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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

#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)

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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 […]

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 […]

ColmarBrunton Report part 2

Reading through the #colmarbrunton report shows the degree to which #casa has no commitment to a “…better way..”. The better way, does not include any new options as the attached table from the report shows. See below.

The key to the #casa approach is “…Industry to comply with regulations and aspire to safety best […]

Shane Carmody – Who is he?

Who is Shane Carmody, now installed as Acting CEO #casa??

In 2008, Shane Urqhart wrote a submission to the Lockhart River inquiry. He is very critical of #casa’s role in that disaster.

He says in part, that he had serious concerns in the following areas:

The behaviour of senior CASA officers in the RRAT Senate […]

Skidmore resigns from #casa

Today Skidmore resigned from #casa as ceo.

Many #aviation participants will be thankful to see the end of another ineffective ceo.

The following is a copy of the Ben Sandilands post today:

In the last para, Ben makes the following points:

Mr Skidmore leaves CASA in disarray over such festering issues as the

Substandard […]

Concession by #casa as to stifling aviation

In The Australian today, there is a concession by #casa as to stifling aviation. This is a long time coming and follows the May 6th 2016 meeting at Tamworth organised by #aopa and then in Canberra in the meeting where the Minister left AOPA and RAAA to an un-minuted meeting.

The loss of pilot numbers […]

Update – #casa 10 commandments

There has been no reference since September 2015 to the “..10 – commandments…” released by #casa.

Industry gave a 2/10 score at the time and if we look at the current situation, there is no improvement.

In fact, if you want to talk to Mr. Skidmore, there is no return on phone calss to the […]

#ozaviation in a parlous state – Some background reading for aviators

Background reading for us, should commence with:

No_Confidence in #casa – 2012

Future of Aviation August 2013

Future of Aviation August 2015

ProAviation – Senate report will shape safety investigation future Pro Aviation

AND some more specific comments on recent events:

Dear Ministers & Chair Boyd – from Ben Morgan Aviation Advertiser

Murky Mandarin & possible dodgy deals […]

Is #casa listening?? Another #casa seminar wasted!!

At a recent Aviation Seminar, which was conducted at Mareeba, it is reported that the #casa presenter refused to let certain aviators attend the evening.

These evenings are the only contact that are made in a relatively informal fashion with the industry.

It is essential that the relevant and often repressed questions are allowed and […]

Change to #casa regs – remove Part 61, Go to US-FAR’s

The successful meeting in Tamworth on 6th May 2016 is to continue with a high level meeting with DPM Barnaby Joyce and Minister Chester in Canberra on 24th May 2016.

The well constructed letter and argument to these individuals could not be clearer.

Make the change to the US-FAR’s

“…………….. the Federal Aviation Administration of […]

#AMROBA continues it’s call for proper regulation by #casa

#AMROBA continues it’s call for proper regulation by #casa

Until it gets what it wants, #AMROBA will continue this campaign, with growing support across the aviation industry.

That Darren Chester, in his speech/ address, did little to endear the group in his attitude. Maybe too many “smart” advisors??

Breaking News May 6, Meet the Nationals […]

Senate Estimates – 5th May 2016 Heffernan’s last Post

The following are a collation of the 5th May Senate estimates with Nick Xenophon, Bill Heffernan, Glen Sterle and the Senate team on aviation.

Bill’s farewell speech in the Senate:

 

#MH370 and #atsb:

 

#m370 update [Peter Foley] and Senator Heffernan’s last Estimates:

 

D-Day arrives for #ozaviation at Tamworth

The following is re-printed in full and needs the support of all of us.

Last nights Senate Estimates shows the depth to which CEO Skidmore has been side-lined by his staff and is either un-knowing [at best] or completely ignorant of his responsibilities.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE INDUSTRY CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO END […]

Was #casa CEO Skidmore in Canada this week??

Was #casa CEO Skidmore in Canada this week??

A question I was asked a couple of days ago and on checking, #ICAO had a session as follows:

 

or was it for this one??

Question is: What was gained for the #ozaviation and what was the cost??

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Support for #ozaviation rises and PM Turnbull must take notice and effect a solution

I attach the letter that Aviation Advertiser sent to the relevant Ministers. It deserves a read of it’s content against the direction aviation must take.

The move by #casa and it’s CEO to abandon his membership of #aopa should be seen for what it is – a massive dummy spit when he did not get […]

#ASRR being ignored by #casa – Why is #casa Board not directing traffic??

POST for 1st March 2016

Regular readers will note that I have not posted recently, which was due to trying to resolve a serious misuse of personal details by both casa and another person. The e-mails and other tampering has been stopped, but with a serious amount of work since 20th January 2016.

Personal data […]

AHIA monthly newsletter

Australian Helicopter Industry Association Limited

PO Box 462 Carina Qld 4152 Australia

Mob: 0415 641 774 E: robsrich@austhia.com

AHIA’s week that was – ending Sun 10 Jan ’16.

TO: Helicopter Industry.

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2016. It looks like a busy year for us all as we […]

Ministers fail to answer questions

On 12th September 2015, I wrote to Minister Jamie Briggs, given his capacity in small business administration, and finally got a reply today – not from Minister Briggs, but from Warren Truss’s office:

 

What a huge crock.

Not in one place does the Minister answer the questions.

Skidmore has been a complete disaster […]

2015 – #casa scores 2/10 for it’s 10-commandments

The past 12-months have seen more of the same, with a few beams of sunshine, but principally more “…rain on the parade…”.

It’s not easy for a bureaucracy to evolve and learn something from it’s mistakes.

Michael Connelly in “The Narrows”

Mark Skidmore has been a real disappointment, with the “Ten-Commandments” showing that […]

Adjusting the 2015 Annual Report

With few apologies!!

 

2015 Annual Report rehash by #casa

The actual 2015 #casa annual report released

Is #casa going forward under Skidmore??

Is #casa going forward under Skidmore??

The December monthly missive does not have much joy in a positive response to this assertion.

A reliance on more:

web based data; talk-fests; getting rid of the #ASRR matters

My view – more of the same, so it becomes essential to get together and #aopa’s Eureka project will […]