Unit of competency details

PUAAMS001A - Work in an aviation environment (Release 1)


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1 1 (this release)Current 17/Aug/2012

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ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120505 Work Practices Programmes 

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ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120505 Work Practices Programmes 03/Aug/2001 
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Unit Name

Work in an aviation environment

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Unit Descriptor

This unit covers the competency to work effectively as a crew member.



1. Work effectively as a member of a search and rescue crew

Functions and responsibilities are determined from policies and procedures

Contact/call-out arrangements and requirements are determined from organisational documents and personal employment requirements

Factors which impede or disqualify persons from performing safe and effective aircrew duties are determined from policies and procedures

Communication equipment, terminology and procedures are utilised in accordance with policies, procedures and company operation’s manuals to ensure safe and effective operations during flight

In-flight performance is maintained in accordance with policies, procedures, and company operations manuals

2. Work safely in an aviation environment

Safety procedures for working in and around aircraft are determined from policies and procedures

Cabin/load security and dangerous goods requirements are determined in accordance with policies and procedures

appropriate manual handling strategies are applied when loading the aircraft in accordance with policies and procedures

In-flight hazards are managed in accordance with policies and procedures, organisational operations manuals and pilot-in-command instructions

3. Respond to aircraft emergency situations

Aircraft cabin, load and occupants are prepared for impact

Firefighting equipment is used to protect occupants and the aircraft from fire

Escape/evacuation plan is implemented in accordance with policies and procedures

Emergency care is provided to injured occupants as required

Life and health of survivors are supported and maintained

Survival plan is implemented

4. Complete documentation

Manifests, load sheets and other pre-flight documents are completed in accordance with policies and procedures

In-flight operations log is completed in accordance with policies and procedures

Debriefing documents and other post flight reports are completed in accordance with policies and procedures


An aircraft may include

A fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft engaged in search interception and escort

  • stores dropping
  • rescue or medical evacuation operations over land or sea by day or night

Safety procedures for working in and around aircraft may include

  • being familiar with aircraft
  • appreciation of aircraft capabilities
  • approaching rotary wing aircraft terrain-related issues

Search and rescue crew members may include

  • National Search and Rescue Manual
  • Search and Rescue Manual for Civil Search and Rescue
  • Unit Pilots and Dropmasters
  • Search and Rescue Manual for Observers
  • Civil Aviation Regulations (CARs) Civil Aviation Orders (CAOs)
  • Aeronautical Information Publications (AIPs)
  • En route Supplementary Australia – Emergency Section
  • (ERSA)
  • Applicable Aircraft Flight Manual and Civil Search and
  • Rescue Unit Operations manual

Escape/evacuation plan may include

  • evacuating personnel and equipment from the aircraft

Life is supported and maintained may include

  • aircraft components survival equipment
  • natural materials being utilised to provide protection from environmental hazards to aid in location and to maintain the health of survivors

Survival plan may include

  • giving consideration to psychological
  • physiological
  • medial and environmental issues

Organisational documents may include

  • emergency service pilots and procedures
  • aircraft operator company operations manuals
  • and memoranda of understanding

Factors which may impede or exclude safte performance may include

  • physical physiological
  • psychological
  • pathological and psychosocial and may include
  • such things as motion sickness
  • poor eye sight
  • pregnancy fatigue
  • poor general health
  • drug and/or alcohol affected

The flight may include

  • over-night deployment
  • international travel

Personal requirements may include

  • passports additional clothing
  • refreshments as required for long term/long distance
  • travel

Communications equipment may include

  • aircraft intercommunications equipment and portable radio transceivers

Terminology and procedures may include

  • standard aviation and agency specific terminology and procedures associated with Search and Rescue operations

In-flight crew performance may be maintained by

  • rotation/rest schedules prevention of motion sickness
  • duty reassignment or reallocation for people found unsuitable for certain tasks

Safety procedures for working in and around aircraft may relate to

  • aircraft propellers and blades refuelling operations
  • smoking loose articles danger areas
  • no step/push areas and airside security

Dangerous goods may include

  • Search and Rescue related pyrotechnics
  • weapons and ammunition
  • petroleum fuels

In-flight hazards may include

  • opening doors/windows moving around the aircraft operating near open doors loose articles in the cabin dispatching items
  • operating electronic equipment

Emergency care includes

  • pre-hospital emergency care as described in workplace
  • emergency care qualifications which meet State and Territory OH&S requirements

Firefighting equipment may include

  • dry chemical powder vaporising liquid
  • carbon dioxide and foam extinguishers

Survival equipment may include

  • inflatable life-jackets inflatable life-rafts
  • survival kits
  • electronic location beacons

Environmental hazards may include

  • marine environments
  • extremes of heat and cold
  • dangerous creatures
  • hydration and nutrition limitations

Physiological factors may include

  • health and fitness
  • heat loss rates
  • hydration and nutrition
  • injury survival time
  • predictions

Rescue factors may include

  • predicted time to rescue rescue vehicle types
  • visibility and location of target rescue systems
  • rescue crew competence priority of survivors

Pre/post-flight documentation may include

  • search briefing and debriefing forms manifests
  • load sheets flight logs
  • post flight reports


Critical aspects of evidence

Operate safely and effectively as a crew member in an aviation environment

Interdependent assessment of units

Pre-requisite units:

  • Nil

Co-requisite units:

  • PUAAMS002A Search as a member of an air search team
  • PUATEA001A Work in a team
  • PUATEA004B Work effectively in a public safety organisation
  • PUATEA003A Lead, manage and develop teams

Underpinning knowledge

Evidence of:

  • a knowledge of aircraft accidental hazards and response an understanding of airside safety and aircraft safety
  • an understanding of appropriate air traffic control procedures and terminology
  • an understanding of appropriate aviation meteorology
  • an understanding of aviation technology and communication procedures
  • an understanding of manual handling hazards and techniques
  • an understanding of Search and Rescue functions and responsibilities

Underpinning skills

The ability to:

  • communicate information orally and in writing complete
  • Search and Rescue documentation
  • harnesses and emergency exits
  • operate aircraft doors
  • operate aircraft intercom systems
  • operate aviation survival equipment
  • operate firefighting equipment

Resource implications

An appropriate training location/venue and access to aircraft and survival equipment required for learning and assessment activities

Consistency in performance

In order to assess these performance criteria it may be necessary for evidence to be collected over a period of time in a context of rescue operations

Context of assessment

Evidence can be collected on the job but may be undertaken in a simulation


Collect, Analyse & Organise Information

Communicate Ideas & Information

Plan & Organise Activities

Work with Others & in Teams

Use Mathematical Ideas & Techniques

Solve Problems

Use Technology

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