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CASA demonstrate siege mentality

In the last few weeks, since the publication of the Jabiru article in the Australian on 29th July 2016, #casa are attempting to “…pervert a reasonable safety case…” by their actions. In the case of Jabiru, Jonathon Aleck refuses to allow the removal of restrictions on Jabiru to go, saying:

“Our concerns were real and […]

North Queensland Aero Club – Mareeba Opening

On Saturday morning, Tom Gilmore [Mareeba Shire Mayor] opened the North Queensland Aeroclub premises, following it’s transfer from Cairns to Mareeba late in 2015.

Over 200 people came to the Open Day, which was attended by AOPA Australia, Mareeba Model Aero Club, other industry people and a large array of people interested in aviation. It […]

#casa bungles #ozaviation, loses Skidmore

The last few years have been culminated in two #casa ceo’s over a 20-month period, being removed. The real reasons are known by the larger #aviation community, but are under the non-d-plume of “personal reasons”.

Let us look at some of the rubbish surrounding these two individuals.

McCormick came from the “Sky God’s” as Chief […]

Minister Truss and Aviation

Minister Truss and Aviation

On Saturday, Mr. Truss was at the Brisbane LNP Annual Conference, where these was a testimonial dinner given. Truss has overseen one of the most devastating falls in aviation small business across Australia.

This is not something to be proud of at all.

In fact, Truss supported McCormick for an ICAO […]

Skidmore resigns from #casa

Today Skidmore resigned from #casa as ceo.

Many #aviation participants will be thankful to see the end of another ineffective ceo.

The following is a copy of the Ben Sandilands post today:

In the last para, Ben makes the following points:

Mr Skidmore leaves CASA in disarray over such festering issues as the

Substandard […]

Colmar Brunton report in detail

In he attached, there is a progressive assessment of the Colmar Brunton #casa survey.

Industry perceives CASA as having two roles:

One as the ‘police’ or the regulator; and One as the ‘translator’ or the organisation which helps industry to understand regulations and comply in a practical way.For some, this translation would consist of […]

#casa fail in Colmar Brunton survey

There have been two very major audits if #aviation performance in Australia.

FAA/ICAO in 2008 Colmar Brunton [#colmarbrunton] in 2014 – 2016 CASA_stakeholder_relation_Action_Plan-20164 The 2016 report, reflects the desperate nature of relationships of the aviation participants and the regulator [#casa].

The 2008 FAA/ ICAO audit certainly showed this was the case and the regulator was […]

Concession by #casa as to stifling aviation

In The Australian today, there is a concession by #casa as to stifling aviation. This is a long time coming and follows the May 6th 2016 meeting at Tamworth organised by #aopa and then in Canberra in the meeting where the Minister left AOPA and RAAA to an un-minuted meeting.

The loss of pilot numbers […]

Update – #casa 10 commandments

There has been no reference since September 2015 to the “..10 – commandments…” released by #casa.

Industry gave a 2/10 score at the time and if we look at the current situation, there is no improvement.

In fact, if you want to talk to Mr. Skidmore, there is no return on phone calss to the […]

Review of Skidmore in past 18-months as “DAS” – FAIL

Review of Skidmore in past 18-months as “DAS” who says:

CASA has learnt from past mistakes made during the development and introduction of regulatory changes such as the flight crew licensing

The Minister [Darren Chester] says:

In particular, I will continue to consult with the General Aviation sector to address issues of concern which […]

Canary in the Aviation Industry [Coal mine]

Have been on a short destiny with the FLU fairies of recent weeks!

Sunbird Seeker:

BUT given that found that the Seabird Seeker has achieved FAA Part 23 Normal Category Certified, Available for Commercial Operations.

The sad part is manufacture will be by Erickson Aircrane in the US, not at Harvey Bay. The new owners […]