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Industry Consultative Council – meets in Canberra

Industry Consultative Council – meets in Canberra

New Consultative Council meets in Canberra

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss has established the Aviation Industry Consultative Council (AICC) to provide the aviation sector with a direct voice to the Minister and the Australian Government.

Chairing the first meeting in Canberra today, Mr Truss said the AICC is dedicated to aviation matters and believes it will be a valuable forum for discussion.

“Aviation is central to the Australian economy from domestic and international tourism, to business and work-related travel, family reunions and medical emergencies; so the Australian Government is committed to ensuring aviation’s many voices are heard,” he said.

“Our government has already initiated and responded to the landmark Aviation Safety Regulation Review. We have reformed the Qantas Sale Act, abolished the carbon tax on aviation fuel, revived the Enroute Charges Payment Scheme and ended half-a-century of dithering by locking-in Badgerys Creek as the site for a dedicated Western Sydney airport.

“But there is more to do in this ‘aero-space’ and we welcome ideas and insights from industry. The Council will act as an advisory body tackling high level strategic issues, but it is not a decision-making entity.”

Members of the 18-person council include Qantas boss Alan Joyce, Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti and RA-Aus President Michael Monck.

General aviation is well represented on the council by Marj Davis representing the Royal Federation of Aero Clubs Australia, Tony Brand from Horsham Aviation and AOPA President Allan Brooks.

Issues canvassed at the inaugural meeting included opportunities to reduce regulatory burdens, challenges in regional aviation, the need to revitalise the General Aviation Industry Action Agenda, aviation workforce skills and implementation of the Government’s response to the Forsyth Report.

AICC Members

Stephen Goodwin National Chairman Australian Airports Association
Jim Davis Chairman Regional Aviation Association of Australia
Martin Laverty CEO Royal Flying Doctor Service
Alan Joyce CEO Qantas
Michael Monck President Recreational Aircraft Australia
John Borghetti CEO Virgin Australia
David Boundy Chairman Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia
Mike Close President Air Sport Australia Confederation
Barry Abrams Executive Director Board of Airline Representatives of Australia
Ken Cannane Executive Director Aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Business Association
Philip Reiss Director Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia
Peter Pallot CEO Sunshine Coast Airport
John Patterson Executive Director Australian Mayoral Aviation Council
Tony Brand Director Horsham Aviation Services
Pine Pienaar CEO Flight Training Adelaide
Allan Brooks President Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia
Marj Davis OAM Immediate Past Pres. Royal Federation of Aero Clubs of Australia
Darryl Taylor Managing Director Tasmanian Helicopters

 Red tape tops sector’s gripes to new aviation industry council

Red tape tops sector’s gripes

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss. Picture: Phil Williams Source: News Corp Australia

EXCESSIVE regulatory burdens as well as the challenges facing regional and general aviation were among the topics discussed this week at the inaugural meeting of the Aviation Industry Consultative Council.

Eighteen representatives from across the industry met Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and new Civil Aviation Safety Authority chief Mark Skidmore to identify the issues they wanted to address.

These included opportunities to reduce regulatory burdens, challenges in regional aviation, the need to revitalise the General Aviation Industry Action Agenda, workforce skills and implementation of the government’s response to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review report.

The council was part of the government’s aviation election policy and Mr Truss said it remained committed “to ensuring aviation’s many voices were heard”.

“Our government has already initiated and responded to the landmark Aviation Safety Regulation Review. We have reformed the Qantas Sale Act, abolished the carbon tax on aviation fuel, revived the Enroute Charges Payment Scheme and ended half a century of dithering by locking in Badgerys Creek as the site for a dedicated western Sydney airport,’’ he said

“But there is more to do in this aerospace and we welcome ideas and insights from industry. The council will act as an advisory body tackling high-level strategic issues, but it is not a decision-making entity.’’

The government had been facing criticism for its failure to act on many of its aviation election promises but has reversed that situation recently with a series of announcements.

The industry broadly welcomed its response to the ASSR. The cautiously favourable reaction continued this week when Regional Express applauded the government’s response to the report’s 37 recommendations aimed at improving relations between the industry and government agencies, particularly a relationship with CASA seen by many as toxic.

“Rex is pleased to see the government has accepted 32 recommendations and has committed to further reviewing another four,’’ Rex chief operating officer Neville Howell said. “Industry has suffered for far too long and we are happy to see the Abbott government taking firm action.”

Mr Howell said the government had agreed only in principle with some key recommendations and he urged it “to fulfil the full intent of the ASRR report recommendations and not just pay lip service’’.

“ We now hold the government to implementing the recommendations without undue delay and hope it will move much faster than it has done in selecting the new CASA board members and CEO.’’

The Aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Business Association also warned there was “a real urgency” to act and warned that many non-airline sectors of the industry were in recession. It supported the government’s proposals and was committed to working with it and CASA to implement them.