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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 […]

ColmarBrunton Report part 2

Reading through the #colmarbrunton report shows the degree to which #casa has no commitment to a “…better way..”. The better way, does not include any new options as the attached table from the report shows. See below.

The key to the #casa approach is “…Industry to comply with regulations and aspire to safety best […]

Audit Office report into ASA #Airservices proves misfeasance in #onesky

Audit Office report into ASA #Airservices proves misfeasance, due to the #OneSky purchasing and assessment procedure.

This misfeasance should be placed squarely at the feet of Michael MrDak, Head of Department for failing to institute proper procedures to ensure his satellite organisations:

CASA; AirSerices; ATSB; etc were compliant with proper procedures.

Mrdak should resign now, […]

Bankstown airport for sale??

Bankstown airport for sale?? September 2015

There are some problems with this, not withstanding the issue of the use for aviation.

Airports in Australia; Airports Bankstown- It’s “future” – Aviation must prevail; History of Bankstown and objections to lease/ sale Bankstown Airport – What is the legal position?? Cost of CASA moving from Bankstown […]

ASRR review – status??

ASRR review – status??

The ASRR has now been in place since mid-2014, with some 37 prime matters [45 total matters identified by the Forsyth review] directed to be attended to] which are listed below.

It should be remembered that the ASRR largely came about as a result of the PelAir Senate inquiry and there […]

Avgas, $89.9m and CASA – Impropietry/ illegality/confidence in the Department?

Arguments on Avgas levy in pprune – the levy still exists, although is was directed to finish on 30th June 2013 by Treasurer Wayne Swan.

The levy is still in the May 2014 budget, and Swan never removed, nor did the Department [MrDak] or CASA [McCormick] ensure that either Swan or Hockey knew that […]

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: […]

What is hidden in the Bankstown Master Plan??

What is hidden in the Bankstown Master Plan??

Is this the basis to result in the death of GA at Bankstown and the conversion of Bankstown to a “…housing development…”.

Is this consistent to the original agreement to the “…lease…” of the secondary airports??

The Archerfield debacle is a case in point. Senator Fawcett […]

Interest in the Senate Inquiries – the score – 1, 557, 381 views and 6, 364 posts

Interest in the Senate Inquiries – the score – 1, 557, 381 views and 6, 364 posts Published: 28th December 2014

The Senate AAI hearings, operating under the RRAT Committee, with the following who are members [see below], include Senators Glenn Sterle, Bill Heffernan, Nick Xenophon, Fiona Nash.

The current interest, in people who […]

Who is the Director, International Standards, Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Who is:

Director, International Standards, Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Looks like a “Jamie Thompson” fills the bill. His talk as below, can be viewed here, but where has this person popped up??

 

 

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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 […]

Who is: Director, International Standards, Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

The following was a press release of Rob Rich’s.

Australian nominated for ICAO Secretary General.

Mr John McCormick, recent past Director of Aviation Safety, CASA, has been nominated by the Australian Government for the position of ICAO Secretary General. This was announced during the ICAO International Aviation and Environment Seminar held 28 to 30 […]

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 […]

MrDak and the Senate

Mike MrDak is a senior public servant, who was involved in the “Pink Batts” affair, as an advisor to Kevin Rudd.

There have been a series of other issues where MrDak has been asked serious questions.

In the following, article, the matter of the October 2011 Senate estimates is canvassed.

Mr Mrdak: Both. Our primary […]

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 […]

Helicopter industry dismayed at CASA forcing through Part 61

The Helicopter industry is dismayed at CASA forcing through Part 61, Rob Rich says in the current issue of the AHIA Journal. The full article is below.

From this it is apparent, either CASA is not listening, or is determined to force through changes regardless of what industry wants, which is central to the submissions […]

CASA finally come up with a full list of AC’s – legislative responsibility??

CASA has been very slow, which forms the basis of most complaints by industry and the serious deficiencies that have been lodged by numerous people and clearly enunciated by the ASRR [Forsyth Report] and directly to the Minister.

Organisations such as the agricultural groups are particularly vocal on the CASA deficiencies – Phil Hurst is […]

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 […]

CASA and Part 61 – again McCormick attacks Aviation industry for “failing to understand”

That the DAS [Director of Aviation Safety], John McCormick goes to this extent to deal with proper critisism, shows the Industry is in fact not being listened to in the pervasive and divisive changes CASA is making to the aviation working environment.

John McCormick made comment in the February 2014 “CASA Briefing”:

“I am […]

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 […]

Is CASA ready to act?? – AWU asks the question of Minister Truss and the regulator

Is CASA ready to act??

The latest call for the Government [and it’s ‘watchdog” – CASA] to get it’s act in order comes from the AWU.

Secretary Tony Sheldon says that:

“Since MH17, we’ve seen government inaction, airline inaction and watchdog inaction.”

 

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Govt failing to act on safer skies: union AAP August 07, […]

Part 61 called unworkable – CASA called to account

The new Part 61 called unworkable by the Helicopter industry secretary, Rob Rich.

The Helicopter industry has CASA called to account through the Minister.

The letter to Minister Truss says in part “… Never in this time have I seen such turmoil and mistrust in the Regulator.”

This brings the real problems with the industry […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

MH370 – What others are saying

Christine Negroni has been interested in Australian aviation for a period of time, writing an insightful article about PelAir in February 2013.

As we know this Senate inquiry has morphed into the ASRR, which has not held back in it’s censure of both the CASA and ATSB, with some serious and deep seated changes required […]

Mr. Truss – Jobs to be done this week in aviation

We saw the release of the ASRR report last week, which has a substantial “read” to it, and 37 recommendations.

To take you back to your talk to ‘SafeSkies’ last October, which was reported by Steve Creedy in The Australian and what Minister Truss said.

Top marks for:

The ETA for the review was met […]

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 […]