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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” MLO = Model Litigant Obligations ?.

The answer is no – and there are numerous AAT and Federal Court cases to support this notion.

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.

Colmar Brunton dumps #casa as a regulator that is at all popular:

Petition for change to aviation in Australia


What’s to come and what has gone??

September 2017:

22nd September 2017: Last day for submissions on drone discussion paper

12th September 2017: Useful information page on drones

7th September 2017: MrDak leaves the burning #aviation industry behind

5th September 2017: #casa releases “…Corporate Plan….”

4th September 2017: Mike MrDak addresses the Institute of Public Administration in Canberra

August 2017:

19th August 2017: #casa called out over lack of progress for past 25 years

18th August 2017: Is #casa testing the water to put more pressure on GA and private pilots??

17th August 2017: FOI application on Right to Know reveals a $165,000 cost for #casa at Avalon

1st August 2017: Onerous presentation rules hit ASIC cards

July 2017:

25th July 2017: Monthly #casa missive

16th July 2017: LNP in Queensland calls for a Judicial inquiry into the Australian regulator – #casa

7th July 2017: Failure by Minister Chester to engage with aviation industry participant

June 2017:

26th June 2017: Monthly missive says #casa has stopped representation for pilots and aircraft owners

24th June 2017: Recycled CEO Carmody hits the promotional trail

14th June 2017: RAAus bails out of issuing ASIC cards as a result of changes supported by #casa

7th June 2017: Carmody appointed as DAS

2nd June 2017: Renmark training accident – Reminders of Darwin and Brasilia??

May 2017:

27th May 2017: AOPA AGM at Bankstown

23rd May 2017: Senate Estimates and the RRAT committee

18th May 2017: Dick Smith Weathercams are live – Thanks Dick

11th May 2017: Final Court hearing for injured nurse Karen Casey – #pelair ditching

7th May 2017: 12th anniversary of Lockhart River crash

6/7th May 2017: Wings over Illawarra [HARS Airshow]

April 2017:

15th April 2017: No information held on #casa communications by DIRD [Department of Infrastructure]

11th April 2017: RAPAC meeting Townsville

March 2017:

27th March 2017: March Missive

13th March 2017: Dromader Coroners report – David Black at Ulladulla

7th March 2017: #atsb in gun by ABC 7.30 report and #aopa

3rd March 2016: #casa castle at Avalon

28th February 2017 to 5th March – Avalon

February 2017:

27th February 2017: Second anniversary of death of #pelair patient Bernie Currall

Monday, 27 February and Tuesday, 28 February 2017: Additional Estimates

 Group A*: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

23rd February 2017: #casa February missive

21st February 2017: B200 crash at Essendon

January 2017:

24th January 2017: #casa grants AOC to Joch Hoch – Arrested in Mt. Isa on 342 charges

23rd January 2017: Monthly missive – Carmody makes no progress

Police interview about the action taken by Queensland Police, not #casa

December 2016:

30th December 2016: Carmody “To the masses” The December missive

29th December 2016: #casa and the Advisory Circulars (AC’s)

23rd December 2016: Statement by Foreign Minister Bishop on insurance for #mh370 victims

15th December 2016: Submissions Close for Inquiry Drones [Part 101] 

                                   Drone submissions to senate inquiry

13th december 2016: 2016 report card for #casa = FAIL

1st December 2016: Report date for airport/ aviation security inquiry

November 2016:

23rd November 2016: #casa Carmody missive

21st and 22nd November 2016: Appeal by Insurance Company against Supreme Court award to Karen Casey (#PelAir)

18th November 2016: 7th anniversary of the #pelair ditching – No #atsb report

1st November 2016: Minister grilled (and fried!) by Fran Kelly on ABC Radio

October 2016:

28th October 2016: Minister Chester announces ANOTHER inquiry by the Department

27th October 2016: #casa release annual report and make another deficit (loss)

17th October 2016: #casa witness against John Quadrio appears in Court in Cairns

17th to 21st October 2016: Senate Estimates into #casa, #atsb, #airservices

13th October 2016:Senate Inquiry: Regulatory requirements that impact on the safe use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, Unmanned Aerial Systems and associated systems.The Senate moved that the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 27 April 2017.

5th October 2016: Meeting of AOPA-OZ with #casa

1st October 2016: Christine Negroni reports on #MH370

September 2016:

15th September 2016: Referral of Airport Security to RRAT

Early September 2016: Clint Eastwood releases “Sully”

1st September 2016: Shane Carmody from Department’s office placed in #skidmore seat

1st September 2016: Mrdak leads a badly developed #onesky programme panned by #ANAO

August 2016:

31st August 2016: #casa refuses to improve safety standards in Tasmania

27th August 2016: North Queensland Aero Club – Mareeba Opening

25th August 2016: Skidmore gone as CEO of #casa

24th August 2016: #colmarbrunton report opinions Further detail

16th August 2016: #casa fail in Colmar Brunton #aviation survey

12th August 2016: #casa takes a hit on pilot numbers in MSM

5th August 2016: Update on Mark Skidmore performance

July 2016:

29th July 2016L: Jonathon Aleck “..discrepant statements???….”

Skidmore missive: More misleading information??

2nd July 2016: Election – Will there be a new Minister??

June 2016:

30th June 2016: Jabiru – removal of onerous restrictions

Skidmore missive: More misleading information??

May 2016:

Fri 27 to Sun 29 May 2016. Rotortech 2016.

25th May 2016: AOPA meeting with Skidmore etal and aviation in a parlous state

12th May 2016: Innisfail Seminar

11th May 2016: Mareeba Seminar

10th May 2016: 11 years since Lockhart River

6th May 2016: Tamworth Meeting on Project Eureka

5th May 2016:  Senate Estimates –

Airservices Questioned

Heffernan’s Last Post

Skidmore faces questions about Tamworth

April 2016:

5th April 2016: Marc de Stoop in meeting with Minister

March 2016:

31st March 2016: Dick Smith seeks #casa answer before going to Federal Court over CAA 9A

24th March 2016: FOI launched into #casa comments over death of Richard Green

20th March 2016: Parallel universe – PelAir and Mildura

4th March 2016: Talkfest in Wagga by Mark Skidmore

1st March 2016:  Questions raised on #casa Board activity

February 2016:


January 2016:

20th January 2016: #casa tries to justify CAR 234 changes

12th January 2016: AHIA teleconference with helicopter schools

12th January 2016: Serious questions raised as to veracity of information of #atsb and #MH370

7th January 2016: Two Ministers [Truss and Briggs] fail to answer aviation questions

1st January 2015: #casa and the 10-commandments, 2015 Annual Report misses information, loss made by #casa for second year

December 2015:

18th December 2015: Jack Pantovic and the AAT

18th December 2015: Project Eureka and AOPA Australia

14th December 2015: Monthly Missive

9th December 2015: Pilot’s Bill of Rights passes Senate

7th December 2015:  Launceston TAS action against RAus pilot by #casa

1st December 2015:  Alice Springs

November 2015:

26th November: Mark Skidmore missive and comments

20th November: PJOps death at Goulburn [Previous activity]

18th November 2008: 7th Anniversary – PelAir Accident Norfolk Island discussion

15th november 2015: Part 61 #casa statement

15th November 2015: Avsafety Seminar – Atherton

11th November 2015: Avsafety Seminar – Cairns

11th November 2015: AOPA’s Marc de Stoop speaks

9th November 2015:  Mawson Lakes Adelaide

9th November 2015: AHIA calls it quits on #casa actions

9th November 2015: Reminder issued to Minister Truss

7th November 2015: Richard Green killed and had been in a tete-a-tete with #casa [Vindication of Richard Green ]

5th November 2015:  Perth

5th November 2015: Regulatory requirements and the 10-commandments

4th November 2015:  Jandakot

Discussion on #casa Economic Control

October 2015:

31st October 2015: Dick Smith letter to #casa on unjustified costs

29th October 2015: #casa annual report released

29th October 2015 #asrr “review”:   Cairns and the actual meeting outcomes

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 estimatesDick Smith submission

15th October 2015 #asrr “review”:  Hobart

12th October 2015: #casa releases FAA AD for PA28

11th October 2015: 10th anniversary of Col Pay flight of the Wright replica at Narromine

7th/ 8th October 2015 #asrr “review” :  Albury & Moorabin

4th October 2015: AVMED and other areas of disclosure [FOI]

1st October 2015: Replacement ICC announced to replace Elizabeth Hampton

1st October 2015: Tracey leaves Farnborough

September 2015:

31st September 2015: National Audit Office matters

23rd September 2015: Understanding Part 61 and Transitioning your flying school to Parts 141 and 142

22nd September 2015 #asrr “review”: Darwin

21st September 2015: September missive [10-point plan by Skidmore] [10-commandments]

20th September 2015: Morning Glory Cloud Burketown

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.

August 2015:

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.

July 2015:

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

7th July 2015: NDB beacons removed on arbitrary basis by Air Services – Safety case??

5th July 2015: Terry Farquarson “retires”

1st July 2015: New CASA Board commences under Jeff Boyd

June 2015:

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.

Preliminary report released

20th June 2015: Skidmore addresses AOPA at Bankstown

14th June 2015: Request for tender by ATSB to raise/ recover VH-NGA [PelAir flight]

8th June 2015: Dick Smith awarded Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia

6th June 2015: Airservices [ASA] union – claims the moral high ground

5th June 2015: Dick Smith achieves a “win” against CASA on airspace issues

May 2015:

Wednesday 27th and Thursday, 28 May 2015 – Senate Estimates QON returned from February Senate Estimates

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

12th May 2015: Federal Budget leaves aviation exposed to $25m per annum excise

7th May 2015: Lockhart River Tragedy now is 10-years-on from Wednesday 7th May 2005 at 11:44am

7th May 2015: Memorial service for Sally Urquhart at 1030 Police Academy Brisbane

6th May 2015: CASR PART 61 AHIA/CASA MEETING – SYDNEY 6 MAY 2015 + Comments

5th May 2015:  Shane Urquhart speaks out on 10th anniversay of Lockhart River

1st May 2015: Rumour that Terry Farquarson will move on – 30th June 2015

April 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!!

March 2015:

March 23rd 2015: Closing date for submissions for Wind Turbine inquiry

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]

February 2015:

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

17th February: ICAO Head proposedMcCormick nominated Truss makes statement

15th February: PelAir / REX outed over $385,000 in donations to political parties

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

January 2015:

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

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