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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 […]

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 […]

#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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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 […]

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 […]

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 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 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.

Admin · 14 hrs

As of today i am told from a […]

#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 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 […]

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% […]

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 […]

Another training exercise goes wrong

RIP, the three airmen in South Australia.

A timely reminder of the need for proper procedures, which I am sure the highly competent CP of RossAir would use.

A look at the Western Australian example where the local CFI and CP refused to accede #casa FOI’s demands and the lengthy AAT and subsequent Court cases […]

#casa misrepresent the numbers again

 

This is an issue that affects every pilot in Australia. Although it is a perpetual licence, without a valid medical – A pilot is not a pilot.

That #casa went to a discussion paper is a bit of a change, but as is the normative #casa way, the numbers became misrepresented by #casa as […]

Positive #aviation medical changes in the US

The following article is from AOPA Pilot – US Volume 60 of April 2017 and shows the real progress made by a positive approach to medical reform, with thanks to AOPA -US of which I am a member.

Will we have the same in Australian #aviation ?

aopa-us medical changes 2017

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#casa expectations by Minister Chester demonstrates his lack of #aviation knowledge

The Ministers “direction to the #casa Board is a joke and demonstrates his complete lack of understanding for #aviation.

The Statement of Expectations for the Board of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for the Period 27 March 2017 to 30 June 2019 is attached below.

This statement has:

Has no KPIs; No deadlines; No specifics […]

Senate estimates 27th February 2017

This estimates should be interesting to watch. In particular, the Carmody performance – doubtless question dodging at 4.45PM.

4.45–5.15 pm 7. Civil Aviation Safety Authority 5.15–5.45 pm 8. Aviation and Airports Division 5.45–6.15 pm 9. Airservices Australia

AGENDA MONDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2017 *Interstate based agencies Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio Department of Infrastructure and Regional […]

AVMED under fire again – Steve Hitchins comments

Steve makes some valid comments on the Skidmore lecture. [see below]

But Skidmore is not talking about the #casa that most of us are still seeing, as it is distinctly “Rule-by-Law”, not “Rule-of-Law”. Many of the pilot community have their eyes glaze over about now, but it essential that we see this situation for what […]

Pilot’s Bill of Rights passes Senate

This is a significant reform and improves the medical process, reducing compliance costs and giving a better “Right-to-Fly” to:

American Pilots!!

This is reform #casa and this is the type of way forward, where the aviation community would work with the regulator rather than the current #avmed fiasco.

 

Senate committee passes medical reform December […]

#casa fails to meet regulatory requirements of #ozaviation or the Australian Government

If you read the guidance document and the ten principles for Australian Government Policy Makers – #casa does not meet these at all.

#casa released it’s own 10-commandment set as well.

Question is, if that is the case, why has Minister Truss failed to stop the current situation and move #casa regulation forward to meet […]

#casa and #avmed concerns of disclosure

The effects of non-disclosure are the potential missing of a safety related problem. The #atsb RepCon area has reported major reductions in voluntary disclosure by pilots and others in the #ozaviation area.

This has been at the same time as increasing pressures from the regulator #casa and increasing penal/ fine conditions promulgated by #casa in […]

DAME’s – What’s #casa up to now??

DAME’s – What’s #casa up to now??

There has been a bit of activity by #casa in regards to “substance abuse” and the following are the reference’s to this plus “#casa DAME guidelines. These are extremely prescriptive and may well go across the patient / doctor relationship.

If #casa were paying for the medical or […]

Legal links in #CASA

Legal links in #CASA

There are numerous links between people in CASA and those who take a pivotal role in protecting the internal happenings. This is to be expected in a far-reaching organisation that is tasked as CASA.

The problem is when the aviation community become concerned that information is being improperly used and they […]

Aviation Medicine – Application in Australia

Big problem is in the application by the casa PMO, or principal medical officer being quite difficult in his (not yet her) opinions. Consequently the review of approved DAME doctors approval of medicals for flyers has been quite “random”.

The use of the specialists reports has also been random and for individuals, who have been […]

PelAir action has a reserved decision

The Supreme Court in Sydney today [6th February 2015], with Judge Monica Schmidt in Courtroom 9D, resulted in a “finding reserved” at 11.45PM on Friday.

The PelAir ditching, the first jet ditching in the world, where all survived in November 2009, seriously injured the Flight nurse, Karen Casey and the treating Doctor, David Helm. All […]

AVMED Problems – Bladeslapper

AVMED problems raised by Helicopter pilots:

Re: Helicopter Pilot training path

The information provided by HKK is still current. I had LASEK in 2009 with pre-surgery refraction of -5 left and -3 right and was subsequently confirmed as AVR1 by AVMED. by jandakotflyer Fri Mar 21, 2014 2129 Forum: Flight Training Topic: Helicopter Pilot training […]