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February 2, 2012
LAC Bill Solomou
AN EXCITING career oppor-
tunity is available for mem-
bers with an aircraft technical
background to remuster to
flight engineer (FLTENG).
The senior FLTENG
instructor at 292SQN,
WOFF Matthew Kay, says
the FLTENG plays a pivotal
role in the operation of the
"The FLTENG is directly
responsible to the aircraft
captain. As part of their duties
they perform exterior and
interior checks and conduct
any maintenance required,"
WOFF Kay says.
"During flight, the
FLTENG continuously moni-
tors aircraft performance,
electrical, pressurisation, fuel,
engine hydraulic and flight
station controls systems and
He says the secondary
duties of the FLTENG include
monitoring radio commu-
nications, backing up pilots
on altitude assignments and
watching for conflicting air
"The FLTENG is thor-
oughly familiar with the oper-
ation of all systems and equip-
ment under their control,
during normal and emergency
conditions," WOFF Kay says.
Training involves an
intensive 35-week course
at 292SQN, RAAF Base
Edinburgh, and on gradua-
tion FLTENGs will be posted
to either 10SQN or 11SQN.
Pre-requisites for training
include completion of the
SGT promotion, combat sur-
vival and aviation medicine
FLTENGs can expect a
long career in 92WG, with the
last of the AP-3C aircraft due
to go out of service in 2025.
This means that members
applying for remuster can
expect to progress through the
ranks prior to the aircraft's
Applications close on
People Central on April 16.
For more information, visit People
Central or contact Airman Aircrew
Manager WOFF Wayne Tetley on
(08) 7383 4143.
SENIOR Defence fraud and ethics ad-
ministrators are calling for ADF person-
nel to be aware of conflicts of interest
when employing people into sensitive
The areas of procurement and con-
tract negotiations were identified in
particular where people employed with
Defence may be in conflict with sensi-
tive areas such as contract renewals.
A recent issue highlighted the poten-
tial problem when questions were raised
about the alleged influence of a person
employed in a contract renewal.
While two subsequent inquiries
found there was no unethical influence,
a Defence audit of ADF Reserves identi-
fied the need for awareness of employ-
ing people in critical areas.
Director Fraud Control Policy and
Ethics Terry Riley said it was important
to understand that it was not in itself
wrong to have conflicts of interest and
they were not uncommon.
"This is hardly surprising given the
multitude of relationships and connec-
tions, both private and professional, that
we all have in our day-to-day lives," Mr
"The issue is how we go about deal-
ing with them when they arise in the
context of our obligations as public
office holders, as they can interfere with
perceptions about a person's objectivity
Mr Riley said while the case in
point involved a reservist, the principles
applied to all areas of Defence.
"This is about Defence procurement
across the board where we are getting
Defence people posted into areas that
are engaging in tender negotiations.
"People need to be thinking about the
issues as they arrive -- we are not sure it is
even in the back of people's minds."
A Defence audit of reserves pro-
duced seven recommendations which
included incorporating the engagement
of ADF Reserves into mandatory train-
ing, the new e-learning package and
ADF resettlement seminars.
Mr Riley said obligation to report
personal conflict of interest issues as
they arose was crucial but on its own
was not enough.
"It is important to recognise that
sometimes individuals will not readily
recognise their own personal circum-
stances may give rise to a perceived con-
flict of interest -- sometimes these issues
can be quite subtle," he said.
"They might not be attuned to the
wider implications for a particular activity
as a result of their own personal circum-
More information is available from Defence
Instruction (General) PERS 25-6 Conflicts of
interest and declarations of interest.
Time to jump on
board, all you
WELL TRAVELLED: As a vital
member of the AP-3C crew,
FLTENGs regularly deploy on
Operations Slipper and Resolute.
Pictured is FLTENG WOFF Peter
Robjent preparing for a Resolute
mission. Photo: LACW Shannon McCarthy
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