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Is there any hope for a good AVMED assessment??

Is there any hope for a good AVMED assessment??

Navarthe has gone from AVMED and the ridiculously expensive AAT CVD case has been lost, together with the reversal of a series of AVMED – Navarthe decisions. There is a call for all those who have been affected to give their case. This continued with Dr. […]

CASA loses the CVD case

CASA loses the CVD case – John O’Brien wins!!

A good win for the industry, following up on the Angel Flight withdrawal by CASA.

Problem is, we have seen withdrawal before, but CASA finds another loop-hole to have a further go at the industry.


From the CVDA site: John O’Brien wins AAT challenge […]

CVD Press Release and letter to Minister

CVD Press Release and letter to Minister:



Media Release: 3 September, 2014.


In a formal Submission to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, the Virgin Independent Pilots Association (VIPA) claims the Civil Aviation Safety […]

AOPA re-engages with Industry – AOPA Safety Seminar August 16, 2014

I had an interesting interview with aaron.stephenson@aopa.com.au this week, having been a member of AOPA until around 2001, but disappointed with AOPA taking money from CASA for advertising and “safety seminars”, so I left as a member.

Aaron tells me that there have been major changes afoot and these are certainly welcomed.

Problem is AOPA […]

Legal remedies on effect of CASA on CVD Pilots – Safety case?? NO!!

The following was published yesterday in the Australian and again demonstrates that CASA has again not made a safety case for the changes:


There are legal remedies for CASA’s decisions based on pilots’ colour impairment KATHRYN HOWARD The Australian June 27, 2014 12:00AM

THE Civil Aviation Safety Authority recently wrote to pilots querying […]

Australian Flying publishes on the CVD issues

The following is on Dr. Pape and the CVD issues and well done in bringing the issues to us and at the very least the inconsistentent approach of the regulator in it’s failure to raise a proper safety case:


CASA Moves on Colour Vision

26 Jun 2014

CASA has raised the hackles of […]

CVD – Coulour Vision Deficiency – Pilots attacked by Regulator – CASA in Australia

The following articles ran today [20th June 2014] in Australia, which give a clear indication of the way the Australian regulator treat Australian pilots with disregard.


1 SBS – News

19 Jun 2014 – 1:12pm Colour-blind pilot challenges licence restrictions

A Qantas jet flies past the control tower at Sydney Airport. (Source: AAP) […]

Colour Vision “deficient” (CVD) pursued by CASA

The following was released today, which goes to the latest push of CASA against pilots, with no “safety case” given:


VIPA labels new colour vision deficiency regs “discriminatory”

Item by australianaviation.com.au at 11:54 am, Thursday June 19 2014 Leave a Comment

The Virgin Independent Pilots Association (VIPA) says new rules relating to colour […]