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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.

HISTORY:

#atsb and first […]

Senate Inquiry renewed – Airport and Aviation security

The is the re-run of the Airport and aviation security inquiry, with submissions required and a reporting date of 1st December 2016.

Airport and aviation security

On 4 December 2014, the Senate moved that the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 26 […]

CVDA update

I attache the following from John O’Brien and also pass along my thoughts and best wishes to Arthur, who I first met over 20-years ago. As you say John, his enthusiasm is infectious. CVDPA Update Latest CVDPA update sent to members and supporters this week… Colour Vision Update – March 2016

Quote: Dear Friends […]

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, […]

The importance of airports in Australia

The importance of airports in Australia

In the US, in the State of New Jersey, there was a recent trial which has substantial impact on aviation and local Government organisations.The case of Solberg airport should be viewed, even though in US jurisprudence, as an important precedent in Australia.

The ALOP’s programme, with direct funding springs […]

Bankstown for sale??

Bankstown for sale??

The issue of aviation in this appears to have been missed, according to the article in yesterdays Financial Review [26th May 2015].

That this absolute and demonstrable hit at the nations primary infrastructure.

That a large area of the land has had issues raised as to:

Flooding; Contaminated land; Aviation use; Prior […]

Bankstown Airport – Flooding Events

Bankstown Airport – Flooding Events

This 1986 image [annotated below comments] Have We Forgotten About Flooding on the Georges River , shows Bankstown Airport in the right rear of the image, with the N-S runway and three E-W runways visible.

There is substantial flooding on the site, hence any fill dumped to the south […]

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 […]

Senate Estimates – The actual hearing 24th February 2015

Senate Estimates – The actual hearing 24th February 2015

With help from the PAIN Group, posted here to the YouTube link is the broken up complete look at the 24th February 2015 estimates.

Worth a read and watch of the obvious body language of the participants.

The full link to other Senate […]

Airservices and the Senate

Having looked and followed carefully the answers given by Ms Staib on Tuesday 24th February 2015, I have serious questions about the way Airservices is conducting it’s ‘business’ [monopoly provider] for the aviation industry.

The ASA non-use of a safety case before the ASA Board approved of a move of Adelaide Approach to Melbourne is […]

Helicopters, ATSB, CASA and wire strikes

There have been numerous incidents over the past years – including.

Parkes; atsb – wirestrikes_20050055

An article in Thompsons [produced below] from 2007 gives some views as to the effects of these types of accidents:

Helicopter crashes report delayed

The Aust Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is still working on a report into wirestrikes – incidents […]

Crookwell Wind Turbine Debacle – No presence of CASA

At a meeting in Crookwell on Monday 8th September 2014, there were serious objections raised to the Wind Turbines that had been built by the Gullen Range Wind Farm, which demonstrate the degree to which the constructor [and operator] have “thumbed their noses” at the actual approval.

Sixty-nine turbines were not placed in the correct […]

Coober Pedy runway requirements – effect on community acknowledged

CASA allow continued operations:

“…because any restrictions could cause social and economic disruption….”

No information has been divulged as to a “safety case” for the allowance, or is it because “nothing has gone wrong so far??

Release

Coober Pedy runway requirements – Civil Aviation Safety Authority

4 Sep 2014 4:20 PM

CIVIL AVIATION […]

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 […]

Wind turbines – Related Information

The following is from the Airport, Aviation protection Group and the references to the CASA web site [includes information that is now removed by CASA from general view]:

1. Project AS 06/07 Assessment of obstacles including wind turbines and exhaust plumes Project closure notes

Project closed 1 March 2011

Project overtaken by events. AC 139-18(0) […]

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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Wind Turbines in Australia – The Goulburn Experience

A local report [22nd August 2014] is as follows:

 

Release: Wind Turbines – What effects do they really have??

At a protest meeting in Goulburn NSW, over 40 people turned out on a typical spring day in cool and mild weather. The protest was at the same time local member, Prue Goward [Minister […]

McCormick finishes at CASA as Chief – Is this history repeating??

For the books:

 

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UNDER THE MICROSCOPE Written by Tom Ballantyne Thursday 1 February 2001 Blunder puts pressure on Australia’s safety bodies

Australia’s air safety regime is in political and operational crisis in the aftermath of an embarrassing maintenance blunder by major operator Ansett Australia and widespread complaints about the safety regulator, […]

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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CASA upsets Angel Flight – Who’s next??

Angel Flight has released the following to those who operate as pilots and general supporters.

Angel Flight did not have a public submission to the ASRR [Aviation Safety Regulatory Review] by David Forsyth. Maybe this is another group who were concerned about how CASA would deal with them if they made their views public.

And […]

Critical CASA proposal on Fuel and Alternate requirements

A critical project such as this only has a four week consultative period from 14th August 2014 to 12 September 2014.

This is such that industry gets inadequate comment time.

Another part 61 debacle?? or just a fluff to the Senate??

 

Project OS 09/13 – Fuel and Alternate requirements Issue

Civil Aviation Regulation 1988 […]

CASA finally come up with a full list of AC’s – legislative responsibility??

CASA has been very slow, which forms the basis of most complaints by industry and the serious deficiencies that have been lodged by numerous people and clearly enunciated by the ASRR [Forsyth Report] and directly to the Minister.

Organisations such as the agricultural groups are particularly vocal on the CASA deficiencies – Phil Hurst is […]

Is CASA ready to act?? – AWU asks the question of Minister Truss and the regulator

Is CASA ready to act??

The latest call for the Government [and it’s ‘watchdog” – CASA] to get it’s act in order comes from the AWU.

Secretary Tony Sheldon says that:

“Since MH17, we’ve seen government inaction, airline inaction and watchdog inaction.”

 

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Govt failing to act on safer skies: union AAP August 07, […]

When is an AC able to be used in Australia – Legal Limits??

On a number of occassions, I have been asked as to what is the Head of Power for an “AC” – Advisory Circular.

The reference on the most recent is as follows:

Advisory Circulars are intended to provide advice and guidance to illustrate a means, but not necessarily the only means, of complying with the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mr. Truss – Jobs to be done this week in aviation

We saw the release of the ASRR report last week, which has a substantial “read” to it, and 37 recommendations.

To take you back to your talk to ‘SafeSkies’ last October, which was reported by Steve Creedy in The Australian and what Minister Truss said.

Top marks for:

The ETA for the review was met […]