Pilot21 From Ireland, joined Oct 1999, 1380 posts, RR: 2 Posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1267 times:
Qantas have annouced that Trevor Jenson, the executive general manager for the 'new' Ansett has defected to them. Not only is a major blow for th airline, but it reported that Jenson held Ansett's certificate to fly, leaving what will happen to the cert. and the airline unclear.
This is reported in 'The Australian', can anybody shed light on whether a person who holds an airlines cert. can do damage by going to another airline??
Ceilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1214 times:
Individuals don't hold an airline certificate - they are designated Post Holders which means that the aviation authority confirms that they have sufficient expertise to manage their department. When a post holder leaves, s/he must be replaced with someone that the aviation authority also approves of.
Trentis From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 160 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1170 times:
Ansett have immediately announced a replacement for Jenson, Captain Rindfleish, from the position below TJ. Mr Rindfleish has 27 years of experience at Ansett and as such there should be no problem. If Jenson had no interest in Ansett (well, he obviously didn't by defecting to QF), then good on him for making the move early on.
Wirraway From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 1321 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1169 times:
The sudden defection of Ansett's operations chief to Qantas could not have come at a worse time, Australia's aviation watchdog said today.
Trevor Jensen, the Ansett manager recently identified as the new executive general manager of operations, announced yesterday he was leaving to take up a role with Qantas.
Mr Jensen was named on Ansett Mark II's air operating certificate and was coordinating the massive amounts of paperwork to be completed before Ansett Mark II got Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) permission to fly.
Tesna Holdings, the company expected to take over Ansett, is preparing for a February 1 launch.
CASA spokesman Peter Gibson today said while the administrative work was on track, there was a lot of information still to be submitted.
Officers estimated only hours of grace if anything was to go wrong.
Eight CASA staff had moved into Ansett offices at the airport to ensure the transactions went as smoothly as possible with Tesna secretaries brought in to assist them.
But thousands of pages of paperwork were still to be completed before CASA officers could approve them.
Mr Gibson said CASA anticipated no problems with Mr Jensen's replacement, former chief pilot Mark Rindfleisch, but the paperwork to confirm his role and position with regards to the AOC had not been completed.
"The transfer of key personnel happens ... the problem here is the timing," Mr Gibson said.
"They are days away from their deadline."
Mr Gibson said CASA expected Ansett Mark II would meet the February 1 deadline if Mr Rindfleisch was able to "step in, pick up the balls and keep running".
"They've taken a big hit. How quickly they can get back to speed will very much depend on the information Trevor Jensen had in his head.
"It will depend how much was it a team effort or how much was he the pivotal person in coordinating the documentation?" Mr Gibson said.
There were substantial chunks missing before CASA could give the go-ahead to the airline, he said.
The February 1 deadline was one imposed by Tesna and Ansett administrators and was not a concern to CASA, he said.