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 Wednesday, 10 December 2014 17:34
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 22:22
Christmas is upon us once again and, as 2014 comes to an end, we reflect on the year gone by. Aviation has been under the microscope not only financially but especially for its safety. Eighteen major accidents occurred this year along with countless serious incidents. Aviation’s mantle as the world’s safest form of mass transit was (quite rightly) called into question. These disasters and the loss of a thousand lives demonstrated the fragile nature of flying and the consequences of thoughtless actions. This highlights the reasons why we, as an industry, need to be all the more vigilant in 2015. The technology and reliability of aircraft may improve but we cannot rest on our laurels, one simple mistake can still bring disaster and that is why we as aircraft engineers do it right, the first time.
In November I attended the Aircraft Engineers International (AEI) Conference in France where over 40,000 aircraft engineers from each continent across the world were represented. The Congress received major presentations that reinforced the commonalities we share as licenced professionals and suggested potential solutions to assist us all, especially if we remain committed and in solidarity. Presentations made and topics discussed included the following:
• Fatigue and fatigue management;
• Duty hours and rostering;
• Time pressure;
• Confidential reporting systems;
• OH&S issues;
• Injury and deaths of aviation workers;
• Falling standards and dumbing down of training;
• Lowering the standards of quality to unacceptable levels;
• When there is too much work in too little time but it all gets signed;
Last but not least the conference discussed “Affordable safety” at what cost? AEI Affiliates from Norway have constructed a confidential reporting system that allows AEI members to report defects directly and securely to AEI Technical. There, when de-identified, they are taken directly to the National Aviation Authority responsible; for example EASA, FAA or CASA. This will allow members and affiliates who fear for their employment when they report to have protection from vindictive employers.
In April 2015 the ALAEA will, for the sixth year, be competing in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition in Miami and finalisation of the team is now underway. I wish to offer a final opportunity to anyone who missed the deadline to put their hand up for this exciting chance to represent Australia at the “LAME Olympics”. Participants can win not only the recognition of your peers but fantastic prizes from Snap-on Industrial (major sponsor), Proto, Maglite, Sure Step, Leatherman, Virgin America, AIE Electronics and many more. Our team always places right up there; including previous results of second in division and second overall. We are going to take it right to them so express your interest in joining Team ALAEA for the experience of a lifetime, send in your application before the New Year.
I would like to thank all the Qantas LAMEs who thoroughly supported the ALAEA Executive position on Qantas EBA 10, enabling those who had been made forcibly redundant to return to the workforce. I can’t think of a better Christmas present of selflessness and giving.
Lastly, I wish to pass on my appreciation to one and all involved in our world of aviation maintenance. Firstly the members who support us through thick and thin knowing we are there to support every single one of them. The staff at the ALAEA who provide the industrial, technical, legal and administrative knowledge and support. Our reps and executive members who give up their own time to ensure we all have fair representation. An extra special thanks goes to all our families who support what we do through the tough times even though the strain quite often gets too much. It’s the time of year for reflection and thanking of those who are supportive of what we do.
Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year.
- Created on Thursday, 18 December 2014 15:01
- Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 15:01
24 February to 1 March at Avalon Airport in Geelong, Victoria
AVALON 2015 and associated conferences will be held from 24 February to 1 March at Avalon Airport in Geelong, Victoria.
AVALON 2015 is Australia’s premier aerospace and defence exposition and a leading aerospace and defence forum for Australia, Asia and the Indo-Pacific region. AVALON 2015 will be the perfect occasion to connect with the aerospace and defence community. Further information on the event is available via our website here www.airshow.com.au
Many of your organisation’s staff and members may not be aware that entry to the Exhibition requires registration as a trade visitor and the purchase of a trade day ticket at $60 per person per day. Many of the associated conferences, forums and seminars held in conjunction with the event are free to trade visitor’s attending the event.
Furthermore, Defence personnel with current Defence identification will be given free entry to the event on the trade days (Tuesday 24 February to Thursday 26 February and until 2pm on Friday 27 February) but are still required to register as a trade visitor.
Pre-registration can be done online via our website http://www.airshow.com.au/airshow2015/TRADE/trade-visitors/pre-registration.asp or can also be done on-site on the first day a visitor attends the show.
Trade Visitor tickets can be pre-purchased online via Ticketmaster http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/event/13004D6DC8A5C6E1 or at any Ticketmaster outlet.
- Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 15:01
- Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 09:14
A Call for Volunteers
The Australian International Airshow 2015 is calling for volunteers.
About 800 people are required for the running of the Avalon-based event.
Volunteers carry out a wide range of important duties, including aircraft and ground operations, car park supervision and media liaison. All applicants should be at least 18 years old.
Airshow CEO Ian Honnery said previous aviation experience is not essential but a willingness to learn is.
"Airshow volunteers have ultimate access to the event and the opportunity to play an important part in its success," he said. Mr Honnery said Airshow volunteers will have a key role in a special tribute to the heroes of military aviation.
- Created on Monday, 21 July 2014 12:41
- Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 13:12
40% Discount for ALAEA Members
JFSM is a flight simulation centre with the latest state of the art replica flight simulator based on a Boeing 737-800 NG.
Experience the thrill of aerial manoeuvres at 300 knots and feel what it's like to take the controls of a commercial 737_800NG Jet Airliner.
Guests are invited to relax and watch all the aerial action in the Simulatior room behind the Pilot. Pilots have in-flight instruction provided to ensure a challenging aviation-themed adventure that you won't forget.
Your flight will be conducted with an experienced instructor by your side to verbally guide you through your successful flight. Your instructor will also act as your First Officer so you can fill the role of Captain and become pilot in command thus truly recreating a genuine multi crew operations flight deck to ensure you get an amazing and realistic experience that will remain deep in your memories for years to come.
To ensure maximum enjoyment you can choose from over 22,000 airports and you can even choose the simulations time of day that you want to fly including weather conditions ranging from clear sunny skies to thunderstorms, heavy rain and snow.
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Address: Shop 5, 386-388 Keilor Rd. Niddrie Vic. 3042
DISCLAIMER** JFSM would like to inform their customers, that while the Jet Flight Simulator closely resembles a Boeing 737 aircraft it is not, and should not be referred to as one. The Boeing Aircraft Company of Seattle owns the trade marks "Boeing" and "737". This simulator is not endorsed by Boeing.
- Created on Monday, 19 May 2014 08:38
- Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 09:10
Please find attached information that was sent to Qantas last week relating to redundancies.