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Winging it: key issues and perceptions around regulation and practice of aircraft maintenance in australian general aviation

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Show simple item record Naweed, Anjum Kourousis, Kyriakos I. 2020-07-01T12:06:14Z 2020-07-01T12:06:14Z 2020
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The very diverse character of General Aviation (GA) within Australia poses challenges for its e ective management of risk and safety in the sector. Improvements for human performance and perceptions of safety within the maintenance environment are among the areas which regulators have targeted for continuous improvement. This paper provides a timely empirical exploration of maintenance engineer perspectives around: (1) Changes in the role of the regulator/regulation that have impacted the sector and diminished safe operations; and (2) specific practical and operational challenges that the GA industry must deal with to sustain safe operations going forward. A thematic analysis of transcribed qualitative data revealed five key themes and identified a number of key issues from sector changes including a decline in training and education, drift in working practices, and wider power-distance gap. Issues with auditing and bureaucratization, negative safety climate, and underlying values and philosophies were also found. Practical and operational challenges going forward included an array of concerns associated with safety, the mismatch between GA and commercial aviation, workforce development and the financial burden in the sector. The results draw attention to the interconnectedness between various components of the GA system, and carry timely implications for regulation in the GA sector. Future research directions are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Aerospace;7, 84
dc.subject General Aviation en_US
dc.subject human factors en_US
dc.subject engineering changes en_US
dc.subject regulation en_US
dc.title Winging it: key issues and perceptions around regulation and practice of aircraft maintenance in australian general aviation en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/aerospace7060084
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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