Recommendation R20000294

Recommendation issued to: AirServices Australia, American Society for Testing and Materials

Recommendation details
Output No: R20000294
Date issued: 29 March 2001
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that Airservices Australia introduce Team Resource Management Concepts as part of Electrical Technical officer initial and recurrent training.

Initial response
Date issued: 25 May 2001
Response from: AirServices Australia
Action status: Monitor
Response text:

Preliminary examination of electrical maintenance activity has identified only 2 Airways Engineering Instructions (AEI), 3.4053 and 3.3301, where 2 people are needed to carry out the tasks. This is for other than Occupational Health and Safety or electrical safety considerations.

The simple nature of the tasks is such that Team Resource Management is considered inappropriate. However, there may be a management need in these situations for coordination of actions prior to commencement of the task.

Airservices proposes to amend the AEI to include this requirement. The AEI check list will also be amended to record the completion of the activity.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 08 February 2001
Response from: American Society for Testing and Materials
Response status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

The letter contained three proposed recommendations to ASTM. These recommendations were discussed at the Subcommittee J meeting on December 6, 2000. Subcommittee J agreed to the following replies, which use the same numbers as the original ATSB letter.

ATSB recommended a description of the limitations of applicability of ASTM D 910 in the scope of the standard. Subcommittee J on Aviation Fuels agrees with your recommendation and will rework the limitations of applicability. The Subcommittee expects to take the opportunity to revise the present scope and, quite likely, will add a new section on significance and use, which takes the ATSB recommendation into account.

Based on the above response you can see that the ATSB recommendations are receiving serious consideration in ASTM and I expect Subcommittee J will keep you advised of progress. In that connection I would recommend that an ATSB representative become an official non-voting member of the Subcommittee, so that such an individual would automatically receive all issued documents.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 21 December 2001
Response from: AirServices Australia
Response status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

A task analysis was completed in June 2000. Recommendations deriving from that analysis cover procedures, Techcert, training and impact on ATM:

a. Procedures. That the TAAATS Power system manager consider modifying AEI-3.4090 and 3.4091 to a format similar to AEI 3.4088 and all new switching AEls follow that same format.

b. TechCert. The ISS Technical Support Manager consider the inclusion of prerequisite training in the competency criteria of ISS: F061-Power Systems - Sydney TAAATS. The ISS Technical Support Manager also review the need for TechCert assessment on small network based systems such as MDPDS and CATIS.

c. Training. That the Sydney Maintenance Services Manager consider re-familiarisation training for staff who have limited exposure to complex systems and also evaluate the requirement to conduct overview training for Sydney Services staff on other NAS systems that interact with systems maintained by them, ie VSCMS and CATIS.

d. Impact of maintenance activities on ATM. That the Sydney Maintenance Services Manager consider awareness training for MS staff on the consequences for ATC in the event of single, or multiple, NAS facility outages.

Completion of the above actions is scheduled for 30/12/2001

ATSB Note: The above actions were completed by 22 March 2002.

Last update 05 April 2012