Work safely around aircraft

This unit applies to any personnel involved in working on the ground around aircraft.


The application of this unit in the workplace - the environments, complexities and situations involved - will be written during Phase II of the Review of the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package.

This text will be useful for the purposes of job descriptions, recruitment advice or job analysis; where possible, it will not be too job specific to allow other industries to import it into other Training Packages, where feasible.


Prerequisite Unit/s


Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Work safely in the vicinity of aircraft

1.1 Suitable, visible clothing and protective equipment are used

1.2 Appropriate precautions and clearances are followed when operating on or near aircraft movement areas

1.3 Any approach to an operating aircraft is made according to the organisation's procedures, from an angle visible to the pilot or flight crew and with approval of the pilot or flight crew

1.4 Adequate clearance is maintained from propellers, rotors and/or turbine engines, exhaust gases and engine intakes

1.5 Activities anticipate the typical manoeuvring patterns of aircraft

1.6 Any instructions or signals from pilots or staff controlling aircraft are complied with

1.7 Site hazards are identified

2. Facilitate safe ground support

2.1 Appropriate precautions are observed when positioning vehicles or equipment close to aircraft

2.2 Aircraft design features are respected while boarding, loading or handling aircraft

2.3 Instructions from pilots, the organisation's staff coordinating aircraft operations, organisation's procedures and placards are followed during ground support operations

2.4 Aircraft loading is supervised by the pilot or flight crew member and complies with the appropriate weight, balance and loading system

2.5 Areas are designated and separated according to site features and the specific operations being conducted

2.6 Fitting of equipment to an aircraft is conducted under the pilot's supervision and with the appropriate regulatory approvals

2.7 Aircraft fuels, oils, and supplies are stored and handled according to regulatory requirements and the organisation's procedures

2.8 Any suspected defects or hazards to aircraft or equipment are reported to the pilot or other appropriate supervisor

2.9 Appropriate aerodrome regulations are complied with

Required Skills

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required Skills

Use of specialist aviation support equipment

Required Knowledge

aircraft familiarisation

aerodrome familiarisation

aerodrome working and lighting

aircraft movement characteristics

overview of aircraft performance, operation, loading and refuelling precautions

Evidence Required

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

It is essential for this unit that competence be demonstrated in:

compliance with regulatory requirements and the organisation's procedures; identification of hazards, and precautions effected on a consistent, conscious and continuing basis; detailed knowledge of procedures for unusual events

Actions are driven by an overriding concern for safety and quality rather than minimal observance of requirements

Consistency in performance

Evidence should be gathered over a period of time in a range of actual or simulated workplace environments

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Context of assessment

On the job or in a simulated work environment

Specific resources for assessment

Access to actual or simulated aircraft and aerodrome facilities

Guidance information for assessment

Information that will assist or guide assessment will be written during Phase II of the Review of the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package.

Range Statement

The Range Statement relates to the Unit of Competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Aircraft may include



unmanned aerial vehicles

other airborne vehicles

Suitable visible clothing and protective equipment may include

high visibility overalls/vests

use of lighting or beacons

hand, eye, ear and foot protection

Appropriate precautions while manoeuvring may include

fixed wing and helicopter marshalling

observing aerodrome limits

ground markings/lighting

avoidance of obstructions/hazards and navigation aids

clearances (radio)

advisory instructions

light signals

Safety equipment may include

first aid

fire extinguisher

ear muffs

eye goggles

protective overalls

protective boots

respiratory protection

signalling devices

head protection

Site hazards may include


live stock

native fauna



weather conditions

level of visibility




Anticipation of manoeuvring patterns may include

circuit procedures

take-off, approach and landing characteristics

ground manoeuvring capabilities

special procedures (eg. at night or in poor weather conditions)

Protection against hazards may include

hand, eye, ears and foot protection

Operational procedures for approaching aircraft may include

maintaining visibility with pilot or flight crew

compliance with pilot or flight crew instructions

compliance with operational placards

Aircraft controllers may include


flight crew

ground support supervisor

aircraft coordinating personnel


Not applicable.

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.