In the aviation industry, particularly Australia, the regulator has unlimited power to be Judge, Jury and executioner.
This leads to serious doubts by the user of the system in how he or she will be dealt with if there is an infraction.
It leaves those accused of an infraction with the AAT or Federal Court.
The AAT has quite different rules as to evidence, which allow a much lower level of proof for “statements” made by the regulator compared to Federal or State Supreme Court – “Rules of Evidence”.
Does CASA behave as a “model litigant“?.
Further, with the matters raised as a result of the “PelAir” report by the Australian Senate, the ATSB also has serious questions to answer as to how it treats the regulator [CASA] when the regulator fails in it’s statutory obligations, through the SR/SA [Safety Recommendation/Action] system and the “softening” of requirements.
The effect of the ICAO/ FAA audit in 2008 was directed at areas that CASA failed to meet ICAO requirements. There were over 2000 non-compliance’s. These have still not been rectified and any attempt by the aviation industry to query and fix the situation have been firmly rejected by CASA. Compare with India’s audit.
In this web site, we are working to bring together information that can help others to understand why the regulator is taking a particular stand and publish difficult to find material from a range of publicly available sources, including FOI applications, Senate Inquiries, reviews [such as the ASRR] and a range of publicly available web and other sources.
The replacement of all the CASA regs with the US-FAR’s would be a distinct improvement and a complete re-write of the CAAct and associated Acts would assist in getting the aviation industry rolling again.
What’s to come??
1st December 2015: Alice Springs
18th November 2008: 7th Anniversary – PelAir Accident – Norfolk Island
15th November 2015: Avsafety Seminar – Atherton
11th November 2015: Avsafety Seminar – Cairns
5th November 2015: Perth
4th November 2015: Jandakot
29th October 2015 #asrr “review”: Cairns
Thu 26 to Sun 29 May 2016: Rotortech 2016.
28th October 2015: #casa + Mark Skidmore missive
28th October 2015 #asrr “review”: Archerfield
19th October 2015: Senate estimates
15th October 2015 #asrr “review”: Hobart
11th October 2015: 10th anniversary of Col Pay flight of the Wright replica at Narromine
7th/ 8th October 2015 #asrr “review” : Albury & Moorabin
1st October 2015: Tracey leaves Farnborough
23rd September 2015: Understanding Part 61 and Transitioning your flying school to Parts 141 and 142
22nd September 2015 #asrr “review”: Darwin
Sep 17, 2015: #asrr “review” – Bankstown/ Brighton le Sands,
17 September 2015: Aviation Criminal Recklessness ALAANZ
9th September 2015: Bankstown airport for sale
8th September 2015: Senate and Angus Houston
4th September 2015: Aviation seminar – Cairns
4 to 6 September 2015: AUSFLY at Narromine, NSW.
25th August 2015: September missive
25th August 2015: Release of #casa corporate plan
22 August 2015: 2015 Aviation Careers Expo – at Brisbane Airport.
21st August 2015: Sandy Reith has an open letter to aviation
20th August 2015: Paul Phelan publishes questions on #casa
19th August 20015: Dick Smith supports GA against #asa and #casa
18 August 2015: 05:00PM – Senate Commitee – Duration: 2 hours
18th August 2015: Aviation and Defence Forum.
23rd July 2015: TAAAF meeting
23rd July 2015: AHIA meets with CASA Board and DAS of CASA.
20th July 2015: Risky Goulburn Airport
July 2015: June missive
5th July 2015: Terry Farquarson “retires”
1st July 2015: New CASA Board commences under Jeff Boyd
28th June 2015: Ben Sandilands brings the heat onto Air Services
27th June 2015: Arthur Pape meets with Skidmore in NZ
24th June 2015: PelAir investigation moves to Brisbane
24 June 2015: Senate report on the application of regulatory governance and economic impact of wind turbines.
20th June 2015: Skidmore addresses AOPA at Bankstown
14th June 2015: Request for tender by ATSB to raise/ recover VH-NGA [PelAir flight]
6th June 2015: Airservices [ASA] union – claims the moral high ground
5th June 2015: Dick Smith achieves a “win” against CASA on airspace issues
At the estimates were: CASA, Airservices [ASA], ATSB, AMSA
26th May 2015: Meeting of Skidmore and AFAP
25th May 2015: May Missive
19th May 2015: CASA Flight Crew Licensing Sub-Committee meetings – AHIA representation
19th May 2015: Senate Wind Turbine inquiry
6th May 2015: CASR PART 61 AHIA/CASA MEETING – SYDNEY 6 MAY 2015 + Comments
1st May 2015: Rumour that Terry Farquarson will move on – 30th June 2015
25th April: Anzac Day
24th April 2015: April Missive
15th April 2015: Publication of negative Ombudsman’s Report on CASA
2nd April 2015: March missive
1st April 2015: April Fool’s Day!!
27th March 2015: Fee changes by CASA to seriously impact aviation
23rd March 2015: ABC Four Corners – Karen Casey and #PelAir
18th March 2015: Skidmore addresses Police conference on remote vehicles
16th March 2015: Part 145 Disallowance Motion – Senator Xenophon
12th March 2015: McCormick ‘misses’ becoming head of ICAO
11th March 2015: Funeral of Bernie Currall [private in Melbourne]
27th February 2015: Death of Bernie Currall [patient on the PelAir flight and ditching]
25th February 2015: ATSB attempts interview with PelAir flight nurse
24th February 2015: Senate Estimates – Canberra ATSB, CASA, AMSAR, ASA
20th February 2015: CASA loses CVD case
19th February 2015: ATSB starts PelAir investigation afresh
19th February 2015: Bankstown problems exposed
18th February: Call for the PelAir CVR to be recovered and PelAir re-investigation begun
9th February: Parliament commences in 2015
6th February: PelAir and Karen Casey/ David Helm – ‘Reserved decision’
2nd February: PelAir action commences in NSW Supreme Court
23rd January: Truss announcement on McCormick
22nd January: Monthly missive by CASA
19th January: CASA web page gives us a new CASA CEO biography
12th January: Mark Skidmore Into office on 12th January 2015
7th January: Bankstown Master Plan Approval by Truss
1st January: Mark Skidmore commences his tenure