AMROBA on a mission in 2019 -  Wink

KC and AMROBA are up and at'em early in 2019:

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International Asia-Pacific MRO conference,  28 February 2019 - Avalon Airshow. 

By Ironsider, via the Oz:

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More engineers and clear rules are goals

The Australian-25 Feb 2019

Australia’s aircraft maintenance industry is at a crossroads of staffing and regulatory challenges, industry stakeholders have warned.

On one hand there is the looming global shortage of aircraft maintenance engineers that is most acute in the Asia-Pacific region.

On the other, there is the challenge of disharmonious regulation for aircraft maintenance that exists throughout the world.

Those issues, and others affecting the industry, will be tackled at the International Asia-Pacific MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) Conference at Avalon 2019 on Thursday.

Organised by executive director of the Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Business Association, Ken Cannane, the conference will feature 10 presentations from industry stakeholders including Boeing and Airbus and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Qantas.

“Work has gone offshore as far as the airlines are concerned but we’re progressively doing things in the regulation space, to make Australia more competitive in the region,” Cannane says. “People have started to realise it is one big industry, and there needs to be a harmonious approach from one country to the next.”

He says that under the current “prescriptive approach”, it is possible for one company working on an aircraft to have to comply with up to seven regulatory systems.

“Some changes to regulations were made about a decade ago, but they did little to remove some of the provisions that were time-consuming and did nothing for safety. It was just old sort of stuff,” Cannane says. “Now they’re looking at proper reviews and harmonising [regulations] in the Asia-Pacific.”

Cannane says the potential for growth in the aircraft-maintenance sector, with an estimated global worth of $84 billion, is enormous given the expansion of the aviation industry.

Boeing’s industry outlook for the next 20 years has forecast another 754,000 aviation technicians will be needed worldwide, with more than a third of that demand coming from the Asia-Pacific.

Associate professor Anne Junor of the University of NSW Business School says the emerging global shortage of qualified and licensed aircraft maintenance engineers is particularly acute in this region.

“In Australia, the shortage is adversely affecting the general aviation and regional aviation sectors, on which regional and rural Australia depends,” Junor says.

“The short is largely a legacy of the offshoring of maintenance work that started in earnest in 2006 and progressively resulted in a decline in apprentice intakes.” Junor describes the situation as a “national tragedy”.

“We are rapidly losing the window of opportunity whereby Australia has had the opportunity to build maintenance training as a significant part of Australia’s education industry, helping meet future skills in the region,” she says.

Adding to that challenge, is that Australian licences for maintenance engineers are not recognised everywhere overseas following a botched attempt to align the nation’s training with that in Europe.

Adjunct professor Ian Hampson, of Macquarie University’s Centre for Workforce Futures, says that has been a “body blow to Australian training and licensing”.

Junor says it would be terrible to see the aviation industry go the same way as expertise in the country’s automotive industry following car-plant shutdowns.

“Australia is highly dependent on air transport and we cannot afford to see the loss of aviation skills,” Junor says.

Hampson says aircraft maintenance engineers will always be needed in Australia because of its geography.

“There are some planes we have to maintain here because we can’t fly them to Singapore [as a maintenance hub], they simply don’t have the range,” he says. “Aircraft used by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, rescue helicopters and police rescue — geography won’t allow those aircraft to be maintained overseas.”

Cannane says the education sector is responding to the demand for aircraft-maintenance engineers, with more emphasis on vocational education and training in schools.

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One for AMROBA and the Alphabets to ponder Huh

Via Merimbula News:

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Tom Burn is an award winning, high-flying apprentice, training for a career for which the Australian government recognises there is a national skills shortage but getting into a TAFE course closer than seven hours drive is proving impossible.

After being named school-based apprentice of the year for the Illawarra and South East NSW region in 2018, being a finalist at the prestigious 2018 NSW Training Awards in September and attending the Honeywell Engineering Summer School, Tom was offered a position with Merimbula Aircraft Maintenance as an apprentice aircraft maintenance engineer.

One week after the HSC exams had finished Tom started his four-year apprenticeship with the aim of getting his certificate IV in aero skills, mechancial.

Not surprisingly training facilities for this course are sparsely located being either a four-hour drive to Sale or a seven-hour drive to Padstow, south west Sydney.

Rex Koerbin of Merimbula Aircraft Maintenance said he wanted to send Tom to Sale because not only was it a shorter drive, accommodation for the block release courses of two to three weeks each would be cheaper. Sale also helps to co-ordinate accommodation for students, something Padstow does not undertake.

Mr Koerbin said that over the years he had trained four apprentices and they had attended Padstow and Sale.

"It is just logical to do the training at Sale; it's closer and the school is actually next to the airfield," he said.

As an Australian apprentice, undertaking an Australia-wide recognised certificate for a national skills shortage career, Mr Koerbin didn't see a problem sending an apprentice to another state, particularly as he had done so previously.
But not this time, it seems.

Mr Koerbin was told that the Victorian training organisation, Federation Training, had not re-registered with the NSW Smart and Skilled initiative and therefore wasn't legible for funding to cover a NSW apprentice.

However Mr Koerbin wasn't told about the issues until quite late on and then had to start looking at the only other option, Padstow.

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"It looks like Tom's got no choice but to attend Padstow but when we enquired we were told the course had started in March.

"This trade is recognised as being in dire need in Australia, it shouldn't be this hard," Mr Koerbin said.

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He was then told that there was a correspondence course starting in May.

"But apprentices need to be in a facility with workshops because the skills learnt at school then add on to what is being taught on the job. You don't get the same level of education through a correspondence course," Mr Koerbin said.

"Apprentice plumbers go to Canberra, so there's not a problem with cross border arrangements there. What on earth is going on, why is this so hard and why is there so much red tape," he added.

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In meantime Tom is waiting to see whether he can get exemptions from his two-year school-based apprenticeship at Merimbula Engineering when he was at Eden Marine High School and join the Padstow TAFE.

Asked about his apprenticeship Tom said he was loving it.

"It's going really well. I was looking forward to going to Sale, it would be much better than travelling to Sydney," he said.
Federation Training has been asked why the organisation has not re-registered with the NSW government Smart and Skilled initiative.

A spokesman for Federation Training said the Institute was well aware of the situation and the challenges of RTO (Regional Training Organisations) registration across state borders.

"We will be working co-operatively with our NSW colleagues and state education department officials to determine what can be done in situations like this," the spokesman said.

And also from AMROBA... Wink

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Finally the latest AMROBA newsletter: Volume 16 Issue 4 (April 2019)

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KC: Aviation Safety is not a function of luck -  Rolleyes

Ref: Volume 16 Issue 6 (June 2019)

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Ref link for HORSCOTCI 1995 'Plane Safe' inquiry report:

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Ps As an aside check out the committee members of the HORSCOTCI 1995 'Plane Safe' inquiry... Rolleyes

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AMROBA Newsletter - Volume 16, Issue 8. 


What’s Different Since the Eighties
For those that were in businesses in the 1980s, they must be wondering what is different to the aviation legal framework that was so harshly criticized in findings post a number of 1980s government reviews. The current legal framework, if subjected to the same review by the same government enquiries, would most likely end up with the same findings today.

The Civil Aviation Act that set up the CAA to create a legal framework of Act, Regulations and Aviation Safety Standards was supposed to reduce the multiple requirements with ‘hidden’ quasi-regulations specified in regulatory exemptions, instruments, policy statements, procedures, etc. All the things that the government’s Best Practice Guidelines identify to eradicate. It was why the CAA proposed a two-level system, Act & Regulations, supported by advisory material, like FAA Advisory Circulars. Today is no different to pre-CAA days.

OECD: “Develop a consistent policy covering the role and functions of regulatory agencies in order to provide greater confidence that regulatory decisions are made on an objective, impartial and consistent basis, without conflict of interest, bias or improper influence.”

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Ps Speaking of KC and AMROBA I note that today KC, along with Ben Morgan (AOPA Oz) and Steve Re (ALAEA), met in Can'tberra with Senator Susan McDonald... Wink 

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Many thanks to Queensland LNP Senator Susan McDonald for the opportunity to meet today at Parliament House. Attending the meeting was AOPA Australia Executive Director Benjamin Morgan, ALAEA Technical Manager Steve Re, and AMROBA Executive Director Ken Cannane.

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So Professor Braithwaite wrote a book that is a standard text for “aviation professionals.”

Reading on is the underlined quote thus;  “it seems reasonable that a good safety record is at least partly the consequence of human intervention.”

You don’t say! Extraordinary.

No wonder our regulatory system is such a mess if up and coming “professionals” are taught to find inspiration and information from this level of illogical and intellectual bafflement.

Are we not, in trying to improve anything, firstly required to seek out factual information?
There are no facts here, none, zero. What so many present as “reasonable” are no more than opinions. Yes substantiate a case if working from opinion to find reality and facts.

Unfortunately then to translate all the minutiae of various top dog “professionals” opinions into the criminal code with strict liability for proof and hey presto, the wondrous world beating Australian civil aviation regulations. Human intervention at the highest level of pecking order invention, bureaucratic make work creation. Stand back and laugh because you must be joking.

“Good safety record, must be human intervention.” Gosh, that’s it! Now I’m an aviation professional.

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