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A busy airline that carries workers and cargo to remote mine sites, Network Aviation is one of Australia’s most trusted charter-operators. Travelling across WA supporting FIFO mining operations, they also provide regular airline services under the QantasLink banner.


A Qantas subsidiary, safety is clearly a core focus for the entire business, so the maintenance crew seek the very best equipment when working on the aircraft.


With nearly 20 highly-sophisticated aircraft to maintain, the maintenance crews need easy access to the undercarriage, the underbelly and cargo areas as required.


When looking for a suite of safety Access Platforms - with custom features to

fully optimise productivity - Network Aviation contacted the OEM Group.

Shaun Patience, from the OEM Group, said, “to reach areas under the stationary jets, the workers must do it safely, quickly and efficiently”.


“After talking with Network Aviation and listening closely to their needs, we custom-designed, engineered and fabricated 7 tailor-made Access Platforms, each one with a series of features suited to their specific requirements”.

OEM Group is your partner in productivity.

Shaun explained that “a key feature of all the boarding platforms is a custom-designed jacking trolley. A very simple but clever addition, the jacking trolley is perfectly designed to be hitched directly onto the airport loaders”.


“So now, the maintenance crews can quickly move the platforms between terminals and maintenance areas, servicing their fleet of high-tech aircraft with greater safety and efficiency” he said.


Safety being paramount, Qantaslink requested all safety options be installed on each access platform. This includes non-skid safety steps, soft and flexible rubber lining (where the platform meets the aircraft) and wheel-locks to keep the platforms immovable when in use.


The specialised options for Network Aviation also included adjustable jacking stands for stability, high-speed wheels for rapid transport and an inbuilt tool-tray for extra convenience.


“Even more, demonstrating our tailored approach to fabrication and our unique partner in productivity ethos, we contoured the framework for each of the platforms, ensuring the closest possible fit on the aircraft. And for added strength, boxed aluminium was applied to the build.”


“The OEM Group is one of the few local fabricators with the capacity and capability to weld aluminium.  As your partner in productivity, we listen to you and apply all our skills and experience to keep you safely operating at peak performance” continued Shaun proudly.

With custom builds like these safety access platforms, the OEM Group has been optimising the productivity of its customers for over 30 years.


From transport to mining, from agriculture to marine or manufacturing, if you require tailor-made fabrication, the OEM Group is ready help.


You can contact a partner in productivity at the OEM Group now on (08) 9270 0200, or email

Closeup of hitch for Qantas Safety Access Platform