Adelaide Airport wins national risk management award

Enterprise Risk and Environment Manager, Patty Therrios

Adelaide Airport’s Enterprise Risk and Environment Manager, Patty Therrios, has been named national ‘Risk Professional of the Year’ by the GRC Institute at its recent 21st annual awards in Melbourne.

The GRCI Annual Awards were created to recognise outstanding contributions by individuals and corporations to the development, understanding, or implementation of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) systems in Australia.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said Patty and her risk & compliance team have performed at the highest level for a sustained period and were exceptional recipients of the award.

“Risk management is understandably an essential component of the aviation sector.  Patty and her team have significantly built upon the way Adelaide Airport views risk and compliance with tangible change, innovation and best in class risk management,” Mr Young said.

“While this area has always been a high priority for us, Patty and the entire airport team have recently taken Adelaide Airport’s risk management systems to a new level. More broadly, the highly engaged culture in relation to hazard and incident management has translated directly to a safer workplace. The strength of the culture is observable at all levels of the business starting with the governance framework set by shareholders and the Board.

“At a national level, Patty was involved in founding the Australian Airports Association Risk and Compliance Networking Group, which she currently chairs, so risk management initiatives and best practice from airports around Australia are now being shared.”

Managing Director of GRCI, Naomi Burley, said: “The GRCI Awards judging panel members were impressed by the rigour of the approach to the work undertaken, the rapidity of implementation and the flow on affects it potentially will have on the industry as a whole by setting best practice standards.

“To meet the criteria of our awards is difficult, to be the best in the strong field we were presented with this year, is outstanding.”



Airport Safety Week kicks off at Adelaide Airport

Monday 16 October, 2017

Airport Safety Week has kicked off at Adelaide Airport, with events including a fire training exercise, health & safety presentations and the annual ‘FOD’ (Foreign Object Debris) Walk for airport staff.

Airport Safety Week is a collaboration between the Australian Airports Association and the NZ Airports Association. It aims to encourage all staff and contractors working on an aerodrome to provide a safe environment for all airport users.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said safety topics featured during the campaign aim to enhance the overall safety culture at the airport by creating a forum for information sharing and innovative thinking in the area of airport safety hazards. Participants are encouraged to consider their own personal safety as well as their obligations to provide a safe environment for all airport users.

“We are demonstrating to the community and the travelling public our commitment and determination to maintaining a safe environment for everyone,” Mr Young said.
“While we have an enviable safety record, we have to remain vigilant to all aspects of safety in and around the aerodrome, and look out for each other while working in what it is a potentially hazardous environment.

“Adelaide Airport is South Australia’s largest single site employment precinct, so it is very important everyone understands their obligations to maintain a safe, secure airport.
“The public and the media also play a role in airport safety. It’s not uncommon for us to receive calls because someone has seen something they believe is out of the ordinary at the airport. We also often get calls from the public because they’ve spotted smoke from a training exercise adjacent the runway.”

SA Minister for Emergency Services, Chris Picton, said State-based emergency services across fire, police and ambulance also played a critical role in airport safety.
“The MFS, SA Police and SA Ambulance Service work collaboratively and effectively with the on-airport emergency teams, and that includes taking part in regular exercises to prepare for any potential incidents,” Mr Picton said.

One of the more popular events in Airport Safety Week is the ‘FOD’ (Foreign Object Debris) walk where airport staff walk along the airport’s runways and taxiways picking up rubbish or other stray objects that may have the potential to be ingested in an aircraft engine and cause damage.

The FOD walk reminds staff that they should be diligent and pick up foreign objects or litter at all times when carrying out their work.

30th Anniversary of the Sir Hubert Wilkins Aerodrome at Jamestown

Most aviation enthusiasts will know, Jamestown is the home of the Jamestown Air Spectacular. Every couple of years we all make trek to see an amazing, no, awesome air display. With aircraft from all over the country of all types from RA to RAAF. This year is the 30th Anniversary of the aerodrome and the Jamestown Flying Group held a fly-in to celebrate.

Photo: A few of the visitors that flew in for the weekend.

On Saturday night the official dinner was held and several members related some great stories and information about the events and running of the aerodrome over the years. From grass strip to bitumised runway and tin shed club rooms to a purpose built facility that would be the envy of any Aero Club.

Photo: Jamestown, SA. 8th October 2017. 30th Anniversary Dinner.

The dinner was attended by about 60 locals and visitors who flew in and of course, our fiveDME crew.

Photo: The Jamestown Flying Group Club Rooms.

On the Sunday 8th October 2017, the fly-in was the event of the day. A breakfast was cooked in the early hours (too early for me) and a barbecue lunch topped of with  about 10 planes and crews making a stop to enjoy the festivities.

Photo: Nanchang from the South East took a few people for a fly.

This crew from Jamestown do a great job of organising the Air Spectacular. If you would like to help out by being a sponsor and promoting your business, give them a call. Find out more here: