8th April 2016
The Hon Barnaby Joyce
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia.
The 94,000+ Users of the Aviation Advertiser Network
 
Dear Minister Joyce,
 
NEW ENGLAND DEMANDS AVIATION REGULATORY REFORM.
Aviation Advertiser (www.aviationadvertiser.com.au) is Australia’s largest online aircraft marketplace and has been operating since 2008.  Our digital services are used by over 94,000+ persons across Australia and New Zealand.  We provide the Australian aviation industry with aircraft sales, marketing and advertising services.
Aside from our commercial activities within aviation, our organisation also works alongside Australia’s leading aviation associations and peak-bodies.  Standing with industry, with regard to leading advocacy and developing regulatory reform.
Aviation Advertiser has recently acquired an airside facility at Tamworth Regional Airport, that forms part of our national aircraft sales, marketing and aircraft maintenance network.  We will be working alongside Tamworth Regional Airport and the aircraft owners and pilots of the New England electorate in helping develop regional aviation and employment.
Through the course of normal business, Aviation Advertiser is in direct regular communication with a broad spectrum of aviation users.  Students, recreational, private and commercial pilots, private and commercial aircraft owners and aviation businesses.  Many of these hard working men and women reside in your electorate, New England.
Constituents whom are desperately concerned for the future of small to medium sized aviation in Australia and for the future of rural communities that depend on their services.
 
As a result of successive failures by both the Labor and Liberal Governments to implement balanced and appropriate aviation policy over the past 25 years, the aviation industry in Australia has been forced into decline and soon – total destruction.
The cause of the aviation industry’s decline is clear and is virtually unanimously agreed on by Australia’s leading aviation associations, peak-bodies, businesses, pilots and aircraft owners.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority regulatory framework.
 
A regulatory framework which has been forced on the Australian aviation industry, with total disregard as to the imposed costs and damage it would inflict on the aviation economy.
 
If the situation continues without change, CASA will soon have achieved a result, no other aviation regulator in the world would have thought possible.  A totally 100% safe aviation industry – whereby nobody flies unless you are a domestic or international airline.
 
Across Australia private owners, farmers and primary producers are being forced to sell off their aircraft and exit the aviation industry – as a result of excessive compliance costs.  The knock on effects now being felt by maintenance providers, fight training schools and support service companies.  The economic loss and impact could run as high as $500 million, with thousands unemployed.
 
Is the destruction of the small to medium sized aviation industry in the interests of Australian Agriculture portfolio or the constituents of New England?
Across regional Australia, local airports are desperate for small to medium sized aviation to connect and service their communities.  Local Governments want to see their airports become economic drivers for their shires and regions.  Bringing to their communities growth, employment and opportunity.
 
This will not be possible until the Federal Government comprehensively reforms aviation regulation.  Provides an economic pathway for growth and opportunity.
 
I have now worked as part of the aviation industry long enough to see Ministers come and go.  Ministers whom hide behind white paper studies, who refuse to give direct answers to industry and who fail to provide informed policy direction or leadership on the issue of aviation regulatory reform.
 
Ministers who perceive aviation safety to be a ‘witches brew’, far too complicated to become politically embroiled.  
The hard working men and women in the aviation industry in this country deserve better and demand leadership.
 
I shall be in Tamworth from Monday 11th to 13th April 2016 for a range of newspaper and television media engagements and would like to meet with you to discuss the above.  If you could please make time to meet with me, both I and the aviation industry would appreciate it.
 
In the meantime, if you would like discuss any of the above, please feel free to contact me on 0415 577 724.
 
Best regards,
 
BENJAMIN MORGAN
Chief Executive – Aviation Advertiser Digital Group
 
Telephone: (02) 8215 6292
Mobile: 0415 577 724
Mailing Address:
PO BOX 465
Edgecliff NSW 2027
Australia.