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AMROBA – from their site, indicate some of the areas that are a problem for the future and the meeting with CASA on 20th April 2013:

One Industry Advocate

The “foundation” design and maintenance organisations (known as the AMROBA Fathers), that are the driving force behind setting up Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Business Association (AMROBA) as a non-profit organisation, recognised the need for a dedicated advocate to represent the maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) segment of Australia’s aviation industry.

An advocate that they and other participants can put their faith in and one that represents them and their views with CASA and the Federal Government and other bodies. Many of aviation’s MRO participants that have become members of this association confirm the need for a dedicated advocate to represent their interests.

An advocate with a permanent Executive Director and office administrator to collate the inputs and reviews that affect members and prospective members.

The Executive Director is the public face of the association and he/she will lobby appropriate people for the benefit of the association’s members. This includes lobbying government, Dept of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development and CASA so that they energetically and appropriately represent this industry internationally. The industry’s advocate should also ensure that other trading nations know the capabilities of Australia’s MRO industry.

Many participants of Australia’s aviation’s MRO industry have demanded an advocate for many years. The current period of aviation change is the most appropriate time to have a dedicated industry association with permanent staff to act as the industry’s advocate with governments, agencies and associated industry bodies.

The adage “there is strength in numbers” is absolutely true when it comes to influencing government regulations and policy. In addition, your membership dollars is a good investment in this industry and your future.


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Delays and International Practices

Industry wonders whether the Forsyth Report is getting the government support that it needs. Unlike the CAA(UK), ever since the creation of the government agency CAA/CASA there has been more and more prescriptive regulations that restricts aviation without any thought that the regulatory environment must also enable the industry to be sustainable.

CASR Part 61, unique to Australia, is further proof that those creating the requirements are not specialists in the sector nor do they understand ICAO Annexes and other regulatory systems where industry is not only surviving but they are growing.

The CAA (UK) has promulgated two documents, CAP 1123 and CAP 1184.

CAP 1123 simply states that the CAA (UK) will be deregulating GA as much as possible and they will also move to delegation to assist so the CAA(UK) could stop regulatory oversight of GA. GA in Britain is prescribed as aviation not classified as Commercial Air Transport (CAT).

CAP 1184 states that over the next couple of years the CAA(UK) will be changing their legislative requirement to Performance Based Regulation. The CAP states that “Further regulation and just doing more of what we currently do will not have the greatest effect.”

The outcome of PBR means many current organisations must change to some degree to get the most out of PBR. The PBR approach will improve the sharing of risks information and best practice.

PBR and deregulation and delegation of individuals in GA is the FAA GA system.

Maybe Australia was closer to what the CAA(UK)’s ‘new direction’ pre the creation of CAA/CASA. Our GA system was more FAR system than any other system.

This was also the direction of CASA before Byron/McCormick and is possible under the many recommendations and observations contained in the Forsyth Report.

The only problem is that CASA has not demonstrated any intent to adopt the government’s aviation policy and regulation reduction of red tape.

To get Australia back to international standards then many of the requirements implemented of the last decade will need to be re-visited and corrected.

Minister Truss, industry continues in damage control waiting for your decision.

  • The delay in appointing a new DAS
  • Directing adoption of the Forsyth Report recommendations; and
  • Amending the Act so the recommendations are permanently implemented.