Airservices schedule of inspecting and maintaining regional navigation equipment will remain on course next month with the help of regional technical skills training and development programs.
These inspections are part of a three year rotational program in which all of the 500 plus navigational aids installed and maintained by Airservices are inspected. With one-third of Airservices technical maintenance staff expected to retire over the next five years the challenge is to maintain this inspection schedule. As part of a $2.4 million investment by Airservices, new trainees based at Wagga Wagga TAFE will learn skills required to assist the Flight Inspection Service (FIS) to collect airborne data. Trainees will also experience the assessment and analysis of data by maintenance and engineering staff to ensure that each navigation aid is calibrated, accurate and serviceable. The service is scheduled to undertake 23 separate flight inspections in July on equipment at:
NT Ayres Rock, Simpsons Gap, Temple Bar, Alice Springs, Wallaby
NSW Brewarrina, Mt Hope
WA Esperance, Albany, Parkerville, Caversham, Beermullah, Perth, Jurien Bay, Ballidu, Kalgoorlie, Warburton, Giles
QLD Charleville, Brymaroo, Brisbane, Maroochydore
Airservices spokesman Rob Walker said the skill-based funding represented a significant commitment to regional skills development and ensuring the future of Australias air navigation system.
The equipment being inspected and tested includes instrument landing systems (ILS), distance measuring equipment (DME), non-directional beacons (NDB) and VHF omni range (VOR) navigation aids plus surveillance radars.