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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 […]

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 […]

Are the #asrr recommendations really up to speed??

The general view by the #aviation industry is that the general process of “reform” is not leading to better regulations, but to ones out of step with the rest of the world and people are walking away from the industry.

The number of pilots reflects this situation.

And we must not forget the Colmar […]

#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 […]

Safe Skies are Empty Skies – Can Barnaby Joyce fix this?

The #casa mantra “Safe Sky’s far All” is now “Safe Skies are Empty Skies”

Question is: Can Barnaby Joyce fix this?

This morning in The Australian, Dick Smith and a slew of journalists have this matter firmly in it’s sight. The articles, as these are of such importance they are produced in full below.

Anthony […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]