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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 2016

The change of the #casa CEO from Skidmore to Carmody, who was the Deputy Director of the department, reporting to MrDak.

Carmody at #casa replacing Skidmore

This is a major show of strength by MrDak in the struggle to keep a lid on the #aviation industry and show that there is “…nothing […]

September missive by #casa and goodbye Skidmore

This is Skidmore’s last misssive, and …goodbye…

[Remember, the missive only goes to around 7000 people and many of these only have an interest in #aviation, being on the “list”]

What has Skidmore brought us?

More regulation; No improvement of regs especially Part 61, which brings higher costs and no understanding improvements, despite Skidmore’s “Tiger […]

Jeff Boyd addresses industry in Cairns

Jeff Boyd addresses industry in Cairns

On 4th September 2015, Jeff Boyd addressed a public meeting in Cairns QLD. He addressed a series of important matters, which are critical for aviation in Australia.

Article about the meeting

I have attached a copy of the recording below, which is only accessible to subscribed members. There is […]

#ASA now refusing to answer questions by The Australian

#ASA now refusing to answer questions by The Australian

Questions, which are a proper part of the transference of information and cooperation that should exist in aviation. This cooperation must exist in order that a joint improvement is made to aviation, rather than one-sided approaches.

The Airservices media unit refused to provide any information or […]

Truss confirms McCormick for ICAO

Truss confirms McCormick for ICAO

In a most amazing turn of events, DPM Truss confirms McCormick for the ICAO position.

This is the person, McCormick, in whom the Australian Senate has no confidence, the person who was heavily involved in the Cathay Pacific #49’s debacle, the person whom has harassed aviation people at Acacia Ridge […]

Mark Skidmore’s first “Missive” – No future for Aviation

Mark Skidmore’s first “Missive”:

Well, the training wheels are off on Mark Skidmore’s first foray into the big aviation world.

He lists the “….five principles CASA must embrace when making decisions or taking actions…”, but the “..principles…” are not bound at all in the CAAct, except for Principle 1 – CAAct 9A.

This approach does […]

Skidmore finds his way to the CASA web page – eventually!!

 

Skidmore finds his way to the CASA web page – eventually!!

Clicked on the “CASA Director” tab this afternoon [19th January 2015] and all I found was:

The Page [NoSuchPage] is not defined in this application, please check the URL.

Then a few minutes later get the BIO shown below.

Question here is: […]

ASSR replies released late by DOTARs – Challenge to CEO Skidmore

ASSR replies released by DOTARs on 6th January 2015. This was done without any fanfare or media releases at all, just appears on the web-site.

These are a must-read, with the “Government Response” attempting to water down the effect of the ASRR.

The Government response says, in part:

Industry will be provided with further opportunities […]

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 […]

Does CASA properly use Instruments??

Repeal of Instruments and Instruments revoked

One of the problems an aviator has is the improper use of regulations/ instruments. This is a distinctly obvious problem of understanding by both CASA and the individual or business.

A question to be asked is do these CASA – made instruments expire or if they have not been […]

Address by Jonathon Aleck – November 2014

Address by Jonathon Aleck – November 2014, which goes to the matter of ‘trust’.

The industry is clear – it does not trust the regulator.

The ASRR report by David Forsyth and the many submissions could not be clearer – No trust in the regulator and also the safety investigator.

There is no mention […]

AMROBA scores the Government on Aviation progress

AMROBA scores the Government on Aviation progress after 12 months since election.

We all know aviation is a delicate subject, but it has been subject to three reviews in past 18-months, which all point to a failing system, yet the recently resigned DAS [McCormick] in his last gasp [monthly missive] to the industry again tries […]

Senator Fawcett questions – Still not answered – Where is the Archerfield case??

RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE Estimates (supplementary) TUESDAY, 18 OCTOBER 2011 The Department

Senator FAWCETT: Gentlemen, a number of individuals and aviation associations have criticised—in fact, some have condemned in quite strong words—both the minister and the department for their handling of the issues around commercial development on Bankstown and Archerfield airports.

I would […]

Paul Tyrell raises concerns on aviations future – Minister Truss – Aviation awaits a proper reply

Paul Tyrell raises concerns on aviations future in an article on Aviation in the current HIA magazine. It is a worthy read and demonstrates the importance of the current Forsyth review – the ASRR [Aviation Safety Regulatory Review].

The review attracted over 260 submissions, with over 30% of them being confidential, which is maybe a […]

When is an AC able to be used in Australia – Legal Limits??

On a number of occassions, I have been asked as to what is the Head of Power for an “AC” – Advisory Circular.

The reference on the most recent is as follows:

Advisory Circulars are intended to provide advice and guidance to illustrate a means, but not necessarily the only means, of complying with the […]

Will Geoff Boyd improve the CASA Board??

This is what Geoff Boyd said when he became chair of the RAAA.

Question is, can Geoff apply these continuing principles to the CASA Board job and ensure that the constituency that elected him to this position [RAAA Chair] is represented in the CASA Board situation.

And will the Board put in place the ASRR […]

CVD – Coulour Vision Deficiency – Pilots attacked by Regulator – CASA in Australia

The following articles ran today [20th June 2014] in Australia, which give a clear indication of the way the Australian regulator treat Australian pilots with disregard.

 

1 SBS – News

19 Jun 2014 – 1:12pm Colour-blind pilot challenges licence restrictions

A Qantas jet flies past the control tower at Sydney Airport. (Source: AAP) […]

Part 61 – What impact will it have on the pilot community??

CASA is currently pressing on with PART 61, against the wishes of the aviation community and with out proper promulgation of the MOS [Manual of Standards]. A search today, 18th June 2014, does not have a published MOS for Part 61.

The Part cannot stand on it’s own without the standard.

The full part is: […]

CASA “Safety” seminars – Are they worth going to???

The last time I went to on of these seminars, the presenters refused to answer questions on Part 61 and a range of important issues.

To raise issues is just another way to not get answers from CASA.

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The latest is directed seminar series, which in the mccormick missive on 26th May 2014 says:

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ASRR submissions released by Forsyth review

These submissions were released today [13th June 2014] and bear some careful reading.

The large number of confidential submissions [over 70 of the 269] bears witness that a large individuals and organisations are concerned about retribution on making a submission.

The public submissions released today can be read here [I have sorted them into groups […]

ASRR Report released by Truss

The heavy lifting still has to come on this as the report still allows CASA to prevail.

This fails to fully get to the real underlying problems of the industry, which is supported by the member for Franklin who shows her complete ignorance of the issues, a problem arises for the industry.

The following are […]

Senator Fawcett grills ATSB head – Dolan

The Senate estimates makes interesting listening tonight [26th May 2014], with Senator Fawcett grilling Martin Dolan of the ATSB.

Senator Fawcett sheeted the funding issues and the up-coming loss of 12 staff in the ATSB to Albanese on more than one occasion – the new Government is keeping to the responsible people. the ATSB says […]

An old report reminds us of the Annex 13 requirements ASRR report due soon

An old report reminds us of the Annex 13 requirements and maybe reminds us of the ATSB reports and the errors exposed by “interested parties” in getting the actual answers.

Unfortunately there are too many since Whyalla, where ATSB has some serious answers to give:

Whyalla Lockhart River Benalla Canley Vale Norfolk Island

for a […]

Is this CASA’s latest movement machine??

Are the wheels really coming off the CASA machine??

Perhaps moving the over-burden while looking for the $89.9m in the Budget.

 

 

 

CASA and ? Corporate frenzy to justify direction of operation

The material written below by CASA, has been overtaken by events since 2011 [probably written in late 2011/ early 2102, as it is not dated], yet CASA still publish this on their web-site: –

To say:

CASA’s governance framework provides the context within which the organisation operates to achieve its objectives, ensuring transparent, ethical and […]

CASA strike again, with more expenditure and new “projects”

 

 

Subject: CASA Standards Development – New Projects From: CASA mailing lists <noreply@casa.grapevine.com.au> (Add as Preferred Sender) Date: Mon, May 05, 2014 9:54 am To:

 

CASA wishes to advise the opening of:

Project CS 14/09 – Post-implementation review of CASR Part 90 Project CS 14/10 – Update of AC 21-46(1) Project MS 14/11 […]

AMROBA calls for proper action against CASA – ASRR, Minister Truss

The following post on pprune [AMROBA still kicking…plus TAAAF behind closed doors??]leads us to Ken Cannane and AMROBA, with more excellent directional material.

The following discussion by Ken bears some careful thought:

At the last CASA SCC Operations sub-committee, we were promised a lot more regulatory packages that are so big, they will be submitted […]