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RAAus – What is the organisation?

This is a definitive post after the Senate inquiry, where RAus are certainly on “..another page…” compared to SAAA, AOPA, AMROBA and Warbirds.

It well explains the RAus setup and what Benjamin Morgan of AOPA was explaining to the Senators.

Senate on 19th December 2018

Those called as witnesses, were:

AWAD, Mr Mark, Chief Executive […]

Senate Inquiry 19th November 2018

The Senators appear to finally, by their own attitude, are finally “getting”, what we in #aviation already know, #casa are inherently corrupt.

The hearing, when you listen to the #casa response [Part -3], used an attendance register to say the the #aviation industry “…signed off…”.

This is the type of attitude that the industry have […]

Minister McCormack has some serious work to undertake

Minister McCormack has some serious work to undertake.

Here are the resolutions arising from the #aviation meeting in Wagga over the past two days [see below].

There has been some well thought out ideas here, which can be boiled down into:

Review of the Civil Aviation Act, to include as a minimum, a repeal of […]

Civil Aviation Act – Act now

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Australia

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER CALLS FOR GENERAL AVIATION CONSENSUS ON UPDATE TO THE CIVIL AVIATION ACT.

AOPA Australia President, Marc De Stoop, and Executive Director, Benjamin Morgan, and AMROBA Executive Director, Ken Cannane, today met with Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack to discuss our support for changes to the […]

#aviation is important, but so is transport safety

Some, almost 50 years ago, there was a collision of the First class rail service – The Southern Aurora and a north bound freight train just south of Violet Town in Victoria.

We know that in the current climate, #aviation is important, but so is transport safety.

On 7th February 221969 at about 0708, […]

Senate Additional Estimates – 27th February 2018 #casa fail to meet time limit

The start of 2018, with the Senate Additional Estimates due on the 27th February 2018 is upon us.

#casa is not off to a flying start, with outstanding answers due from the last Senate estimates, some 3-months ago.

Is this another “finger-up” exercise??

Where is the #casa Board on this, as it appears to […]

Another #casa fail – FOI’s [freedom of information] requests not met by #casa

The following are a series of FOI requests made to #casa recently. The basis of the #casa response is refusal for a FOI. This is traced to the #casa legal branch and either Adam Anastasi or Jonathon Aleck involved.

The FOI disclosure log has been interfered with to the point where FOI’s, legitimately made and […]

#casa fails to document AOC [Air Operator’s Certificates] available publicly

From www.righttoknow.org.au web site, the following reply was made.

It seems that there is no means supplied by #casa to track AOC changes or the information behind the AOC database.

This letter is from the #casa previous head of legal, Adam Anastasi.

Interesting to note that this person is now Manager Advisory and drafting Branch.

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Falcon Air runs into inconsistent #casa regulatory rulings

The current bastardry of #casa continues.

This time other peoples survival have been compromised. The loss of human transplant materials from New Zealand could well affect a number of recipient lives who, although through a sad passing of another human life is a tragedy, the family unselfish donation to others is lost.

The comments below […]

Last hurrah for Darren Chester

In what is the last hurrah for Darren Chester, there were a series of announcements as listed below.

1. Changes to #casa Board with a new member Jane McAloon and Anita Taylor reappointed.

2. Security in airports;

3. MH370 report release

There are around 40 odd press releases/ month and in 4-months only three on […]

Minister Chester, no more

A quick look at the history of this Minister, who is in charge of aviation within his portfolio shows a Minister who last October [2016] admitted he did not understand aviation to ABC’s Fran Kelly.

A Minister who excludes, with able assistance from his CEO of the regulator [#casa], key aviation industry participants from […]

Cobden Airport doomed if planners have their way

The Cobden Airport doomed if planners have their way, according to local airport users. Despite major upgrades which allow for night landings, better parking and facilities, the Council have not registered the airport.

This is essential infrastructure and must be protected by regulation. Further, wind turbines can have serious deleterious effects on aviation.

Similar issues […]

Lord Howe Island accident

The recent Lord Howe Island accident was reported today in The Australian.

There are now three accidents/ incident’s that can be partially attributed to poor passing on of weather to pilots and aircraft in transit and variably poor Air Traffic control and likely interference by #casa.

Pelair – November 2009; Mildura – July 2013; Parallells […]

MrDak abandons #aviation industry

MrDak abandons #aviation industry and there were a few whimpers going on:

Judicial Inquiry for #casa becomes LNP Queensland policy

MrDak blasts away in the press – maybe in light of the press statement by the Minister below there is a reason for the vitriol

History shows the way – with previous Minister Truss failures

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#casa KPI’s have no means of measurement

I followed through onto the #casa web site to look at the recently [July, 2017] released corporate plan.

In reading the document, with it’s key section, the measurement of performance, come to the distinct conclusion that #casa must not continue as there is no measurable metric that is given.

From KlipFolio, a metric, in measurement […]

Positive #aviation medical changes in the US

The following article is from AOPA Pilot – US Volume 60 of April 2017 and shows the real progress made by a positive approach to medical reform, with thanks to AOPA -US of which I am a member.

Will we have the same in Australian #aviation ?

aopa-us medical changes 2017

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November 18th marks eighth year of #pelair problems

On November 18th 2009, and a Westwind became a short term floating wreck at Norfolk Island.

In 3-metre seas, in a dark part of the Pacific Ocean, six individuals combined to survive a ditching as the jet had run out of fuel and despite a number of attempts to land at the Norfolk Island strip, […]

CVDA update

I attache the following from John O’Brien and also pass along my thoughts and best wishes to Arthur, who I first met over 20-years ago. As you say John, his enthusiasm is infectious. CVDPA Update Latest CVDPA update sent to members and supporters this week… Colour Vision Update – March 2016

Quote: Dear Friends […]

Pilot’s Bill of Rights passes Senate

This is a significant reform and improves the medical process, reducing compliance costs and giving a better “Right-to-Fly” to:

American Pilots!!

This is reform #casa and this is the type of way forward, where the aviation community would work with the regulator rather than the current #avmed fiasco.

 

Senate committee passes medical reform December […]

2015 Steadfast Outback Air Race has raised in excess of $560,000 for #RFDS

RFDS Air Race results:

Record breaking fundraising total of $560,000! Peter Kneale – Sat, 05/09/2015 – 18:57 We are very excited to announce that the 2015 Steadfast Outback Air Race has raised in excess of $560,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Our Treasurer, Stuart Payne, announced the figure to racers and guest at the […]

Outback Air Race supports #rfds

Perth to Hamilton Island in an air race, which supports the #RFDS [Royal Flying Doctor Service] between 27th August and 4th September 2015 calls on all of us who travel at all west of Emerald, Gympie, Albury, Ballarat and other places to the west to support the event.

#pprune misses the opportunity to give any […]

The phoenix, McCormick arises

The phoenix, McCormick arises

McCormick arises again, to protect his position, when in #casa. What occurred is now fortuitously explained, following McCormick’s hurried exit from #casa in 2014.

It certainly was not important enough in 2014 and before, for McCormick to draw the attention of the aviation industry to this dangerous and extremely poor situation […]

Airservices union #ASA seek to reduce safety concerns of Dick Smith

Air-services union #ASA seek to reduce safety concerns of Dick Smith

The improvement of basic safety does not seem to be in the realm of the #ASA union – CivilAir. That the union has this type of view does not auger well for future relationships, particularly when the attitude over ADS-B is brought into the […]

Request for Tender – PelAir Norfolk Island Ditching Request June 2015

Request for Tender – PelAir Norfolk Island Ditching Request June 2015

On 14th June 2015, ATSB let a RFT [Request for Tender], which has a return date of 7th July 2015. The work has to be completed between August 2015 and the end of 2015.

This finally sees the recovery of the CVR and FDA […]

#PelAir Inquiry – reopened

#PelAir Inquiry

Re-opened 18th February 2015

This occurred on 18th February 2015 and is alongside the Supreme Court finding for Karen Casey. Karen is the flight nurse on the ill-fated PelAir flight, who has an action against PelAir for damages in the NSW Supreme Court.

27th February 2015 – Bernie Curall death

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PelAir […]

2015 changes to DAME Handbook

2015 changes to DAME Handbook

The problem of CASR part 61 continues, with unknown changes to Class 2 medicals and the private pilot caught in an ever widening web by CASA, as well as it’s focus group of commercial pilots [CPL]

The so-called use of evidence based medicine is horrific, as CASA Aeromed can over […]

#CASA, #PelAir and the #ATSB

#CASA, #PelAir and the #ATSB

Blatant disregard of ATSB by CASA

With the loss of Bernie Curall on 27th February 2015, a history lesson needs to made as to the Lockhart River tragedy.

Recent research shows that there are still unanswered questions surrounding the crash and untold issues leading up to the May […]

Andrew Wilkie 12.04 ABC-24 3rd March 2015 + John Sharp

Andrew Wilkie 12.04 ABC-24 3rd March 2015

John Sharp walks through the background [Pamela Phillips] during the interview.

Why was John Sharp at Parliament House??

and Who is John Sharp??

 

John Sharp is as follows:

The Hon. John Sharp Deputy Chairman & Independent Director

The Honourable John Sharp, originally from a farming […]

The Karen Casey Story – ABC Four Corners+ #PelAir

The Karen Casey story by FourCorners and ABC:

This is a follow up to the September 2012 expose of the #pelair ditching off Norfolk Island that occurred in November 2009.The original inquiry has become one with serious deficiencies, to the point it has become shelfware and a new investigation ordered and re-commenced.

It is a […]

#PelAir Investigation re-opened

PelAir Investigation re-opened:

The pressure from the Senate inquiry, the Canadian TSB [summarised by Paul Phelan] has resulted in the re-opening of ATSB process [outlined below]. The Senate estimates of Tuesday 24th February 2015 reveal that the re-investigation will only involve ATSB personnel.

Heavy questioning by Senator Xenophon went to why only ATSB […]