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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 […]

#pelair update by #atsb

Finally an “official” update by #atsb on the new #pelair report. It has not yet been given to the directly interested parties (DIP’s).

That the #pelair debacle, created by #casa and #atsb separately and in concert, is deplorable and shows the contempt for those involved.

November 2009 was the date of the ditching and we […]

Minister Truss and Aviation

Minister Truss and Aviation

On Saturday, Mr. Truss was at the Brisbane LNP Annual Conference, where these was a testimonial dinner given. Truss has overseen one of the most devastating falls in aviation small business across Australia.

This is not something to be proud of at all.

In fact, Truss supported McCormick for an ICAO […]

PelAir action has a reserved decision

The Supreme Court in Sydney today [6th February 2015], with Judge Monica Schmidt in Courtroom 9D, resulted in a “finding reserved” at 11.45PM on Friday.

The PelAir ditching, the first jet ditching in the world, where all survived in November 2009, seriously injured the Flight nurse, Karen Casey and the treating Doctor, David Helm. All […]

PelAir drags on – It’s over 5 years since November 2009

PelAir drags on – It’s over 5 years since November 2009

The PelAir matter is not yet complete, with the CASA, ATSB and PelAir with a major coverup continuing, much to the disappointment of the Senators. There are a whole range of issues to be answered, with a seriously disappointed and it would appear, angry […]

PelAir, responsibility and the ‘Law’

PelAir, responsibility and the ‘Law’ is still with us. The recent case against Parkes Shire and South West Helicopters is instructive.

This accident occurred in February 2006, with a final report filed by ATSB in August 2007

Particularly as to the situation of people travelling in aircraft in the work-place. Flight nurses spring to mind.


PelAir finally reaches a review with ATSB of the badly investigated accident

PelAir finally reaches a review with ATSB, of the badly investigated accident, following:

Senate Inquiry – Starts October 2014, finishes February 2013

[Government Response to the PelAir Senate Inquiry [March 20th 2014]

Also See: PelAir Senate Inquiry

Senate Motion – Contempt – July 2014 [Senator Xenophon puts “Contempt of parliament” for consideration]

Canadian Review of […]

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 […]

Critical CASA proposal on Fuel and Alternate requirements

A critical project such as this only has a four week consultative period from 14th August 2014 to 12 September 2014.

This is such that industry gets inadequate comment time.

Another part 61 debacle?? or just a fluff to the Senate??


Project OS 09/13 – Fuel and Alternate requirements Issue

Civil Aviation Regulation 1988 […]

PelAir Inquiry raised in Senate – Who has revealed Senate secrets??

At the PelAir inquiry, the Senate made serious warnings that any “get even” with those who gave information or submissions to the Inquiry. It seems from the Xenophon statement to the Senate today [10th June 2014] someone has breached that understanding.

The actual Xenophon statement to the Senate:

Senate and Nick Xenophon places a matter […]

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 […]

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 […]

An old report reminds us of the Annex 13 requirements ASRR report due soon

An old report reminds us of the Annex 13 requirements and maybe reminds us of the ATSB reports and the errors exposed by “interested parties” in getting the actual answers.

Unfortunately there are too many since Whyalla, where ATSB has some serious answers to give:

Whyalla Lockhart River Benalla Canley Vale Norfolk Island

for a […]

Questions for Minister Truss on 30th April 2014

Mr. Truss is to address the National Press Club on 30th April 2014:

The Hon Warren Truss MP

Deputy Prime Minister April 30, 2014 Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

‘Address to the National Press Club’

Book Now For This Event

The Hon. Warren Truss MP is Deputy […]

Aeromedical transport and the effect of CASA – Where is the senate pelAir inquiry in this??

We need a discussion on the divergence of aerial patient transport, that, as CASA indicates, and why it really needs to diverge greatly from the rest of the world.

The question we need to ask, is why should this be the case?

ICAO has set very clear guidelines as to how this should happen and […]

PelAir – What will the ASRR bring to the surface??

The following post on pprune gives some light to the major issues surrounding the Senate PelAir inquiry:

15th Apr 2014, 10:01 #1871 (permalink) Up-into-the-air Join Date: May 2010 Location: More than 300km from SY, Australia Posts: 637 PelAir Don’t forget, the Senate inquiry was the one that …discovered… the following:

1. Failure by PelAir to […]

MH370 – Angus Houston takes charge

MH370 – Angus Houston takes charge ove r the search and the collection of materials. He is to lead the international search effort.

Where is ATSB’s Martin Dolan???.

Maybe someone is actually reading the PelAir stuff-up of ATSB and the complicity in this by Dolan and McCormick.

Is the PM [Tony Abbott] distancing himself from […]

Letter to a local member – ASRR and the required industry response by Minister Truss

The following was published recently on pprune. It bears some careful thought and support by both the aviation community and the relevant MP’s.

There is a six week gap where people can make contact your local politican about these critical matters and before the May release of the Forsyth ASRR [Aviation Safety Regulatory Review]

What […]

ATSB’s Martin Dolan and the MH370 search vs. PelAir

Well Martin Dolan seems to be able to help “look for MH370” under his obligations under ICAO – Annex 13.

We know where the Westwing is at Norfolk Island, but he can’t get excited to find the “Black Box”.

Dolan went to the issue of “fuel usage” by the jet – strangely familiar. Annex 13 […]

CASA monthly “bulletin” – what truth is there in this??

The following is from the pprune site, reminding us of the 2008/ 2009 FAA/ ICAO audit, [The final report, with some 2600 non-compliance’s]:

6th Mar 2014, 12:53 #41 (permalink) dubbleyew eight Join Date: May 2013 Location: have I forgotten or am I lost? Age: 61 Posts: 725 I think creampuff has been right all along.


PelAir reply given the “once over” by Sandilands CASA/ ATSB score poorly for safety response.

Another great Sandillands report and comments [from pprune] below go to the heart of just why aviation safety in Australia is failing.

24th Mar 2014, 10:18 #1822 (permalink) Sarcs Join Date: Apr 2007 Location: Go west young man Posts: 1,231 Beyond the pale! Creamy thanks for the refocus.. Although I don’t believe Ben has said […]

ASRR and Minister Truss – Have CASA and ATSB misled you??

The following pprune post bears some careful thought as to whether CASA and ATSB either together [basis for this exposed by Seantors Xenophon, Fawcett, Sterle and Heffernan] or individually to “drag out” the reply.

The November 18th 2013 estimates hearing certainly bears some thought, with the questions asked and the 28th May 2013 estimates, when […]

Summary of PelAir Government response

The “Government Response” was made today [20th March 2014], although Albanese was given one [Interesting to see that, and compare with current]

My summary is as follows:

Senator Xenophon and PelAir “Government reply”

This was given to the Senate around 4.45PM on Thurday 20th March 2014 and well reported on pprune.

21st Mar 2014, 01:01 #641 (permalink) Sarcs Join Date: Apr 2007 Location: Go west young man Posts: 1,226 Hansard for Nx & DF 20/03/14 Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (15:45): I seek leave for the Senate to reconsider […]

Government response to PelAir Senate report March 2014

The following released today through the Departmental site:


Download Here: Report from the APH site on PelAir

Summary of Responses:


Is there a Sir Humphery in the House – the ASRR, Minister Truss and aviation

The following which I was directed to only recently, deserves attention in light of the current Senate Committees, where Mike Mrdak featured in protecting both Dolan and McCormick in the PelAir matter.

The words in the TOR’s for the current ASRR are dictinctly those that come from a over-riding ‘direction to the troops’ by Mrdak.


Senator Xenophon and PelAir – Why did Albanese not reply to the Senate??

The following has just been released in a readable form:

Senate debates Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Adjournment 7:44 pm

Aviation Transport Safety Bureau

Nick Xenophon (SA, Independent) Share this | Link to this | Hansard source

I would like to speak tonight on an incredibly seriously issue that goes to the heart of […]