CASA Celebrates Emerging Aircraft Maintenance Engineers

Kurt Kinlyside from Queensland, Mitchell Johnson from Victoria, along with Clark Tidman and Adrian White, both from Western Australia will each receive up to $5,000 to help them obtain their Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) Part 66 aircraft engineer licence.

CASA Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety Pip Spence said the 4 individuals stood out among a competitive pool of applicants.

‘They’ve showcased a commendable commitment to aviation safety, emphasising their dedication to this career path,’ Ms Spence said.

‘All 4 have shown initiative, aptitude for their roles, and have actively contributed to promoting a positive safety culture within their profession or organisation.

‘Congratulations to Kurt, Mitchell, Clark, and Adrian for their significant contributions to the industry so far. We wish them every success as they continue to advance their careers.’

CASA’s aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) scholarship program focuses on applicants who have already started their structured training towards a licence outcome, or aircraft maintenance engineers who have not gone through a structured training program but are currently working in the industry gaining experience.

The announcement comes during the inaugural ‘May-tenance Month’ – which underscores the critical role engineers play in aviation safety.

‘This is an opportunity for us to emphasise the vital role of aircraft engineers, with the aim of inspiring the next generation of aircraft mechanics.

‘Through a series of activities, promotions and events, May-tenance Month showcases the technical expertise and attention to detail required by our engineers to ensure the continued safe operation of aircraft.’

Ms. Spence also emphasised CASA’s ongoing commitment to addressing the shortage of aircraft engineers.

‘Aspiring engineers can now get an initial modular licence with exclusions in about half the time it previously took to get a full licence. This enables AMEs to commence work as licensed aircraft maintenance engineers sooner and gradually add additional licensing components over time.’

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