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Northern NSW : Rescue Aut 2016
Planning ensures availability Matthew Wallace, Chief Engineer There has been an extensive amount of planning completed to support the integration of the new AW139 helicopters. In the meantime, the engineering team is also focused on the delivery of the highest quality service to our community and NSW Health by ensuring the current fleet of aircraft performs well. The Service’s ability to effectively transport patients begins with aircraft availability. Critical to this is our team’s skill to ensure that each aircraft is safe, well maintained and compliant, and is done so in a minimal amount of time. This is where all the planning comes into play. The ‘tech services group’ includes three people with unique skills that allow the group to operate autonomously and develop high quality planning and scheduling. Sean Ramsay joined the Service two years ago and is Project Planner Scheduler. He also holds an important CASA approved position of Maintenance Controller. Sean had an extensive career with the RAAF working in FA/18 Hornet maintenance. His role is to schedule the maintenance tasks into packages and then, in conjunction with the Maintenance Planner, assign the required resources to tasks. Scheduling and rotation of aircraft is also a function of this role. The maintenance control function gives Sean the responsibility to ensure all required maintenance is carried out in accordance with the approved manufacturer’s data. Lorrin Pike is our Maintenance Planner with a background in office administration, property management and sales. Joining the Service a year ago, her experience and organisational skills make Lorrin a critical part of the scheduling and planning processes. She is soon to have her first child but will return to work as part of the group. John Gumulak is our Tech Services Engineer and the newest member of the group. Now a proud local, he comes to us from the Middle East after working in a similar position with an operator who owned 21 AW139s. John’s extensive product and maintenance knowledge will assist in monitoring the health of the fleet while implementing changes to preventive maintenance programs. This highly experienced group provides a valuable resource with skills to complement our larger team of qualified professional engineers. Collectively, such skills and resources boost the Service’s overall ability to ensure all existing and new aircraft are ready when needed. Upon retiring from the workforce in 2013, Geoff Gunness picked up his pencils after 24 years and began to sketch. His love of the ‘built- world’ has translated into elegantly detailed sketches of heritage colonial buildings, jetties and structures, boats, vehicles and cathedrals. But according to Geoff his most challenging project to date has been to sketch the helicopters used by the Service as part of its 40th Anniversary celebrations. Geoff is generously donating his skills and time to complete a series of helicopters that will feature as part of the special exhibition at Newcastle Museum in June this year. The originals will be auctioned as part of the event. Black and white Lorrin, John and Sean 17 Rescue Magazine AUTUMN 2016
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