreational Aviation Advisory Publication (RAAP) – 2.1-2018

Version 3, April 2018

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Lost aircraft If you don’t know where the aircraft is or it is overdue call Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) on 1800 815 257
On the ground  If an aircraft has had an accident at your airport call 000 to report the accident and state

  • Number and location of victim(s)
  • Nature of injury or illness
  • Hazards involved (including existence of Ballistic Parachutes)
  • First aid care being administered (if safe to do so)
  • Address and nearest entrance (emergency access point/aerodrome crash gates etc.)
  • Any other pertinent information.
Personal actions Consider completing a First Aid course (RAAus can provide contact information and reduced cost attendance call RAAus 02 6280 4700) 

Download the app Emergency + www.triplezero.gov.au to be able to provide coordinates and addresses for your location

Put the JRCC 1800 815 257 and ATSB 1800 011 034 numbers into your phone




RAAus members are required to immediately report some occurrences to the ATSB via telephone. These reports must be made ASAP no later than 24 hours after the occurrence. These reports are called Immediately Reportable Matters (IRMs). IRMs also require a written report to be submitted. You may not be sure if the pilot, CFI or aircraft owner has to report but to be sure, call the ATSB via phone and follow this up by submitting a report through the RAAus Occurrence Management System (OMS). If reports are lodged within the OMS ASAP and no later than 72 hours after the occurrence, then there is no requirement to lodge a written report to the ATSB as this is automatically forwarded by RAAus.
Some examples of Immediately Reportable Matters are:
  • Death or Serious Injury,
  • Aircraft and/or Property is, or suspected to be, destroyed or seriously damaged, or 
  • A missing aircraft, or
  • Breakdown of separation standards, being a failure to maintain a recognised separation standard (vertical, lateral, longitudinal) between aircraft that are being provided an Air Traffic Control separation service. (Note: This may result from air traffic services, pilot or other actions, and may occur even if only one aircraft involved is under control of an air traffic service). 
  As a general rule any reports to the ATSB made by the member should also be reported to RAAus.
Occurrence Reports other than IRMs Members are required to lodge all reports (except those stated above) within the OMS ASAP and no later than 72 hours after the occurrence. Some of these occurrence reports will be classified by the ATSB as Routine Reportable Matters (RRMs). Provided reporting within the OMS occurs within the required timeframe there is no requirement to lodge a separate written RRM report to the ATSB as this is automatically forwarded by RAAus.
  Any occurrence that did or has the potential to affect aviation safety must be reported within the OMS. The below examples are not exhaustive but may be used to guide members in reporting:

  • Airspace Incursions
  • Runway incursions
  • Aircraft malfunctions of any sort
  • Any loss of controls issue that does not result in injury or damage
  • Communication issues (radio, crew related, ATC related…)
  • Incorrect flight procedures
  • Near miss in uncontrolled airspace
  • Declaration of emergencies
  • Anything that you deem could have affected aviation safety
Reporting Outside the Specified Time Limits Failure to report to the ATSB within the required timeframes is a contravention of the TSI Act 2003 and may result in serious penalties. Members that become aware of any occurrence that has taken place and subsequently cannot or does not meet the required reporting timeframes should contact the ATSB directly via phone to discuss the issue.

Further information on IRMs and RRMs can be found at:

Transport Safety Investigation Regulation 2003:

Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003: