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Vale MacArthur Job – Job well done

It was Macarthur Job who was introduced to me as an aspiring pilot, in the paper copy of the “Crash Comics”.

Thankyou for your well written articles.

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George Macarthur Job, a safety pioneer who wrote the book

‘Mac’ Job was an author, aviation expert and pilot. Picture: Robert McKechnie

‘Mac’ Job was an author, aviation expert and pilot. Picture: Robert McKechnie Source: News Corp Australia

OBITUARY: George MacArthur Job. April 10, 1926 to August 6, 2014.

THE man who got there long ­before Air Crash Investigations, MacArthur Job, has written his last report on air safety.

The highly respected author, pilot and air-safety expert died in Melbourne this week aged 88 after a battle with illness.

Known as “Mac’’, Job penned nine books and won multiple awards for his work, which was widely credited with saving lives.

Taree-born George Macarthur Job was initially rejected as a pilot by the RAAF because of a slight colour-vision deficiency, but after training as a radio technician he later convinced authorities his colour vision was safe.

According to his Airways ­Museum biography, he trained for a commercial pilot’s licence with the Royal Aero Club of NSW on Tiger Moths. He began his flying career in 1954 in Ceduna, South Australia, in de Havilland DH84 Dragon and Percival Proctor III aircraft on flying doctor operations with the Anglican Bush Church Aid Society.

He worked on charter operations in NSW and tuna spotting in South Australia before joining the Department of Civil Aviation air-safety investigation branch in Melbourne in 1964.

It was as the first full-time ­editor of Aviation Safety Digest that Mac set in motion what would be his defining contribution to the industry.

“Throughout his time as ­editor, Mac sought to establish a rapport with his readership by talking to them as fellow pilots in their own language — letting the accidents the Digest reviewed tell their own story, rather than merely lecturing,’’ the museum biography says.

“That he succeeded was admirably borne out — not only by the fact that the ­Digest was avidly read by 30,000 ­pilots, aircraft owners and operators, but also by the fact that under his editorship the Digest received the prestigious US Flight Safety Foundation’s Publication of the Year award in 1972.’’

In 1980, he was made editor of Aircraft and a year later, and after five years as director of a professional non-profit organisation operating aircraft in Papua New Guinea, he began writing as an air-safety specialist, in 1989.

He would publish books on air-safety investigations and was a contributor to Australian Aviation, Aero Australia and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s Flight Safety Australia, as well as to magazines and newspapers.

Honours included the Aviation Safety Foundation’s award for aviation safety excellence, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Adams trophy and a 2003 medal of the Order of Australia for services to the promotion and advancement of aviation safety.

Job was married with five children.