Safety Around Aeroplanes

When operating around aircraft you need to be cautious. Here are a few examples of situations you may encounter while on the operations side of the fence:

  • Moving aircraft by hand. TREAT ALL PROPELLERS AS LIVE, and always check the mixture, ignition and master switch before moving the aircraft.
  • Please do not smoke by the aircraft.
  • Walk, don't run. Walk behind the aircraft, not in front.
  • If an aircraft's red rotating beacon on the tailplane is on, the aircraft is about to start. Keep clear.
  • When refueling, turn your cell phone off, and empty the aircraft of passengers.
  • Please do not go near the active runway unless you have permission from ATC.
  • To eliminate fire hazards and keep the grass alive, please empty your fuel samples onto the concrete.
  • When taxiing, be cautious of other aircraft and the location of obstacles.
  • Beware of helicopters as their procedures differ from ours.
  • Children must be supervised at all times.
  • When carrying out your pre-flight inspection be aware of hot exhausts.
  • Gympie aerodrome has a bird hazard, please keep a good lookout.
  • When operating around the apron (particularly when refueling) be aware of jet blast of starting large aircraft.
  • Please help reduce Foreign Object Debris (FOD), place all loose articles in the correct place and rubbish in the bins provided.
  • Caution the uneven ground.
  • When checking the fuel on a high wing aircraft, be careful that you do not step back after dipping the tanks. The propeller is pretty close!
  • Don't put your fingers between the hinge that joins the aileron and the main plane.
  • By law, you must escort your passengers at all times. Please do not let them unsupervised on the airside, and carry out a safety brief before leaving the building.

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Helpful Links

The Pilot's Personal Checklist

Safety Around Aeroplanes

Recreational Aviation Australia

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Air Services Australia