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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

#mh370 and #pelair insurance issues surface

The #pelair and #mh370 insurance have some similarities, as with the earlier Lockhart River where slow or devious payments occur with operators [and insurers] trying to limit liability.

Karen Casey has been appealed in the supreme court in NSW during November 2016.

No outcome until February 2017 [8 1/4 years later].

The #mh370 issue […]

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 […]

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, […]

#pelair update by #atsb

Finally an “official” update by #atsb on the new #pelair report. It has not yet been given to the directly interested parties (DIP’s).

That the #pelair debacle, created by #casa and #atsb separately and in concert, is deplorable and shows the contempt for those involved.

November 2009 was the date of the ditching and we […]

Sully, #pelair #atsb and #casa

I watched Sully twice since last week and the crew were outstanding in their responses and having 155 souls saved. On a cold January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 (AWE1549) Airbus A320-214 flight from La Guardia NY to Charlotte NC.

From the time of the bird-strike to the decision to land in the Hudson […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE INDUSTRY CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO END […]

Parallel Universes – #PelAir and #Mildura

The #pelair ditching is still being “investigated”, yet we have not yet had a report released to the DIP’s [Directly Interested Parties”]. This is some 6 1/2 years later. In the case of #mildura, the three year point is about to be reached.

A summary is presented below:

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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.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/year-anniversary-hudson-river-plane-crash-gallery-1.1579817

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 […]

man-the-lifejackets

Here is a puzzle for solution:

A series of posts on#pprune by poster “Man-the-Lifejackets”.

These are made by someone close to the matter and of course, the life-jackets were never sought by #atsb in the initial investigation by #atsb.

Lot’s of doubts about how #atsb investigated the #pelair ditching, the blame apportioned, the Chambers report […]

Is #casa emulating the improper NSW ICAC actions??

In NSW, the ICAC [NSW’s corruption watchdog] investigations have directed at evidence gathering with the Cuneen case, which showed improper collection and clear falsification of video evidence in the collection of a phone from Cuneen. This progressed to the High Court, with serious doubts being raised about evidence gathering.

The latest revelations go even further […]

PelAir – Wikipedia entry

The #asrr report, the senate investigation, best summed up as a bungled report:

http://www.crikey.com.au/2014/12/05/pel-air-crash-investigation-was-a-debacle-from-go-to-whoa/

Now a new investigation by#atsb, with aircraft to be finally raised in November 2015, following the CTSB [Canadian ATB] non-complementary report.

 

The 2009 Pel-Air Westwind ditching, Norfolk Island ditching or CareFlight ditching was an aircraft accident on 18 November 2009 […]

#atsb at October 2015 Senate estimates

The rabbit in the spotlight – Martin Dolan [#atsb at October 2015 Senate estimates] who was trying to prove the #pelair re-investigation. Dolan admits that #atsb did not ully and properly investigate the #pelair investigation.

Senator Fawcett ursued the serious failure by Dolan and #atsb to properly investigate the #pelair matter.

I will post the […]

Senate – Supplementary Estimates – Monday 19 October 2015

The October estimates in which Senator Heffernan asks #casa, #asa, #atsb and others serious questions is on next Monday.

May estimates reference.

The QON, which were due in July surfaced today and are below:

CASA

ATSB

Airservices

AMSA

AAA

OTS

Some good breakdown of estimates is here:

http://auntypru.com/forum/-Senate-Estimates-2015?pid=2379#pid2379

And the other tabled documents from the […]

Is aviation dangerous??

In a recent post, there is a ranking that #casa should remember. It is a post on 28 March, 2015 · by Richard de Crespigny · in Cabin Crew, Leadership, News, QF32 Story, Security, Training.

Produced here with thanks and a serious reminder as to how safe air travel is compared to other activities.

Unfortunately […]

#aopa’s Marc de Stoop questions #casa

#aopa’s Marc de Stoop questions #casa

That Marc is asking who is making these regulations, is interesting, as is questioning the proper qualifications.

Read Marc’s letter to #casa here.

This is an issue that I have long had with #casa, where people are given a job on “casa requirements”, and not proper aviation qualifications.

There […]

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 […]

#MH370 flaperon identified

#MH370 flaperon identified

The flaperon discovery and the CSIRO modelling make for interesting reading, with the summary reproduced below and the Sky news report.

Of course, we still await #atsb to raise the CVR and data recorder from #pelair Norfolk Is ditching Westwind [six years later] – and #atsb was detailed to find #MH370.

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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 […]

#ASA now refusing to answer questions by The Australian

#ASA now refusing to answer questions by The Australian

Questions, which are a proper part of the transference of information and cooperation that should exist in aviation. This cooperation must exist in order that a joint improvement is made to aviation, rather than one-sided approaches.

The Airservices media unit refused to provide any information or […]

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 […]

Airservices [#ASA] Angus Houston fires up “a discrepancy”

Airservices [#ASA] Angus Houston fires up “a discrepancy”

The blame game continues, when the “Quango’s” do not want to be caught out in what they say and what gives a truly effective and ultimately safe outcome for aviation.

The recent articles in the Australian take us to the long-term concerns of Dick Smith, which in […]

Airservices union #ASA seek to reduce safety concerns of Dick Smith

Air-services union #ASA seek to reduce safety concerns of Dick Smith

The improvement of basic safety does not seem to be in the realm of the #ASA union – CivilAir. That the union has this type of view does not auger well for future relationships, particularly when the attitude over ADS-B is brought into the […]

Request for Tender – PelAir Norfolk Island Ditching Request June 2015

Request for Tender – PelAir Norfolk Island Ditching Request June 2015

On 14th June 2015, ATSB let a RFT [Request for Tender], which has a return date of 7th July 2015. The work has to be completed between August 2015 and the end of 2015.

This finally sees the recovery of the CVR and FDA […]

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, […]