Safety Checks Stopped
|Number of defects on Qantas aircraft likely to have gone undetected since 14th June 2012 when Aircraft Engineers were ordered by Fair Work Australia not to carry out safety checks prior to flights.|
What Management destroyed
- Created on Friday, 10 May 2013 17:03
- Last Updated on Friday, 10 May 2013 18:09
The GA debate has re-emerged over the last couple of months with the release of Discussion Papers relating to Small Aircraft Licencing raising the hackles of many. Following the release in 2009 of a proposal to introduce a B3 and B4 licence the ALAEA, AMROBA, GA LAMEs, GA businesses and owner-operators all across Australia banded together to inform CASA that what was proposed was not on, not by a long shot.
At ALAEA headquarters we were heartened to see the enthusiasm, not only from our membership in GA, but also those in RPT who provided so many submissions that CASA had little choice but to take notice. Only 2% of respondents supported the proposal, 87% said NO WAY. What disappointed us was the resurrection of the B3/B4 proposal virtually unchanged in the latest DPs and being paraded as the "Industry Preferred Option". But in the latest battle it has been pleasing to receive input from GA companies without ALAEA members who, after conversing with ALAEA Technical Manager Steve Re, joined in providing even greater input to the debate and demonstrating that everyone in the industry was mortified by the proposed changes.
We encourage all GA outfits to encourage their LAMEs to join the ALAEA as it not only protects their licences but the businesses they work for. The ALAEA was created as a technical organisation to look after its members' technical interests, especially our licences. However we also formed to ensure the rules and regulations of our National Regulator remained at a high, rigorous standard and supported our independent right to say whether an aircraft is airworthy or not. There is no doubt these standards and checks have taken a blow with the EASA crossover; a process that was more 'bastardisation' than 'standardisation'. However out of that the ALAEA has still been able to maintain pressure on those who seek to misuse and abuse the regulations with several instances where companies have been forced to withdraw unseemly practices.
- Created on Friday, 15 March 2013 13:03
- Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2013 13:51
One of our members, Norman Elias, and his team are once again taking off in his faithful, old 1965 VW to raise funds for cancer research.
This year’s drive is going Coast to Coast, leaving Sydney on 28 June and heading to Perth and return over a 16 day period covering about 8,200km. This will be the fourth Bug Off Cancer! drive, the old Bug will be doing. The previous three drives have covered a total distance so far of over 15,200km and raising $35,000 for Australian Cancer Research Foundation. This year’s target is $15,000.
- Created on Friday, 05 April 2013 13:04
- Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 13:38
SOUTH EASTERN SECTION
In Support Of NSW Air Ambulance Operations
The Royal Flying Doctor Service (South Eastern Section) is seeking applications for an Airframe and Engine LAME for its Mascot operations.
The successful applicant must have B200 / B300 Beechcraft King Air experience with the following licenses and more than 5 years experience as an aircraft engineer.
- Created on Thursday, 21 March 2013 16:54
- Last Updated on Thursday, 21 March 2013 17:10
Following the discussion at their last VTHC Exec Council meeting, the ACTU has launched a confidential 457 Visa hotline to allow people to have someone to talk to if they are being treated unfairly or if employers have deliberately overlooked local workers.
View the ACTU flyer by following the link below.
- Created on Friday, 12 April 2013 17:11
- Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2013 17:39
Applying for an aircraft engineer licence?
Time is running out for licence applications under the CAR 31 system!
In mid-2011, changes were made to the way aircraft engineer licences would be processed in future.
The four-year transitional provisions allowing you to qualify under the old CAR 31 system will expire on 26 June 2015, leaving only the new Part 66 system as the method for LAME qualification.