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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 03:49
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Originally Posted by lucille View Post
Could they not arrange for road transport of the organs to CHC to meet the aircraft as it lands? Makes more sense on every level when you take the constraints that you mention into account. Contrary to popular opinion, crews on Private Ops also suffer from fatigue.
that is not how organ transfer works, its incredible time critical and the whole "operation" is very well orchestrated by the different medical teams.
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Old 4th Feb 2021, 03:13
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Could they not arrange for road transport of the organs to CHC to meet the aircraft as it lands?
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Depends where the organs are.
If it is in location other than a major city, the retrieval team travel on the outbound flight and conducts the recovery of the organs which can be up to 6 hours for a heart retrieval.
They then fly back on the aircraft and then do the transplant operation.

If the organs are in a location where the local surgeons have been trained for organ retrieval, you may only have to pickup an esky.

Contrary to popular opinion, crews on Private Ops also suffer from fatigue
Sure, but sleeping on makeshift bed in a spare office at the airport or in the aircraft for 6 hours does reduce the fatigue.

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Old 5th Feb 2021, 04:15
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Its a shame that Queensland Government Air will never be a well-run, efficient, professional, or safe organisation. From an outsiderís perspective you would think that with well paid staff and a seemingly unrestricted budget (compared to the private sector anyway) they would be at the top of the industry.

However, with all management at director level and above having a complete lack of experience, knowledge or even some understanding of how to manage the operation they are seemingly conspiring to destroy the operation due to their complete lack of experience and ability to make simple decisions.

This coupled with a culture of Secrecy, Lies, Narcotism, Bullying, and non-compliance from above, itís a wonder they are even permitted to operate.
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Old 6th Feb 2021, 19:07
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Originally Posted by MrHughJaynus View Post
You nailed it. What a toxic place its become because of directors who are not only incompetent but also there to feed their huge egos - Running joke that they have to tick these boxes to get a director job. Beware anyone thinking of applying for a job at this place. People who used to be proud to work for this government aviation service are now desperate to get out but covid19 has made it challenging to find other work in the industry. Why hasn't the minister, COO, union, CASA stepped in yet to investigate this place when all the signs of incompetence are leading to an unsafe workplace. Why are they turning a blind eye to the staff turnover and people having to take leave to deal with stress, anxiety worry, bullying. I've worked in toxic environments before but QGAIR blows them all out of the water.
Do you have any specific examples of an unsafe workplace? I definitely disagree with other opinions that an in-house govt operation is run better than contracting some parts out. That being said if youíre going to sling mud, make sure youíre specific if you want it to stick.
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Old 7th Feb 2021, 06:45
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Why hasn't the minister, COO, union, CASA stepped in yet to investigate this place when all the signs of incompetence are leading to an unsafe workplace.
When you have layer upon layer of managers in what once was just Joh and his pilot, things can spiral out of control..
It has grown and grown, The number of pilots remained pretty well static but the organisation has become top heavy.
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Old 7th Feb 2021, 20:22
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Huge expansion of management even though there are less pilots and flying. Mixing private jet ops with AOC ops on King Air must be interesting
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Old 8th Feb 2021, 01:52
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Originally Posted by MrHughJaynus View Post
Think of human factors and the training we all get in this industry- does a workforce on edge and constantly stressed out sound safe. No trust in toxic management, constant worries about your job and colleagues and effects to mental health are big parts of what leads to distractions that then leads to an unsafe workplace. Picture being at work in any job let alone aviation and needing to focus on your work but your mind is taken over by stress on a daily basis- it's a recipe for errors and mistakes that flow on to other parts of your work and not just in your own space. Think of the swiss cheese holes lining up - safety 101.
Thatís vague and generic, not specific examples.
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Old 8th Feb 2021, 13:04
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Originally Posted by havick View Post
Thatís vague and generic, not specific examples.
Iím sure mr Jaynus isnít naive enough to provide examples specific enough to incriminate himself.

He has offered up a general description. What do you want to know his ARN? His favourite colour?
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Old 9th Feb 2021, 04:04
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This coupled with a culture of Secrecy, Lies, Narcotism, Bullying,
They are all on drugs??? Or auto-correct fixing "nepotism"
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Old 31st Mar 2021, 20:37
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Another pilot out the door, they must have virtually zero Hawker pilots left. The toxic environment strikes again.
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Old 31st Mar 2021, 23:50
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Another pilot out the door, they must have virtually zero Hawker pilots left. The toxic environment strikes again.
Are you referring to the two who have just retired.
From Hansard

Gavin Turner and John McGee are pilots in the Government Air Wing. Gaven has been in the captain’s seat for 37 years and John for 13Ĺ years. The Government Air Wing’s first job is organ transfer. It is a big state. The pilots can be called upon at any time and in almost any weather to fly these mercy missions. They also fly after monsoons and cyclones. They do a tremendous job. I have always felt safe in the aircraft when Gaven and John are there. I want to wish them all the very best on their retirement and thank them for their service and duty. I know that when they do organ retrievals they love hearing that it has gone well and a life has been saved. There is a reason Queenslanders walk that little bit taller, and that is because of Queenslanders like these.
I wish them both well in their well deserved retirement
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Old 14th Apr 2021, 23:45
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Originally Posted by 601 View Post
Are you referring to the two who have just retired.
There was a third I believe... I understand he pulled the pin because of new managementís inflexibility with rostering practices which made it untenable for him to continue what had been a good working relationship for a number of years.

Word is that the other two Gents both elected to retire earlier than planned because of toxic management...
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Old 15th Apr 2021, 00:00
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Originally Posted by oscar duce View Post
Its a shame that Queensland Government Air will never be a well-run, efficient, professional, or safe organisation. From an outsiderís perspective you would think that with well paid staff and a seemingly unrestricted budget (compared to the private sector anyway) they would be at the top of the industry.

However, with all management at director level and above having a complete lack of experience, knowledge or even some understanding of how to manage the operation they are seemingly conspiring to destroy the operation due to their complete lack of experience and ability to make simple decisions.

This coupled with a culture of Secrecy, Lies, Narcotism, Bullying, and non-compliance from above, itís a wonder they are even permitted to operate.

I reckon youíre pretty much on point OD... except I would say that despite (mis)managementís worst efforts, from what I have seen frontline operational staff and crews are doing good work, and safety is a high priority.

I am guessing too that the purse strings have been pulled tight as a result of the fiscal disaster caused by the pandemic so certainly not an ďunrestricted budgetĒ anymore, but youíre point is well made - with knowledgeable management and effective leadership potentially an industry leader!
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