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          Position Vacant RFDS - Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers - Mascot NSW

The RFDS South Eastern Section is seeking applications from suitably Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (LAME) who hold an Avionics B2 licence to join our Aircraft Maintenance Teams based at Mascot Airport.

Ideally you will have experience and current ratings on King Air B200 and B350 aircraft, have worked in general aviation with a proven track record of problem solving, a diligent work history and excellent analytical skills. You will also have a good working knowledge of WHS requirements, demonstrated experience in customer service practices and have the ability to communicate with all levels of Engineering and Operational Departments.

Successful applicants may be required to work a rotating shift pattern including night shift on a 24/7 rotation, often working on your own or unsupervised. You will report to the Senior Base Engineer and be required to make determinations in regards to defects and discrepancies, recognise and report unsafe conditions and conduct certification of maintenance tasks after a probationary period. You will be required to participate in the delivery of quality services whilst maintaining a safe work environment for yourself and fellow workers.

LAME Applicants are required to have

  • B2 Avionics Licence with Pro Line 21 experience
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Perform tasks with an emphasis on duty of care to self and other employees
  • Ability to gain and maintain an aviation security card (ASIC)

If you are looking to join a not-for profit organisation that values its employees and has a highly competitive remuneration package, including generous salary packaging options, RFDS could be your option.

Applying For the Role

Enquiries – RFDS Engineering Manager- Troy Wild – 02 99418828

Applications for this position should include a current resume with the names of two references and copies of relevant qualifications. Please forward your credentials to the following email address:

Applications close Monday 12 September 2016

The RFDS of Australia is an equal opportunity employer


]]> (Gay Thompson) Featured Latest News News Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:12:30 +1000
Griffith University Human Factors Training Research

Researchers at Griffith University have developed an online questionnaire to survey the Australian Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME) population. The study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of human factors training in LAMEs by their current level of human factors knowledge retention and application of human factors skills in their day-to-day work. The research is being conducted to investigate if if the knowledge, skills and abilities acquired from human factors training is transferred to the aviation work environment. To date, no study has investigated this effect in Australia. Research conducted outside of Australia has demonstrated that various factors such as mode of training delivery, recency of training and years of experience working in the industry can have an effect on knowledge retention and application.

The link to access and participate in the research is:

Please use this link to also access further information about the study, including a research project information sheet and information relating to ethical approval.

]]> (Stephen Re) Featured Latest News News Mon, 01 Aug 2016 11:38:13 +1000
AEI Latest Newsletter and Risk Culture Survey

The second edition of the Aircraft Engineers International (AEI) official newsletter “Released to Service” is now available for  viewing and download. Released to Service Summer 16

This edition includes an article on a safety survey being conducted into “Risk Culture”.

The questionnaire is mainly about two fundamental questions. ‘Accepted/Acceptable Risk’ and ‘Rejected/Unacceptable Risks’ and the factors encouraging professionals to take risks but also expects the respondents to share their experiences and observations about mitigation strategies.

The survey can be completed by following this link. Risk Culture Survey

]]> (Stephen Re) Featured Latest News News Mon, 01 Aug 2016 11:35:42 +1000
Expressions of Interest - Exclusion Removal Training

CASA Licence E1, E4 and E5 Exclusion Removal Training is seeking Expressions of Interest for LAME’s or AME’s seeking to get the Exclusions removed from their CASA Licence.

Removal of these Exclusions allows the individual to gain a full B1 outcome when completing type training into the future.

The ALAEA has engaged a number of training providers to provide flexibility for our members. Our purchasing power enables us to secure courses at a wholesale rate and pass on the savings to our members.

The more people we can enroll in each course the greater the savings!!

Program CASA   B1 Exclusion Removal
Aim This   program provides a pathway for ALAEA members wanting to remove CASR Part 66   B1 Licence Exclusions E1, E4 and E5 from their Licence Category.
Cost $3500*   Flexible payment options available

Flexible   delivery options are available based on demand.

Course   can be broken into modules allowing students to attend training during   leisure time within their roster minimising Annual Leave burn.

Accessibility The   training is available in numerous locations across Australia. The ALAEA has   engaged a number of providers so you can choose what option suits you best.   Self-paced learning is also available.  



Instructor   led Theory Course
  • RPL   Interview
  • Theory   Training Pack
  • Skills   Journal
  • Examinations
Duration Approximately   28 days.
Contact Email to secure your spot.

These opportunities can also extend to B1 LAME’s seeking B2 outcomes and B2 LAME’s seeking B1 outcomes. AME’s requiring up-skilling should also apply.

* $3500 is based on the above course in the providers preferred location and minimum number of students per course.

]]> (Stephen Re) Featured Latest News News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:27:51 +1000
B767 LAME Vacancies

The ALAEA has been asked to circulate our members seeking expressions of interest in two flying spanner jobs with a VIP charter organisation. They are seeking a full 767 B1 with the P&W engine installation variant and a Full B2 for the aircraft.

As well as the appropriate technical skills they are seeking persons with good interpersonal skills as they will form an integral part of the operating crew and there will be direct contact with the passengers.

If you are interested please respond to the ALAEA office  or contact the GA councillor  for further information.

Featured Latest News News Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:03:56 +1000
Pionair Australia BAE146-200QFT B1 AND B2 Engineering Positions

Pionair Australia has won a 3 year contract operating BAE146-200QT freight aircraft with bases at Cairns and Adelaide.

We also require line maintenance support at MEL, SYD, BNE, TSV locations. The services will operate between 1800-0800 AEST. As such we require suitably qualified staff B1 and B2  LAME coverage.

The start date of the contract is 01JUL2016 however we will need to interview potential candidates immediately to be based in Sydney to help roll out  the first of three BAE146 aircraft prior to this date. The other 2 aircraft will need to be ready later in the year.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Michael Lee
General Manager
PO Box CP411
Condell Park NSW 2200

Pionair   Australia Pty Ltd
URGENT, Oversize & Dangerous Cargo
FIFO | Logistics | ACMI | Airline Support
+61 2 9707-1117 T
+61 408 796 030 M

Featured Latest News News Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:57:28 +1000
Notice 007/2016 - All Qantas members - Leave burn update

The ALAEA now has about 50 members who have indicated to us they wish to pursue action against the airline to seek to recover forced leave and seek penalties against managers and the airline for breaching the EA. As usual Qantas are continuing to try and confuse the issue by handing further letters to those members who have raised a dispute and to trick others by an offer to adjust their leave burn dates to a more suitable time. Members who take up the offer to adjust leave burn dates should know they will potentially waive any chance to recover lost leave as it may be taken as “approval” for leave burn to be applied to them as individuals.

If you have handed the dispute form to management, you will receive another letter from them where they disagree that the matter is in dispute and advise you that you should not be on standby to work when you are away. As you have already notified them that the matter is in dispute, you do not have to do this again. Additionally, you have also advised them that you will be on standby to return to work whilst away and should not approach them to argue this matter. Qantas are attempting to bully employees by suggesting you discuss this matter with managers as individuals and bypass union representation (which you are entitled to). A letter has been sent to management last Friday (as attached) responding to their post dispute individual letters and no further action is required by members.

For those yet to receive letters forcing you to take leave or confused about the process, our instructions have not changed and the pre-prepared paperwork and instructions sent in our 16th March notice again appear below.

This notice is for those Qantas Sydney LAMEs who have been directed to take leave and have personal letters

Checklist (if you want to dispute the direction):

  • Print the following draft and fill in the blank sections.
  • Take a copy of the filled in, completed form.
  • Hand the original to the manager who handed you your direction to take leave.
  • Copy the original letter they handed you with dates you were ordered to take the leave.
  • Copy any rejected leave applications you may have.
  • Get copies of all of the above to the ALAEA by MMS, fax or email.


Steve Purvinas


Federal Secretary




To__________________________________________________________________________he Qantas Manager

who handed me a letter directing me to take leave as part of a leave burn program.

This matter is in dispute as I do not believe Qantas are in a situation in Sydney where there is a surplus of employees. The ALAEA was consulted extensively regarding redundancies and staffing levels in 2014 and the company declared the number of staff required based specifically on the amount of projected work known at that time.  Since that time new work has been added, staff who have applied for VR have not been released, decisions which were cited as reducing the need for staff in 2014 have been reversed and positions are now being covered by the pool of remaining staff which were not considered by Qantas during the original calculations. These, and other factors, demonstrate to me that Qantas does not have a surplus of 46.5 persons (and may have no surplus employees at all) and the amount of leave being directed is incorrect.

If Qantas continue with the program as presented to the ALAEA (which requires Sydney LAMEs to cover for an additional 46.5 staff) then too much leave will be forced upon the current workforce. Qantas is not permitted to exercise clause 60 (surplus management) of the existing LAME Enterprise Agreement in these circumstances.  Therefore, I believe that doing so will breach the Fair Work Act and could expose the airline, and individual managers involved in the potential breaches, to penalties.  The amount of the penalty could be up to $54,000 for the company and $10,800 for an individual for each breach.

If Qantas continues to direct me to take leave under the leave burn program in 2016, I intend to authorise the ALAEA to seek breach orders, compensation and penalties on my behalf against the airline and any manager who was involved in a breach of the Enterprise Agreement. Qantas was fined heavily for breaching a clause in the LAME Workplace Determination in 2013 and is on notice about further breaches.

If the company maintains its instruction for me to take directed leave as part of a leave burn program I will, as directed, not present for duty. However I will remain on standby for recall at any time during the period of directed leave. I will do this as I do not consider this legitimate leave and will be seeking for it to be reimbursed or re-credited to me

I strongly recommend that you seek your own legal advice external to Qantas.  Involvement in a breach could lead to you being personally fined for your actions whether or not you assert that you are just “following instructions”.  A court has, in recent years, ordered personal fines against a Qantas manager who had breached the Fair Work Act after legal action brought on behalf of a member by the ALAEA.  I request that you cancel my directed leave and not be involved in any breach of the Enterprise Agreement or Fair Work Act.

I wholly reserve my right to take action to address any alleged breaches, with no further notice to you or Qantas.


Your Sincerely


Name: __________________________________________________________________________


Staff Number: ____________________ Section: _________________________________________


Date: __________________________ Signature: ________________________________________




Featured Notices 2016 Notices Tue, 05 Apr 2016 12:02:10 +1000
Notice 006/2016 Eastern Australia Airlines Engineers EBA Update

A further Eastern EBA meeting took place at Mascot on 15 March. Unfortunately the assessment of your negotiating team was that there was no real progress on the key issues that need to be resolved.

Given we have been in discussions with Qantaslink since the end of July 2015 the ALAEA believes we have now reached a level of impasse in these negotiations whereby we need to seek conciliation assistance from the Fair Work Commission. The ALAEA intention is to shortly lodge a bargaining dispute under s240 of the Fair Work Act and the next EBA meeting is therefore expected to take place at the Fair Work Commission in Sydney. Members will be informed when there is a confirmation as to when the conference before the Commission will take place.

The key issues that will be raised at the FWC are:

Significant concerns raised by the ALAEA negotiating team about future job security for LAMEs in response to the Company claim that a new Eastern Engineers EBA has to include provision for A Category Company Authorisations. The ALAEA preference is for A Cat provisions to not be included in the new EBA.

We have continued to raise concerns to the Company about having to accept an 18 month pay freeze especially considering the recent announcement on 23 February which confirmed that Qantas is now trading very profitably. The 18 month pay freeze proposed by the Company means that Eastern Engineers would receive a first pay increase under a new EBA from January 2017 instead of from 1 July 2015.

Other issues still to be resolved include a reasonable adjustment to the 717 tail payment, an increase to the Leading Hand allowance payment and inclusion of the DMS classification in the new EBA.

A further update will be issued once there are further developments to report. Thanks for your continued support and please encourage any LAMEs at Eastern who are not yet members of the ALAEA to consider joining to enhance our prospects of getting a fair and reasonable EBA outcome.


In Unity

Noel Speers
National Industrial Officer

Featured Notices 2016 Notices Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:41:40 +1100
Notice 004/2016 - All Qantas LAME Members - Leave Burn Meetings

Yesterday we concluded a series of leave burn meetings for members in Sydney.  This notice is a summary of some of the matters discussed. 

Leave burn was an agreed step in our Enterprise Agreement that must be used by the airline as an alternative to compulsory redundancy.  It’s quite simple, the LAMEs who would be made redundant return to work and others take leave equivalent to the labour supplied by those who returned.  The work that the redundancies was calculated on was set out in consultation packs during 2014, since that time a substantial amount of new work has been added.

The ALAEA has advice that this new work amounts to more than can be supplied by the 46.5 extra staff Qantas say they have.  This being the case, there are no grounds for leave burn and if Qantas attempt to force it in, they are breaching the terms of the EA.  Qantas could be subject to massive fines from a court if they go ahead with their plans and breach the EA, fines which could be up to $27M for the airline and $5M personally for managers who are involved.  The ALAEA has made it clear that we will seek full enforcement of the law, including all penalties and compensation, if they demand LAMEs burn leave above the 5 weeks leave a LAME would normally take in a 12-month period.

Individual LAMEs who have ignored our previous advice and submitted more than 5 weeks leave may have given permission for Qantas to blow all their leave without recourse.  For those who have followed our advice, the following scenarios are likely/possible.

The first is for Qantas to reconsider and determine that it would not be in the best interests of the airline to breach the EA. 

The second is that they may assign leave above 5 weeks to LAMEs and, in doing so, breach the EA for each person they order to take this time off.

If the ALAEA find out that Qantas are moving to the second scenario, members will be given a pre-prepared letter to hand to managers outlining the consequences and fines that could apply to that manager and the airline.  The letter will also state that the member is willing and available to work as normal during any directed periods of leave over the standard 5 weeks if requested to do so.  That way an avenue is open for a judge to compensate LAMEs by, for example, returning the additional leave used.

Many questions were asked over the five meetings and some of the answers in brief follow-

• If a member is acting as an Ops manager and forces a person to undertake leave burn, we will not exempt them from prosecution.  We advise members who act up not to participate in a known breach of the EA such as this and tell more senior management to do their own dirty work.

• LSL calculations forwarded by the company are irrelevant.  Our position is that any forced leave of any type constitutes an EA breach so how these calculations are worked out is inconsequential.


• The ALAEA have made it known to the Qantas CEO that this situation is unfair and leaving the airline less safe than before due to massive understaffing.  This is leaving sections incapable of completing work without bending rules, a situation we should all be reporting regularly on form 500 and 2000s.

• DMMs and others who can decide whether to call LAMEs in on overtime should do so when required rather than expect everyone to be heroes and 2 LAMEs to attempt to complete the work of 5. 


• If leave burn ends, Qantas are not required to seek expressions of interest for redundancy every 6 months.  The ALAEA is not in the business of securing golden handshakes, our priority is to protect jobs.

• Members are doing themselves a disservice by making a broken system work.  Strictly comply with all Qantas procedures, as the airline expects you to, and do not take short cuts to get an aircraft out on time.


• If you have any leave forms that are rejected, keep them as they may be used in an upcoming court hearing.

• Expect Ops managers to keep hounding you to fill in leave forms, they have nothing better to do.  They want as many LAMEs as possible to give them consent to exhaust leave as this will reduce the fines they may be subject to.  Just say no to them as the matter has been referred to the ALAEA.

• If you genuinely want to take a long period off for a holiday, or other reason, then apply for it.  Every year some LAMEs like to take an extended break and this year is no different.

Some related matters were also discussed at the meetings and the one of most interest related to the prospect of Qantas Engineering securing upcoming work on the 787.  Federal President Paul Cousins and I met with the CEO Alan Joyce and the head of the Domestic airline Andrew David to discuss the new aircraft last week.  We explained that it was a requirement of the EA for those covered by the agreement to retain our existing job functions.  That being said we would not accept an argument that the 787 was a new aircraft and that we would have to “win” this work.  This may be a new aircraft but it is simply a Qantas aircraft flying Qantas routes and maintenance of Qantas aircraft is our job function.  This meeting was generally held in good spirits concluding with an offer from the CEO for the ALAEA to participate in the planning of the arrival for the 787.  This was not an assurance that we would be undertaking the work but it certainly seemed like a hell of a good start.

Too many other matters were raised at the feedback meetings to list them all in a notice.  We intend to release a survey shortly for members seeking your opinions on various issues we are currently facing.

Steve Purvinas

Federal Secretary

]]> (Gay Thompson) Featured Notices 2016 Notices Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:41:45 +1100
E-Torque December 2015

President’s Opinion

Paul CousinsAs 2015 closes we celebrate the holiday season with our family and friends and take time to appreciate what we hold dear. We thank those that have helped us make it through and also use the time to “recharge our batteries” for the coming year. Our work often doesn’t allow for a “normal” life; many of us work rosters with shifts that run through the night or take place on that public holiday that everyone else seems to have off. So whilst 95% of the country will be celebrating Christmas and the New Year a select group will be holding the fort; making sure aircraft are safe for all those who fly. This is what we do, we are proud of it and without us the world of aviation would be a far different, and much more dangerous, place.

The recent release of the official report on the Air Asia crash (flight QZ8501) once again brought the harsh realities of air travel and what can go wrong directly into lounge rooms around the world. Warning signs abounded in this disaster which was, I’m sad to say, avoidable. The pilot and co-pilot have borne the brunt of the responsibility for their “lack” of “out of the ordinary” flying skills. Let’s of course remember they aren’t here to defend themselves. The elephant in the room, in my opinion, was the maintenance defect that had shown up over twenty times over the previous twelve months yet had been consistently ignored and not properly investigated. Reading the official report is an eye opener and obviously there are serious issues that need to be attended to immediately at Air Asia. What struck me, and troubles me, is the similarities I see with occurrences that are now creeping into our own airlines, often created by management with little or no engineering experience. What isn’t clear from the report though is whether Air Asia had appropriately trained and licenced personnel looking at this defect in the various ports the aircraft visited over that twelve month period? Were parts available to carry out troubleshooting and rectification once the defect was diagnosed? Was sufficient time and resources allocated to the job? Was it a tragic example over schedule over safety and time-pressure to get the aircraft out on time? Or was it that properly-skilled personnel weren’t available to diagnose and troubleshoot the defect? The link to the Air Asia report can be found here

LAMEs are the last line of defence in air safety and we are responsible to the people of Australia to make sure every aircraft is safe. Do not be deterred. Do not be distracted. Do it right, the first time. Have a clear conscience that you have done everything in your power to ensure the safety of the aircraft you sign.It seems that manning levels in all airlines in all ports is a big issue currently. We are getting consistent reports from ALAEA Reps around the country that many operators are consciously dropping below their own specified minimum staffing numbers (in some cases an agreed staffing level in an Enterprise Agreement) to see how far the “machine” can run before it breaks. This, of course, exacerbates time pressure and schedule over safety. When you are pushed to rush from one job to another vital points of a job can be missed. Do not let it be you. Slow down; one job at a time, make sure every step is followed and every precaution taken. We do not want an Air Asia catastrophe on our watch. You are not in the wrong if you delay an aircraft because you want to be sure it is 100% safe. That is your job and responsibility.

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