Tiger Airways suspension lifted

August 10, 2011

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has lifted the suspension of Tiger Airways Australia Pty Ltd, effective from Wednesday 10 August 2011.

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.

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 documents
  • 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 suspended the air operator’s certificate of Tiger Airways Australia on 2 July 2011.

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CASA issues Tiger Airways suspension update

July 29, 2011

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has given Tiger Airways Australia a set of conditions which can form the basis for the airline resuming operations.

A number of these conditions must be satisfied before any flights can be undertaken. Others require Tiger Airways to take ongoing actions, to CASA’s satisfaction, as the airline builds back up to a normal schedule.

The conditions do not allow for a resumption of operations until CASA is satisfied Tiger is able to do so safely.

If Tiger accepts these conditions, there will be no need for CASA to pursue its application in the Federal Court for an order continuing the suspension of the airline’s operating certificate. In the meantime, Tiger remains suspended and the matter is listed to be heard by the Federal Court on 1 August 2011.

CASA suspended the operations of Tiger Airways Australia on 1 July 2011 due to serious and imminent risk to air safety.

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CASA to seek to extend Tiger Airways Australia suspension

July 6, 2011

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is to seek to extend the suspension of Tiger Airways Australia Pty Ltd.

CASA suspended Tiger Airways Australia’s operations on 2 July 2011 because it believed permitting the airline to continue to fly posed a serious and imminent risk to air safety.  On July 6 CASA reported that it was seeking a continuation of the suspension until 1 August 2011 through an application to the Federal Court.

If CASA completes its investigations and determinations before 1 August 2011 and is satisfied Tiger Airways Australia no longer poses a serious and imminent risk to air safety it may be possible for it to resume operations earlier. The suspension of Tiger Airways Australia’s operations remains in place at until either the Federal Court refuses CASA’s application or CASA withdraws it.

CASA is making the application to the Court because investigations into Tiger Airways Australia will not be completed by the end of the initial five working day suspension period.

 

 


CASA grounds Tiger Airways Australia

July 2, 2011

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has suspended the operations of Tiger Airways Australia Pty Ltd with immediate effect from Saturday 2 July 2011.

This action has been taken because CASA believes permitting the airline to continue to fly poses a serious and imminent risk to air safety. The suspension of Tiger Airways Australia follows the issue of a show cause notice to the airline in March 2011.

Taking Tiger Airways Australia’s response to this show cause notice into account, CASA subsequently imposed a number of conditions on the airline’s air operator’s certificate. These conditions required actions to improve the proficiency of Tiger Airways Australia’s pilots, improvements to pilot training and checking processes, changes to fatigue management, improvements to maintenance control and ongoing airworthiness systems and ensuring appropriately qualified people fill management and operational positions.

CASA has been closely monitoring the operations of Tiger Airways Australia throughout 2011, with surveillance undertaken at a range of locations. Since Tiger Airways Australia was served the show cause notice there have been further events raising concerns about the airline’s ability to continue to conduct operations safely. In the circumstances, CASA no longer has confidence in the ability of Tiger Airways Australia to satisfactorily address the safety issues that have been identified.

The suspension is in force immediately for an initial five working days, during which time CASA must apply to the Federal Court for an extension of the grounding. If the Federal Court supports CASA’s application the court can continue the suspension for a period of time which will allow CASA to finalise investigations into the safety matters.

Tiger Airways Australia is a low cost airline which commenced services in the Australian domestic airline market on 23 November 2007. It is a subsidiary of Tiger Airways Holdings, a Singapore-based company, which is owned partially by Singapore Airlines. The main base is at Melbourne Airport. The airline operates a fleet of ten Airbus A320 aircraft.

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Two Australian air operators suspended

July 24, 2010

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has suspended the air operator’s certificates of Skymaster Air Services and Avtex Air Services. These two charter operators, which share the same ownership, are based at Sydney’s Bankstown airport.

CASA believes allowing Skymaster Air Services and Avtex Air Services to continue to operate while CASA completes further safety investigations poses a serious and imminent risk to air safety.

There have been three serious accidents and a number of incidents involving Skymaster aircraft in the last three months. On 15 June 2010 an aircraft operated by Skymaster crashed at Canley Vale in Sydney, with the pilot and a flight nurse killed. Other accidents include a wheels-up landing and a collapsed nose gear on landing. Incidents include a loss of engine power, fuel flow problems and landing gear malfunctions.

CASA’s decision to suspend Skymaster Air Services and Avtex Air Services is also based on issues relating to the safety culture of the operations, aircraft maintenance control and pilot training.

The suspension of Skymaster and Avtex will end in five business days from Friday 23 July 2010, unless CASA applies to the Federal Court for an order to continue the suspension for up to 40 days. During that time CASA will complete its investigation and determine what further action may need to be taken.

CASA’s actions are separate from the continuing investigation into the Canley Vale accident by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the independent Commonwealth transport accident investigator.


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