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S8C8 - MANAGEMENT OF TRAINING AIDS

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

TRAINING AIDS CLASSIFICATION

AUTHORITIES

MAINTENANCE POLICY FOR TRAINING AIDS

Operational and Maintenance Training Simulators

Approved Aeronautical Product

Miscellaneous Equipment

Aircraft Engines and Auxiliary Power Units

Safety Requirements Applicable to Technical Training Aids

Annex

A. Engineering and Maintenance Management of Aircraft Engine and Auxiliary Power Unit Training Assemblies

INTRODUCTION

1. Training aids are items of technical equipment, including aircraft, simulators and aeronautical product, which are specifically used as aids for the ground training of ADF personnel. Training aids exclude operational and flight training aircraft and other ADF operational systems. General workshop equipment and non-technical classroom equipment used to support training is also excluded.

2. Training aids are obtained from various sources, including:

  1. procurement as part of a major project
  2. surplus equipment or equipment withdrawn from service
  3. procurement to satisfy general training requirements
  4. crashed, damaged or decommissioned aircraft or aeronautical product.

3. This chapter prescribes the Approved Maintenance Organisation procedures to be followed when maintaining technical equipment used as training aids.

TRAINING AIDS CLASSIFICATION

4. Training aids are classified as:

  1. Operational Simulators. The term 'operational simulator' includes flight simulators, procedural and navigation simulators and air traffic control simulators, used to train system operators or aircrew.
  2. Maintenance Training Simulators. Maintenance Training Simulators are used for training maintenance personnel and may be functional aircraft system models or representative systems.
  3. Approved aeronautical product. Approved aeronautical product used as training aids is identical to and may be physically interchangeable with equipment in operational use.
  4. Withdrawn aeronautical product. Aeronautical product provided for training as a result of the withdrawal of a particular system from operational use.
  5. Explosive Ordnance. Explosive Ordnance (EO) that has been certified inert by Explosive Inspection Service (EIS) inspection in accordance with eDEOP 101-Department of Defence Explosives Regulations may be used as training aids.
  6. Miscellaneous Equipment. Equipment purchased as training aids, adapted or manufactured for a particular purpose.

AUTHORITIES

5. Directorate General Technical Airworthiness (DGTA–ADF) retains the engineering authority for current aircraft and approved aeronautical product. Training authorities are responsible for ensuring that engineering, maintenance and logistics plans are formulated and managed for training aids that fall outside the Technical Airworthiness Regulators (TAR) regulatory framework. ADF training authorities are as follows:

  1. Navy. Training Authority–Aviation (TA–AVN).
  2. Army. Headquarters Army Aviation Training Centre (HQ AAvnTC).
  3. Air Force. Headquarters Air Force Training Group (HQ AFTG).

MAINTENANCE POLICY FOR TRAINING AIDS

Operational and Maintenance Training Simulators

6. The maintenance policy for operational simulator equipment is to be promulgated by the responsible System Project Office (SPO) in a specific TMP for the simulator. The maintenance policy for maintenance training simulators will be promulgated by the responsible SPO in either a TMP or in an SPO approved instruction.

NOTE

Information specific to the operation and maintenance of Navy Flight Simulators and Aircrew Training Devices is contained within the Simulator Operating Procedures (SIMOPS) Manual, Document Number 9193 available from: Air Warfare Systems Centre (AWSC), HMAS Albatross, NOWRA NSW 2540

Approved Aeronautical Product

7. Approved aeronautical product is to be managed in accordance with AAP 7001.053-Electronic Technical Airworthiness Management Manual and this publication. Personnel conducting maintenance on approved aeronautical product are to meet the requirements of this publication and/or DEF(AUST)9022-Requirements for Civilian Personnel Maintaining State Aircraft and Aeronautical Product.

8. Withdrawn Aeronautical Product. The maintenance policy for training aids that are classified as withdrawn aeronautical product is as follows:

  1. Authorisation to Perform Maintenance. The relevant training authority is to promulgate a scope of maintenance authority for individual training agencies in local instructions.
  2. Publications. Aerospace Materiel System Program Office-Aviation Publication Unit (AMSPO-APU) will not normally provide publication services for aeronautical product withdrawn from service. Training agencies are to promulgate procedures in local instructions for the control, amendment and reproduction of obsolete technical publications if required. Technical publications that are not subject to amendment action should be managed in accordance with local instructions.
  3. Spares. Spares for withdrawn aeronautical product will normally be discarded with the parent equipment. Therefore, after notification that the prime equipment will be allotted for training aids, the training agency is to determine the spares requirements to support that equipment. For the purpose of securing, isolating and storing spares, lists detailing the spares required are to be referred to the responsible SPO and the relevant training authority for approval and/or action.
  4. Engineering Support. If continued engineering support is required to safely operate a training aid and the previously responsible SPO no longer provides that support, a local engineering management and control body is to be established. Local engineering management and control bodies are to be developed in consultation with DGTA–ADF and the relevant training authority and are to:
    1. Perform the engineering management and control functions necessary to safely operate the applicable training aid
    2. Ensure that an appropriate degree of rigour is applied to engineering decisions
    3. Manage a formal process of authorisation and delegation for the maintenance and operation of safety critical training aids.
  5. Modifications. Modifications to enhance the training potential of equipment may be incorporated by training agencies if approved by the Training Authority and the Commanding Officer/Officer Commanding (CO/OC). The major consideration in incorporating modifications or conducting maintenance is safety.
  6. Markings. Withdrawn aeronautical product must be marked with the words ‘For Training Purposes Only’.

Miscellaneous Equipment

9. Miscellaneous equipment purchased, manufactured, developed or adapted for use as training aids will not normally be provided with logistic support. Requests for spares, or maintenance beyond the capability or capacity of the training agency are to be directed to the responsible training authority for approval. Miscellaneous equipment is to be marked with the words ‘For Training Purposes Only’.

Aircraft Engines and Auxiliary Power Units

10. Additional guidelines and procedures applicable to engineering and maintenance management of aircraft engines and Auxiliary Power Units allotted for use as training aids are detailed in Annex A.

Safety Requirements Applicable to Technical Training Aids

11. Safety requirements applicable to technical training aids are consistent with those in practice throughout the ADF. COs/OCs are to ensure that authorised maintenance data are available to users, as published in AAPs, NAPs, ABRs, TMPs, local instructions and Defence Documents. When safety requirements are not addressed by the publications and instructions are unavailable, the agency is to seek assistance from the responsible SPO, FEG or the base Health and Safety representative (HSR) as applicable.

Annex:

  1. Engineering and Maintenance Management of Aircraft Engine and Auxiliary Power Unit Training Assemblies
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