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#casa called out by NSW Coroner with defective regulations and processes

Serious concerns raised by NSW Coroner into how #casa carries out it’s approvals and deals with known safety matters.

Two pilots have died from this lack of regulatory control by #casa.

There are #SR’s issued by #atsb that are being ignored by #casa

Our sympathies go out to the Black family.


#atsb and first […]

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 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 […]

#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 […]

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 […]

Audit Office report into ASA #Airservices proves misfeasance in #onesky

Audit Office report into ASA #Airservices proves misfeasance, due to the #OneSky purchasing and assessment procedure.

This misfeasance should be placed squarely at the feet of Michael MrDak, Head of Department for failing to institute proper procedures to ensure his satellite organisations:

CASA; AirSerices; ATSB; etc were compliant with proper procedures.

Mrdak should resign now, […]

CASA demonstrate siege mentality

In the last few weeks, since the publication of the Jabiru article in the Australian on 29th July 2016, #casa are attempting to “…pervert a reasonable safety case…” by their actions. In the case of Jabiru, Jonathon Aleck refuses to allow the removal of restrictions on Jabiru to go, saying:

“Our concerns were real and […]

Sign the Petition on change.org

Well done Sandy Reith, with starting the petition and a great follow up to the May 6th Tamworth meeting.


Please support this petition, a win for General Aviation will help put the brakes on bureaucracy in general.

We need your support, our few voices are not enough.


Save Australia’s General […]

New web site – #casa trumpets “Partners in Aviation”

The new #casa web site , lists the following as their “partners in aviation safety”, but there is no mention of:

Pilots; LAME’s; Controllers; Owners; PAX; Operators and A myriad of others who impact on the actual safety of the passenger, owner, operator, pilot and others.

This demonstrates the absolute disconnect in the Australian Aviation […]

#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 […]

#tamworth rally and #ozaviation

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

The initial meeting featured Dick Smith:


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 […]

R22 used in Private ops avoids Jack Pantovic action

Northern Cattle Muster

A real mix of the old and the new just north of The Lynd last Thursday.

A mob of over 500 Brahmans was in the yard just to the south of the idyllic spot for lunch by the musterers.

A brace of four-wheel motor bikes had been joined by the traditional horse, […]

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.





Project Eureka meeting – Tamworth 6th May 2016

The project Eureka continues to gain momentum, with a good expose by Steve Hitchener of Yaffa:

The Last Minute Hitch: 22 April 2016 22 Apr 2016

AOPA’s Project Eureka Papers contain a lot of home truths, and that is going to make it a very unpopular document with a lot of people who cherish their […]

A turning point i#ozaviation occurs today – Mark the 12th April 2016 in your diaries

A turning point i#ozaviation occurs today – Mark the 12th April 2016 in your diaries

As we all know, aviation in Australia is in it’s death throes.

That said, there is a very serious attempt to keep the industry alive.

As an example of how frustrated industry has become with the regulator we can […]

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??


Reactions to Dick Smith, project Eureka regarding #casa poor regulation

It has been a rocky road for #casa and in the mins of some, a very good thing that industry is taking the lead and saying “….enough is enough…”

Project Eureka says it all.

In the words of a long time aviation participant:

It is not CASA creeping over-regulation, is is RAMPAGING over-regulation, in complete […]

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 […]

Dick Smith writes to #casa with a Federal Court action in the offing

Dick should be well supported in his direct action to ultimately show #casa acts outside it’s remit and legislative responsibility.

A rogue organisation??


FOI launched on “Right-to-Know” about Richard Green

In an FOI, regarding #casa statements to the press, which appeared to be quite critical of Richard Green and with no statements sought to refute the #casa statements.


The application asked the following:

I request all documents related to statements made by Peter Gibson or others of CASA, following the death of […]

Talkfest in Wagga on 2nd March – Will questions be answered??

The latest by Skidmore and follows the Mildura and Townsville events. Moorabbin to follow.


Flight Plan 2030 forums Flight Plan 2030 – Townsville 25 February 2016 Flight Plan 2030 – Wagga Wagga 02 March 2016 Flight Plan 2030 – Melbourne 16 March 2016

They are still e-mailing people, so maybe not as popular as […]

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 […]

Hudson Approach for Sullenberger and #PelAir

Not mine, but worth a repeat as the “Miracle on the Hudson” [#sully] demonstrated how first class work occurred.


This adulation was never repeated in the real work that Dominic James undertook in November 2009, when, at night, in open seas pitching above 3-metres he ditched and all “…swam away…” in the #PelAir ditching […]

Actual involvement of #casa, #BOM and #AirServices in failing to properly update the weather changes in a timely and safe manner in #Mildura

Still no report from either #pelAir or #mildura [#atsb said at the time: “…The final report is anticipated for release to the public by June 2014.”] as to what really happened [Incident – 18th June 2013].

The question is:

“How can two aircraft not be notified of serious changes in the weather and visibility at […]

Political Correctness – MacArthur style

Although I consider myself fluent in English, that term was not in my vocabulary.

Someone found this definition in 4 telegrams at the Truman Library and Museum in Independence Missouri.

The following are copies of four telegrams between President Harry Truman and Gen Douglas MacArthur on the day before the actual signing of the WWII […]

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 this a further case of #casa going the small fish (Flyers)??

A discussion on #pprune is worth repeating here, as it surrounds the recent matter in Tasmania, where #casa has put a case forward in the Tasmanian Magistrates Court of reckless flying, flying after drinking alcohol, unlicenced flying. The latest report has the pilot’s case being referred to the Tasmanian Supreme Court for a jury hearing.