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#casa December monthly missive

I attach the #casa monthly missive, but:

  • No mention of the real issues facing #aviation such as the catastrophic fall in pilot numbers or
  • What is planned to turn around the #colmarbrunton report and
  • The negative perception of #casa by the #aviation community.

Nothing at all for a good year Mr Carmody.

From acting Director of Aviation Safety and CEO, Shane Carmody

I am thoroughly enjoying my time back at CASA and I am looking forward to getting stuck into the work in 2017, assisting the aviation community to deliver the best possible safety outcomes. Since starting in October I have been looking at governance and accountability within CASA and I expect to be making some adjustments in the New Year. I have also been reviewing our performance management and training regimes and will do some fine tuning in those areas as well. I have been impressed by CASA’s strong relationships with the aviation community and encouraged by many positive messages I have received during the last two months.

I wish everyone in Australian aviation a safe and enjoyable Christmas and hope that as many people as possible can get out and go flying over the holiday period. Right across the aviation community there is a great passion for flying and the holidays are a perfect time to express this passion and share it with others. Like many organisations CASA will be taking a short break between Christmas and New Year, although we will have people on standby to meet any urgent aviation safety related requests.

Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2017 from everyone at CASA.

Shane Carmody

Shane Carmody Acting Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety Lo-Res

Comment now on medical certification

Australia’s aviation community is being called on take part in a detailed discussion about the future of aviation medical certification requirements. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has issued a comprehensive discussion paper setting out a range of medical certification issues and options. This discussion paper forms the basis for any future consultation between CASA and the aviation community on potential changes to medical certification. The paper does not contain any proposals or draft regulations. Six options that may be considered for future consultation are identified, although further options will be considered on the basis of responses to the discussion paper. Options range from continuing existing medical requirements to developing a new medical certificate for the sport and recreational sectors. Other options are re-assessing risk tolerances, streamlining certification practices, aligning sport and recreational standards and mitigating the risks of any changes through operational restrictions. The discussion paper looks at a range of relevant issues such as CASA’s approach to aviation medicine, the approach to medical certification in four other nations, pilot incapacitation in Australia, accidents and risks, psychiatric conditions and the protection of third parties. CASA’s acting Director of Aviation Safety and CEO, Shane Carmody, said aviation medicine is a complex area of decision making involving medical, regulatory and legal considerations. “Due to these complexities CASA recognised a wide discussion with the aviation community is essential before any proposals for change should be considered,” Mr Carmody said.

Comments should be made before 30 March 2017.

Smart phones top dangerous goods list

Smart phones have been ranked the least wanted dangerous goods in Australian aviation for 2016. This follows an increasing number of passengers accidently crushing their phone in the reclining mechanism of their aircraft seat. This can result in the damaged smart phone battery going into thermal runaway, possibly igniting a fire.  The growing rate of these incidents has seen airlines review seat designs and update safety videos to warn passengers not to move their seat if they lose their smart phone. There were 39 reports of lost or damaged smart phones in 2016, with nine cases requiring emergency procedures. Lithium batteries and portable power packs come in at number two on the least wanted dangerous goods list with passengers still failing to carry spare batteries safely. Spare batteries must never be carried in checked luggage at any time but should be taken on board aircraft in carry-on baggage with the battery terminals protected. Hover boards have made the least wanted dangerous goods list for the first time, with passengers still packing the self-balancing scooter in luggage despite widespread warnings.. The lack of manufacturing standards for hover boards is believed to have caused several fires around the world. Compressed oxygen also makes the dangerous goods list, with passengers requiring oxygen for medical purposes failing to contact their airline before travelling. While medically required oxygen canisters are allowed on aircraft, travellers must gain approval from their airline before flying and cylinders, valves or regulators fitted on the cylinder must be protected from damage. Other least wanted dangerous goods include chainsaws, whipper snippers and other devices with internal combustion engines, gas cylinders and camping stoves, paint and paint related products, fireworks, lighters and matches.

Use the dangerous goods app before flying.

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We need healthy, happy pilots

The Christmas-New Year holiday period is a great time to go flying with family and friends. Before getting behind the controls there is a lot to plan and think about and one of those is the health and well-being of the pilot. To help pilots focus on their well-being CASA has developed a suite of on-line information and advice on topics such as fatigue, diet, hydration, alcohol and other drugs and mental health. Pilots need to have the knowledge and self-awareness to monitor their own fitness and performance and address any issues that could affect safe operations. The old adage of ‘you are what you eat’ applies both on the ground and in the air.  In fact, the leading cause of pilot incapacitation over the last decade wasn’t laser pointer strikes, fatigue or hypoxia – it was upset stomachs and food poisoning. Diet can have a significant impact on how a pilot feels and performs.  Large meals require energy to digest and a full stomach draws blood away from the brain, leaving you feeling tired. Smaller meals, more often, can avoid this effect. Keeping properly hydrated is also very important, with the recommended daily amount of water around two litres, or more in physically demanding or hot conditions. Certain medications as well as alcohol and caffeine consumption can also impact hydration and performance levels.

Get the facts on pilot well-being as well as where to go for advice and support.

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