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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


Aviation industry leaders have thrown down the gauntlet to the Federal Government to act before Australia’s general aviation industry collapses.

The group has raised its concerns in a letter to Nationals’ Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, and at a rally in his electorate of New England earlier this week.

The gathering at Tamworth airport heard that the industry was at a crossroads as a result of over regulation and excess compliance.

“We have the largest exodus of aviation businesses and companies in the last five years in the entire history of general aviation,” Aviation Advertiser Australia Chief Executive Benjamin Morgan said.

“If we don’t move towards a position of broad and rapid regulatory reform, the small to medium sized enterprises are facing a terminal future.”

Aviation advocate Dick Smith flew in for the rally, and was scathing of government inaction over the past 10 years to reign in aviation regulators.

“The bureaucracy has just had a one-way ratchet of increase charges and regulations. The whole of aviation, that is general aviation, is basically destroyed.

“I’ve advised everyone to get out because you will lose everything you have,” Mr Smith said.

Mr Morgan accused the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) of over regulation and claimed it was making it difficult for people such as flight training operators to do their jobs.

He said these included layers of compliance costs associated with instructor status, approvals to carry out training and aircraft airworthiness.

Regional industries hit hardest

Mr Morgan said this was not an issue for domestic and international carriers, it affected small to medium sized aviation industries.

“These are the kind of businesses where mum and dad operate the company, small businesses with up to 10 employees. These are the hard working men and woman of remote and regional Australia who are literally being forced to the wall,” he said.

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester says there was a review of regulations underway, and safety must remained a top priority.

“We’ve got a mutual interest with the aviators and with the flying public to maintain safety levels and make sure we can have an expectation in Australia that when you take off in a plane you arrive safely at your destination,” Mr Chester said.

He said CASA had that responsibility, but he wanted to be made aware of any issues.

“If there’s a heavy-handed approach and if its proving too difficult them I want to hear that feedback from the industry,” he said.

The matter will be further discussed at a meeting with Barnaby Joyce and the Chairman of CASA later this year.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 – Australian Liberty Alliance

Members and supporters of Australian Liberty Alliance (ALA) involved with General Aviation will attend a rally at Tamworth Regional Airport on Friday, 6th May 2016 from 1:00pm. NSW Senate candidate Mrs Kirralie Smith, together with concerned pilots will be present in Tamworth. ALA sees first hand the industry is suffering and in decline.

“Small business across Australia is doing it tough as a result of the unnecessary burden of bureaucracy. The incumbent government has turned its back on small to medium sized aviation enterprise and is ignoring the advice of leadership within the industry. Many in the aviation industry have shared their frustration over excessive and unrealistic regulations prohibiting sustainability and growth. We have feedback from party members and supporters who see a need for aviation regulatory reform. It is vital we attend,” stated Mrs. Smith.ALA is a pro-Australia party and will put Australian citizens, industries and workers first. The president of ALA, Mrs. Debbie Robinson, invites the aviation industry and peak bodies to convene in Sydney on Friday 13th May with executives of the party. The aim is to develop a clear understanding of the challenge the industry faces.

“It is crucial we develop a sustainable aviation policy. A policy promoting participation and opportunity for small business and recreational aviation enthusiasts. A policy built on the needs of industry, not the needs of government.” Mrs Robinson said.

AND Aviation Business Magazine:

Gathering in Tamworth

Tomorrow (Friday) will see what may turn out to be a watershed moment in Australia’s general aviation industry, when the industry’s associations and personalities rally at Tamworth Regional Airport to urge the Federal Government to take immediate measures to end the “regulatory nightmare that is destroying Australia’s general aviation flight training, charter and maintenance businesses.”

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Civil Aviation Safety Authority chairman Jeff Boyd will all be on hand to hear industry’s view that moving to European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) style regulatory systems has introduced irrelevant regulation while increasing compliance costs to unaffordable levels.

The day’s official program will begin with a closed door meeting between the Government representatives and leaders of various Australian industry associations, followed by a public question and answer session.

In his monthly newsletter CASA CEO Mark Skidmore appealed for patience from the industry in waiting for change.

“The pace of change may not be as fast as some would prefer, but real change is underway,” he said. “Like any worthwhile task everything cannot be achieved at once and foundations must be laid before the structure can be constructed.”

Mark Skidmore has been around the block, so he will know that the industry’s response to that comment will probably be a retort to the effect that CASA could have paid more attention to laying the foundations of regulatory reform before imposing new regulation.

In an ideal world industry and regulator will sit down and discuss the issues in a calm and rational atmosphere (which indeed has been happening through various industry groups such as the Australian Helicopter Industry Association) and find practical solutions that work for both parties.

But regardless of Skidmore’s intention to solve the problems industry will present again tomorrow, CASA and the Ministers at Tamworth are going to have to be ready for some coal-face frustration from people for whom new and often illogical regulation has had an adverse and immediate impact on their own ability to make a living (and provide one for others) without any measurable safety benefit.

AND SAAA [Sport Aircraft Association of Australia]

AOPA (General) Aviation Industry Rally

Please see announcement from AOPA below in regards to an important Aviation Rally event. If you can attend it will be a great opportunity to discuss current issues with key Govt. officials.

Key Event Details
Who: AOPA calling on the support of all pilots, aircraft owners, aviation business owners and operators to attend
When: 1pm – Friday, 6th May 2016
Where: Hangar 6 – Tamworth Regional Airport, NSW, Australia.

Why? This is your opportunity to be seen and to be heard! The industry’s leading associations, peak-bodies and aviation personalities, will be in attendance. All standing with the pilots, aircraft owners, aviation businesses and operators of our industry – united in the call for change.

AND CRIKEY Australia:

Aviation’s grass roots dig in at Tamworth today

These are desperate people, crushed by excessive regulatory and compliance costs that seem unique to Australia and devised by a bureaucracy that the industry argues keeps inventing news ways to drive them broke faster.


Flying schools, threatened by CASA's maladministration
Flying schools, threatened by CASA’s maladministration

A general aviation industry driven to the brink of collapse by maladministration in CASA will rally at Tamworth Airport today to make last ditch representations for Federal Government intervention to save hundreds of small businesses from flying schools to third tier services vital for remote community air access.

Deputy PM, Barnaby Joyce, Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester and CASA chair Jeff Boyd, will meet with the leaders and stakeholders in a GA sector on the edge of ruin.

These are desperate people, crushed by excessive regulatory and compliance costs that seem unique to Australia and devised by a bureaucracy that the industry argues keeps inventing news ways to drive them broke faster.

The rally will be conducted possibly only hours before the Coalition Government enters caretaker mode prior to a July 2 double dissolution election of the Senate and House of Reps.

The impotency of Government ministers to make policy changes during the incredibly long election period may add to the frustration of those with jobs and investments in aviation enterprises that are at risk.

Much of the claims being made by the GA sector may seem incomprehensible on their technical details to the mass of trunk route and secondary city flyers in Australia. But without GA the greater extent of the continent, covering small settlements and better known tourism resorts and lodges, will end up without affordable air access.

Thousands of jobs generated by businesses that support flying schools, private aircraft owners, and joy flight operations and community services by health and law enforcement bodies are at imminent risk.

The loss of GA activity would not only make Australia a dumber country through the loss of technical skills, but a vastly more difficult one to reach into in many locations.

That is why those of us who almost always fly in a jet airliner and seldom if ever experience flight using short rough bush strips stand to lose from the current crisis this rally is trying to avert.

If the Coalition can save small trucking operators from excessive regulation, it can surely do the same for grass roots aviation.

Much depends on GA cutting through to Government this afternoon.

Byron Bailey – The Australian:

Australia should have adopted US aviation rules

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Aviation insiders have organised a public meeting in Tamworth next week.

Thirty years ago nearly every country town was serviced by a regular commuter service — typically by 10-seat general aviation aircraft.

My first flying job after leaving the air force was piloting an 11-seat Nomad between Sydney (Mascot) and Maitland on a regular schedule. I also flew a regular scheduled service from Wollongong to Essendon in a Cessna C421 pressurised twin.

These flights were always full and the general aviation scene was booming.

Bankstown was also very busy with all the training and business aviation. I left Australia at the end of 1985 to fly for an overseas airline. I returned 20 years later to a shattered and depleted general aviation scene and Bankstown practically a ghost airport.

So what happened in the meantime?

The year 1988 happened, that’s what. The Aviation Act! The beginning of the modernisation of Australian aviation regulations by CASA, as ordered by the government, to align them with ICAO and other first world countries.

CASA should just have adopted rules from the US Federal Aviation Administration — which has a far better safety record than Australia — but they didn’t. Hubris of the CASA bureaucrats and their attendant legal department decided they were up to the task.

I now quote a senior industry official: “Ask any person participating in aviation today for a single reason why aviation is in such a mess. The answer is always the same: impractical regulations and standards that are unique to Australia.”

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent, resulting in industry confusion and bankruptcies because of massive, unsustainable compliance costs — and there is no end in sight.

Senior management of these semi-autonomous agencies (CASA/ASA/ATSB) have little or no commercial in-house expertise, as evidenced by the present head of CASA, Mark Skidmore — a former fighter pilot with apparently no civil flying experience.

An example of what CASA and ASA have forced on the industry is the mandated installation of ADSB five years ahead of the US, knowing that overseas aircraft manufacturers were not prepared for such required installations. This will saddle Australian owners and operators with massive costs to ensure compliance, being the first in the world, as guinea pigs.

Just when you thought things could not get any worse, then came the attempted revision of Part 61 “Pilot Certification” in September 2014.

We now have, at an alleged cost of $200 million, 3000 pages of what a senior US FAA official described as gobbledygook. In the US, pilot certification runs to 100 pages and the New Zealand rules come in at 89 pages.

New Zealand revamped all their aviation regulations after a royal commission and the result is widely used and admired by other countries. Australia, however, is saddled with a regulatory nightmare that is forcing the industry to collapse.

Industry heavyweights have decided enough is enough. Desperate times call for desperate action. Concerned aviation insiders that care about the future of general aviation have organised a public meeting in Tamworth on Friday, May 6, with the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Transport Minister Darren Chester and that great Australian and aviation expert Dick Smith.

Both these ministerial portfolios were formerly held by Warren Truss, who appears not to have had any leverage over CASA/ATSB/ASA. Also attending for the defence is CASA chairman Jeff Boyd. The aim of the meeting is to prevent the collapse of the industry by requesting government intervention on a range of matters, the most pressing problem being the scrapping of the totally unworkable and ruinous Part 61.

A former chairman of the International Air Transport Association Safety Committee and retired Qantas group general manager of Safety gave the following advice, based on many years dealing with CASA.

“From my experience I can assure you the politicians will send the proposed material to CASA for ‘guidance’. CASA will then defer comment as long as they can, which will be after any coming election. CASA comment to the politicians will be ‘we are analysing the document and while we think it has some merit it is not a document drafted by experienced and proven regulation drafters such that exist within the professional ranks of CASA’.”

Byron Bailey, a former RAAF fighter pilot and trainer, was a senior captain with Emirates for 15 years.


The Northern Daily Leader

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HUNDREDS RALLY: Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce, with Ben Morgan on the left and Transport Minister Darren Chester, CASA chairman Jeff Boyd and board member Anita Taylor, seated, at an aviation rally in Tamworth yesterday. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 060516GOD20

HUNDREDS RALLY: Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce, with Ben Morgan on the left and Transport Minister Darren Chester, CASA chairman Jeff Boyd and board member Anita Taylor, seated, at an aviation rally in Tamworth yesterday. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 060516GOD20

 HUNDREDS of members of the Australian aviation industry have had a heated meeting in Tamworth, pushing politicians and the safety regulator for a better deal for rural and regional communities and general aviation.

Aminta Hennessy – who runs Clamback and Hennessy flying school at Bankstown – is up for $127,000 to install the units for the aircraft used in her business.

Australian Aviation Digital Group chief executive Benjamin Morgan organised the rally, the second for Tamworth in as many months.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, Deputy Prime Minister and New England MP Barnaby Joyce and Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) chairman Jeff Boyd were in attendance, along with about 300 pilots and industry members.

One of the main issues raised was about the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) being implemented in Australia three years ahead of the US.

Aviators are angry this will make the aircraft-tracking units more expensive; Aminta Hennessy – who runs Clamback and Hennessy flying school at Bankstown – is up for $127,000 to install the units for the aircraft used in her business.

Mr Morgan said CASA estimated it would cost the industry $36 million to be compliant.

He said over-regulation of Australia’s aviators was costing jobs and would shut the industry down.

“The units allow air traffic controllers to see location, speed and altitude of aircraft, and brings us into the digital age,” Mr Morgan said.

“Absolutely nobody is opposed to the implementation, but (CASA) is forcing the Australian public and industry to meet compliance three years ahead of (the US and New Zealand).

“We see this issue as a litmus of the broader issue, which is the fact that the regulator is not listening to the industry and aviators.”

Mr Joyce  said he didn’t want regulations for the sake of regulations.

“To stop all plane crashes, you can only make it illegal to fly,” he said.

Mr Chester said  he couldn’t give a clear yes or no answer to whether the mandate could be pushed back to 2021 in Australia, but he encouraged the industry to communicate with the CASA chairman.

Mr Morgan said the rally made it clear that the safety authority was not carrying out what the industry wanted, and said the chairman of CASA admitted he had no control over his organisation.

“Our national aviation safety regulator is being run by a board who are applying bandaids to the problem and do not have direct control over issues,” he said.


 Bunbury Mail


The Standard

TAMWORTH: Hundreds of members of the Australian aviation industry have had a heated meeting in Tamworth, pushing politicians and the safety regulator for a better deal for rural and regional communities and general aviation. Read more.


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