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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, […]

#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 […]

#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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Update on #skidmore resignation in #casa #saveGA ??

A surprise announcement was made overnight by #casa, with Shane Carmody the Department’s Deputy Director being placed in the #skidmore seat.

The question must be raised:

Why Jonathon Aleck was not given the task; What really happened in Fort Fumble with the #skidmore resignation; Has the Minister got his hand in this?; How long will […]

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 […]

Colmar Brunton report in detail

In he attached, there is a progressive assessment of the Colmar Brunton #casa survey.

Industry perceives CASA as having two roles:

One as the ‘police’ or the regulator; and One as the ‘translator’ or the organisation which helps industry to understand regulations and comply in a practical way.For some, this translation would consist of […]

#casa fail in Colmar Brunton survey

There have been two very major audits if #aviation performance in Australia.

FAA/ICAO in 2008 Colmar Brunton [#colmarbrunton] in 2014 – 2016CASA_stakeholder_relation_Action_Plan-20164CASA_stakeholder_relation_health_report-201The 2016 report, reflects the desperate nature of relationships of the aviation participants and the regulator [#casa].

The 2008 FAA/ ICAO audit certainly showed this was the case and the regulator was well warned. […]

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 […]

Canary in the Aviation Industry [Coal mine]

Have been on a short destiny with the FLU fairies of recent weeks!

Sunbird Seeker:

BUT given that found that the Seabird Seeker has achieved FAA Part 23 Normal Category Certified, Available for Commercial Operations.

The sad part is manufacture will be by Erickson Aircrane in the US, not at Harvey Bay. The new owners […]

#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 […]

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 […]

#tamworth rally and #ozaviation

This commenced in April 2016 with the release of Project Eureka by #aopa Australia.

The initial meeting featured Dick Smith:

https://www.nbnnews.com.au/2016/04/12/aviation-industry-rallies-in-tamworth/

ABC News report:

Claims that flying regulations are crippling general aviation industry ABC New England

Jennifer Ingall

Updated 14 Apr 2016, 1:52pm

Photo: Aviation industry leaders claim regulations around small aircraft are […]