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New web site – #casa trumpets “Partners in Aviation”

The new #casa web site , lists the following as their “partners in aviation safety”, but there is no mention of:

  • Pilots;
  • LAME’s;
  • Controllers;
  • Owners;
  • PAX;
  • Operators and
  • A myriad of others who impact on the actual safety of the passenger, owner, operator, pilot and others.

This demonstrates the absolute disconnect in the Australian Aviation industry by the regulator [#casa] and until the disparate problems are resolved in line with the released aviation policies of the actual aviation industry, it will be impossible to move forward in any positive form.

It is essential for an immediate move to the US-FAR’s, in line with the Ken Cannane proposal from AMROBA.

The Government must:

  • Direct the adoption of the USA aviation regulatory system for general aviation; and
  • Promulgate those requirements, within two years, as Aviation Safety Standards under Sec 9 (1)(c) of the Civil Aviation Act; and
  • Any proposed change to an Aviation Safety Standard, by industry or CASA, based on a USA requirement must have aviation industry sector(s) consensus; and
  • Amend all associated regulations to support the above promulgated Aviation Safety Standards as recommended in the ASRR Report.

The TAAF also call for similar proposals:

“The Forum believes there are significant savings for industry and government through a more efficient planning process,” TAAAF said.

TAAAF has also proposed changes to the Civil Aviation Act, given Australia’s “highly prescriptive approach to aviation safety” had “hindered the development of the industry for little discernible safety benefit”.

TAAAF chair – and former Airservices chief executive – Greg Russell said the association’s proposed policy initiatives offered “real pathways to improved services, savings for the taxpayer and more effective regulation”.

“It is estimated that over $2.2 billion in benefits to government, industry and society would be realised from the adoption of these policies,” Russell said in a statement.

“A new approach to aviation challenges through a government/industry partnership would make Australia into a regional aviation leader and drive growth and opportunities across the nation.”


The 25th May meeting occurred this week in Canberra

Both groups released policy papers in April, and were given the opportunity to reinforce their positions in separate meetings chaired by department Deputy Secretary Shane Carmody. Executive Director Airports and Aviation Pip Spence was also present.

The CASA representatives included DAS Mark Skidmore, Stakeholder Engagement Group Manager Rob Walker and Aviation Group Manager Graeme Crawford.

Honorary Chairman Greg Russell headed the TAAAF contingent and later described the meeting as “positive”. TAAAF canvassed many issues raised in their 2016 policy, including regulatory reform, progress on the Forsyth reforms, and the CASA board and its relationship with the Director of Aviation Safety.

AOPA’s presence was as part of the group who collaborated on Project Eureka, which included AVM (Retd) Gary Beck, AOPA President Marc De Stoop, AMROBA Chief Exective Ken Cannane and new AOPA board member Ben Morgan.

Details of the discussions are expected to remain confidential until the official minutes of both meetings are made public.

Read more at:  http://www.australianflying.com.au/latest/aviation-groups-meet-with-the-department-in-canberra#qjzX6QqC0fLC41ZG.99

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Change to #casa regs – remove Part 61, Go to US-FAR’s



Our partners [casa]

There are five federal government agencies with roles in providing safe aviation in Australia:

  • Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • Civil Aviation Safety Authority
  • Airservices Australia
  • Australian Transport Safety Bureau
  • Australian Maritime Safety Authority

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development advises the Government on the policy and regulatory framework for Australian airports and the aviation industry, manages the administration of the Government’s interests in privatised airports under the Airports Act 1996, and provides policy advice to the Minister on the efficient management of Australian airspace and on aircraft noise and emissions.

Airservices Australia has responsibility for airspace management, aeronautical information, aviation communications, radio navigation aids and aviation rescue firefighting services.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau independently investigates aviation accidents and safety occurrences, records, analyses and researches safety data and fosters safety awareness, knowledge and action.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is an independent statutory authority which provides the safety regulation of civil aviation operations in Australia and the operation of Australian aircraft overseas.  It is also required to provide comprehensive safety education and training programs, to cooperate with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, and administer some of Part IVA of the Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1959.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is responsible for the national coordination of both maritime and aviation search and rescue. AMSA is also responsible for the management and operation of the Australian ground segment of the Cospas-Sarsat distress beacon detection system.

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