PRESS RELEASE
INDUSTRY CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO END THE 
DESTRUCTION OF GENERAL AVIATION IN AUSTRALIA.
TAMWORTH REGIONAL AIRPORT, HANGAR 6 – FRIDAY 6TH MAY 2016 – From 1pm
The general aviation industry’s leading associations and personalities, will rally at Tamworth Regional Airport, this Friday, 6th May from 1pm.  Calling on the government to take immediate measures to end the regulatory nightmare that is destroying Australia’s general aviation flight training, charter and maintenance businesses.
 
In attendance, representing the government will be;
 
The Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Barnaby Joyce
The Department of Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester
The Chairman of the Board, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Mr Jeff Boyd
 
Small to medium sized aviation businesses across Australia are being forced into closure through excessive regulatory costs – imposed by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
 
Throughout the past 25 years, the industry’s leading associations and peak bodies have furnished the successive Ministers and Civil Aviation Safety Authority management with dire warnings, clearly demonstrating the damage being inflicted on industry through excessive and expensive regulation.  
 
All efforts by industry to date have been blatantly ignored.
 
The general aviation industry has been bullied and intimidated by CASA into accepting a flawed and expensive european EASA regulatory framework which is totally unsuitable and incompatible for Australia’s general aviation needs and future.
 
CASA’s decision to implement the european EASA platform over that of the United States (US) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) system has been totally unsupported by the general aviation industry and has increased regulatory compliance costs to unaffordable levels.  
 
It has made the Australian general aviation industry uncompetitive domestically and globally.  Forcing flight training, maintenance and charter businesses into closure.
 
CASA has demonstrated that it is unable to make the right decision for Australia’s general aviation future.  CASA are ignoring the qualified consensus of industry.
The general aviation industry stands firm, calling on the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport to now direct the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to accept the qualified consensus of industry and to adopt the FAA regulatory platform, as outlined in the recently published TAAAF and AOPA Project Eureka policy recommendations to government.
 
We now call on the Liberal/National Government to bring and end to this dark chapter and to re-position Australia’s general aviation industry, to create jobs, growth and opportunity.
Best regards,
 
BENJAMIN MORGAN
Chief Executive – Aviation Advertiser Digital Group
 
Telephone: (02) 8215 6292
Mobile: 0415 577 724
 
Mailing Address:
PO BOX 465
Edgecliff NSW 2027
Australia.