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Old 25th Jul 2018, 00:04
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RFDS central

Looking at applying for RFDS Central Ops. The flying from the outside looks very interesting, meaningful and the PC12 looks like a great machine! All the information online is a little dated along with the EBA.
Wondering if any one has any experience with them and can shed some light on what they are like to work for current conditions, roster, ect..
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Old 26th Jul 2018, 04:26
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Dont,
Just dont.
Its a toxic work environment with an operational mentality generally on par with lower rung GA.
If you want to fly aeromed, I suggest Central ops and Western ops be the last place you should apply.
If you want to work aeromed in in the Territory, apply to Careflight.
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Old 26th Jul 2018, 13:23
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Originally Posted by Blueskybob View Post
Dont,
Just dont.
Its a toxic work environment with an operational mentality generally on par with lower rung GA.
If you want to fly aeromed, I suggest Central ops and Western ops be the last place you should apply.
If you want to work aeromed in in the Territory, apply to Careflight.
+1 for this
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Old 28th Jul 2018, 06:37
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Interested in RFDS myself. May I ask what sort of stuff has been going on? PM if you'd prefer.
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Old 30th Jul 2018, 09:45
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Not sure about bob but Iíve already said too much. Make of that what you will
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Old 30th Jul 2018, 22:37
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Steer clear of Central, very unprofessional outfit and a toxic work culture.
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Old 31st Jul 2018, 00:03
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Everything has been covered in previous posts. But chalk and cheese between the RFDS sections in terms of conditions and culture. Queensland and South East run a pretty tight ship as do Careflight up in the NT.

Apply to the above before wasting your time with the circus known as RFDS central section.
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Old 31st Jul 2018, 10:26
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I can't speak for Central Section, but Westops has improved with the new CEO, and the departure of GM Aviation.
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Old 31st Jul 2018, 10:51
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I can't speak for Central Section, but Westops has improved with the new CEO, and the departure of GM Aviation.
Would you know what is happening with the Meeka position that was advertised?
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Old 31st Jul 2018, 12:11
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Out of interest why do the RFDS operate several independent organizations ? Would it not be more efficient to have one operation managing across Australia.
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Old 31st Jul 2018, 12:42
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Western Ops was thoroughly toxic. Plenty of lovely people there, but NOTHING LIKE a just culture.
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Old 31st Jul 2018, 13:06
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In short yes but realistically probably not. Imagine the challenge with state departmental squabbles, state donations and dismantling the RFDS empires. Would it even be possible now and who would be strong enough to lead the campaign
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Old 31st Jul 2018, 23:56
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CO CEO due to change later this year but early indications that will make things worse rather than better
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Old 1st Aug 2018, 08:43
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Always aspired to join the 'doc over the years (specifically Central), interesting to hear this. So far those in the aviation sector I've spoken to didn't seem to say it was a bad place either, most perplexing?
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Old 2nd Aug 2018, 04:44
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Makes me sad. And not a bit nostalgic. WA ops were once most enjoyable to work for. Started in the hangar at Jandakot under the late Rod Lawrence. (There was a gent if ever there was one..) Anyway , pardon me. This is not about the past.

More recently I knew the late Tony Norman. He was on the PC12 out of Meeka. He said he enjoyed his time there.
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Old 16th Aug 2018, 07:09
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This came from a friend in ATC , Seems i'm not permitted to post a link.
Interesting to see the outcome of this.

Flight below minimum altitude involving Pilatus PC-12, VH-FDJ, near Adelaide, South Australia, on 18 July 2017


Investigation number: AO-2017-075

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Old 2nd Jan 2019, 23:35
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Is anyone currently working at central ops actually enjoying it there? Just interested to hear a point of view from the other side of the fence
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Old 3rd Jan 2019, 09:17
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I have it on good authority from quite a few different flight crew that are loving life with Central Ops
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