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#pelAir stink pervades #aviation in #OZ with FOI refusal by Minister Chester

I have to hand a refusal of a Freedom of Information request [FOI] by Minister Chester’s Department of Infrastructure.

This requests the costings of the:

Initial #atsb report; #casa report, not released to the #atsb; Senate Inquiry; Subsequent #asrr report by David Forsyth; Canadian ATSB report; Implementation cost by #casa; Implementation cost by #atsb

The […]

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 […]

#atsb at October 2015 Senate estimates

The rabbit in the spotlight – Martin Dolan [#atsb at October 2015 Senate estimates] who was trying to prove the #pelair re-investigation. Dolan admits that #atsb did not ully and properly investigate the #pelair investigation.

Senator Fawcett ursued the serious failure by Dolan and #atsb to properly investigate the #pelair matter.

I will post the […]

Contempt of Parliament by #casa CEO McCormick??

Contempt of Parliament by #casa CEO McCormick??

In 2013, Senator Xenophon raised issues of Parliamentary privilege over evidence give to the Australian Senate by #casa.

The matter is serious and although the Senate privileges committee found against the Xenophon referral, this goes to the heart of all that is wrong at #casa.

Participants in aviation […]

#MH370 flaperon identified

#MH370 flaperon identified

The flaperon discovery and the CSIRO modelling make for interesting reading, with the summary reproduced below and the Sky news report.

Of course, we still await #atsb to raise the CVR and data recorder from #pelair Norfolk Is ditching Westwind [six years later] – and #atsb was detailed to find #MH370.

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Airservices union #ASA seek to reduce safety concerns of Dick Smith

Air-services union #ASA seek to reduce safety concerns of Dick Smith

The improvement of basic safety does not seem to be in the realm of the #ASA union – CivilAir. That the union has this type of view does not auger well for future relationships, particularly when the attitude over ADS-B is brought into the […]

Andrew Wilkie 12.04 ABC-24 3rd March 2015 + John Sharp

Andrew Wilkie 12.04 ABC-24 3rd March 2015

John Sharp walks through the background [Pamela Phillips] during the interview.

Why was John Sharp at Parliament House??

and Who is John Sharp??

 

John Sharp is as follows:

The Hon. John Sharp Deputy Chairman & Independent Director

The Honourable John Sharp, originally from a farming […]

Minister Truss demonstrates lack of aviation knowledge #ozaviation

Minister Truss demonstrates lack of aviation knowledge

The disallowance motion on Part 145 is to be commended and is just the first part of the process to rid the industry of improper regulations and show the proper power of the Parliament/ Senate.

The effect of Parliament supporting was is showing up as a corrupt […]

The Karen Casey Story – ABC Four Corners+ #PelAir

The Karen Casey story by FourCorners and ABC:

This is a follow up to the September 2012 expose of the #pelair ditching off Norfolk Island that occurred in November 2009.The original inquiry has become one with serious deficiencies, to the point it has become shelfware and a new investigation ordered and re-commenced.

It is a […]

Connections of senior public servants and their masters

Connections of senior public servants and their masters

I pose the following for thought:

Martin Dolan got job at ATSB, despite having no more experience with aviation than “managing” the sale/ leasing of the secondary airports [Moorabbin, Bankstown, Camden, Archerfield, Jandakot]; Dolan undertook the work at the old Department of Transport [now Infrastructure under Mike […]

Reflections of the human face of the #PelAir ditching

Reflections of the human face of the #PelAir ditching

The tragic loss of Bernie Currall [our #pelair patient] in the past two weeks, just as the re-opening of the #pelAir ditching by the #ATSB has started.

ATSB started making phone calls to the participants [including the flight nurse] around the 19th of February 2015, which […]

No to McCormick as Chief of ICAO

No to McCormick as Chief of ICAO

A lot of astute readers of the #PelAir inquiry in the Senate of Australia will be glad to see that McCormick, fail to gain the Directorship of ICAO. McCormick was nominated in an obscure Singapore conference late in 2014.

This nomination was despite the previous glowing reports in […]

#PelAir Investigation re-opened

PelAir Investigation re-opened:

The pressure from the Senate inquiry, the Canadian TSB [summarised by Paul Phelan] has resulted in the re-opening of ATSB process [outlined below]. The Senate estimates of Tuesday 24th February 2015 reveal that the re-investigation will only involve ATSB personnel.

Heavy questioning by Senator Xenophon went to why only ATSB […]

CASA and a presumption of innocence?? Quadrio six years later

CASA and a presumption of innocence?? Quadrio six years later

The article by Nicola Berkovic [below] bears some careful thought, not just as to “hate” issues, but in the normal running of government.

The statement below attributed to Tim Wilson should be viewed in the light of what CASA has been doing in cases […]

#MH370 – Current ATSB activity

#MH370 – Current ATSB activity

In the Australian Senate on 24th February 2015, there was a major update, with the transcript and actual hearing visuals below:

Page 156 Senate Tuesday, 24 February 2015 RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE

Senator BACK: Mr Foley, can you just give us a very brief update on […]

Senate Estimates – The actual hearing 24th February 2015

Senate Estimates – The actual hearing 24th February 2015

With help from the PAIN Group, posted here to the YouTube link is the broken up complete look at the 24th February 2015 estimates.

Worth a read and watch of the obvious body language of the participants.

The full link to other Senate […]

Senate Estimates and CASA/ Air Services

Senate Estimates and CASA/ Air Services/ MrDak

The 24th February 2015 senate estimates and hearings proved interesting last night. The senators certainly were not happy with a number of people, including the Head of Department, MrDak, CEO Airservices [ASA] Ms Staib and a number of others in answering or avoiding answering questions.

The corruption […]

ICAO – Who is to lead it as next head??

ICAO – Who is to lead it as next head??

The announcement last year of the nomination of McCormick [ex-CASA ceo] for the ICAO position, proposed late in 2014, by Mike Mrdak’s Department of Infrastructure.

DPM Warren Truss confirmed it recently.

Looks like there is a serious contender, with broad aviation experience at a high […]

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 […]

Charter flight or RPT???

Is this a Charter flight or RPT???

Remember the AAT case and Direct Air – similar???

1. Restrictions with a “closed charter” and use of a charter AOC and a Tourist Agency:

Caper Pty Ltd T a Direct Air Charter and Civil Aviation Safety Authority [2011] AATA 181 (21 March 2011)

Civil Aviation Safety Authority […]