Thu, Aug 11, 2011
Low-Cost Regional Airline Flying Again As Of August 10th
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) of Australia has
lifted the suspension of Tiger Airways Australia Pty Ltd, effective
as of Wednesday. This follows a thorough investigation by CASA into
safety issues within Tiger Airways Australia.
As a result of the investigation and consistent with previous
actions taken by CASA, a new set of conditions has been imposed on
Tiger Airways Australia's air operator's certificate. The agency
says these conditions address key areas of operational importance
within Tiger Airways and will underpin ongoing improvements in the
airline's safety performance. To continue to operate Tiger must
comply with the conditions while they are in place.
Areas the conditions cover include:
- Pilot training and proficiency.
- Pilot rostering and fatigue management.
- Currency and revision of operational manuals and related
- Improved change-management processes and the appointment of
additional qualified personnel in key positions.
- Amendments to the airline's safety management system.
Tiger Airways Australia was required to demonstrate it had
complied with the necessary safety requirements before it was
permitted to resume operations. These requirements included
additional simulator and ground training for Tiger's pilots.
The number of sectors Tiger Airways may fly is initially limited
to a maximum of 18 a day during August 2011. Increased operations
after August will be subject to CASA approval. CASA's Director of
Aviation Safety, John McCormick, said Tiger had demonstrated to
CASA it can comply with the conditions on its air operator's
certificate and meet the necessary safety requirements. "On that
basis, CASA now believes allowing Tiger Airways Australia to resume
operations is acceptable," Mr McCormick said. "Tiger Airways has
co-operated with CASA's investigation and is to be credited for a
constructive approach. CASA will be closely monitoring the
operations of Tiger Airways through scheduled surveillance and
regular spot checks. We will also be meeting regularly with the
airline to review ongoing safety performance and compliance with
the conditions on the airline's operations."
CASA suspended the air operator's certificate of Tiger Airways
Australia on 2 July 2011.
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