“Azhari Mohd Dahlan (Azhari), a highly experienced engineering professional with a sound knowledge of the aviation industry, joins MAS Aerospace Engineering (MAE) as chief executive officer effective Feb 1, 2012.” in The Star HERE.
Presumably Azhari must be one of “the special individuals” that has been identified by PlaneConsult to head the MAE.
Yours truly is extremely impressed by MAS top management’s announcement in the said Star report.
Lets have a good look at Azhari’s CREDENTIALS as published in AirAsia Bhd Annual Report 2008:
Azhari has been Regional Director of Engineering since 2004 overseeing the Group’s airlines engineering functions in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Prior to that, Azhari was the Manager,
Planning and Logistic for 1996 to 2004. He started his career in aviation with Malaysian Airlines as LICENSED AIRCRAFT ENGINEER 1981 – 1992, Aircraft Check Foreman from 1992 to 1994
and Production Inspector from 1994 to 1995. In 1995 to 1996, he was with Transmile Air initially as a LICENSED AIRCRAFT ENGINEER and subsequently as Quality Assurance Engineer.
Azhari is a LICENSED AIRCRAFT ENGINEER by profession, and has undergone training at Leonard Isitt Training School, Christchurch, New Zealand and MAS Training School, Subang, Selangor.”
Bloomberg Bussines Week Report of Azhari’s CREDENTIALS in HERE. Yours truly is sure that MAS staffs and those in the aviation industry must be also impressed with Azhari’s CREDENTIALS.
Did Azhari chair any of the Divisional Safety Meetings? Perhaps AMALE and/or MESA could help on this subject matter.
With his “vast experience and sound knowledge of the aviation industry” and his current appointment as the HEAD of MAE, Azhari must be a NOMINATED POST HOLDER under AIC approved by Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCA). Azhari was from a low cost carrier and MAS is a premier airlines. The two set up may be different if one were to look at the terms and conditions as set out in the AIC below.
However, yours truly is just curious and would like to ask the famous TRIO, namely Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof, AJ, Rashdan to clarify whether the said Azhari is a Nominated Post Holder approved by DCA under the AIC and EASA (the European Authorities). This is an important matter as it involves SAETY.
Below is the extract of the relevant sections of the AIC:
The CONDITIONS to be satisfied under the said AIC for Nominated Post Holder
4. Nominated Post Holders should have:
4.1 Practical experience and expertise in the application of aviation safety standards and safe operating practices;
4.2 Comprehensive knowledge of:
(a) Civil Aviation Act 1969;
(b) Civil Aviation Regulations 1996 and any associated requirements and procedures;
(c) The AOC holder’s Operations Specifications;
(d) The AOC holder’s Operations Manual or Maintenance Management Manual where applicable;
4.3 Appropriate management experience in a comparable organisation; and
4.4 Five (5) years relevant work experience of which at least two years should be from the aeronautical industry in an appropriate position.
6. Engineering Maintenance System. The nominated post holder should possess the following:
6.1 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Licence or relevant engineering degree in aviation/ aerospace studies.
6.2 Familiar with the organisation’s Maintenance Management Manual.
6.3 Knowledge of the relevant type(s) of aircraft operated by the AOC holder.
6.4 Quality experience in engineering maintenance of aircraft.
The above AIC was signed by the then DCA Director-General, Dato’ IR KOK SOO CHON 0n 21st July 2005.
AIC is issued in the exercise of the power conferred under Section 24 O of the Civil Aviation Act, 1969, which provides as follows:
AIC Publication of notices, etc.
24O. (1) Every notice, circular, directive and information issued under this Act or under any subsidiary legislation made under this Act shall be published by the Director General in such manner as in his opinion will ensure that the notice, circular, directive and information is brought to the attention of the person who has to comply with such notice, circular, directive and information.
(2) Any person who fails to comply with such notices, circulars, directives and information shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable—
(a) where such person is an individual, to a fine not exceeding fifty thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both; or
(b) where such person is a body corporate, to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand ringgit.
We all forward forward for the confirmation that Azhari is a Nominated Post Holder from the TRIO and, of course, the Mat Salleh Consultant, the “world renown” PLANECONSULT, whom MAS had to pay more than RM2.5 million (650 Euro) plus expenses for its invaluable services for the restructuring of MAS.
Yours truly also call upon the Director-General of DCA to confirm that at ALL MATERIAL TIMES the said Azhari is a Nominated Post Holder for his appointment as approved by DCA and EASA.