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Friday 15 September, 2017

Recreational Aviation Advisory Publication (RAAP) – 2.2-2016

Version 1, 2016

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This RAAP is to be read in conjunction with RAAP 2 which gives an overview of the reporting requirements of occurrences for RAAus members.

Safety is everyone’s concern and RAAus members have obligations to report occurrences. As part of the safety commitment for RAAus it relies on the reporting of occurrences to communicate safety related statistics and initiatives to all stakeholders of the company.

Occurrences is the term that collectively describes the RAAus reporting of accidents, hazards, defects and confidential complaints.

The Occurrence Management System (OMS) is an online reporting system that allows members to submit these reports and is found on the RAAus website in various locations as orange buttons “Report an Occurrence” or using the following link http://oms.raa.asn.au


RAAus operates within a culture of Open and Fair Reporting and this philosophy is outlined at https://www.raa.asn.au/safety/open-and-fair-reporting-philosophy/


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Background

RAAus members are obliged to report defects in accordance with the following Manual:

  • Technical Manual Issue 4 Section 13.1

This obligation is completed when a member uses the RAAus OMS - the online reporting system found at link http://oms.raa.asn.au. 

This document provides definitions of these terms used in RAAus for reporting requirements for defects.

 

Defect Reports

Defects develop in aircraft and these need to be corrected to ensure continued safe operation. Repair of a defective item, even to new standards, may not prevent recurrence of the defect. Advice of defects found and action taken can assist fellow recreational pilots. 

Section 13.1 of the RAAus Technical Manual Issue 4 clearly defines a defect as:

‘any fault in the design, function of qualitative characteristic of an item fitted to an aircraft which differs from the specification, the drawing or recognised standard of good workmanship for the item other than that classified as fair wear and tear within manufacturer's limits’.

(RAAus Technical Manual (2016). Issue 4 Section 13.1)


When to submit a defect report

Defect reports are raised to identify potential technical issues found in aircraft in order to reduce the chance of recurrence.

When a defect is found, or where a maintenance schedule or flight manual is considered to be deficient, then a defect report is to be prepared by an owner or the maintainer of an aircraft.

RAAus members should submit a defect report any time they consider that any items fitted to, or associated with, a RAAus aircraft operation exhibits any faults as described in the defect definition.

 

Defect Report and Airworthiness Notice Administrative Procedures

Once a defect report is submitted through the OMS the originator will be sent a confirmation of receipt advice and reference number for the originators record.

Every defect report will be reviewed by the RAAus Technical Manager and one or more of the following actions MAY be taken: 

  • An Airworthiness Notice (AN) will be prepared. Samples are available on the RAAus website www.raa.asn.au under Safety – Technical – Airworthiness.
  • ANs may be published in “Sport Pilot” magazine depending on the significance of the defect and copies of ANs may also be forwarded to all RAAus registered owners of the aircraft type by mail or email. 
  • For other than LSA aircraft, the rectification action specified in the AN is to be undertaken or arranged to be undertaken by aircraft owners within the period specified in the Notice.
  • For LSA Aircraft, as no modifications can be made without Manufacturer’s approval, RAAus will issue the AN as an advisory to members, and RAAus will also alert the aircraft manufacturer about the defect found, and request they investigate.
  • Aircraft/Component manufacturers may be advised of the defect or deficiency and requested to undertake rectification action and advise all known owners of the affected aircraft or component.


Definitions

Airworthiness Notices (AN) - Airworthiness Notices issued by RAAus

Defect - any fault in the design, function of qualitative characteristic of an item fitted to an aircraft which differs from the specification, the drawing or recognised standard of good workmanship for the item other than that classified as fair wear and tear within manufacturer's limits.

Safety Commitment – the safety policy developed by RAAus’ for its members to improve safety across the company. 

Occurrences - is the term that collectively describes the RAAus reporting of accidents, hazards, defects and confidential complaints. 

Occurrence Management System (OMS) is an online reporting system found on the RAAus website for members to lodge reports to meet their reporting obligations in accordance with the regulations.

Open and fair reporting philosophy - RAAus operates an open and fair reporting culture and believe that educating our members provides better outcomes that punishing them.


References

RAAus (2016). Accident and defect summaries. Retrieved from https://www.raa.asn.au/safety/accident-and-defect-summaries/

RAAus (2016). Airworthiness notices. Retrieved from https://members.raa.asn.au/maintenance/airworthiness-notices/

RAAus (2016). Open and Fair reporting philosophy. Retrieved from https://www.raa.asn.au/safety/open-and-fair-reporting-philosophy/

RAAus (2016). Occurrence Management System. Retrieved from https://oms.raa.asn.au

RAAus (2016). Our Safety Commitment. Retrieved from https://www.raa.asn.au/safety/our-safety-commitment_/

RAAus Technical Manual Issue 4 (2016). Section 13.1. Retrieved from http://www.raa.asn.au


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