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Josh Hoch, #casa, Queensland Police update

We have all been looking at where the “Josh Hoch” saga has been going. This story from the Townsville Bulletin on Friday bears reading and raises a number of issues.

This is particularly with regards to the 2012 to 2016 period.

What questions arise:

What is the basis of the fraud? How did Hoch operate […]

#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 […]

Data collection of incidents – A major event to follow??

Data collection of incidents – A major event to follow??

 

Goulburn Airport features in a risky advertisement

Goulburn Airport features in a risky advertisement

The latest Budget Direct advertisement, which shows a close encounter of the aviation kind demonstrates the lack of care of the operator.

Captain Risky’s Close Call – Budget Direct

John Ferrara, who gained control of the airport, despite a vocal local group of aviators who supported Goulburn […]

Mareeba Wind turbines

Mareeba Wind turbines

The following report into the effects is of interest to aviation people and how effects are just buried with little or no comment, particularly if the effect may be negative on the proposal.

Aviation effects at Mareeba

The Company detailed to do the study was Lambert & Rehbein Aeronautical Assessment, who are […]

Wind Turbines Preliminary Report

Wind Turbines Preliminary Report

The Senate wind turbines report has just been released, following public hearings and the seven recommendations include health research and a series of guidelines covering operation and approval.

The use of an Independent Expert Scientific Committee, is a step forward. The senate committee considered that this “Expert Scientific Committee” should consult […]

Dick Smith has a win against #CASA with “commonsense”

Dick Smith has a win against #CASA with “commonsense”.

Dick Smith has been calling for changes to the Air Services (#ASA) and #CASA dominance on resisting serious safety issues to RPT in #ozaviation. This has been since Dick Smith relinquished the #CASA Board chair.

Dick has called for immediate changes to airspace management, […]

The importance of airports in Australia

The importance of airports in Australia

In the US, in the State of New Jersey, there was a recent trial which has substantial impact on aviation and local Government organisations.The case of Solberg airport should be viewed, even though in US jurisprudence, as an important precedent in Australia.

The ALOP’s programme, with direct funding springs […]

Bankstown for sale??

Bankstown for sale??

The issue of aviation in this appears to have been missed, according to the article in yesterdays Financial Review [26th May 2015].

That this absolute and demonstrable hit at the nations primary infrastructure.

That a large area of the land has had issues raised as to:

Flooding; Contaminated land; Aviation use; Prior […]

Windfarms and aviation

Windfarms and aviation

What pprune is saying this week. This thread was locked down as likewise three previous threads raising serious issues about windfarms and the inherent aviation dangers of these structures.

20th May 2015, 11:06 #1 (permalink) Stikybeke Join Date: Aug 2006 Location: Close Posts: 213 Windfarms 3 I see that the current Select […]

Wind Turbine Hearings

Wind Turbine Hearings

These were carried out over the past 24 hours, with a number of very interesting submissions made, which often demonstrate the limited nature and depth of the approval process. There are obvious vested interests represented.

There were a number of international submissions, particularly on physics – which advance the understanding of […]

Bankstown Airport – Flooding Events

Bankstown Airport – Flooding Events

This 1986 image [annotated below comments] Have We Forgotten About Flooding on the Georges River , shows Bankstown Airport in the right rear of the image, with the N-S runway and three E-W runways visible.

There is substantial flooding on the site, hence any fill dumped to the south […]

Wind Turbine – Senate Inquiry

Wind Turbine – Senate Inquiry

This inquiry is still receiving submissions. Matters and effects have been raised in the past, with a report made to CASA, which raises serious issues.

In October 2014, a manifest was presented to the Senators, which included matters relating to wind turbines.

Wind Turbines

On 24 November 2014, the Senate […]

Senate Estimates – The actual hearing 24th February 2015

Senate Estimates – The actual hearing 24th February 2015

With help from the PAIN Group, posted here to the YouTube link is the broken up complete look at the 24th February 2015 estimates.

Worth a read and watch of the obvious body language of the participants.

The full link to other Senate […]

History of Bankstown and objections to lease/ sale

History of Bankstown and objections to lease/ sale

There have been a series of objections to the operation/ sale/lease of the secondary airports for a number of years. Most of these objections go to the way management:

Has increased costs; Pushed out operators; Been difficult to deal with; Over used legal methods and Tried to […]

What is hidden in the Bankstown Master Plan??

What is hidden in the Bankstown Master Plan??

Is this the basis to result in the death of GA at Bankstown and the conversion of Bankstown to a “…housing development…”.

Is this consistent to the original agreement to the “…lease…” of the secondary airports??

The Archerfield debacle is a case in point. Senator Fawcett […]

Report by State Development Regional aviation services in NSW slams excessive regulation and impact on aviation

The release of the Standing Committee on State Development Regional aviation services has been released and the summary appears below.

This idicates the concern of the committe over the effect of the regulations and their changes [by the regulator – CASA and the effect on aviation].

This is specifically at Recommendation 1 and 8.

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[…]

Aviation effects of Wind Turbines

The following post on pprune, gives a list of issues that should be dealt with the regulator – CASA

Aviation effects of Wind Turbines, as below:

Up-into-the-air Join Date: May 2010 Location: More than 300km from SY, Australia Posts: 687 RFS Operations If these are removed from Crookwell, having also serious flight time in the […]

Crookwell Wind Turbine Debacle – No presence of CASA

At a meeting in Crookwell on Monday 8th September 2014, there were serious objections raised to the Wind Turbines that had been built by the Gullen Range Wind Farm, which demonstrate the degree to which the constructor [and operator] have “thumbed their noses” at the actual approval.

Sixty-nine turbines were not placed in the correct […]

MrDak and the Senate

Mike MrDak is a senior public servant, who was involved in the “Pink Batts” affair, as an advisor to Kevin Rudd.

There have been a series of other issues where MrDak has been asked serious questions.

In the following, article, the matter of the October 2011 Senate estimates is canvassed.

Mr Mrdak: Both. Our primary […]

Coober Pedy runway requirements – effect on community acknowledged

CASA allow continued operations:

“…because any restrictions could cause social and economic disruption….”

No information has been divulged as to a “safety case” for the allowance, or is it because “nothing has gone wrong so far??

Release

Coober Pedy runway requirements – Civil Aviation Safety Authority

4 Sep 2014 4:20 PM

CIVIL AVIATION […]

Civil Aviation Act – What does it really mean?? What is s9A??

The following from the Civil Aviation Act section 9 and 9A, govern what happens, with the catch-all at 9A:

9 CASA’s functions

(1) CASA has the function of conducting the safety regulation of the following, in accordance with this Act and the regulations:

(a) civil air operations in Australian territory;

[…]

Wind Turbines in Australia – The Goulburn Experience

A local report [22nd August 2014] is as follows:

 

Release: Wind Turbines – What effects do they really have??

At a protest meeting in Goulburn NSW, over 40 people turned out on a typical spring day in cool and mild weather. The protest was at the same time local member, Prue Goward [Minister […]

Senator Fawcett questions – Still not answered – Where is the Archerfield case??

RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE Estimates (supplementary) TUESDAY, 18 OCTOBER 2011 The Department

Senator FAWCETT: Gentlemen, a number of individuals and aviation associations have criticised—in fact, some have condemned in quite strong words—both the minister and the department for their handling of the issues around commercial development on Bankstown and Archerfield airports.

I would […]

$89.9m – still no closer to finding the money – mystery deepens!!

After reading the Budget papers, there is indeed a mystery as to where the $89.9 is and whether Mrdack can continue hiding the money.

From this, there is a 22 staff member fall in CASA, yet there is no drop in the excise levy. The levy was for around 100 extra CASA staff.

 

Question […]

Truss’s Press Club Talk – No mention of regulatory reform

Just released is the 30th April 2014 talk by Truss. In one full hour, all Truss had to say about aviation is:

WESTERN SYDNEY AIRPORT

Of course, the big news of late is that after decades of dithering, the new Coalition Government has done in months what no other government since the mid-1960s has achieved… […]

Minister Truss and the Press Club address

Minister Truss addressed the Canberra Press Club today and it took over 20 minutes before any remarks relating to aviation were made.

The remarks were about Badgery’s Creek, without relating to the relationship of aviation within the context of broader impact of regional, national and international importance.

Lots about roads [which we know to be […]

Badgery’s Creek is approved by Truss/ Abbott

The following was released this afternoon [and comments from Ben Sandilands today]:

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Canberra

Prime Minister

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Government has confirmed that the site for Western Sydney’s new airport will be Badgerys Creek.

For more than 50 years governments […]