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How has Britain dealt with the ASRR challenge – Not suitable for OZ

The following response by Britain’s CAA to complaints of excessive regulation are interesting.

However, the Australian ASRR review faces quite a different situation, as the “CAA” here [CASA] is quite obstrustionist when dealing with proper and directed change.

If CASA, in Australia was not obstructionistic, the improvements needed for aviation would have already been achieved and the lengthy PelAir inquiry would not have been needed, nor the entirely negative findings against CASA and the safety investigator [ATSB] from that inquiry.

In Australia we need a “clean-out” with entirely new regulations being either:

US-FAR’s or NZ-Regs

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Otherwise known as the “Red Tape Review”, this is below in description by the review panel:

The Government’s GA Red Tape Challenge (RTC) was both timely and welcome. It has given my colleagues and I at the CAA a powerful reminder that we need to inject more pace into how we introduce a more proportionate and risk-based regulatory regime for the UK GA sector and push harder for change across Europe to meet the demand evident from the GA community.
I have often been told that the CAA has a level of engagement with its stakeholders that is unrivalled amongst other national aviation authorities. That may be the case, but we obviously need to achieve more and be better partners with the GA community. The new GA Unit I am setting up in the CAA is a key part of that new approach. Its focus will be entirely on the GA sector. It will ensure that the regulatory regime for GA sector will take a different path and be less onerous to that applied to the commercial aviation sector.

and the response to the “Challenge” is interesting [in part]:

CAA response – GA Unit

The Government’s response to the general aviation Red Tape Challenge refers to the new General Aviation Unit that the CAA is setting up to handle all aspects of its oversight of the GA sector. The new Unit will be fully established by April 2014. With broad recognition within the UK that regulation intended for commercial air transport should not be read directly across to the GA sector, the CAA believes setting up a Unit focussed entirely on the GA sector is an appropriate response.

The objectives of new Unit will be to:

  • develop and adopt an evidence and risk-based approach proportionate to the risk appetite of participants while still ensuring protection of uninformed third parties;

  • cut unnecessary bureaucracy, reduce disproportionate regulation and support and encourage the growth of a vibrant GA sector for the UK;

  • develop a culture of transparency and openness and to support and educate the GA sector to encourage sustainable compliance and use legal powers only as a last resort; and

  • improve communication with the GA sector, for example by providing targeted, relevant information in more accessible ways.