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Terry calls the tune at CASA after the McComick departure.

The current monthly missive from CASA, which is fast on the heels of the departing McCormick, is by his “partner in crime”, Terry Farquarson.

Yes, Terry, the world has not fallen in, but the trust of the industry falls further.

You have the new ‘screamer” in the Angel Flight matter.

And in the Courier Mail, […]

Truss can’t direct CASA

I have seen reasons to be angry and this is it. Minister Truss says he can’t direct CASA.

This is a huge nonsense. Mr. Truss you have been told by the Senate, the Forsyth review and numerous other representations, by the industry as how CASA must be taken in hand and properly cleaned up.

Mr. […]

AHIA queries CASA’s lack of cost benefit analysis for CASR Part 61 after receipt of US data.

 

Australian Helicopter Industry Association Limited

PO Box 462 Carina Qld 4152 Australia

Mob: 0415 641 774 Email: secretary@austhia.com

TO: AHIA Members and media outlets.

AHIA queries CASA’s lack of cost benefit analysis for CASR Part 61 after receipt of US data.

A recent NTSB report shows a US civilian accident rate […]

Jennifer Marohasy and her views on BOM changes to temperature records

Jennifer Marohasy and her views on BOM changes to temperature records are documented and showing that these are unjustified.

Her post in full is below, plus a direct link to her web site.

This certainly, in the days of “global warming” shows the degree to which the official keeper of climate records made well […]

CSIRO discover summer weed control is and essential part of winter crop yields

CSIRO discover summer weed control is and essential part of winter crop yields, which has been a part of Soilmaster’s programme for over 15 years.

Media release: 2014 Department of Agriculture Landcare Eureka Prize for Sustainable Agriculture

Winner: Dr John Kirkegaard and Dr James Hunt, CSIRO and Stuart Kearns, Grains Research and Development Corporation

[…]

Aging Aircraft and Aging People

The following turned up in todays Australian – on-line and is worth a read!!

APPLY CAREFULLY in Aviation

 

A blokes’ guide to growing old gracefully MATTHEW PARRIS The Times September 12, 2014 12:00AM

As Richard Gere demonstrates, a good haircut can help. Source: Getty Images

LIZARD or toad? For a man past […]

History and Aviation

Found this on an e-mail and can’t give the credits for it, but here goes!!

A little bit of history.

The day the US Navy learned it could FLY from ships

In Las Vegas, I took a chopper from Boulder to the Grand Canyon. On the way , past […]

Aviation effects of Wind Turbines

The following post on pprune, gives a list of issues that should be dealt with the regulator – CASA

Aviation effects of Wind Turbines, as below:

Up-into-the-air Join Date: May 2010 Location: More than 300km from SY, Australia Posts: 687 RFS Operations If these are removed from Crookwell, having also serious flight time in the […]

Wind Turbines – Will these replace traditional sources?

An insightful report today on ABC- 2RN occurred this morning [11th September 2014], where a US expert posed the question:

Wind Turbines – Will these replace traditional sources?

In fact recently, with a couple of days of low wind conditions, the wind-turbines produced little power.

The impact on aviation remains and is being demonstrated in […]

Crookwell Wind Turbine Debacle – No presence of CASA

At a meeting in Crookwell on Monday 8th September 2014, there were serious objections raised to the Wind Turbines that had been built by the Gullen Range Wind Farm, which demonstrate the degree to which the constructor [and operator] have “thumbed their noses” at the actual approval.

Sixty-nine turbines were not placed in the correct […]

MrDak and the Senate

Mike MrDak is a senior public servant, who was involved in the “Pink Batts” affair, as an advisor to Kevin Rudd.

There have been a series of other issues where MrDak has been asked serious questions.

In the following, article, the matter of the October 2011 Senate estimates is canvassed.

Mr Mrdak: Both. Our primary […]

AMROBA scores the Government on Aviation progress

AMROBA scores the Government on Aviation progress after 12 months since election.

We all know aviation is a delicate subject, but it has been subject to three reviews in past 18-months, which all point to a failing system, yet the recently resigned DAS [McCormick] in his last gasp [monthly missive] to the industry again tries […]

Helicopter industry dismayed at CASA forcing through Part 61

The Helicopter industry is dismayed at CASA forcing through Part 61, Rob Rich says in the current issue of the AHIA Journal. The full article is below.

From this it is apparent, either CASA is not listening, or is determined to force through changes regardless of what industry wants, which is central to the submissions […]

Coober Pedy runway requirements – effect on community acknowledged

CASA allow continued operations:

“…because any restrictions could cause social and economic disruption….”

No information has been divulged as to a “safety case” for the allowance, or is it because “nothing has gone wrong so far??

Release

Coober Pedy runway requirements – Civil Aviation Safety Authority

4 Sep 2014 4:20 PM

CIVIL AVIATION […]

CVD Press Release and letter to Minister

CVD Press Release and letter to Minister:

 

CASA’s CAMPAIGN AGAINST CVD PILOTS VIPA 3/09/2014 12:06:45 PM

Media Release: 3 September, 2014.

CASA’s CAMPAIGN AGAINST CVD PILOTS

In a formal Submission to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, the Virgin Independent Pilots Association (VIPA) claims the Civil Aviation Safety […]

Wind turbines – Related Information

The following is from the Airport, Aviation protection Group and the references to the CASA web site [includes information that is now removed by CASA from general view]:

1. Project AS 06/07 Assessment of obstacles including wind turbines and exhaust plumes Project closure notes

Project closed 1 March 2011

Project overtaken by events. AC 139-18(0) […]

Civil Aviation Act – What does it really mean?? What is s9A??

The following from the Civil Aviation Act section 9 and 9A, govern what happens, with the catch-all at 9A:

9 CASA’s functions

(1) CASA has the function of conducting the safety regulation of the following, in accordance with this Act and the regulations:

(a) civil air operations in Australian territory;

[…]

Wind Turbines in Australia – The Goulburn Experience

A local report [22nd August 2014] is as follows:

 

Release: Wind Turbines – What effects do they really have??

At a protest meeting in Goulburn NSW, over 40 people turned out on a typical spring day in cool and mild weather. The protest was at the same time local member, Prue Goward [Minister […]