May 22, 2019
Kingaroy residents shouldn’t be alarmed if they spot a very low-flying aircraft early next month.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) plans to carry out safety checks at Kingaroy Airport.
Kingaroy is one of 17 Queensland aerodromes which will be checked between May 31 and June 8.
The checks are being conducted by CASA to make sure instrument procedure flight paths at the aerodromes operate safely.
A twin-engine Cessna Conquest aircraft will be used to carry out the checks within an area up to 35km from the strip.
Low-level flying is an essential part of the safety exercise, with the aircraft down as low as several hundred feet at times.
Residents 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.
CASA requires aerodrome flight path safety checks to be carried out every three years to maintain a high level of air safety at all aerodromes.
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.
CASA has contracted the operation of the special check flights out to Corporate Air, one of Australia’s largest and longest established aviation services providers.