Safety first for Gympie pilots

KEEPING Gympie skies safe is the focus of a special workshop for local pilots being held next week.

All pilots in the Gympie region are being urged to attend the workshop which is being run by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

The workshop will focus on a range of key topics to improve the safety and flying skills of pilots of all ages and experience.

Topics to be covered during the workshop include avoiding airspace infringements, flying at aerodromes without air traffic control towers, using electronic flight bags and new navigation requirements.

Pilots will also be given information on CASA's program of spot checks on pilots before flights, special online education tools and new regulations.

CASA's director of aviation safety, John McCormick, said the safety workshops are a central part of the ongoing drive to improve aviation safety.

"I encourage all local pilots to come along to this workshop because it is not only an opportunity to learn but to ask questions and provide feedback," Mr McCormick said.

"In aviation we must all be committed to improving our skills and safety knowledge to keep everyone safe.

"This workshop will focus on areas where safety performance can be improved, as well as providing updates on education tools and regulatory change."

The Gympie air safety workshop is being held on Wednesday, May 28, at 6pm at the Gympie Aero Club. People attending are asked to book online using AviationWorx on the CASA website

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