Recommendation Date:18 April 2000
Recipient Name:Mount Cook Airline
Date Closed:27 November 2000
Review company procedures for flights through Kawarau Gorge, including the need for specified minimum flight altitudes and visibility requirements, which permit safe manoeuvring within the geographical constraints of the gorge.
Mount Cook Airline's current Kawarau Gorge procedures have been developed over forty years of safe flying in the Queenstown region. We have adopted this recommendation and a review of company procedures for flights through the Kawarau Gorge has been conducted by the Manager Flight Operations, ATR Fleet Captain and Training Pilots. Some proposed minor changes to company procedures are currently being circulated to pilots for comment. It is anticipated that the consultation period will be complete by 1 June 2000 and target date for implementation of change is 20 June 2000.