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#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 […]

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 […]

Senate Additional Estimates – 27th February 2018 #casa fail to meet time limit

The start of 2018, with the Senate Additional Estimates due on the 27th February 2018 is upon us.

#casa is not off to a flying start, with outstanding answers due from the last Senate estimates, some 3-months ago.

Is this another “finger-up” exercise??

Where is the #casa Board on this, as it appears to […]

General Aviation report by Infrastructure Department

This was released on 19th December 2017. A quick read shows an industry in serious trouble.

From #pprune:

22nd Dec 2017, 16:40 #6 (permalink) Sunfish Join Date: Aug 2004 Location: Melbourne, Australia Posts: 6,577

To understand the scale of the problem of GA -and why its stuffed, consider Australia’s GDP – an overall indicator of […]

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 […]

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 […]

#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 […]

#pelair update and an estimated date for review by DIP’s

Manning says that the ATSB’s processes were OK, but with #pelair #atsb did not follow the processes.

 

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 […]

#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 […]

Senate #estimates May 2017

Senate estimates are on for a full week, with more time given to #casa, #atsb to get to the bottom of the question bucket.

#pelair should be well aired and Hood of #atsb questioned.

#casa should be asked questions of the missing $89.9m

The wastage of money, identified by the 2017 budget, where #casa have […]

12-years on from Lockhart River

We must never lose sight of the matters surrounding Lockhart River.

A complacent and defective regulator – #casa; A poor and incompetent investigator – #atsb; Uncovered facts from the crash; Refusal by the regulator to provide information in a fair and unfettered manner; An aircraft [VH-TFU] that was not suitable to be used as a […]

Do other #aviation Investigators direct the regulator?

Do other #aviation Investigators direct the regulator? is a reasonable question.

This is particularly after the REX loss of propeller incident last week and the #Mildura incident – almost four years ago [when two 737 aircraft ended up at Mildura due to incorrect data being fed to the weather provider and the lack of information […]

Will #casa properly investigate the #airservices input into this incident??

The REX SAAB which lost a propeller at 00:46 UTC on a flight from YMAY to YSSY according to Flightradar24, went some 40NM north of YSSY before landing on 16R.

A PAN call from a professional crew stating that the aircraft had lost a propeller and there is a diversion by ATC over inhospitable tiger […]

One Nation, #aviation policy and James Ashby

One Nation, #aviation policy and James Ashby deserves some investigation as the industry approaches a critical point in it’s future.

The numbers in the Australian Senate are critical and the way #casa has upset so many people, many of whom have become One Nation supporters, deserves quick scrutiny.

Dick Smith was one of the […]

Have the Truss undertakings of October 2013 been met?? History repeats again

The attached is the Creedy [Now mouthpiece for Air Services] version of the Truss “SafeSkies” conference in October 2013.

ASRR – expected end 2013.

Result: Not until well into 2014 and being dismantled by #casa

Board changes: Yes and done

Result: #casa is resisting requirements

ICC reports to #casa Board with more resources

Result: #casa […]

#mh370 and #pelair insurance issues surface

The #pelair and #mh370 insurance have some similarities, as with the earlier Lockhart River where slow or devious payments occur with operators [and insurers] trying to limit liability.

Karen Casey has been appealed in the supreme court in NSW during November 2016.

No outcome until February 2017 [8 1/4 years later].

The #mh370 issue […]

2016 review in brief – Abysmal #casa, #atsb, #asa performance

2016 saw a large number of changes in #aviation, but little to give hope for the future where we can #saveGA.

Some of the #aviation highlights/ lowlights are below, which lead to a very low score for the 2016 year.

Over 480 #aviation people turn up to protest issues to DPM Joyce and Minister Chester […]

November 18th marks eighth year of #pelair problems

On November 18th 2009, and a Westwind became a short term floating wreck at Norfolk Island.

In 3-metre seas, in a dark part of the Pacific Ocean, six individuals combined to survive a ditching as the jet had run out of fuel and despite a number of attempts to land at the Norfolk Island strip, […]

Sully, #pelair #atsb and #casa

I watched Sully twice since last week and the crew were outstanding in their responses and having 155 souls saved. On a cold January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 (AWE1549) Airbus A320-214 flight from La Guardia NY to Charlotte NC.

From the time of the bird-strike to the decision to land in the Hudson […]

CASA demonstrate siege mentality

In the last few weeks, since the publication of the Jabiru article in the Australian on 29th July 2016, #casa are attempting to “…pervert a reasonable safety case…” by their actions. In the case of Jabiru, Jonathon Aleck refuses to allow the removal of restrictions on Jabiru to go, saying:

“Our concerns were real and […]

Senate Estimates – 5th May 2016 Heffernan’s last Post

The following are a collation of the 5th May Senate estimates with Nick Xenophon, Bill Heffernan, Glen Sterle and the Senate team on aviation.

Bill’s farewell speech in the Senate:

 

#MH370 and #atsb:

 

#m370 update [Peter Foley] and Senator Heffernan’s last Estimates:

 

Hudson Approach for Sullenberger and #PelAir

Not mine, but worth a repeat as the “Miracle on the Hudson” [#sully] demonstrated how first class work occurred.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/year-anniversary-hudson-river-plane-crash-gallery-1.1579817

This adulation was never repeated in the real work that Dominic James undertook in November 2009, when, at night, in open seas pitching above 3-metres he ditched and all “…swam away…” in the #PelAir ditching […]

Actual involvement of #casa, #BOM and #AirServices in failing to properly update the weather changes in a timely and safe manner in #Mildura

Still no report from either #pelAir or #mildura [#atsb said at the time: “…The final report is anticipated for release to the public by June 2014.”] as to what really happened [Incident – 18th June 2013].

The question is:

“How can two aircraft not be notified of serious changes in the weather and visibility at […]

man-the-lifejackets

Here is a puzzle for solution:

A series of posts on#pprune by poster “Man-the-Lifejackets”.

These are made by someone close to the matter and of course, the life-jackets were never sought by #atsb in the initial investigation by #atsb.

Lot’s of doubts about how #atsb investigated the #pelair ditching, the blame apportioned, the Chambers report […]

Is #casa emulating the improper NSW ICAC actions??

In NSW, the ICAC [NSW’s corruption watchdog] investigations have directed at evidence gathering with the Cuneen case, which showed improper collection and clear falsification of video evidence in the collection of a phone from Cuneen. This progressed to the High Court, with serious doubts being raised about evidence gathering.

The latest revelations go even further […]

PelAir – Wikipedia entry

The #asrr report, the senate investigation, best summed up as a bungled report:

http://www.crikey.com.au/2014/12/05/pel-air-crash-investigation-was-a-debacle-from-go-to-whoa/

Now a new investigation by#atsb, with aircraft to be finally raised in November 2015, following the CTSB [Canadian ATB] non-complementary report.

 

The 2009 Pel-Air Westwind ditching, Norfolk Island ditching or CareFlight ditching was an aircraft accident on 18 November 2009 […]

Senate – Supplementary Estimates – Monday 19 October 2015

The October estimates in which Senator Heffernan asks #casa, #asa, #atsb and others serious questions is on next Monday.

May estimates reference.

The QON, which were due in July surfaced today and are below:

CASA

ATSB

Airservices

AMSA

AAA

OTS

Some good breakdown of estimates is here:

http://auntypru.com/forum/-Senate-Estimates-2015?pid=2379#pid2379

And the other tabled documents from the […]

Is aviation dangerous??

In a recent post, there is a ranking that #casa should remember. It is a post on 28 March, 2015 · by Richard de Crespigny · in Cabin Crew, Leadership, News, QF32 Story, Security, Training.

Produced here with thanks and a serious reminder as to how safe air travel is compared to other activities.

Unfortunately […]

#aopa’s Marc de Stoop questions #casa

#aopa’s Marc de Stoop questions #casa

That Marc is asking who is making these regulations, is interesting, as is questioning the proper qualifications.

Read Marc’s letter to #casa here.

This is an issue that I have long had with #casa, where people are given a job on “casa requirements”, and not proper aviation qualifications.

There […]