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CASA AVMED letters to DAME’s – legal cases

The following is a CASA publication list that has some interesting data, with the matters raised recently in the Australian Senate:

DAME Newsletter archive


Archive of DAME newsletters




December November October September August July March


Year Edition Topics 2012 Autumn Diabetes: Screening or Certification Diagnosis/symptoms Spring The FAST screen for […]

CASA Board and it’s duties under CAC Act??

The CASA Board has a series of responsibilities to the aviation community that fall under the COMMONWEALTH AUTHORITIES AND COMPANIES ACT 1997 [CAAC Act, CAC Act], which has become the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2014 [It moves from 90 to 474 pages]

The repeal of the “CAAC Act” covers […]

Quadrio witness used by CASA turns up in Court in Cairns

The John Quadrio case has been hot for a substantial period.

The prime witness against Quadrio was a “Coglan”.

The following relates to the witness used by CASA.

Readers of the Cairns Post on 22nd of February 2014 would have read the following story:

Videos from Senate Estimates Committees

The following are referred to here for you to listen and see what happens in these questioning sessions by the Australian senators:

1. November 18th 2013

2. Bill Heffernan – To the Point

3. Senator Nash and the CASA PotPlant [pete];

4. Pel Air Inquiry and Fatigue Management

Senate Estimates – 24th February 2014

Part […]

ATSB – Senate inquiry 24th February 2014

Questions to Martin Dolan and ATSB:

The Senators have Senator david fawcett up first.

Senator Fawcett:

TSB Canada [based on PelAir, Canley Vale and heli winching accident] investigation asks Dolan on progress, with final report in May 2014.

Review will occur on standard process says Dolan..

TSB Canada – open to give a briefing to […]

AvMed – CASA folds on Class 2 allowing DAME’s to issue

So McCormick [24th February 2014] in Senate estimtes says they will now allow DAME’s to issue Class 2 certificates [PPL holders].

What a back down.

The questions by Senator Fawcett continues to search for the person responsible for the CVD issues. CASA refuses to answer again.

The Senator has gone to that there are no […]

Senate estimates – McCormick statement 24th February 2014

McCormick has just given a range of reasons why CASA is the “perfect regulator”.

The aviation industry gets a monthly missive from McCormick, which is just as un-palatable self effacing material as what McCormick had to say today.

The ASRR submissions do not go to the absolute problems that CASA have caused to the industry […]

How CASA does a review on Part 67 – AVMED issues

The following is following a 2002 application by CASA to be exempted from Anti-discrimination laws in 2002.

The supporting documents and application by CASA has disappeared from the site.

The following shows the histroy of the site, demonstrating that it has taken 9 years to complete the process [I am not supporting the initial application […]

2012 Senate Inquiry – Reply by Albanese/ Government

Big question as to when this will occur.

The following from Ben Sandilands says it all.

The industry must have a full reply, with real change supported by the many submissions to the ASRR.

CASA “Safety Seminars”

The following has been released for seminars in 2014.

The last para says it all –

The presentations are based on the content of the CASA website.


Demonstrate and reinforce your professionalism and safety culture by attending a CASA AvSafety seminar in 2014.

I don’t think that the seminars will “assist”, as the last […]

ASRR, CASA and the McCormick resignation

The following appears in todays Australian [21st February 2014], as the last few para’s of the Creedy article on the ALEA submission. It has jus a single para on the resignation of McCormick.

Was the reason for the press release by CASA on 14th February 2014 at 16:48 to achieve just this result – to […]

ASRR Update by Steve Creedy

The Australian has the following article today [21st February 2014]:

ASRR- ALEA submission

The submission by ALEA [Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association] has just been released and like the other submissions to the ASRR, has interesting reading.

The bottom line is that the ALEA is not at all happy with how CASA are doing things.

Reading through the submission takes us to much the same place as all […]

Australian Aviation reports on resignation of McCormick from CASA

The full story can be found at:


Has CASA been here before?? Senate 2008 and the ASRR

The following article by Ben Sandilands has relevance today, in the bright light of the ASRR [Aviation Safety Regulatory Review] of 2014.

His article briefs the Lockhart River background, with answers still not given to the community.

Monday, 30 June 2008 CASA in flames Ben Sandilands writes: POLITICS

If CASA thought that belatedly grounding Torres […]

CASA Dangerous goods list – Up to date????

The following list was downloaded today [16th February 2014] and has a range of “get-outs], and the list is below.

Look at the entry for aero-tropics [Lip-air Pty Ltd] – I understand it went into liquidation sometime in 2008 – CASA cannot update their records to the point where the public can have any confidence […]

ASRR and the CASA Board

The changes announced on Friday 14th by Peter Gibson, the CASA “publicist”, with John McCormick announcing [with the blessing of the Board”] his departure from CASA, opens up some very important issues for the Board and the ASRR review.

The last paragragh of the release is:

The Board has regarded it as a privilege to […]

ASRR, Senator Xenophon, new CASA Part 175

Part 175:

The new part 175 is another example of the regulator trying to micro-manage the industry.

The following shows the degree to which micro-management occurs. This is one of the issues that should lead to a dis-allowance of this Part.

Division 175.C.6—Data service providers—organisational requirements

175.365 Data service providers—exposition 175.370 Data service providers—organisational structure […]

ASRR – Importance after Board announcement of McCormick resignation

The review of CASA now has even more importance with John McCormick bailing out as CEO.

The ASRR now should be re-aligned to deal what is an entirely new scenario.

This scenario includes the following:

1. Who is in control – McCormick or the Board??;

2. Does the Board have the authority to retain McCormick??;


Slam Dunk for CASA Board by Sandilands

Ben tells it how it is – He as well as other aviation people have been demanding answers – The answer by CASA [and the Board] is:

No answer

Now read on

Friday, February 14, 2014 CASA director of aviation safety to stand down Ben Sandilands | Feb 14, 2014 5:45PM | EMAIL | PRINT […]

CASA Board details for contact

Here are the CASA board details: Board role

The CASA Board is appointed by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

The Board is responsible for deciding the objectives, strategies and policies to be followed by CASA and for ensuring that CASA performs its functions in a proper, efficient and effective manner.

Board members Allan […]

CASA CEO does not seek new term – Industry – No Confidence – What about PelAir ???

The following was released today.

The question here is the “spin” in this release. Not good enough to basically thumb his nose at the industry – Mr. McCormick.

John – Remember:

PelAir – the injuries, the hidden reports, the Senate reccomendations; The R44 debacle – the dead people by not bringing the AD forward; […]

CASA “Safety Forums”

These do not meet therequirements of a forum and are just boring repeats of old information:

14th Feb 2014, 16:08 #35 (permalink) advo-cate Join Date: Feb 2012 Location: West of SY OZ Posts: 21 Albury Safety Seminar Had a friend go to the Albury “seminar’ last night.

He said:

The presenters [We are the only […]

ATSB and AAAA post to ASRR – Relevance to Lockhart River/ PelAir???

The following from the AAAA submission to the ASRR [Aviation Safety Regulatory Review] panel and Mr. David Forsyth:


(The) AAAA still has some concerns with the lack of competence/expertise/experience of some investigators, especially when confronted with an aerial application accident. In particular, AAAA expressed strong concerns to ATSB management with previous attempts during investigations […]

AAAA demonstrates Part 61 issues of CASA don’t work

The following quote from the AAAA submission to the ASRR bears some particular relevance to the current inquiry and appears to fully support the notion that CASA has “lost it’s way” and that a major change needs to be instituted now.

From the AAAA submission [page 16]:

In fact, it was clearly CASA that had […]

Does CASA breach independence of organisations??

The following tweet, needs to be carefully thought about in CASA seeking to “sponsor” organisations.

Question is, does this mean CASA has compromised what the organisations can say??, or really want to say. The old “..don’t bite the hand that feeds you..” springs to mind.


CASA ‏@CASABriefing Feb 10

Final week […]

ASRR – Aerial Agriculture Submission calls for removal CASA

The following is in part from the Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia (AAAA) submission to the ASRR:

However, one agency must be singled out for urgent attention and significant reform. CASA is now a low-trust organisation, with all of the implications for efficiency, performance and relationships that brings. Industry is trusting the aviation regulatory review […]

ASRR submissions closed – CASA and ATSB submissions – Public availabiliy??

The ASRR [Aviation Safety Regulatory Review] submissions closed on 31st January 2014. The press releases indicate that there have been a substantial number of submissions recieved.

There are a number of primary submissions, where there have been secondary submissions made to the ASRR.

The panel has interviewed a number of people with substantial material which […]

ATSB [Australia] and Canadian TSB – No public input

The folowing was in a released answer from ATSB to a question on 18th November 2013, by Senator Xenophon.

There is to be no public input, but a closed shop review.

Should Lockhart River, be included as well as this demonstrates a continual issue in assessment of accidents where reports “appear” to have been shortened […]

Senate QON’s – Questions on Notice

The following were released in the past few days [6th February 2014], just before parliament resumes in February. It will be interesting to see how the Senators deal with the answers.

Rural & Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Supplementary Budget Estimates November 2013 Infrastructure and Regional Development

QON – […]