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Has CASA deluded and misused the September 2014 survey ?

Has CASA deluded and misused the September 2014 survey, of the “traveling public”? 

In reading the Farqartson missive below, note the highlights.To use statements such as “Most Australians – 80 per cent“, is misleading in the utmost and the interpretations made by CASA [through the surveyer] cannot be at all relied on, when compared to the “spin” made in other fora.

The Cairns to Canberra caravan findings certainly does not support this view.

There has been no parallel survey of the actual participants – pilots, LAME’s, owners, operators.

This makes reasonable comparisons unable to be supported in a statistical sense at all. Reliance of a biased data set such as this is to be deplored and unable to be supported in any form.

The only survey undertaken across industry was in a pprune survey, which was very derogatory of CASA and it’s operations.

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In the current AMROBA Bulletin:

The facts:
◊ BITRE listed 58 regional airlines in 1993
◊ Today a total of 15 regional airlines exist – A decline of 75% in just over 20 years
◊ In 1984 we had regional carriers servicing 277 ports.
◊ By 2010 this had declined to 148 ports – A drop of nearly 50%
This decline coincided with the 1988 creation, by government, of an independent government agency.
At the recent RAAA Conference, the RAAA Chairman, Mr Jim Davis stated: “These numbers speak for themselves and unless this trend is arrested we may well end up one day with Qantas and Virgin as the Coles and Woolworths of regional air services.
To arrest this trend and to ensure the continued viability of smaller regional operators we need to  contain costs which have increased dramatically in recent years across the entire spectrum.”
What Jim, other associations and many individuals in industry have recognised is that the transformation of the aviation under the regulatory changes imposed by CAA/CASA over the last two decades has meant regional and private aviation trending downwards.

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In an ALEA 2013 survey, in part shows the following, with a 40.8% rating for CASA. I would be inclined to go with this survey, not Terry’s September survey, as these people actually would know who CASA was and the facts. A 21% odd score for management in fact tells it all:

 

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October 2014

From the acting Director of Aviation Safety Terry Farquharson

CASA has many stakeholders ranging from members of the aviation industry to members of Parliament. People from industry and Parliament make their opinions known to CASA frequently. But CASA has a much larger, often overlooked and generally silent group of stakeholders to which, through the Minister and, the Parliament we have a significant responsibility – the Australian travelling public. As a whole this group rarely makes known its views concerning aviation safety so it is imperative that periodically CASA takes steps to see if they have any major issues of concern. Recently, CASA commissioned a national survey to find out what Australians think about aviation safety and the performance of the aviation safety system. Respected polling organisation Galaxy Research conducted the research on behalf of CASA in September 2014. A nationally representative sample of people was asked a series of questions about the level of aviation safety in Australia, how Australia compares to other leading nations and the performance of CASA.

The good news is Australians do have a high level of confidence about aviation safety. Everyone in Australian aviation can be proud that a large majority of the public views safety in a positive light and ranks safety in Australia ahead of the United States or Europe. CASA has strong support amongst the public, with 83 per cent of people believing CASA is doing a great, good or reasonable job.

The majority of Australians – 75 per cent – are very or completely confident about arriving safely if travelling on an airline flight within Australia while just three per cent are not confident. Most Australians – 80 per cent – believe airline flights in Australia are just as safe or safer now than they were five years ago. When asked to compare safety in Australia with the United States and Europe, 61 per cent of people said Australian aviation was safer.

Asked about the safety of charter flights, 59 per cent said they were confident, while 55 per cent are confident about the safety of private flights.

On the question of the supervision of airline flights by CASA, 44 per cent of people want more CASA supervision and 33 per cent support the current levels. Asked about the supervision by CASA of charter flights, 54 per cent support more scrutiny and 20 per cent say no change is needed. On the same question for private flights, 49 per cent support more CASA supervision and 21 per cent say no change is needed.

Where people had concerns about aviation safety these centred on fears about recent high profile international accidents, a lack of proper maintenance, cost cutting, less regulations for smaller aircraft operations and news about smaller aircraft accidents. Overall, the news from this research is very good for Australian aviation and highlights how hard we must all work to protect and enhance our safety record.

 

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