Home' Asian Aviation : AAV October 2011 Contents • An ATPL should be required for first officers in
high-capacity RPT jet aircraft, such as Boeing 737s,
Airbus A320s and similar or greater capacity and
that consideration should be given to implementing
this as standard.
• For non-jet operations that employ low-experience
first officers, operators should be required to provide
enhanced supervision and mentoring schemes to
offset such a lack of experience.
• AOC holders should be required to develop “green-
on-green” policy positions relating to the use of
low-experience pilots in RPT operations, to maximise
the collective experience level of flight crew.
• All prospective RPT pilots should be required to
complete substantial course-base training in multi-
crew operations, resource management and human
factors, prior to initial endorsement training.
• CASA should ensure that Part 61 of the Civil
Aviation Safety Regulations, currently being
reviewed, places sufficient weight on multi-engine
aircraft experience, as opposed to the current
recognition of glider and ultra-light experience.
• CASA should undertake a risk assessment of current
simulator training to assess whether the extent,
aims and scope of such training are being utilised
to achieve optimum safety outcomes rather than
minimum compliance objectives.
• The Productivity Commission or other body should
undertake a review of the current and future supply
of pilots in Australia.
• The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport should
provide a report to Parliament every six months on
the progress of CASA’s regulatory reforms.
• The Transport Safety Investigation Amendment
(Incident Reports) Bill 2010 should not be passed.
• The current prescriptive approach should be replaced
with an obligation to report whenever there is an
urgent safety risk that must be addressed.
• CASA should require operators to observe the
highest standards of incident reporting from their
• Following the release of ICAO’s fatigue guidelines,
CASA should expedite changes or additions to
regulations governing flight and cabin crew fatigue
risk management as a priority.
experience pilots to maximise the collective experience
levels of flight crew.
Subject to ensuring quality training outcomes,
including adequate super vision and mentoring ,
the committee concluded that cadet schemes are a
legitimate route for pilot recruitment, training and
development. The committee was concerned, however,
about disparate terms and conditions of cadet schemes,
pointing to the Jetstar scheme in particular.
On the issue of pilot retention, the committee
heard that airlines, particularly low-cost carriers, are
increasingly using cadet schemes to avoid paying
higher wag es for experienced pilots or to g enerate
revenue through the training costs. As a result, new
pilots are beginning their care ers with substantial
debts, which could hurt morale and the readiness of
such pilots to raise safety concerns, says the report.
“There are very real issues here to do with aviation safety
and this inquiry has been useful to uncover many of these
and to recommend cr ucial reforms,” says independent
senator Nick Xenophon, who pushed for the inquiry
amid concerns that the rise of the low-cost model and the
focus on trimming costs wa s having an impact on safety
standards. “Australia’s aviation reputation internationally
is an exemplary one and we need to do whatever it takes
to ensure that this remains the case.”
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