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AIC – Aviation Industry Consultative Council

Aviation Industry Consultative Council Membership list is below as downloaded today from the Infrastructure web site.

Attached below is a note from the last meeting of the AIC in January 2016.

The General Aviation Action Group [GAAG] is a sub-committee of the AICC. The GAAG is the group named by Minister Chester today (see below)


Aviation Industry Consultative Council (AICC) Communique—Meeting 3, 29 January 2016

The third meeting of the Aviation Industry Consultative Council (AICC) was chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Warren Truss MP, on 29 January 2016 at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, Sydney.

The AICC brings together senior industry participants from across the aviation industry including airlines, airports, general aviation, sport and recreational aviation, maintenance, and flight training sectors.

The meeting focussed on issues related to aviation skills and training and safety regulation.

The Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council presented its key issues paper, which is part of the aviation workforce skills study previously endorsed by members.

Members discussed outcomes of the recent meeting of the General Aviation Action Group which was set up as a sub group of the AICC. Issues raised by the Action Group included skills and training and reform of regulatory requirements applicable to general aviation and ageing aircraft.

The Deputy Prime Minister updated members on progress in implementing the Government’s response to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review Report.

The AICC was briefed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Director of Aviation Safety, Mark Skidmore and the Acting Chief Executive of Airservices Australia, Jason Harfield on the major priorities for those organisations this year and into the future.

Some other issues raised by members at the meeting included fatigue management, flight training, regulation of remotely piloted aircraft systems, CASA Board governance and legislative review.

In closing the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister noted that he expected the AICC will meet again in mid-2016.

10 March 2016

General aviation review may pull sector out of dive

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester.

The federal government will kick off a major review today to assess the forces destroying Australia’s once-vibrant general aviation sector, which is being strangled by red tape and onerous costs.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester will announce the review, which will be conducted by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.

“I am keen to remove barriers to growth in this vital part of the aviation industry, including reducing costs and regulatory burden,” Mr Chester said.

“General aviation has a rich history in Australia and I’m confident it can have a prosperous future. This study will help get the public policy right to support growth in the sector.”

As part of the study the Civil Aviation Safety Authority will also be ordered to review private pilot medical requirements, a key issue for the GA sector.

The government said the study will cover a range of issues, including “assessing the key drivers and influences on the sector”.

“That means identifying trends, what the economic, demographic, and regulatory factors behind these trends are, as well as outlining the key challenges facing the industry,” Mr Chester said

Representatives from the GA sector will be offered the opportunity to assist with the work. Mr Chester will also ask the General Aviation Action Group, formerly a subgroup of the Aviation Industry Consultative Council, to report directly to him in future.

“The action group will also act as a reference group for the BITRE general aviation study,” Mr Chester said. “I am looking forward to seeing the results of this study as we work with industry and other key stakeholders on the common goal of a safe, growing and sustainable Australian general aviation industry.”

The review comes after months of vocal dissent from industry groups including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Australian Aviation Associations Forum, which have railed against what they describe as the death of Australian general aviation.

Earlier this year the AOPA — which represents 2600 general aviation aircraft owners and pilots in private, commercial charter and airline operations across Australia — issued its 130-page Eureka report, a scathing indictment of aviation bureaucracies that blamed creeping over-regulation for a dramatic decline in aircraft movements at secondary airports, a drastic reduction in aviation mechanical engineering apprenticeships and the destruction of small aviation businesses.

The review comes after The Australian revealed data in August — collated by AOPA using CASA, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics sources — showing the number of GA pilots in Australia had plummeted 34 per cent (by about 8000 licensees) since 2000. In the same period aviation fuel consumption fell 35 per cent. Aircraft registrations fell 13 per cent since 2000 and 53 per cent since 2007.

AOPA executive director Ben Morgan said the review would finally put an end to the debate regarding the large-scale decline of Australian general aviation.

“For too long general aviation has suffered under an overly bureaucratic regulatory framework that has driven up costs, reduced competitiveness and sent businesses broke,” Mr Morgan told The Australian. “The minister now has a unique opportunity to hit the reset button and to address the significant declines that have been caused by regulatory mismanagement.”

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