Here at McDermott Aviation, we pride ourselves in our safety practices that we have in place, and one of our main safety obligations is that all of our aircraft are maintained as per the manufacturers maintenance and overhaul manuals and in accordance with CASA requirements. All of our aircraft are maintained to the highest standards, therefore all maintenance and servicing is complied with when due. We archive company flight sheets and records, and have never been involved in any breech of CASA Airworthiness 'Non-Compliance'.
We have a large team of licensed aircraft maintenance engineers on staff, as well as licensed field engineers who accompany machines when dispatched away from our main base for in field services and maintenance requirements. We operate our own maintenance facility that holds multiple approvals with Australian CASA, The United State FAA and Papua New Guinea CASA,with our main base in Cooroy, as well as Hangars at Maroochydore QLD and Bankstown NSW.
McDermott Aviation provide full, 'in house' maintenance and spares support for all our aircraft, and carry a large inventory of parts/components for our machines, including;- main rotor blades, tail rotor blades, transmissions / gear boxes and spare, serviceable engines. This enables us complete control of maintenance /overhaul and servicing of our machines in Australia.
You will find that all of our Pilots here at McDermott Aviation hold an Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) commercial license, and depending on their area of specialty are endorsed with Class One Agricultural ratings, Pilot Chemical Application License (DPI Standards Branch), Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia's 'Operation Spray Safe' accreditation and have a minimum of 1,000 hours Turbine experience.
Our fire fighting pilots are amongst the most highly experienced in Australia, with extensive long line and or Belly Tank experience with the Australian conditions recognised as having some of the worst terrain and fire conditions in the world.
To meet with our high safety standards, our pilots regularly perform ‘Check and Training” flights with highly qualified and endorsed check pilots (CAR217 accredited Check & Training Organisation) to ensure their airmanship, skills and emergency procedures are at worlds best practice standards.
McDermott Aviation support is air operations with a team of highly experienced and accredited ground crew. They are trained in Helicopter loading procedures & chemical handling. All of our ground crew have carried out safety inductions and hold current Dangerous Goods licenses endorsed for flammable liquid handling and transporting. Furthermore they hold Aerial AG. Assoc. of Australia's Operation Spray Safe mixer/loaders' chemical handling accreditation, a ASIC card, have attended a DPI recognised Ag chemical accreditation courses, and hold a First Aid Course Certificate.
When our ground crew are out supporting the helicopter, they keep accurate loading records for our customers and legal requirements permit, which can be obtained to verify that correct measurements of chemical per hectare/acre etc has been applied, and to keep records of helicopter turn-a rounds for safety. The majority of our ground crew are experienced and certified doggers, capable of carrying out our lift operations. All Ground Crew have input into the development of our SWMS’s.