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Does the #casa Corporate plan meet the #asrr review?

Does the #casa Corporate plan meet the #asrr review?

The “Corporate Plan” that was released last week, by #casa, needs some careful and insightful review.

Viewed with the #casa demand of the industry for another $25m via the “fees poor-box”, in March 2015, the Corporate Plan can only be viewed as another #casa attempt to […]

Discussion on aviation law – #casa involved??

This would be interested to be a fly on the wall in this one, particularly with attention on issues such as poor regulation – #asrr findings or CAR 232.

Aviation participants are not criminals, despite the ‘summary justice” meted out by #casa in it’s strict liability offences.

 

The Aviation Law Association of Australia and […]

Strict liability by #casa and it’s effects

The introduction of the strict liability offences has an extremely negative effect on #ozaviation and ostensible “..we believe….” guilt of the individual. It is expensive to fight and a legal minefield for the accused.

The #asrr report goes to some correction of these effects, but the current situation leaves all pilots, operators and owners at […]

Outback Air Race supports #rfds

Perth to Hamilton Island in an air race, which supports the #RFDS [Royal Flying Doctor Service] between 27th August and 4th September 2015 calls on all of us who travel at all west of Emerald, Gympie, Albury, Ballarat and other places to the west to support the event.

#pprune misses the opportunity to give any […]

FNQ aviation seminar in Cairns

This seminar is on shortly in Cairns, with the #casa Board chairman, Jeff Boyd, Chairman, Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) speaking:

When: Friday, 4 Sep 2015 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Where: Shangri-La Hotel Cost: Members/Non-Members: $69.00

Registrations close 3 Sep 2015

 

Event Information

4 September 2015

‘Delivering The Future’ is the […]

#casa loses the plot on the proposed CAAP

#casa loses the plot on the proposed CAAP I would have thought that “compulsory sworn statements” (coroner’s report, and the following comment) are more likely, and correctly, within the purview of properly convened court proceedings. For the record [Thanks auntypru.com] the only publicly available document from the Kathryn Sheppard inquest was the Coroner’s recommendations: […]

RAAA support opening up competition to #asa

RAAA support opening up competition to #asa

There is a growing noise of the problems of #asa. This situation has followed the Senate expose on 18th August 2015.

The RAAA [see below] gives a further push to serious changes to management of Australian airspace.

The RAAA fully supports Maurice Newman, the federal government’s most senior […]

September Missive released by #casa

September Missive released by #casa

What a shocker and this man [Mark Skidmore] wants the industry to co-operate.

Examples of problems:

Damage accrues to aviation in Australia due to #casa ASRR not met by #casa More pain with #casa corporate plan Unknowing users not protected by #casa – #pelair; Pilots have no protection from a […]

More pain for Australian aviation with release of #casa corporate plan

More pain for Australian aviation with release of #casa corporate plan.

and what of the full relationship with the ASRR report?? Does not match up at all.

A plan signed off by Alan Hawkes, with no proper direction to the industry as to proper interaction. There is no committment for the new Board that […]

Further damage to aviation accrues from CAR 232

Further damage to aviation accrues from CAR 232

A full 85 penalty points can accrue if an “operator” is ramp checked and has not:

(a) the flight check system has been approved by CASA;

(b) if CASA has required the system to be revised–the system has been revised in the manner specified by CASA.

85 […]

ASRR review – status??

ASRR review – status??

The ASRR has now been in place since mid-2014, with some 37 prime matters [45 total matters identified by the Forsyth review] directed to be attended to] which are listed below.

It should be remembered that the ASRR largely came about as a result of the PelAir Senate inquiry and there […]

AFAP meeting with Skidmore of #casa and AFAP

AFAP meeting with Skidmore of #casa and AFAP

The meeting of Skidmore and AFAP led to a letter, which is attached here.

The most important issues raised were that #casa must get on with the #asrr reform, particularly relating to part 61.

 

and:

 

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Data collection of incidents – A major event to follow??

Data collection of incidents – A major event to follow??

 

10th anniversary!! by Col Pay of the Wright replica

10th anniversary!! by Col Pay of the Wright replica

A great day and many still remember the flight by Col Pay of the Wright replica on 11th October 2005 – almost the 10th anniversary!!

Some images I have of the day are below:

Just after lift-off at Narromine. Such a spectacular day for all […]

is #atsb reporting all the airspace data from Tasmania??

is #atsb reporting all the airspace data from Tasmania??

A quick search of the database from #atsb, shows that there were only 5 airspace matters reported in the past 5-years from Tasmania.

The search was based on:

Date range: From 25 Jul 2010 to 24 Jul 2015 Location: TAS Occurrence Category: Incident, Serious Incident Occurrence […]

Pressure mounts on #asa with poor operating procedures #atsb?? involvement

Pressure mounts on #asa with poor operating procedures and what of #atsb?? involvement, much less #casa

That #asa cannot get anything right is no surprise, but that the matters are becoming public is a real change.

The Senators certainly on the 18th August 2015 have serious reservations as to how this “..public body…” is […]

Dick Smith exposes correspondence with #casa

Dick Smith exposes correspondence with #casa

The truth behind correspondence between operators and #casa is evident from this foray into “snail-mail” by Dick Smith. All operators, pilots and owners have had correspondence like this, where Boyd “….thanks Dick…..”:

Your assistance in helping to share this message is greatly appreciated, along with CASA’s thanks to everyone […]

#casa, the regulations and waste of taxpayer dollars

#casa, the regulations and waste of taxpayer dollars

The aviation community has been strongly resisting the improper use of the regulatory reform process, which is to the point of almost regulating #GA, #ozaviation out of existence.

The waste of money (over $250m in a 25 year period + further $89.9m 2010-2014), with what is worse, […]

Sandy Reith applauds Dick Smith on Senate presentation

Sandy Reith applauds Dick Smith on Senate presentation

Sandy Reith has been a voice for change for a number of years and his response to Dick Smith is below:

Re: Dick in the Senate…. my response, an open letter

Dick on the record does a great service to GA. It behoves all of us to […]

Senate Committee demands more blood from #asa

Senate Committee demands more blood from #asa

The late night effort of the Committee on Tuesday [18th August 2015], foreshadowed that it was not happy with the Harefield responses. In fact to the point of indicating that the #asa Board was likely to be called before the Committee.

These responses directed blame and the authority […]

Senate Committee mauls #asa, with Dick Smith giving aviation a future

Senate Committee mauls #asa, with Dick Smith giving aviation a future

The senators kept at #asa last night when trying to work out whether or not, #asa is competent to run a Government enterprise.

Jason Harefield, a 25-year veteran of #asa and acting CEO, after the demise of Margartet Staib was answering questions in […]

Senate – Performance of Airservices Australia

The hearing for this is on 18th August 2015 and the submissions are as follows:

Dick Smith; Mr. Bennett [ret. Air Services]

Air Services documents:

Letter from Hood; QON from November #asa session with the Committee

Watch this live on this link

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Performance of Airservices Australia

PUBLIC HEARING

Tuesday 18 August 2015, Committee Room […]

Contempt of Parliament by #casa CEO McCormick??

Contempt of Parliament by #casa CEO McCormick??

In 2013, Senator Xenophon raised issues of Parliamentary privilege over evidence give to the Australian Senate by #casa.

The matter is serious and although the Senate privileges committee found against the Xenophon referral, this goes to the heart of all that is wrong at #casa.

Participants in aviation […]

The decline of General Aviation a growth opportunity

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Beyond our protests it is possible that we are not promoting the tremendous growth potential, the building of businesses, jobs, technologies, and education opportunities that GA can provide.

To this end we look at the current negatives, loss of flying schools, charter operators, maintenance personnel and facilities, airports, refueling points and active pilots. Coupled with […]

Aviation and Defence Forum

Aviation and Defence Forum.

These are the “…high level…” fora that we in the mere lower levels of #ozaviation must submit to, with little or no input.

That bodies such as AHIA have little input is a lkely issue for aviation in Australia. Yes, we need these types of fora, but unless all are properly […]

AUSFLY is on again at Narromine

AUSFLY is on again at Narromine.

A great visit and many still remember the flight by Col Pay of the Wright replica on 11th October 2005 – almost the 10th anniversary!!

From AirWaves – Aviation Trader: ‘One Sky’ Ausfly 2015 represents significantly more than just a gathering of like-minded people. It is one […]

Aviation Careers Expo 2015

There is still some people confident in the long term future for aviation in Australia.

The 2015 Aviation Careers Expo at Brisbane Airport is back for its 15th year, offering aspiring aviation professionals the chance to get one step closer to their dream career in the sky.

With over 2000 attendees last year, this […]

AirServices [#ASA] misses the point of good navigation

AirServices [#ASA] misses the point of good navigation

There has been little or no consultation with GA on the removal of NDB’s, which are securely attached to a concrete block, the ground and cannot move. The NDB is the basic building block of good navigation and must be retained.

Dick Smith has been advocating these […]

Sandy Reith comments on decline of GA being caused by regulator – #CASA

Sandy Reith comments on decline of GA being caused by regulator – #CASA

“Situation normal, this is just a tip of iceberg story.”

The decline of General Aviation is due to the dysfunctional and self serving bureaucratic systems of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (#CASA) and Airservices Australia [#asa].

The rot set in when, many […]

AOPA moves to politically distance itself from #CASA

The current #aopa president, Mark de Stoop has brought a breath of fresh air into #aopa australia in the August Presidents comment [presented below]. It is refreshing to see a pro-active stance being made to support, in particular #ozaviation in the form of the essential GA sector, in all it’s forms.

Marc brings a breath […]