Agricultural operators dump on the regulator

The Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia (AAAA) has added its voice to the torrent of industry grievance against the aviation regulator.

AAAA’s blistering submission to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review (ASRR) Panel is all the more notable because the Association had always cultivated a track record of positive engagement with the multiple government agencies it deals with; and until now had shunned negative public comment on CASA’s performance. Continue reading

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A Boeing 777′s last descent

An email circulated today had been routed via some well-known avation identities and was clearly written by a pilot familiar with the topic. The matter it raises has probably already been considered by those who are working on pinpointing the most probable  impact location to determine a  fix for the vessel seeking the flight data and cockpit voice recorders.

The text of the email is quoted verbatim except for interpretation of acronyms for the benefit of non-aviators. Continue reading

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World first or world’s worst?

ADS-B capability was mandated from 12 December last year for IFR operations in Australia for all aircraft flying at or above flight level 290. What happens if your system stops working, or if you’re from one of the other nations, where it’s not yet mandatory? A discussion with an average GA pilot the other day touched on the subject and we got a bit of an earful on how “black letter law” is working out in practice.

Here’s his commentary: Continue reading

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Forsyth Committee unscrambling the issues

The strength and spread of interest in the government’s Aviation Safety Regulation Review (ASRR) process took almost everybody by surprise. ProAviation had already been made aware of numerous submissions from industry sector groups, trade unions, airports, other government agencies, individuals from pretty well all the aviation sectors we’re aware of, AOC and MRO approval holders and even the medical and legal professions; each commenting on their own regulatory hot spots and in most cases identifying well-considered solutions.

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For an update we contacted Australian industry veteran David Forsyth, who heads up the ASRR Panel. He says the review has now received over 260 submissions and supplementaries, and Panel members have already interviewed over 200 people or groups in the first phase of the team’s in-depth probe into the regulatory environment in which the industry does its business.

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  • The Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia (AAAA) has added its voice to the torrent of industry grievance against the aviation regulator. AAAA’s blistering submission to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review (ASRR) Panel is all the more notable because the Association had always cultivated a track record of positive engagement with the multiple government agencies it…
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Dr Liddell speaks out for Australian pilots

In a supplementary submission to the ASRR Panel, Dr Robert Liddell, an airline pilot who was also the regulator’s Director of Aviation Medicine for nine years, has spoken out bluntly on the flurry of medical uncertainties now affecting Australian pilots. As always, Dr Liddell identifies not only the problem, but the solution: Continue reading

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