ICAO issues casa non-compliance notice:
The issues of variance with ICAO here are broad and largely involve non-compliance and the fall out from that issue. ICAO compliance [over 2600 issues] has been avoided by CASA largely saying: “We are looking into these matters”
1. Why is casa not in compliance with icao?
2. How does casa intend to become compliant with ICAO ?
3. How does casa intend to comply with ICAO?
4. What is the timeframe for compliance?
5. In terms of it’s written answer to ICAO:
Has casa met any of the time-lines committed to in it’s reply to ICAO?
6. What action is casa taking to ensure that the inquiry by the FAA is met?
And What is the time-frame?
7. What is the compliance with Annex 6, Part 2, operational SARPS on international flights?
8. Are the standards and recommended practices (SARPS) of Annex 6, Part 2 – Operation of Aircraft, International General Aviation – Aeroplanes., being met by casa?
9. What action does casa intend to make to meet these requirements and what is the time frame?
10. How does casa reconcile the differences with the ATSB?
US embassy cable – 09CANBERRA1081
AUSTRALIA: FAA COMPLETES ASSESSMENT, NEXT STEPS
Wikileaks: View 09CANBERRA1081 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Canberra
Created: 2009-12-07 05:33:00
Tags: EAIR AS
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
1. (C/NF) Summary: The FAA team concluded their audit (reftels) and gave a brief assessment of preliminary findings. While the team recognized improvements on previous shortcomings and commended many areas, a few problems remain. Australian officials seem committed to overcoming the shortcomings before a second and final FAA visit within the next three months, but the possibility of a category downgrade does exist and is being taken seriously. The team outlined the sequence of events going forward and agreed to work closely with Embassy Canberra.
2. (C/NF) The FAA team gave a preliminary assessment of their November 30 – December 4 audit to Australian Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA) officials and separately to DCM Dan Clune. The team explained the significant shortcomings, discussed potential scenarios, outlined the sequence of events going forward and agreed to work closely with Embassy Canberra.
3. (C/NF) While the team recognized improvements on previous shortcomings and commended many areas, there remain a few shortcomings, principally a shortage of properly-trained inspectors and excessive delegation of regulatory functions to carriers.
4. (C/NF) Based on our conversations with FAA team members,
following is a rough sequence of events going forward:
— Two weeks: Informal letter FAA team to CASA (through State/Embassy Canberra) delineating specific areas from their assessment that need to be addressed. This is meant to aid CASA to swiftly focus efforts on overcoming shortcomings.
— 30 days: Formal State front-channel cable with official report of the week-long assessment, constituting official notification from FAA to CASA under ICAO. According to the FAA team, this cable will most likely state that Australia does not/not comply with ICAO standards and indicate that, if the problems are not remedied, it would be downgraded to Category 2. The cable will also request further consultations, which would include a second visit to US embassy cable – 09CANBERRA1081 http://cables.mrkva.eu/cable.php?id=238347
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Preventing Worst-Case Scenario
¶5. (C/NF) A downgrade to Category 2 would be the worst-case scenario, which would entail measures such as freezing Australia-U.S. flight operations to current levels and terminating code-sharing arrangements, such as the one between Qantas and American Airlines. CASA officials are not taking this possibility lightly and seem committed to resolve the shortcomings in order to avoid a downgrade.
¶6. (C/NF) Comment: FAA team members were extremely satisfied with CASA officials’ openness and eagerness to make constructive improvements based on the assessment. FAA Q make constructive improvements based on the assessment. FAA and CASA clearly have a good working relationship and we will monitor progress toward maintaining Category 1 status. We will also monitor that CASA’s efforts enjoy adequate support at the ministerial level as well as from Australia’s commercial airlines.
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