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Concession by #casa as to stifling aviation

In The Australian today, there is a concession by #casa as to stifling aviation. This is a long time coming and follows the May 6th 2016 meeting at Tamworth organised by #aopa and then in Canberra in the meeting where the Minister left AOPA and RAAA to an un-minuted meeting.

The loss of pilot numbers was raised by vocasupport.com in 2011.

Pilot numbers indicate a major fall in aviation

In 2012, the following was published:

Pilot Numbers

By the 3rd November 2014, voca recognised a serious fall in the number of pilots

The identified loss of over 17, 000 pilots was the final straw identified in 2015 from the #casa annual report.

It is time for the Minister to act, not more mealy mouthed #casa words to #saveGA

CASA concedes: Our red tape stifles industry

Up in the air

The aviation regulator has conceded it needs to do more to reduce the red tape and onerous costs strangling Australia’s general aviation sector.

The concession came in response to calls from the general aviation sector for a government lifeline after data, showing terminal declines in the number of new pilots and aircraft entering the industry, was presented to the Civil Aviation and Safety Authority this week.

The data — collated by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association using sources from CASA, the Department of Industry, ­Innovation and Science and the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics — shows the number of general aviation pilots in Australia has plummeted 34 per cent (by about 8000 licensees) since 2000.

In the same period, aviation gas consumption has fallen 35 per cent and aircraft registrations are down 13 per cent since 2000 but down 53 per cent since 2007.

Statistics from the Federal Aviation Administration show pilot numbers in the US have increased by 4 per cent since 2007.

AOPA executive director Ben Morgan said the charts were made in response to a challenge by CASA aviation safety director Mark Skidmore to prove that the industry was in decline.

“These charts tell a story of catastrophic decline. CASA has remained adamant through recent negotiations that the industry is nowhere near the seriously perilous state that AOPA has ­presented,” Mr Morgan told The Australian.

“We were challenged quite ­ludicrously by the director of aviation safety at CASA to go away and prove to him that the industry was in decline and so we have done that using their own data.”

Mr Morgan said CASA had never admitted that the general aviation industry was in decline. But that has now changed.

A CASA spokesman said: “CASA accepts activity in general aviation has reduced over a lengthy period of time, although we have yet to do a comprehensive analysis of the data provided by AOPA.

“The reduction in activity is due to many economic, social and technological factors.”

Mr Morgan said the blame for the industry’s decline should be placed on CASA, saying there was a “structural and systemic failure of the regulatory framework” that was being exacerbated by onerous red tape and high costs of compliance.

AOPA has also called on Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester to take “clear and direct action” to support small aviation businesses.

“We need wholesale change. We need the minister to step in and trigger a clear political intervention to address the highest level issue that all other issues stem from and that is the fact that our regulator is not tied in its performance to the performance of the industry,” Mr Morgan said.

The Australian understands the minister will meet with CASA next week and increase pressure on the regulator to listen to the concerns of smaller operators.

CASA did not accept that the reduction in general aviation activity should solely be ­attributed to its performance as the air safety regulator.

“However, as a part of the Australian aviation system, CASA ­acknowledges it needs to do more to remove any unnecessary regulatory burdens to general aviation and to provide efficient regulatory services,” the spokesman said.

“CASA has begun a program of fundamental change and improvement and many of these initiatives will benefit general aviation. We have started work on overhauling CASA’s service delivery systems and are working to ­develop a service culture within our workforce.

“Action is also being taken to provide new and improved training for CASA staff. We are improving manuals and we are streamlining approval processes.

“CASA looks forward to working with everyone in general aviation to build a stronger future for this important sector of Australian aviation.”


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