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A non-viable Carmody supported – Past history needed now

This in today’s Australian by Paul Cleary ( @pgcleary) does not get to how Carmody really operates.

This is a letter to the editor of The Australian sent to me today:

The Editor, The Australian In Paul Cleary’s article today, support is made for Shane Carmody as the next casa head. Over the past few […]

One Nation, #aviation policy and James Ashby

One Nation, #aviation policy and James Ashby deserves some investigation as the industry approaches a critical point in it’s future.

The numbers in the Australian Senate are critical and the way #casa has upset so many people, many of whom have become One Nation supporters, deserves quick scrutiny.

Dick Smith was one of the […]

January missive by a/g ceo carmody – No progress

January missive by a/g ceo carmody

What a slap in the face to #aviation.

Skidmore never understood #aviation and the need to #saveGA., much less Mccormick.

The current #casa Board are allowing Carmody to run riot with the assistance, as Dick Smith points out, a group of incompetents.

#pelair, #colmarbrunton, Lockhart River and now the […]

Serious breaches of Civil Aviation Act by Josh Hoch

Serious breaches of Civil Aviation Act by Josh Hoch have been reported by a number of sources (see below).

That these have gone on for such a long time unimpeded by #casa demonstrates a regulator asleep at the wheel.

Queensland Police interview – no mention of #casa

Hoch applied for and was granted an AOC […]

#casa pursues Recreational pilot through the Tasmanian Court system

The Shayd Hector matter has reached a serious stage for a young man who has very serious personal obligations that have arisen since #casa charged him and brought Shayd before the Tasmanian Court system.

Today’s news report from 27th January 2017 is below.

This was reported during 2016

Friday January 27, 2017 NSW pilot wanted […]

Atherton Aero Club monthly meeting

Pilot losses mount in Australia, which puts pressure on the provision of aviation services in the “bush” in particular to very remote areas.

A recent phone call to Charleville reveals there is only one charter operator west of Toowoomba. This situation extends into northern NSW as well.

All is not well for #aviation and we […]

Criminality and “Code of Conduct” – The #casa version

The letter by Richard Harding, emeritus professor of law in today’s Australian reminds us of a series of occurrences by #casa of movement from identified criminality to code of conduct breaches.

Richard Harding says: “….It should be remembered that the code of conduct cannot override the ordinary criminal law…..”

Examples include that of Richard Rudd, […]

Have the Truss undertakings of October 2013 been met?? History repeats again

The attached is the Creedy [Now mouthpiece for Air Services] version of the Truss “SafeSkies” conference in October 2013.

ASRR – expected end 2013.

Result: Not until well into 2014 and being dismantled by #casa

Board changes: Yes and done

Result: #casa is resisting requirements

ICC reports to #casa Board with more resources

Result: #casa […]

#casa December monthly missive

I attach the #casa monthly missive, but:

No mention of the real issues facing #aviation such as the catastrophic fall in pilot numbers or What is planned to turn around the #colmarbrunton report and The negative perception of #casa by the #aviation community.

Nothing at all for a good year Mr Carmody.

From […]

FAA and #casa use of the AC [Advisory Circular] process

Question is: Do Advisory Circulars improve knowledge or are these documents being used by #casa to “bash GA” as another tool for this purpose.

The easy comparison is the indexing system used by the #FAA, which starts at the Parts [see below, after you scroll through the #casa example], then directs [as a good index […]

2016 review in brief – Abysmal #casa, #atsb, #asa performance

2016 saw a large number of changes in #aviation, but little to give hope for the future where we can #saveGA.

Some of the #aviation highlights/ lowlights are below, which lead to a very low score for the 2016 year.

Over 480 #aviation people turn up to protest issues to DPM Joyce and Minister Chester […]

#aopa press release on #aviation

The following was released yesterday by AOPA Australia.

The AOPA organisations throughout the world are a formidable force with a combined membership of over 470,000.

The International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) is a nonprofit federation of 73 autonomous, nongovernmental, national general aviation organizations. IAOPA has represented international general aviation for nearly […]

Minister Chester fails to answer letter on #aviation

On 31st October 2016 I caused a letter to be sent to Minister Chester in the following terms. I have not had a response, in the normal typical fashion of the different Minister’s for Transport, to letters and e-mails.

Unanswered letter to the Minister is below:

Dear Mr. Chester; PO Box 486, Sale, VIC 3853 […]

Senate aviation security inquiry November 2016

The current senate aviation security inquiry has some very important issues raised by a range of people.

Some of these go to the heart of aviation security and the issues raised by aviators over the ASIC system and it’s management.

Senate questioning of Mr. Kessing

Transcript of proceedings

From The Australian Airport passenger screening a […]

#ASRR two years on – What has happened??

The “Government response” to the #asrr two years on.

Although published in May 2014, the #asrr report did not get the “Government response” until December 2014.

#mrdak

#carmody

The #ASRR report by David Forsyth at May 2014:

This comes out throughout the ASRR report and can be best described as a disconnect of […]

#casa missive – November 2016 Camody

Carmody in his first “missive” says:

“…..I intend to lead CASA to be a firm, fair and balanced regulator. We need to get the right safety outcomes without unintended consequences, unreasonable requirements or unnecessary costs to the aviation community. It is not an easy balance to strike, yet that is our job. Of course, this […]

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, […]

#casa makes another loss in 2016 of over $6.7m

Two years in a row and #casa were given (for four years only) an increase of around $25m per year in 2010.

In the 2010 budget, some $89.9m over the next 4 years from a temporary increase in excise, which still has not been removed.

Mark Skidmore and John McCormick failed on that as well […]

#casa 2016 annual report released – but no fanfare

The 2015- 2016 #casa annual report was released last week [w/e 28th October 2016] and although a dry publication trying to dress up an old dog is worth ploughing through the droll 236 pages.

There is the usual misuse of statistics and the treatment of the #colmarbrunton report is hidden from the annual report and […]

AIC – Aviation Industry Consultative Council

Aviation Industry Consultative Council Membership list is below as downloaded today from the Infrastructure web site.

Attached below is a note from the last meeting of the AIC in January 2016.

The General Aviation Action Group [GAAG] is a sub-committee of the AICC. The GAAG is the group named by Minister Chester today (see below)

[…]

FOI who disappeared in Quadrio’s case back in #casa

Yvette Lutz is back in #casa.

Although this FOI was tasked with a written statement, to damn John Quadrio, she did not appear in the AAT hearing. The statement was written by Moore, the investigator, not Lutz.

When referred to another FOI, that person said “I …can see nothing wrong in the video clip…”

#airservices face new inquiry – #casa next??

The last two senates estimates hearings have put serious pressure on #casa, #airservices and #atsb.

There appears to be some sort of death wish of the leader via departmental head Mrdak and the individual semi autonomous government organisations.

The recent ANAO inquiry into #airservices certainly canned their method of “doing business”.

Yet Harefield in […]

Chopper in action at Ravenshoe

Wooroora Road Fire

Around 11th October 2016, a fire broke out after changed wind conditions and is suspected to be from a controlled burn about 15km south of Ravenshoe on the Wooroora Road. By Saturday, it was under control with just over 3000 hectares burnt.

Fire Controller, Bernard Grech of the Queensland Fire and Emergency […]

Coglan strikes again – Bad #casa witness in Quadrio affair

Coglan strikes again – The #casa witness in Quadrio affair, who gave, on his own statement, false statements about John Quadrio.

A similar situation occurred with Jack Pantovic last December 2015, when accusations were made that led to an AAT hearing in Cairns.

John lost his flying licence on this basis and #casa has […]

Camit closes in Bundaberg

Another sad day for #aviation and no comment from the Minister.

Darren Chester MP @DarrenChesterMP Aviation manufacturer closure a sign of the times, industry insider says QLD Country HourBy Kallee Buchanan

Posted Mon at 2:42pm

Photo: The CAMit factory in Bundaberg was the largest of its kind in the region. (ABC Rural: Kallee Buchanan) […]

Has #casa improved since McCormick left Fort Fumble??

That is a serious question to be asked.

The May 2013 Estimates hearing is instructive [see below for Hansard extract] and as is now known, there was a seriously improper relationship between McCormick and the ICC. This relationship did not let proper investigation of complaints move forward and as a result, there are many […]

AOPA to meet with #casa on Class 2 AVMED issues

Good to see public progress of the #aopa case on serious and much needed changes to the AVMED system, which will assist a lot of pilots.

Among those present, there is no direct relationship with either the upper ranks of #casa nor the #avmed section either.

Hope they have a meeting with Carmody and Chester […]

September missive by #casa and goodbye Skidmore

This is Skidmore’s last misssive, and …goodbye…

[Remember, the missive only goes to around 7000 people and many of these only have an interest in #aviation, being on the “list”]

What has Skidmore brought us?

More regulation; No improvement of regs especially Part 61, which brings higher costs and no understanding improvements, despite Skidmore’s “Tiger […]

Sully, #pelair #atsb and #casa

I watched Sully twice since last week and the crew were outstanding in their responses and having 155 souls saved. On a cold January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 (AWE1549) Airbus A320-214 flight from La Guardia NY to Charlotte NC.

From the time of the bird-strike to the decision to land in the Hudson […]

Senate Inquiry renewed – Airport and Aviation security

The is the re-run of the Airport and aviation security inquiry, with submissions required and a reporting date of 1st December 2016.

Airport and aviation security

On 4 December 2014, the Senate moved that the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 26 […]