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#aviation is important, but so is transport safety

Some, almost 50 years ago, there was a collision of the First class rail service – The Southern Aurora and a north bound freight train just south of Violet Town in Victoria.

We know that in the current climate, #aviation is important, but so is transport safety.

On 7th February 221969 at about 0708, […]

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 […]

Unemployed workers from Darren Chester’s office

These guy’s are rumoured to come from Townsville!!

TWO GOVERNMENT MAINTENANCE GUYS

Ray and Al, two Government maintenance guys, were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking up.

A woman walked by and asked what they were doing.

“We’re supposed to find the height of the flagpole”, said Al, “But we don’t have a […]

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.

#casa fails to document AOC [Air Operator’s Certificates] available publicly

From www.righttoknow.org.au web site, the following reply was made.

It seems that there is no means supplied by #casa to track AOC changes or the information behind the AOC database.

This letter is from the #casa previous head of legal, Adam Anastasi.

Interesting to note that this person is now Manager Advisory and drafting Branch.

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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 […]

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 […]

Cobden Airport doomed if planners have their way

The Cobden Airport doomed if planners have their way, according to local airport users. Despite major upgrades which allow for night landings, better parking and facilities, the Council have not registered the airport.

This is essential infrastructure and must be protected by regulation. Further, wind turbines can have serious deleterious effects on aviation.

Similar issues […]

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 […]

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.

Admin · 14 hrs

As of today i am told from a […]

Josh Hoch, #casa, Queensland Police update

We have all been looking at where the “Josh Hoch” saga has been going. This story from the Townsville Bulletin on Friday bears reading and raises a number of issues.

This is particularly with regards to the 2012 to 2016 period.

What questions arise:

What is the basis of the fraud? How did Hoch operate […]

#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 […]

Drones and Queensland aviation

The Qld government seeks input on drones

Here is an opportunity to put a submission in from the #aviation view point.

A short viewpoint on sub-2kg drones, which seem to be the aim point of this review.

As you are all aware there is a current Senate inquiry into drone due to report shortly. […]

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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#casa KPI’s have no means of measurement

I followed through onto the #casa web site to look at the recently [July, 2017] released corporate plan.

In reading the document, with it’s key section, the measurement of performance, come to the distinct conclusion that #casa must not continue as there is no measurable metric that is given.

From KlipFolio, a metric, in measurement […]

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 […]

Is #casa testing the water over private pilots??

One of the most active areas of #aviation, with no comment from CEO Carmody, but a lot of noise from Peter Gibson, who routinely gets it wrong.

The Australian this morning has a report on the matter.

It seems though, it is a “….water testing….” moment by the regulator.

As Margaret Pagani says “……the charity […]

#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% […]

July 2017 #ca$a missive

Not a word on GA [General Aviation] in the summary, just the big end of town. This shows the backroom boys, such as Crawford are more interested in non-GA.

No mention of the disastrous Colmar Brunton survey, or the latest internal #casa attempt to rectify the numbers.

But there was a hack at sport […]

Judicial Inquiry into CA$A called for by LNP Queensland Conference

On the floor of the 2017 LNP [Liberal National Party] Queensland on Sunday 16th July 2016, the following motion was placed and carried “……on the show of hands….”.

That this Convention of the LNP:

Calls upon the Federal Coalition to review recent air crash incidents and other matters, particularly in rural areas, with a view […]

Unnecessary ASIC becomes a further impost on rural and remote users

The thoroughly unnecessary ASIC becomes a further impost on rural users on 1st August with major changes to how it operates, with a requirement to present with documents in person, for which there may be a charge made on the applicant.

RAus has withdrawn from the market on the basis of onerous conditions and the […]

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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AOPA excluded a chair in #casa monthly talk-fest released today

AOPA was excluded a chair in the new #casa ASAP, according to the monthly talk-fest released today.

AOPA, founded in 1948 can speak for itself, without the protection of the TAAAF – The Australian Aviation Association Forum. AOPA speaks for a range of people similar to RAAus [Recreational Aviation Australia], who own and fly GA […]