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Old 23rd Jul 2022, 08:30
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Originally Posted by Nookie2nite View Post
ATC following the rules….how can they be held responsible??? Minimum fuel is no priority - MAYDAY fuel has priority…
Read your AIP - minimum fuel does not afford the pilot any priority…..10.9.2.1
No GUARENTEE of priority- that doesn't preclude common sense being used to enhance air saftey, which is how this identical rule is used every where else in the world.
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Old 23rd Jul 2022, 10:43
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Originally Posted by Wizofoz View Post
No GUARENTEE of priority- that doesn't preclude common sense being used to enhance air saftey, which is how this identical rule is used every where else in the world.
But if a pilot just needs to utter "minimum fuel" - what exactly does that mean?
One pilots min fuel might be touching down with low pressure lights on, another may be with 10min "just in case", and another might be some other number.

If ATC started re-ordering based on the above, the knock on effects could impact other guys who may actually have less fuel, not to mention the ability for "queue jumpers" if there's no accountability attached
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Old 23rd Jul 2022, 10:49
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Originally Posted by TimmyTee View Post
But if a pilot just needs to utter "minimum fuel" - what exactly does that mean?
One pilots min fuel might be touching down with low pressure lights on, another may be with 10min "just in case", and another might be some other number.

If ATC started re-ordering based on the above, the knock on effects could impact other guys who may actually have less fuel, not to mention the ability for "queue jumpers" if there's no accountability attached
The definition of minimum fuel is clearly laid out in AIP. Any more delay and it's an emergency. The entire intent is for ATC to therefore not GIVE any more delay, so as to AVOID an emergency.
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Old 23rd Jul 2022, 20:35
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Originally Posted by Wizofoz View Post
The definition of minimum fuel is clearly laid out in AIP. Any more delay and it's an emergency. The entire intent is for ATC to therefore not GIVE any more delay, so as to AVOID an emergency.
So if more delay enters the system (say a go around), you're saying ATC should pluck the min fueller out of the sequence to avoid them diverting? What about the other aircraft that this then knock on effects?

Of course ATC won't disadvantage someone and will do what they can to help, but why should a min fuel statement mean that aircraft is moved up in the sequence?
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Old 23rd Jul 2022, 21:19
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Originally Posted by Wizofoz View Post
No, OS ATC will try its' best to avoid an emergency rather than allow one to happen.
Yeah, nah. At my OS facility, you declare min fuel you get a Roger. You declare mayday fuel, you get a Roger cancel hold. It's a pretty simple concept that seems to be drawing much angst.
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Old 23rd Jul 2022, 22:28
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Yeah, nah. At my OS facility, you declare min fuel you get a Roger. You declare mayday fuel, you get a Roger cancel hold. It's a pretty simple concept that seems to be drawing much angst.
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in 1965 a BOAC Comet4 at Darwin was advised by ATC Darwin tower
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TAF Dust was forecast some 4 hours later at 6am sunrise.
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Old 23rd Jul 2022, 23:09
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Originally Posted by TimmyTee View Post
So if more delay enters the system (say a go around), you're saying ATC should pluck the min fueller out of the sequence to avoid them diverting? What about the other aircraft that this then knock on effects?

Of course ATC won't disadvantage someone and will do what they can to help, but why should a min fuel statement mean that aircraft is moved up in the sequence?
Read the definition of minimum fuel again. it means the aircraft has commited to destination and can't divert. And try this- an aircraft is losing hydrulics and will, in a short while, have no control- not an emergency yet, but will be catastrophic soon- does HE get priority? Mayday fuel is an emergency, meaning the aircraft has less fuel than is considered safe- it is in distress. Moving an aircraft up so that doesn't happen is simply ensuring flight saftey,
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Originally Posted by Plazbot View Post
Yeah, nah. At my OS facility, you declare min fuel you get a Roger. You declare mayday fuel, you get a Roger cancel hold. It's a pretty simple concept that seems to be drawing much angst.
Sure, but how often have you seen an aircraft that has declared minimum fuel been then given more delay?
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Just as an historical aside, I seem to recall the Mayday fuel phraseology was introduced after the Avianca 502 crash in New York.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avianca_Flight_052

It was an effort to tighten up communications between crew and ATC especially if one or both are not native English speakers. Despite the gnashing of teeth by the Mayday purists, I guess it’s working as intended.

I’ve also noticed, that unless clearly specified, chaps who have spent a lot of time sitting in ejection seats seem to have a different understanding of what minimum fuel means. 🤣
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No, OS ATC will try its' best to avoid an emergency rather than allow one to happen.
Yes mate, but rules are rules, and nobody enforces a rule better than an Australian. The king of rules, more rules than the rule shop can stock. Or ten rule shops.
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Yeah, nah. At my OS facility, you declare min fuel you get a Roger. You declare mayday fuel, you get a Roger cancel hold. It's a pretty simple concept that seems to be drawing much angst.


Wiz, did ya read that? That's what happens at an overseas ATC facility when you give an Australian a job
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Old 23rd Jul 2022, 23:55
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Not to hang this crew as I don't know the circumstances, ( QLD PER can tricky this time of year balancing payloads etc and sometimes you don't have much wiggle room) but assuming that you can, who in their right mind arrives into Perth without substantial traffic holding or alternate fuel to go to Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Busselton etc? Infact, not just Perth. The whole network is a shambles currently.
Also, why are delays in to Perth even a thing? ATC know we are all coming for hours beforehand. Why can't you begin to sequence us 800nm+ out? There isn't that much traffic. It's hardly the north Atlantic.
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Originally Posted by tossbag View Post
Yes mate, but rules are rules, and nobody enforces a rule better than an Australian. The king of rules, more rules than the rule shop can stock. Or ten rule shops.
Exactley my take, Toss- rules based thinking in an environment where flexibility and common sense are needed.
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Originally Posted by cLeArIcE View Post
Not to hang this crew as I don't know the circumstances, ( QLD PER can tricky this time of year balancing payloads etc and sometimes you don't have much wiggle room) but assuming that you can, who in their right mind arrives into Perth without substantial traffic holding or alternate fuel to go to Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Busselton etc? Infact, not just Perth. The whole network is a shambles currently.
Also, why are delays in to Perth even a thing? ATC know we are all coming for hours beforehand. Why can't you begin to sequence us 800nm+ out? There isn't that much traffic. It's hardly the north Atlantic.
Yes the shambles needs fixing.
‘That is your duty to lobby with letters.
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I believe all RAAF airports should be open to any aircraft for use as Alternate (no Mayday needed)
Preflight support, notams provided every flight., H24 fireFFS and runway lights. Ground support ie stairs, tow bars, ground power.

Expect fuel saving if nearby RAAF airports as alternate , Pearce costs the taxpayers a fortune.
it is normally not available.

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Old 24th Jul 2022, 02:23
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Originally Posted by Wizofoz View Post
Sure, but how often have you seen an aircraft that has declared minimum fuel been then given more delay?
I've seen it happen in Hong Kong on more than one occasion, when unforecast thunderstorms caused havoc. The affected aircraft subsequently declared "Mayday fuel" and were dealt with accordingly.

That said, I agree that most OS controllers would facilitate a "Minimum fuel" aircraft wherever possible, but they are certainly not obliged to do so.
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Landing for a very large fee.

‘The boss is not happy to receive this landing bill I was informed. Over $10k.
many years ago..

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Old 24th Jul 2022, 08:39
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Originally Posted by mates rates View Post
Does Qantas apply an individual performance degradation figure to their computerised flight planning?
Used to... however, it is curious that some parts of the policy in 2018 made it a requirement to apply manufacturer data for the fuel planning in certain cases, and that hopefully doesn't come up too often, as it would be a pain and also would not necessarily be biased towards safety.

A further curiosity arises that the alternate diversion ends up covering OEI or Depress... which means that the whole thing has to be planned as that case, which appears to be a multiple failure case that is not generally covered anywhere else... that is, you have your failure en-route, still approach and miss at your destination, and then climb back up and trundle cross country to another world location on one engine, or decompressed etc... and that seems odd. At arrival at the new new new destination, the alternative to the airport that in spite of being engine out you flew away from, you are also planned to land with 15 minutes 'o gas. Excellent. Now, as a punter, I think I would be unhappy about that scenario being done with my skin in play, and as an accident investigator, I would expect a fair bit of issues raised for the setup of lunacy by a regulator.

Perth always has been and always will be an annoying airport on occasions, Have had greater than 70 kts crosswind on all runways for arrival, and looked out of the #2 window of a 74 to see the runway, and not been too happy with that. Following the divert to a location that is good for seafood, 5 hours later, we arrive in fog. Perth is designed for the entertainment of the gods, not drivers.

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Originally Posted by cLeArIcE View Post
Also, why are delays in to Perth even a thing? ATC know we are all coming for hours beforehand. Why can't you begin to sequence us 800nm+ out? There isn't that much traffic. It's hardly the north Atlantic.
Isn't that what the GDP is for? oh wait
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