2017 Meeting Schedule
23rd February 2017- Sydney
19th July 2017- Sydney
23rd October 2017- Sydney Preface to 2017 Seminar
2016 Meeting Schedule
16th March 2016- Melbourne
04th August 2016- Brisbane
30th November 2016- Melbourne CASA Part 145 training/ meeting
March 2016 update
At the meeting of March 2016 the executive of the NANDTB had completed its term and there was an election of a new executive. Garrett Booth retired as Chairman and Tony Collier as Deputy Chairman. Their stewardship during their time on the executive has been greatly appreciated. The Secretary/Treasurer Frank Simmer was returned to this position, and the Deputy Chairman and Chairman elected were Ron Quirk and Colin Hockings respectively. A new face was accepted to the Board from Western Australia, Anthony Doherty, and we look forward to seeing him at the next meeting.The transition of executive will be uneventful with a continuation of existing projects and the introduction of some new work. Significantly, the Board agreed to consider the introduction of a Not-for–Profit model management system which will;
- Ø Consolidate individual procedures into a more coherent management document
Ø Bring risk management into the overall management process
Ø Reflect good business practice and align with the Corporations Act
Ø Clarify member’s roles and responsibilities
Ø Demonstrate the professionalism of the NANDTB
Ø Facilitate the Board’s audit obligations, and
Ø Rationalise the number of required Board procedures
Other work which will take the attention of member includes;
Ø Finalising the revision to Australian Standard AS3669 for the training and qualification of NDT personnel in aerospace;
Ø Progressing penetrant and magnetic particle inspection procedures suitable for use as maintenance data when none is specified;
Ø Offer CASR Part 145 and Part 42 regulatory training for Board members;
Ø Develop a standardized process for the assessment and reporting of persons wishing to renew their CASA NDT Maintenance Authority;
Ø Perform an internal audit of the operations of the Board, and
Ø Commence planning for a Board sponsored seminar to be held in the latter half of 2017.
By any measure this is an ambitious but achievable program which will contribute to the health of Australia’s aerospace industry. The Board welcomes input through its contact page on the web site www.ndtboard.com, in particular suggestions of topics you would like presented and discussed at the seminar. In the past there has been a great deal of interest generated in subjects which were a little outside the technical and regulatory side of NDT. So if you have a subject of interest which is not quite the usual NDT, let the Board know, and if possible it will be included in the program. Alternatively, if there is something you would like to present yourself, let the Board know.
The purpose of the NANDTB is to assist the aerospace industry and the Regulator. Its your Board. Please use it.
Level 3 Recognition
The NANDTB has been recognizing the qualifications of Level 3 NDT personnel since late 2009. Over time the recognition procedure has evolved as the Board gained a better understanding of its role in relation to its support of the Regulator, CASA, and adapting to the new suite of maintenance regulations in force by 2013. What follows reports the current application of the NA-019 procedure, which has been recently revised.
CASA nominate Australian Standard AS3669 Non-destructive Testing - Qualification and Approval of Personnel – Aerospace
, as the standard for training and qualification of NDT inspection personnel in the Australian aviation industry. It will also consider similar standards. AS3669 is aligned to the European and US standards, and like those it describes an employer based personnel certification system. It is the responsibility of the employer to certify (in terms of the standard) its NDT employees that meet the requirements of the standard, and to do this in accordance with its own Written Practice. Employers should note that recognition by the NANDTB is not a certification or approval of any kind.
The Australian aviation regulatory environment asks aircraft and component maintenance organisations (AMO) appointing a Responsible Level 3, to have that person recognized by the Australian NANDTB. Neither the US nor European regulators require such recognition. The revision to the NA-019 procedure clarifies that the recognition of a person’s Level 3 technical qualifications supports the Australian Regulator’s advisory material. If the AMO chooses an alternate means of regulatory compliance then the NA-019 would not apply.
For AMOs appointing a Responsible NDT Level 3 who has been recognized by the NANDTB, the AMO should still ensure that the person has sufficient and appropriate experience, has passed specific examinations in the NDT methods he/she is to be certified in, and if he/she is to inspect and accept product has completed a Level 2 practical examination within the previous 5 years.
For Level 3 recognition renewals, the personnel qualification and approval standard permits a pathway of renewal by practical and specific examination, or by an aggregated credit points system. As is the case with the initial recognition process, the renewal submission must be valid, and it is worth noting that for those who wish to use the credit points system, the Board will be seeking documentary evidence to support the credit points claimed.
Finally, another change is that the successful applicant receives a letter of recognition whereas previously a certificate was issued. This was decided because the limited information possible on the certificate could lead to a misunderstanding that it was a certification or approval by the NANDTB, which it is not.
Enquiries can be emailed to the Board through the “Contact us’ links on this site.