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#pelair report still not due until late 2017

Captain Chris Manning, who is in charge of the new #pelair inquiry – #pelair 2, in tonight’s senate #estimates says that the report is due to go to the DIP’s [Directly Involved Parties] in next 5 weeks.

This is expected to take at least 60 days, rather than the usual 28 days allowed, given the […]

Positive #aviation medical changes in the US

The following article is from AOPA Pilot – US Volume 60 of April 2017 and shows the real progress made by a positive approach to medical reform, with thanks to AOPA -US of which I am a member.

Will we have the same in Australian #aviation ?

aopa-us medical changes 2017

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#casa budget estimates 2009 – 2017 show failure to manage

Attached below is [in reverse order] the budget of #casa from 2009 to 2018.

Aviation Fuel Excise:

Old rate: 2.854 c/litre [Funds #casa]

New rate: 3.556 c/litre [4-year increase to specifically fund #casa requirements of an increase for 4-years of 0.702 c/litre]

Excise cpi adjustments on a bi-annual basis from 2014/2015.

Basis of increase:

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#casa 2017 Budget – Missing Money??

The 2017 budget reveals money missing from earlier years, identified on this site in 2010.

Parliament has a sunset clause on this levy, which has now disappeared into consolidated revenue.

#casa refuse to reveal where the money has gone under a FOI request, despite the allocation [Part of FOI reply from RTK site] being for […]

Department does not hold logs of #casa communications

It really surprises me that a recent FOI on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development showed [see below] that there is no oversight and cross checking as to communications between #casa and DIRD.

To go to the history of FOI’s and #casa, there is an interesting post made in 2012, which says, in part, […]

#casa castle at Avalon 2017

I was at Avalon last week and viewed the #casa castle.

Achieves the prize as the largest and tallest display in the pavilion. See the pics below. I think it would nudge 12 metres high.

At one stage there was a long line of people for the free cups of proper coffee being handed out […]

Senate estimates 27th February 2017

This estimates should be interesting to watch. In particular, the Carmody performance – doubtless question dodging at 4.45PM.

4.45–5.15 pm 7. Civil Aviation Safety Authority 5.15–5.45 pm 8. Aviation and Airports Division 5.45–6.15 pm 9. Airservices Australia

AGENDA MONDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2017 *Interstate based agencies Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio Department of Infrastructure and Regional […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

#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 […]

#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 […]

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) […]

More flak for #casa over poor regulations

RAAA’s Higgins published the following in The Australian today.

It demonstrates exactly why the #aviation industry does not like the prescriptive methods employed by #casa, nor is in favour of ratification.

The areas that cause most angst in the #aviation industry are 48.1, 100.5, Parts 61, 141, 142, but there are other areas as well.

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ABC News fed story to justify #casa views

Here is the current 2PM 4/9/2016 from the ABC. This is the way #casa, who is still feeding false and misleading information to the media.

The recently released data by #aopa Australia, depicted in the graphic below tells a completely different story. Loss of pilots, reduced aircraft numbers all add up to the headline the […]

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 […]

Battle looms with #casa over proper reform and #ozaviation regulation

Battle looms with #casa over proper reform and #ozaviation regulation

The need for proper reform in #ozaviation cannot be more in focus than at present.

14th April 2016 deadline by Dick Smith for a Federal Court action; 17th April 2016 for the meeting with Marc de Stoop with Minister Chester; 17th April 2016 for a […]

CAR 234 latest target for #casa – #metadata use for this proposal??

Is this the reason #casa want access to metadata??

This is the latest hack at the pilot, this time just blaming #atsb who have identified a safety issue. I believe that this is just another micro-management issue of the aviation industry.

If there is a safety issue about #casa issuing such changes, then basing them […]

MetaData access by #casa – Why does #casa need to spy??

This is “…casa here – we want to help you….”

#casa [see below] has been given authority by the Attorney General to use metadata.

For us, poor old computer non-geeks, metadata is:

Telephone numbers The time and length of phone calls The internet protocol addresses (IP addresses) of computers from which messages are received or […]

#casa fiddles while Rome burns

That #casa thinks they can deal with the 1800-page debacle called part 61 with the following “action”, not only is lamentable, but demonstrates a regulator out of touch with the aviation industry.

The part is so far wrong that it refers to “operators”, whereas the part is for pilot training. It uses almost In the […]

Where to from here?? with #ozaviation

The question is getting louder and louder, with the representative organisations becoming more vocal.

During the #asrr review of David Forsyth, many of the alphabet soup organisations were vocal, but failed to call for specific inputs of regulations from overseas.

This is seen to change in the current press release, which gives a distinct “call-to-arms”:

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Helicopter Industry calls it quits on assisting #casa cause more damage

AHIA Boss, Rob Rich and the helicopter industry have had enough according to today’s press release.

To: Helicopter Industry Colleagues,

It is time to take a stand against the unfair treatment of our industry by the Regulator and stop the distraction caused by the mismanaged regulatory reform process. To achieve this, we need to unite. […]

Unanswered letter to Mr. Truss

In July 2014, the following letter was written to Mr. Truss, when he was about to speak to the National Press Club.

Not only was there no proper mention of aviation, at all, except for the following:

But it also now allows the aviation, transport and tourism industries to make long-term investment plans based on […]

#casa fails to provide statistics

#casa has a dreadful record with FOI [Freedom of Information] requests and this continues with work that it chages a fee for the privilidge of the requester for a lengthy wait.Even with the statistics below, where #casa is attempting to mislead the industry in it’s alleged reporting standards, not one area has a reported “Average […]

Clear call for proper change to #casa rules and application – regulatory philosophy??

Clear call for proper change to #casa rules and application

Sunfish calls well for clear changes Mr. Skidmore, not soon, but now and before more damage to #ozaviation.

The recent “10-point statement of regulatory philosophy” as reproduced below, can only be called an absolute rubbish. It is compromised of a series of half-truths and mis-representations.

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DAME’s – What’s #casa up to now??

DAME’s – What’s #casa up to now??

There has been a bit of activity by #casa in regards to “substance abuse” and the following are the reference’s to this plus “#casa DAME guidelines. These are extremely prescriptive and may well go across the patient / doctor relationship.

If #casa were paying for the medical or […]