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Senate and #asa board Angus Houston

The hearing into #asa continued on 8th September 2015, with the Senators seeking answers to a series of issues that could well be defined at corruption.

Dick Smith and a corresponding group of articles in The Australian exposed serious safety issues in the #asa portfolio, particularly in Tasmania, with aircraft disappearing from radar screens.


Old 11th Sep 2015, 11:59   #1 (permalink)
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Mr Skidmore backs flawed CASA ADS-B Regulation Impact Statement

In an article this morning in The Australian under the heading “Watchdog backs cost estimates for satellite tracking system” (reproduced in entirety below) CASA Head, Mark Skidmore, has ignored every one of AOPA’s objections to the current requirements for the fitment of ADS-B well ahead of other aviation countries.

Those in the know realise that there is no measurable economic or safety benefit for our unique ADS-B requirements that are coming in in 18 months’ time where every IFR aircraft (yes, even a 172) will have to have ADS-B Out fitted even in non-controlled airspace. No other country in the world has such onerous and expensive requirements.

All of the points in the AOPA letter have been completely ignored by Mr Skidmore as it’s clear that the person who wrote the letter is one of the “iron ring” who came up with the requirements in the first place.

I had an independent person look at the Regulation Impact Statement and he worked out that the negative effect for general aviation was something like $60 million. Can you imagine one of the claims of this huge ADS-B cost is “there will be safety improvements … including increased accuracy of directed traffic information!

Now how does that save any money for general aviation? The article goes on to talk about “quicker alerting when aircraft vanish from surveillance” but it doesn’t mention that at a typical height a small aircraft flies, there will only be about 10% of Australia covered.


Some of the Senate question and answer is below:





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