The findings of a 2011 census were that over 200,000 Australians are in occupations that require Long Distance Commutes (LDC). Of these, miners represent 25% or over 64,000 workers who commute long distance daily to their places of work. The mining industry is, therefore, one of the key industries that require and use Fly in Fly out (FIFO) services to and from the major cities in Australia (Lynd, 2013).
FIFO operations are usually necessary for mining activities where the locations of the mines are in far-off places while the skilled staff that are required to do the work reside in other major towns around the area. The services are required to ensure that staff arrive on time in the mines for their work shifts and that they are taken home in time at the end of their work schedules. FIFO services have been the fastest growing section of the Australian aviation industry.
This report is a proposal for the delivery of such services to a client, one of the mines in Western Australia, which requires the services from your organisation. The proposal lays out in detail the specific requirements for the firm, identifies the appropriate Australian Civil Aviation requirements that need to be met by the service as well as the personnel, maintenance and scheduling specifications. The report also looks at some of the industrial and related problems that have been experienced, and identifies a few ways of mitigating this, ensuring that the operations are smooth and cause neither work disruptions nor staff discomfort.
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[...] This would be the daily routine for the foreseeable future. Crew Roster & Regulations The normal flight requirements are that the early crews are ready two hours before the flight (400 hrs) for a pre-flight briefing. The flight, about 600 km or about 370 miles, takes about 45 minutes. Once they arrive in Karlgoolie, by 0700, they depart again at 0900 for the return leg returning back in Perth by 1000 and a one hour post-flight debrief so they check out at 1100 hours. [...]
[...] FIFO is not a new concept in Australia and has had an over 25 year history. As mining companies have to work in more and more remote parts of the country and as the industry reorganisation has resulted in tightening of budgets, favouring the development of lean worker populations, it has become necessary for these FIFO services to be put in place. The staff that works in the mines typically has a fixed number of days on site as well as а regularly fixed number of days at their home with their families (Morris, 2012). [...]
[...] (2013). In First ever studies reveals the true facts behind FIFO. Retrieved May from http://www.mineralscouncil.com.au/file_upload/files/media_releases/FIFO _DIDO_MR_18_March_2013.pdf. Pros and cons to fly-in, fly-out living. (2013). The Transcontinental Port Augusta. Retrieved May from http://www.transcontinental.com.au/story/1314181/pros-and-cons-to-fly- in-fly-out-living/. [...]
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