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Remembrance Day 11th November 2017

William Fraser McKerrow, my great uncle, my Grandmother’s brother joined the AIF in Learmonth just outside Ballarat as a 25 year old share farmer on the 7th July 1915.

He joined only 2 ½ – months after the Gallipoli invasion [AWM]. He had nearly seven years in the local light horse squadron as a sergeant […]

Bob the Builder has rights smashed in Cairns

Like the drone wars Bob the Builder is facing a fight similar to that by other #aviation users, when airport lease holders exert untold power on leaders. Goulburn, Moorabin, Mildura; Gympie spring to mind.

 

This article is from the Saturday, 4 Nov 2017 issue of Cairns Post Digital Print Edition.

Bob’s ready to […]

Proposed Civil Aviation Regulation Act

Is the following a sign of things to come? (Unknown source)

 

Proposed Civil Aviation Regulation Act

Rule 1000(a). No pilot or pilots, or persons, or persons acting on the direction or suggestion or supervision of the pilot or pilots may try, or make attempt to try, to comprehend or understand any or all, 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.

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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 […]

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 […]

Carmody and #casa talks about a defective regulator

In today’s Australian, Shane Carmody, the re-cycled former employee of #casa, talks about what has been labelled by the #aviation industry as a defective regulator.

The full content is below.

The same has already been attempted in the well known and respected YAFFA produced “Australian Flying”.

 

Let’s have a careful look at what […]

#casa Another useless advisory group

What a crock #casa.

The introduction of another panel.

#casa you have:

the #casa Board; GAAG group of the Minister [Chester]; The #ASRR Colmar Brunton

and yet #casa, who won’t listen to these groups want yet more.

Come on Mr. Chester, just punt #casa over the fence and introduce the #USFARS.

Talk to David […]

#casa put more blocks to #aviation in place

The training industry is almost done for in the amount of paperwork required by the regulator to operate.

No more small operators in #aviation will be the result; Lose more operators from the “bush” [see the #casa release today – below]

As Senator Nash said in the Senate this week, Bill Shorten when giving his […]

Can #casa count?? The Annual reports say – No

Here is an e-mail I received in answer to the recent post.

Why, did CASA have the purpose built property at MB airport only to then ditch it for a City address that is totally removed from all aviation activity and has increased the travel costs and time wasted in traffic by factors of (X+Y)*n.

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Is Carmody on the “nose” – Senator O’Sullivan is of that view

Great work Hitch, showing where GA can be headed in the future. However, we must all be vigilant the the new DAS/ #casa CEO is not a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

There is serious history when Carmody was in #casa before and the Senate estimates show a disparate person.

If you listen carefully to Senator […]

Carmody reigns over a defective #casa, along with the #casa Board

Can you believe this?

8.3% yield, what about the deficit ?

#casa has been in loss mode for the past few years and one must ask the question as to how #casa are spending our/their money.

The article below shows the expenditure on “Aviation House” and the Brisbane headquarters.

#casa losses reported and […]

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 […]

#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 […]

#pelair report still not due until late 2017

Captain Chris Manning, who is in charge of the new #pelair inquiry – #pelair 2, in tonight’s senate #estimates says that the report is due to go to the DIP’s [Directly Involved Parties] in next 5 weeks.

This is expected to take at least 60 days, rather than the usual 28 days allowed, given the […]

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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