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DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER CALLS FOR GENERAL AVIATION CONSENSUS ON UPDATE TO THE CIVIL AVIATION ACT.

AOPA Australia President, Marc De Stoop, and Executive Director, Benjamin Morgan, and AMROBA Executive Director, Ken Cannane, today met with Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack to discuss our support for changes to the […]

Dick Smith Oration

On the 26th April 2018, Dick Smith spoke in Wagga NSW about the challenges facing #aviation.

In the talk, which is below for an almost 20-minute listen, calls for substantial changes to the Civil Aviation Act [CAAct], which will immediately benefit the direction of #aviation and #saveGA.

Further Dick calls for the introduction of the […]

Senate Additional Estimates – 27th February 2018 #casa fail to meet time limit

The start of 2018, with the Senate Additional Estimates due on the 27th February 2018 is upon us.

#casa is not off to a flying start, with outstanding answers due from the last Senate estimates, some 3-months ago.

Is this another “finger-up” exercise??

Where is the #casa Board on this, as it appears to […]

Problems in #aviation in regional and Rural Queensland

The article in the Mt Isa paper demonstrates only part of the problem facing #aviation in Australia. A lot of these problems have been foisted on us by an unworkable aviation rule set, price gouging by Councils [and airport “owners”], air services charges, ASIC issues, security, #casa impossible and micro management rules.

The Mayor gets […]

Another #casa fail – FOI’s [freedom of information] requests not met by #casa

The following are a series of FOI requests made to #casa recently. The basis of the #casa response is refusal for a FOI. This is traced to the #casa legal branch and either Adam Anastasi or Jonathon Aleck involved.

The FOI disclosure log has been interfered with to the point where FOI’s, legitimately made and […]

Are the #asrr recommendations really up to speed??

The general view by the #aviation industry is that the general process of “reform” is not leading to better regulations, but to ones out of step with the rest of the world and people are walking away from the industry.

The number of pilots reflects this situation.

And we must not forget the Colmar […]

Fairfax cartoonist dies – Tandberg’s last battle was with cancer

A great cartoonist has left this mortal coil. Like Bill Leak, Tandberg had a great take on life.

Safe Skies are Empty Skies – Can Barnaby Joyce fix this?

The #casa mantra “Safe Sky’s far All” is now “Safe Skies are Empty Skies”

Question is: Can Barnaby Joyce fix this?

This morning in The Australian, Dick Smith and a slew of journalists have this matter firmly in it’s sight. The articles, as these are of such importance they are produced in full below.

Anthony […]

#casa imposed regulations stifle #aviation in Australia

#casa imposed regulations stifle #aviation in Australia is true, from meetings I have had over a period of time with training organisations.

There is serious condemnation of parts 141 and 142, which follows from the debacle of part 61.

Problems raised include:

Slowness to process applications; Excessive costs; Intractable staff in the regulator; Intelligible “rules”; […]

Last hurrah for Darren Chester

In what is the last hurrah for Darren Chester, there were a series of announcements as listed below.

1. Changes to #casa Board with a new member Jane McAloon and Anita Taylor reappointed.

2. Security in airports;

3. MH370 report release

There are around 40 odd press releases/ month and in 4-months only three on […]

General Aviation report by Infrastructure Department

This was released on 19th December 2017. A quick read shows an industry in serious trouble.

From #pprune:

22nd Dec 2017, 16:40 #6 (permalink) Sunfish Join Date: Aug 2004 Location: Melbourne, Australia Posts: 6,577

To understand the scale of the problem of GA -and why its stuffed, consider Australia’s GDP – an overall indicator of […]

Minister Chester, no more

A quick look at the history of this Minister, who is in charge of aviation within his portfolio shows a Minister who last October [2016] admitted he did not understand aviation to ABC’s Fran Kelly.

A Minister who excludes, with able assistance from his CEO of the regulator [#casa], key aviation industry participants from […]

Lord Howe Island accident

The recent Lord Howe Island accident was reported today in The Australian.

There are now three accidents/ incident’s that can be partially attributed to poor passing on of weather to pilots and aircraft in transit and variably poor Air Traffic control and likely interference by #casa.

Pelair – November 2009; Mildura – July 2013; Parallells […]

#casa annual report 2017

The #casa annual report 2017 released in late October 2017 is interesting from the start and the letter by Jeff Boyd to the Minister.

It was dated the 12/9/2017 with a copy to Mike MrDak.

Problem is MrDak left Department on the 7th September 2017, some five (5) days earlier.

LETTER TO THE MINISTER CHAIR […]

#casa releases 2017 annual report

Another plane crash here.

Annual report from #casa

#casa show a loss of $5.4m for 2016 and a profit of $6,9m in 2017 with reduction in costs.

Still reporting over 31000 pilots when around 18500 active medicals. Major discrepancy here.

A full analysis to follow

.Annual_report 2016 – 2017

 

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Senate Estimates October 2017

The following is the programme for Senate estimates for this month.

 

#casa calls for assistance to do it’s work

The latest by #casa is to call for assistance from the #aviation industry to assist it in the “Regulatory reform Process”. Good in principle, but in fact it is about time the Minister took notice in this to stop the nonsense.

A history of direction of this process is seen in a recent article calling […]

#casa tries to sooth the masses

In today’s Australian [see below], #casa is trying to give an indication of a “…caring regulator…”.

Not the case at all and a couple of posts today in social media lay completely the opposite view.

That of a malevolent and vicious regulator.

What a crock. Carmody is personally “head hunting” people who disagree with him.

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#casa monthly missive – September 2017

In the #casa monthly missive – September 2017, Carmody tries to say he is “….re-setting the way CASA consults and engag(es)ing with the aviation community. …”

Well this is the CEO who in fact still is not doing that.

AOPA-AUS excluded a chair in ASAP; [Carmody says”……is drawn from representative groups…” – NOT True No […]

Ministerial challenge – Revitalise #aviation by cutting red-tape

Is there another way?

Not long after Trump became US President, he made an instruction to the FAA for every new regulation, to remove two regulations.

On 25th April 2015, this publication said:

Red Tape reduction by CASA

What an amazing article by CASA [in full below]

We have spoken [the aviation industry], using an […]

MrDak abandons #aviation industry

MrDak abandons #aviation industry and there were a few whimpers going on:

Judicial Inquiry for #casa becomes LNP Queensland policy

MrDak blasts away in the press – maybe in light of the press statement by the Minister below there is a reason for the vitriol

History shows the way – with previous Minister Truss failures

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Is there a structural problem of support as MrDak hits issues of maybe frustration??

s the public servant, who I have seen “bail out” #casa, #atsb and #airservices starting to crack?

At numerous senate estimates hearings, MrDak has defended the indefensible with #casa in particular being the beneficiary. When McCormick was in the CEO role, a lot of the happenings were in front of the senators and batted away […]

Carmody called out in failing to understand Aviation.

The latest Australian Flying has a Letter-to-the-Editor which calls into doubt the way Shane Carmody is “…doing business…” It seems that “….nothing to see here…” reigns supreme and he still does not “get aviation”.

 

Questions being asked Shane Carmody

 

The Editor, Australian Flying,

Dear Sir,

I have this month’s copy of […]

#casa spends $165,000 on the Avalon airshow

Browsing the RTK [Right-to-Know] website this afternoon I found the attached reply to a FOI request.

The total cost of CASA’s attendance at the Avalon Airshow in 2017 was $165,000.

I am incredulous that this could happen. Remember, Shane Carmody gets around $600,000 a year.

So in just 7-days, casa spends the equivalent of 30% […]

Minister Chester fails to engage with aviation participant

In December 2016, an aviation participant [I hold the original copy supplied to me by the person] requested a meeting with Minister Chester.

The letter is attached immediately below and follows an earlier letter seeking to clarify details in a request.

The earlier letter from the Minister refused to clarify those requests as seen below.

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#casa Another useless advisory group

What a crock #casa.

The introduction of another panel.

#casa you have:

the #casa Board; GAAG group of the Minister [Chester]; The #ASRR Colmar Brunton

and yet #casa, who won’t listen to these groups want yet more.

Come on Mr. Chester, just punt #casa over the fence and introduce the #USFARS.

Talk to David […]

Economic growth legislated for #aviation in the US #OZ falls behind again

US Aviation moves forwards in leaps and bounds, while we are dying in Australia. The attached article from Flying Mag bears a read.

Look at the direction here.

This is not “safety limited” by #casa. One area directed is:

“…Establishes a pilot program for Public Private Partnerships at GA Airports to attract private sector investment […]

Can #casa count?? The Annual reports say – No

Here is an e-mail I received in answer to the recent post.

Why, did CASA have the purpose built property at MB airport only to then ditch it for a City address that is totally removed from all aviation activity and has increased the travel costs and time wasted in traffic by factors of (X+Y)*n.

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Carmody reigns over a defective #casa, along with the #casa Board

Can you believe this?

8.3% yield, what about the deficit ?

#casa has been in loss mode for the past few years and one must ask the question as to how #casa are spending our/their money.

The article below shows the expenditure on “Aviation House” and the Brisbane headquarters.

#casa losses reported and […]

The Carmody caper continues – appointed DAS today

This is one of the worst appointments that could be made to a Government Quango.

Here is the fiddler, while Rome [#aviation] burns. A person who has shown in an acting role that he is not fit for purpose.

When in #casa, prior to his movement via a series of Government departments, then the Minister’s […]