Mode Aviation
Reference No. R201300009
Date reported 08 February 2013
Concern title LAME training and stores procedures
Concern summary

The concern was regarding the LAME re-currency training and the procedure for distributing parts throughout the operator's maintenance areas.

Industry / Operation affected Aviation: Maintenance
Concern subject type Aviation: Maintenance

Reporter's concern

The reporter expressed a safety concern regarding the Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME) re-currency training.

The reporter stated that the operator's training procedures specify that all LAMEs must receive continuation refresher training within 24 months and a maximum of 36 months after a training course has been attended. No LAMEs have received this training. This training has a delivery level of 3 which indicates that it has an impact on airworthiness.

The reporter also states that the aircraft parts store system, is undermanned and consequently aircraft parts are received on a daily basis without the required paperwork including the goods received number (GRN) or the serviceable label attached.

Operator's response (Operator 1)

The airline uses a combination of training delivery methods including class room, on the job learning, Read & Initial processes and Tool Box Talks. All of these methods are used as outlined in the relevant Procedures Manual. There is no evidence available that airworthiness is in question due to a lack of training. A review was conducted of the airline's reporting database and stores rejection reports over the last 12 months. There were no safety or compliance issues identified which were consistent with the comments within the REPCON.

Regulator's response (Regulator 1)

CASA is currently reviewing the mechanism that the operator has in place to verify maintenance persons working on the aircraft fleet. If there are any discrepancies identified in the conduct of training (which must be in accordance with CASA approved procedures), then CASA will take appropriate action.

In regard to the operator's stores system, CASA is satisfied that the operator has specific and comprehensive procedures to deal with receipt and despatch of aircraft components, and that the operator has reviewed and responded to the concerns appropriately.

Last update 24 March 2014