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More #aviation news on Richard Rudd

The information continues, with another story in Richard’s local paper, The Mareeba Express. [See below] today [31st August 2021]

It has an interesting comment attributed to Mareeba Shire Council:

A spokesperson for Mareeba Shire Council advised “it was not aware of any action that Mr Rudd intends to take.”

In the previous article [Tuesday […]

Senate Inquiry

Please get your pen out and put in a submission

Steve Hitchen relates this to a change in Minister and the rejuvenated Barnaby Joyce

– Steve Hitchen

Does the general aviation community have that much inquiry fatigue that they can’t find it in themselves to engage with the current senate inquiry? Or, are we dealing […]

The Josh Hoch saga

Josh Hoch saga and #casa

This saga goes back to 2016, over 5 years ago. Now , the Supreme Court in Townsville has dismissed the “tampering” charges on the basis that it could not be proven: “Was it Josh Hoch who committed the act…”.

However, the fraud charges are a different matter and […]

CEO and Board Chair appointment to #casa

We have all been waiting for the Carmody replacement.

The press release from the Minister’s office is misleading at best: “Experienced … crew…”.

Well in aviation, one would expect a substantial GA or airline experience.

No, we have more of the “unqualified” people at the top.

At last look, #casa has responsibility for civil […]

How #Mareeba Council deals with #Airport hangar leaseholders

What is going on at #Mareeba Airport? WARNING! to MAREEBA AERODROME LEASEHOLDERS 02 Feb 2021. To all those with airfield interests: you should be very concerned. Over the past seven months I have been subjected to a relentless campaign regarding the normal occupancy of my Hangar, currently culminating in a Lock-out, Lease termination and […]

Senator McDonald in Charters Towers

Senator McDonald is available for aviators to meet in Charters Towers to meet with FNQ aviators and GA personnel.

She has a busy schedule and cleared it to listen to matters relevant to us in the region.

In the past 6 hours, people have been contacted in Townsville, Ayr, Rockhampton, Innisfail, Mareeba, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, […]

Josh Hoch case goes to District Court

The Josh Hoch case goes to District Court in Mt. Isa. There is much more to see here.

Below is the summary so far. My question is simply: Where is CA$A in this saga??

Serious breaches of Civil Aviation Act by Josh Hoch

Josh Hoch, #casa, Queensland Police update

 

Josh Hoch and […]

Senate inquiry into General Aviation – GA

Inquiry announced into General Aviation [#GA]

Many in the #aviation industry believe that #aviation is in a terminal state, the image below demonstrating the state of the nation.

Others have a more opportunistic view, but fully believe that #aviation, with the correct intervention can survive and thrive.

There are numerous things that must be changed […]

Overbearing dead hand at the wheel – #CA$A is killing vital industry

I think this clearly says it all.

We must immediately, as an industry, maintain order and deal with the immediate challenges, which is an #aviation industry creaking to a grinding halt, particularly in regional Australia.

#aviation is vital infrastructure, which must incorporate a plan that protects airfields and landing areas from local Council onslaught and […]

Angel Flight – Senate Inquiry

The current inquiry by the Senate follows the loss of Don Kendall in the first Angel flight crash in August 2011 and the subsequent Mt. Gambier accident.

The inquiry is looking at whether or if there is a basis for the #atsb report and the findings.

We note that this is not the first #atsb […]

Glen Buckley, AFTA and MFT suffers at the hands of #casa. Another #casa casualty

Glen Buckley and APTA [Melbourne Flight Training – MFT]:

Who was MFT/ AFTA?

pprune posts during 2019 [Produced in full] Direct link from pprune

APTA/ MFT had a #casa AOC for training, for over 15 years. With the CASR changes and introduction of the Parts, “upgraded” the AOC to comply.

#casa agrees to the proposal […]

The Carmody – #casa bastardy continues in August 2019

Australian Senate calls an inquiry into #atsb and Angel Flight. {report in The Australian}

Senator Patrick said submissions to the inquiry would be accepted and encouraged pilots and former clients of Angel Flight to do so.

 

Current report – August 2019:

Angel Flight had insufficient controls in place, and provided inadequate guidance to pilots […]

RAAus – What is the organisation?

This is a definitive post after the Senate inquiry, where RAus are certainly on “..another page…” compared to SAAA, AOPA, AMROBA and Warbirds.

It well explains the RAus setup and what Benjamin Morgan of AOPA was explaining to the Senators.

Senate on 19th December 2018

Those called as witnesses, were:

AWAD, Mr Mark, Chief Executive […]

Minister McCormack has some serious work to undertake

Minister McCormack has some serious work to undertake.

Here are the resolutions arising from the #aviation meeting in Wagga over the past two days [see below].

There has been some well thought out ideas here, which can be boiled down into:

Review of the Civil Aviation Act, to include as a minimum, a repeal of […]

Wagga meeting today

I have been listening since 10am this morning to the experienced aviators in Wagga today.

Hopefully this will not be the result from the meeting!!.

I am the eternal optimist!

The programme is extensive displaying the depth of experience.

The drive by the AOPA Board to this end, started by the Dick Smith Oration […]

#casa ICC – Industry Complaints Commissioner

The #casa ICC [Industry Complaints Commissioner] is, from the #casa web site:

CASA industry complaints commissioner

The office of the industry complaints commissioner (ICC) reports directly to the CASA Board.

It does not sit within CASA’s organisational structure to ensure independence and impartiality.

The ICC provides members of the industry, the wider aviation community and […]

Overly prescriptive methodology by #casa confirmed

Senate Estimates May 2018 – #casa answers Senator Patrick Questions

The overly prescriptive methodology by #casa has been confirmed in the answer to a complaint by #casa Industry Complaints Officer, Jonathon Hanton.

This prescriptive approach fails to meet industry needs [Complaint by Steve Purvinas, Secretary Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association]

This is the ultimate […]

Alan Jones and Dick Smith on Flying Training

Alan Jones talks to Dick Smith about flying training today [30th May 2018]

Dick Smith Oration

LNP policy support for immediate changes to Civil Aviation Act and review and change the regulations.

In July 2015, Dick Smith made earlier comments on the #casa malaise

How do I see this in 2018??

We now have […]

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 […]

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.

Falcon Air runs into inconsistent #casa regulatory rulings

The current bastardry of #casa continues.

This time other peoples survival have been compromised. The loss of human transplant materials from New Zealand could well affect a number of recipient lives who, although through a sad passing of another human life is a tragedy, the family unselfish donation to others is lost.

The comments below […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ian Britza enters fray for by-election in New England

Ian Britza enters fray for by-election in New England against Barnaby Joyce.

Who is Ian Britza??

Ian spent time growing up in Western Australian and the African country of Malawi and moved to New South Wales at the age of 15 where he lived for 25 years.

Ian was until recently member for Morley in […]

#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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#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 […]

No progress Mr. Chester at since 1999 at what cost??

I have been doing some historical research on some documents lent to me by an #aviation participant.

These are a bit of history, but demonstrate why Australian #aviation is in crisis.

Just yesterday, the helicopter industry refused to be further bullied by #casa.

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