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No progress Mr. Chester at since 1999 at what cost??

I have been doing some historical research on some documents lent to me by an #aviation participant.

These are a bit of history, but demonstrate why Australian #aviation is in crisis.

Just yesterday, the helicopter industry refused to be further bullied by #casa.

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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 […]

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, […]

September Missive released by #casa

September Missive released by #casa

What a shocker and this man [Mark Skidmore] wants the industry to co-operate.

Examples of problems:

Damage accrues to aviation in Australia due to #casa ASRR not met by #casa More pain with #casa corporate plan Unknowing users not protected by #casa – #pelair; Pilots have no protection from a […]

ASRR review – status??

ASRR review – status??

The ASRR has now been in place since mid-2014, with some 37 prime matters [45 total matters identified by the Forsyth review] directed to be attended to] which are listed below.

It should be remembered that the ASRR largely came about as a result of the PelAir Senate inquiry and there […]

Senate Committee mauls #asa, with Dick Smith giving aviation a future

Senate Committee mauls #asa, with Dick Smith giving aviation a future

The senators kept at #asa last night when trying to work out whether or not, #asa is competent to run a Government enterprise.

Jason Harefield, a 25-year veteran of #asa and acting CEO, after the demise of Margartet Staib was answering questions in […]

Contempt of Parliament by #casa CEO McCormick??

Contempt of Parliament by #casa CEO McCormick??

In 2013, Senator Xenophon raised issues of Parliamentary privilege over evidence give to the Australian Senate by #casa.

The matter is serious and although the Senate privileges committee found against the Xenophon referral, this goes to the heart of all that is wrong at #casa.

Participants in aviation […]

The phoenix, McCormick arises

The phoenix, McCormick arises

McCormick arises again, to protect his position, when in #casa. What occurred is now fortuitously explained, following McCormick’s hurried exit from #casa in 2014.

It certainly was not important enough in 2014 and before, for McCormick to draw the attention of the aviation industry to this dangerous and extremely poor situation […]

Ministerial effect on the community – Negative impact on aviation

Ministerial effect on the community – Negative impact on aviation

Good article Paul [below], although with respect it is simplistic to blame the ‘political’ class for our inability to pursue reforms. After all we are all part of the ‘class’, and for that matter it could be argued that the fourth estate should wear a […]

VIPA has more to say in escalating war between users and providers

VIPA has more to say in escalating war between users and providers

The escalating row is continuing between #ASA and user groups, with the Virgin Pilot’s group the latest to weigh into the argument.

VIPA [Virgin Independ­ent Pilots Association], mounted a very carefully worded submission to David Forsyth’s ASRR, which was followed by support for […]

Jeff Boyd assumes control over #CASA

Jeff Boyd assumes control over #CASA

At long last, a major step forward to properly start and correct the wobbly flight path of #CASA and #ASA [AirServices] has commenced as Jeff Boyd takes control of the #CASA Board and starts to give proper direction to #CASA over serious air-space issues.

The partial spark is certainly […]

Dick Smith awarded AC in awards list

Dick Smith awarded AC in awards list

Dick Smith has been appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

In an interview today, when asked as to what challenges lie ahead, Dick said that aviation, which is one of his passions needed some thought and attention.

Dick continued on the same […]

Dick Smith has a win against #CASA with “commonsense”

Dick Smith has a win against #CASA with “commonsense”.

Dick Smith has been calling for changes to the Air Services (#ASA) and #CASA dominance on resisting serious safety issues to RPT in #ozaviation. This has been since Dick Smith relinquished the #CASA Board chair.

Dick has called for immediate changes to airspace management, […]

Bartsch CV

Bartsch CV

This is background of Bartch – ex-#CASA, now Board of REX [#PelAir owner]

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AMROBA puts CASA and Minister on Notice

Ken Cannane says in the current AMROBA newsletter, in part:

CASA has no option but to task the new Subcommittees with meeting the government’s “Red Tape Reduction” and “The Australian Guide to Regulation”. Firstly, AMROBA is fully supportive of the government’s initiative to minimise regulatory impost. If you look closely at many regulations they are […]

CASA seeks to impale new costs on the aviation industry

CASA seeks to impale new costs on the aviation industry

The application by CASA to increase costs on industry, reported by Steve Creedy on Friday 2th March 2015, is to be deplored. Simply it demonstrates that CASA cannot budget, much less regulate and operate within normal decency, showing serious issues of misfeasance in it’s relationships […]

Minister Truss demonstrates lack of aviation knowledge #ozaviation

Minister Truss demonstrates lack of aviation knowledge

The disallowance motion on Part 145 is to be commended and is just the first part of the process to rid the industry of improper regulations and show the proper power of the Parliament/ Senate.

The effect of Parliament supporting was is showing up as a corrupt […]

Bankstown- It’s “future” – Aviation must prevail

Bankstown- It’s “future” – Aviation must prevail

In Archerfield, a similar situation exists.

Out with aviation in with the dollars.

This is the real question facing the Austalian Parliament – Senators Nash, Fawcett, Sterle, Heffernan, Xenophon have a real battle on their hands.

Aviation must prevail.

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I attach a recent blog post, which exposes […]

History of Bankstown and objections to lease/ sale

History of Bankstown and objections to lease/ sale

There have been a series of objections to the operation/ sale/lease of the secondary airports for a number of years. Most of these objections go to the way management:

Has increased costs; Pushed out operators; Been difficult to deal with; Over used legal methods and Tried to […]

Bankstown Airport – What is the legal position??

Bankstown Airport – What is the legal position??

There has been on-going issues with all the “secondary airports” since the Government of the day decided to “lease” them.

Questions must arise as to who has benefit from the “sale”??

Does the benefit roll-back to those involved in the decision-making process??

Who was involved at the […]

Skidmore finds his way to the CASA web page – eventually!!

 

Skidmore finds his way to the CASA web page – eventually!!

Clicked on the “CASA Director” tab this afternoon [19th January 2015] and all I found was:

The Page [NoSuchPage] is not defined in this application, please check the URL.

Then a few minutes later get the BIO shown below.

Question here is: […]

What is hidden in the Bankstown Master Plan??

What is hidden in the Bankstown Master Plan??

Is this the basis to result in the death of GA at Bankstown and the conversion of Bankstown to a “…housing development…”.

Is this consistent to the original agreement to the “…lease…” of the secondary airports??

The Archerfield debacle is a case in point. Senator Fawcett […]

ASSR replies released late by DOTARs – Challenge to CEO Skidmore

ASSR replies released by DOTARs on 6th January 2015. This was done without any fanfare or media releases at all, just appears on the web-site.

These are a must-read, with the “Government Response” attempting to water down the effect of the ASRR.

The Government response says, in part:

Industry will be provided with further opportunities […]

Industry responses to Truss ASRR announcement

The following is from pprune and is worth following up:

 

3rd Dec 2014, 18:23 #1590 (permalink) Sarcs Join Date: Apr 2007 Location: Go west young man Posts: 1,605 Round the traps on ASRR Govt response.

AA online: Government backs bulk of ASRR recommendations

Oz Flying: Truss tables Government Response to Forsyth Report

Aviation Business: […]

Government responds to Aviation Safety Review

Here is the reponse, Truss has had his hand held here and who by??

MrDak??

However, the Report found that there were opportunities for improvement to ensure Australia remains a leading aviation State.

That’s not what David Forsyth said in May 2014. He was not at all concillatory about where CASA or ATSB were in […]

MrDak and the Senate

Mike MrDak is a senior public servant, who was involved in the “Pink Batts” affair, as an advisor to Kevin Rudd.

There have been a series of other issues where MrDak has been asked serious questions.

In the following, article, the matter of the October 2011 Senate estimates is canvassed.

Mr Mrdak: Both. Our primary […]

Helicopter industry dismayed at CASA forcing through Part 61

The Helicopter industry is dismayed at CASA forcing through Part 61, Rob Rich says in the current issue of the AHIA Journal. The full article is below.

From this it is apparent, either CASA is not listening, or is determined to force through changes regardless of what industry wants, which is central to the submissions […]

CVD Press Release and letter to Minister

CVD Press Release and letter to Minister:

 

CASA’s CAMPAIGN AGAINST CVD PILOTS VIPA 3/09/2014 12:06:45 PM

Media Release: 3 September, 2014.

CASA’s CAMPAIGN AGAINST CVD PILOTS

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 […]

Civil Aviation Act – What does it really mean?? What is s9A??

The following from the Civil Aviation Act section 9 and 9A, govern what happens, with the catch-all at 9A:

9 CASA’s functions

(1) CASA has the function of conducting the safety regulation of the following, in accordance with this Act and the regulations:

(a) civil air operations in Australian territory;

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AMROBA calls on Minister to review DAS selection process

AMROBA calls on Minister to review DAS selection process, which has been based on the previously flawed selection processes. The industry cannot see another DAS who fails to connect with the Australian aviation industry.

All through the ASRR led competently by David Forsyth, the industry has flagged the “..corrosive relationship..” of CASA with the industry.

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