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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 […]

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 […]

Parallel Universes – #PelAir and #Mildura

The #pelair ditching is still being “investigated”, yet we have not yet had a report released to the DIP’s [Directly Interested Parties”]. This is some 6 1/2 years later. In the case of #mildura, the three year point is about to be reached.

A summary is presented below:


#MH370 flaperon identified

#MH370 flaperon identified

The flaperon discovery and the CSIRO modelling make for interesting reading, with the summary reproduced below and the Sky news report.

Of course, we still await #atsb to raise the CVR and data recorder from #pelair Norfolk Is ditching Westwind [six years later] – and #atsb was detailed to find #MH370.



Senate Estimates – May 2015

Senate Estimates – May 2015

The current advertised times as of 9th April 2015 are below:

Group A*: Monday, 25 May to Thursday, 28 May 2015 and, if required, Friday, 29 May 2015+

Environment and Communications Legislation Committee Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Rural and Regional Affairs and […]

Sad news of the death of Bernie Currall

Sad news of the death of Bernie Currall

Bernie Currall died on Friday 27th February 2015, just as a new investigation into the PelAir debacle has been restarted.

The process, which has been sought by those on the ill-fated flight from Samoa to Melbourne in a long wished result of the 2012 Senate Inquiry and […]

#MH370 – Current ATSB activity

#MH370 – Current ATSB activity

In the Australian Senate on 24th February 2015, there was a major update, with the transcript and actual hearing visuals below:


Senator BACK: Mr Foley, can you just give us a very brief update on […]

Senate Estimates – The actual hearing 24th February 2015

Senate Estimates – The actual hearing 24th February 2015

With help from the PAIN Group, posted here to the YouTube link is the broken up complete look at the 24th February 2015 estimates.

Worth a read and watch of the obvious body language of the participants.

The full link to other Senate […]

Senate Estimates and CASA/ Air Services

Senate Estimates and CASA/ Air Services/ MrDak

The 24th February 2015 senate estimates and hearings proved interesting last night. The senators certainly were not happy with a number of people, including the Head of Department, MrDak, CEO Airservices [ASA] Ms Staib and a number of others in answering or avoiding answering questions.

The corruption […]

PelAir and adjacent History

PelAir and adjacent History:

AVWEB has a couple of incicive reports in it’s pages [reproduced below] that are well worth a further read in light of the Supreme Court hearings this week [6th February 2015].

The early reports and press releases at the time, said that the six occupants escaped without injury. The Supreme Court […]

MH370 analysis and ATSB reactions

MH370 analysis and ATSB reactions

There has been huge interest in the fate of MH370, of which I am most interested in the ATSB actions.

The questions being:

Are the actions of ATSB reactive and Does the ATSB have the “…head power…” to research, co-ordinate and Can the ATSB effect finding MH370?

In my readings […]

Top Tweets for #pelair – Not a good look for Minister Truss

Top Tweets for #pelair.

Results for #pelair

robbo – R44 ‏@flyingoz 8h8 hours ago

Senator @Nick_Xenophon queries political donations by regional airline Rex | The Australian #pelair @SenatorNash http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/senator-xenophon-queries-political-donations-by-regional-airline-rex/story-e6frg95x-1227191355007?sv=4e02b61a731652a898b89b55be072234#.VMAa4VNytKk.twitter …

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#PAIN Senate […]

MH370 independent review by Brock McKeon

MH370 independent review – paper

The independent report, published by Brock McKeon, has not recieved much traction yet, except by Ben Sandilands. Ben says that there are serious questions to be asked, a point that Ben has made for a lengthy period of time.

Many others have questioned the direction that the aircraft took […]

Gympie Coroners Report released today

Gympie Coroners Report released today, and the report is as follows:

Coroners Inquiry – Gympie Replica Supermarine Accident

In part, Coroner said about the Supermarine accident at Gympie:


It is clear that CASA had investigated Mr O’Sullivan prior to the inquest in relation to his provision of false information for other aircraft, but […]

ATSB reports not identifying CASA’s surveillance as a contributing safety factor when it is identified in the analysis as deficient

The following demonstrates the real underlying issue in ATSB investigations, when CASA has failed to properly surveil the operator, leading to an operational issue. Further, ATSB is not issuing the “safety factor” on the regulator. Surely, this leaves both CASA and ATSB in breach of CAAct 9A(1)

REPCON Mode Aviation Reference No. AR201400079 Date reported […]

Helicopters, ATSB, CASA and wire strikes

There have been numerous incidents over the past years – including.

Parkes; atsb – wirestrikes_20050055

An article in Thompsons [produced below] from 2007 gives some views as to the effects of these types of accidents:

Helicopter crashes report delayed

The Aust Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is still working on a report into wirestrikes – incidents […]

PelAir, responsibility and the ‘Law’

PelAir, responsibility and the ‘Law’ is still with us. The recent case against Parkes Shire and South West Helicopters is instructive.

This accident occurred in February 2006, with a final report filed by ATSB in August 2007

Particularly as to the situation of people travelling in aircraft in the work-place. Flight nurses spring to mind.


PelAir finally reaches a review with ATSB of the badly investigated accident

PelAir finally reaches a review with ATSB, of the badly investigated accident, following:

Senate Inquiry – Starts October 2014, finishes February 2013

[Government Response to the PelAir Senate Inquiry [March 20th 2014]

Also See: PelAir Senate Inquiry

Senate Motion – Contempt – July 2014 [Senator Xenophon puts “Contempt of parliament” for consideration]

Canadian Review of […]

MH370 setback in search

The following was published today regarding the MH370 setback in search in the Australian.


Technical setback in MH370 search AAP December 17, 2014 10:59PM

A technical issue could set back the planned finish date for work in the main search zone for MH370. Source: AAP

A TECHNICAL problem could set back […]

History, CASA and ATSB on a slow news day!!

History takes us to a number of places.

The comment by Ben Sandilands deserves a further read.

3rd May 2012, 17:07 #1 (permalink) Up-into-the-air Join Date: May 2010 Location: More than 300km from SY, Australia Posts: 737 What does casa do???? Quote: From Section 9 of the CAA

CASA also has the following safety-related functions:


Canadian TSB slams the ATSB of Australia for a poor report

Canadian TSB slams the ATSB of Australia for a poor report.

A read of the report, shows that the Canadian TSB consider that the report has not been undertaken with due care.

Is this the case from previous senate inquiries?

Answer is YES.

5th Dec 2014, 08:33 #2544 (permalink) Lookleft Join Date: Jul 2008 […]

Is the aviation industry well served by it’s regulator and investigator in Australia

Is the aviation industry well served by it’s regulator and investigator?? in Australia.

The current review by David Forsyth [ASRR] certainly does not support this view and raises 37 recommendations as to how [and why] things should be fixed.

This is a long term direction for aviation.

The interference being run directly by the Department […]

Albanese reply to Truss/ MrDak ASRR response

The following is from Hansard as the reply by Albanese to the Truss ASRR release. Mr. Albanese does not “get-it”, with the concentration of the ex-minister being on local “noise”.

The industry response is instructive and the highlights below.

Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler) (09:20): Can I begin by saying that it is good to […]

Industry responses to Truss ASRR announcement

The following is from pprune and is worth following up:


3rd Dec 2014, 18:23 #1590 (permalink) Sarcs Join Date: Apr 2007 Location: Go west young man Posts: 1,605 Round the traps on ASRR Govt response.

AA online: Government backs bulk of ASRR recommendations

Oz Flying: Truss tables Government Response to Forsyth Report

Aviation Business: […]

Government responds to Aviation Safety Review

Here is the reponse, Truss has had his hand held here and who by??


However, the Report found that there were opportunities for improvement to ensure Australia remains a leading aviation State.

That’s not what David Forsyth said in May 2014. He was not at all concillatory about where CASA or ATSB were in […]

Can MH370 be found? What of the ATSB and CASA involvement?

Is ATSB the correct organisation to find and lead the search?

Certainly the SAR [Search and Rescue] is the responsibility of the ATSB thorough the enabling legislation. However, to look at the record of ATSB in recent times, gives another impression, with the ATSB refusing / or unwilling to lift the CVD in the relatively […]

Truss announces MH370 survey deep water contractor – Fugro

Warren Truss announced this morning [6th August 2014] Fugro Survey was nominated, together with the Chinese and Malaysian Navy being also involved. These organisations have mapped the sea floor, which will be used in the towed sonar search. [Previous statement]

Contract is to search for and to map a located debris field.

Fugro are using […]

PelAir Inquiry raised in Senate – Who has revealed Senate secrets??

At the PelAir inquiry, the Senate made serious warnings that any “get even” with those who gave information or submissions to the Inquiry. It seems from the Xenophon statement to the Senate today [10th June 2014] someone has breached that understanding.

The actual Xenophon statement to the Senate:

Senate and Nick Xenophon places a matter […]

MH370 + Christine Negroni – The Australian Connection

The latest post by Christine Negroni has just come out:


Flying Lessons Will Knowing Where MH 370 Ran out of Fuel Help Searchers Find It?Posted: 24 Jun 2014 10:58 PM PDT

Writing from Canberra — How many times can investigators slice and dice the electronic back and forth between the missing Malaysia Flight 370 […]

ASRR submission breakup – Why the large number of confidential submissions??

A look at the submissions to the ASRR, show that a large number of people [over 31% one in three] did not want their material made public.

One can very confidently assume that these people are concerned about retribution by the regulator. This was a feature of the Senate AAI review as well, where this […]