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Aviation – Senate Hearing Interim Report

Senate Hearing

The interim report has been released from Canberra. It is quite broadreaching, but does not go to the placement of CA$A into a full Departmental situation, rather than the present “QANGO”.

The Reports reccomendations:

Recommendation 1 3.80 The committee recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) review their cost recovery process to […]

The Future of Aviation? OR Just a Promise with no legs?

With the Senate Report due in March 2022, there is maybe some good news for #aviation.

From Australian Aviation:

Aviation Framework promises to Revitalise GA 20 December 2021 The Federal Government today released a plan for the recovery of the aviation industry that includes several measures long thought to be critical to the revitalisation of […]

Richard Rudd Update #5

Richard’s case progresses some more, with the Mayor responding to an office visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mayor’s e-mail reply is clear:

Dear Mr. Cumming,

Further to our discussion of Wednesday of this week in which you requested a meeting with Mayor Angela Toppin, I can advise that I […]

Cairns Airport Changes following removal of GA

From the Cairns Post on 25th November 2021 Cairns real estate: Airport industry and business centre plans for commercial operators

Bulldozers are set to roll through more than a dozen buildings to pave the way for a new industrial estate in Cairns Airport’s general aviation precinct.

Chris Calcino

@chriscalcino

November 24, 2021 […]

Airport attacks on General Aviation

There have been a series of attacks on General Aviation by a range of methods and “owners” since I started flying in 1995.

These are broad ranging and really boil down to individuals, organisations, corporations, Government Departments or Councils trying to limit access to a “port” and essential aviation infrastructure.

What is an #airport?

The […]

AIRPORTS in Australia

The airports in Australia are under attack.

Essendon Airport with buildings impinging safety envelope [RHS]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is your Airport one of these?

Goulburn YGLB In late 90’s, under attack with Goulburn Coiuncil changing to “operational land”, despite land deeded to Council by Poidiven family. Sale […]

Mareeba Shire Council incurs costs following Supreme Court judgement over Airport wrangle

The Mareeba Shire Council has incurred costs following Supreme Court judgement over the Airport wrangle with Richard Rudd. Richard now retaining his hangAr.

It is adorned with the Eureka flag, flying high and proudly.

Even at the beginning, the lease to which Richard is a party and continues to 2037, at s2.02, describes the …use […]

More #aviation news on Richard Rudd

The information continues, with another story in Richard’s local paper, The Mareeba Express. [See below] today [31st August 2021]

It has an interesting comment attributed to Mareeba Shire Council:

A spokesperson for Mareeba Shire Council advised “it was not aware of any action that Mr Rudd intends to take.”

In the previous article [Tuesday […]

The Rudd story continues – #Mareeba Airport

The Rudd story continues – #Mareeba Airport

Facebook page for up-to-date information

Not quite viral, but the phone calls, e-mails, facebook posts, newspaper articles and on-radio requests certainly take it to that level.

The news from yesterday is that Mareeba Shire Council still have not called Richard to meet the terms of Judge Henry’s ORDER.

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Gong’s galore in Canberra

Gong’s galore in Canberra

The following goes to Mr. Carmody, of ca$a, the ceo for the past few years, after the loss of Skidmore and McCormick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the “Gong”, you would assume Carmody was a top level public servant, […]

The Josh Hoch saga

Josh Hoch saga and #casa

This saga goes back to 2016, over 5 years ago. Now , the Supreme Court in Townsville has dismissed the “tampering” charges on the basis that it could not be proven: “Was it Josh Hoch who committed the act…”.

However, the fraud charges are a different matter and […]

CEO and Board Chair appointment to #casa

We have all been waiting for the Carmody replacement.

The press release from the Minister’s office is misleading at best: “Experienced … crew…”.

Well in aviation, one would expect a substantial GA or airline experience.

No, we have more of the “unqualified” people at the top.

At last look, #casa has responsibility for civil […]

Airspace Changes by Airservices- E

Class E was an early introduction between Melbourne and Mildura, with a lower limit of 7500FT. A clear and concise usage.

AirServices [ASA] new changes are a mish-mash of levels, requiring significant pilot inputs.

The proposal, by ASA uses AGL [Above Ground Level], not the universally accepted AMSL [Above Mean Sea Level].

There is no […]

How #Mareeba Council deals with #Airport hangar leaseholders

What is going on at #Mareeba Airport? WARNING! to MAREEBA AERODROME LEASEHOLDERS 02 Feb 2021. To all those with airfield interests: you should be very concerned. Over the past seven months I have been subjected to a relentless campaign regarding the normal occupancy of my Hangar, currently culminating in a Lock-out, Lease termination and […]

Senator McDonald in Charters Towers

Senator McDonald is available for aviators to meet in Charters Towers to meet with FNQ aviators and GA personnel.

She has a busy schedule and cleared it to listen to matters relevant to us in the region.

In the past 6 hours, people have been contacted in Townsville, Ayr, Rockhampton, Innisfail, Mareeba, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, […]

#casa circular regulations could result in a $10.5K fine

Have been on a browse through the new regulations [or parts] and Part 117 is a doosey.

Simply, if you read a part, get it wrong in #casa’s eyes, expect a $10,500 fine.

Even if you ask #casa for an interpretation, don’t expect it any time soon. I know of one case where it took […]

Reith letter to the Australian Senate

Sandy Reith reminds the Senators of the history of the past 10-years, where #aviation has come under extreme pressure due to indifferent Government action and failure to manage #aviation for the future. The need for a major structural change is evident. [The letter is published below.] The #casa experiment is a dismal failure, with […]

Senate inquiry into General Aviation – GA

Inquiry announced into General Aviation [#GA]

Many in the #aviation industry believe that #aviation is in a terminal state, the image below demonstrating the state of the nation.

Others have a more opportunistic view, but fully believe that #aviation, with the correct intervention can survive and thrive.

There are numerous things that must be changed […]

RRAT Committee – Senate

Who is on the committee for RRAT and responsible for the #aviation industry in Australia.

Senator Susan McDonald – QLD Senator and Cloncurry origin

The underlined members, in red are those who have had positive interactions, or a personal knowledge of the #aviation industry.

Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and […]

Support Glen Buckley

Support for Glen Buckley is needed.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/glen-buckley-v-casa?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

For an up to date expose of the story see:

Glen Buckley, AFTA and MFT suffers at the hands of #casa. Another #casa casualty

 

ASRR Report – David Forsyth

The ASRR Report May 2014

 

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ASRR Report released by Truss

Glen Buckley, AFTA and MFT suffers at the hands of #casa. Another #casa casualty

Glen Buckley and APTA [Melbourne Flight Training – MFT]:

Who was MFT/ AFTA?

pprune posts during 2019 [Produced in full] Direct link from pprune

APTA/ MFT had a #casa AOC for training, for over 15 years. With the CASR changes and introduction of the Parts, “upgraded” the AOC to comply.

#casa agrees to the proposal […]

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 […]

Bruce Rhoades – Update

I have recently had an update to the November 9th 2018 7:30 report interview and investigation.

This is a compilation that summarises the situation:

 

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Facebook:

Not to be outdone, casa sent me a threatening letter on Tuesday 27th November 2018.

casa removed my AOC (Air Operator’s Certificate), depriving me of an income […]

Bruce Rhoades and the ABC 730 report

This is compiled from from recent press clippings and reports.

Bruce Rhoades says: “…………………….I just can not allow this culture of CASA to go on, without speaking up very, very loudly against it………………”

https://www.facebook.com/ABC730/videos/plane-crash-vision/739093299770738/

Sydney Morning Herald Safety investigators face evidence allegations over crash probe By Adele Ferguson & Chris Gillett

29 October 2018 — […]

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 […]

Wagga meeting today

I have been listening since 10am this morning to the experienced aviators in Wagga today.

Hopefully this will not be the result from the meeting!!.

I am the eternal optimist!

The programme is extensive displaying the depth of experience.

The drive by the AOPA Board to this end, started by the Dick Smith Oration […]

#casa ICC – Industry Complaints Commissioner

The #casa ICC [Industry Complaints Commissioner] is, from the #casa web site:

CASA industry complaints commissioner

The office of the industry complaints commissioner (ICC) reports directly to the CASA Board.

It does not sit within CASA’s organisational structure to ensure independence and impartiality.

The ICC provides members of the industry, the wider aviation community and […]

Overly prescriptive methodology by #casa confirmed

Senate Estimates May 2018 – #casa answers Senator Patrick Questions

The overly prescriptive methodology by #casa has been confirmed in the answer to a complaint by #casa Industry Complaints Officer, Jonathon Hanton.

This prescriptive approach fails to meet industry needs [Complaint by Steve Purvinas, Secretary Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association]

This is the ultimate […]

Dick Smith Oration

On the 26th April 2018, Dick Smith spoke in Wagga NSW about the challenges facing #aviation.

In the talk, which is below for an almost 20-minute listen, calls for substantial changes to the Civil Aviation Act [CAAct], which will immediately benefit the direction of #aviation and #saveGA.

Further Dick calls for the introduction of the […]