THE Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has revealed that they have suspended course accreditation of up to 90 Aircraft Maintenance students from TAFE SA after their skills were found not to Australian Civil Aviation Standards.
In their routine check five months ago, CASA found the Aircraft Maintenance Training program offered by TAFE SA worrying issues with the courses assessment procedure.
The TAFE SA aircraft maintenance course based at Parafield Airport.
“It was found that the course was not delivered in the way it was supposed to.” CASA spokesman told local media,”there were no safety concerns as all students were working as “part of professional maintenance organisations who would have supervised the recent graduates.”
However there are previous students who had completed the course and gone to work for maintenance organisations across the state.
As revealed by The ‘Weekend Australian’, around 90 aircraft maintenance technicians and engineers have been caught up in the scandal at the Parafield Airport campus of TAFE SA.
Those affected include a small number of Qantas engineers.
An investigation by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and TAFE SA is ongoing with some training activities and licence conditions suspended “until further notice”.
The course is expected to be reinstated by the end of September following an investigation which lasted months.