Broader debate needed on operational safety and flight deck procedures

March 28, 2015 Updated Mar 30
A leading Australian aviation identity has warned against knee-jerk regulatory reactions following revelations that the A320 tragedy in the French Alps was the result of deliberate action by a crew member, and the ensuing calls for revision of flight deck protocols. John Vincent, the President of the Australian Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society, says that there is a need for a much broader debate around operational safety, including the security of the flight deck. Continue reading

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EASA seeks 21st century rulemaking

Mar 19 2015
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has this week published proposals for a modernised rule-making strategy based on slashing regulatory red tape and adopting modern outcome-based risk assessment principles. EASA’s name for this is “performance-based rule-making” (PBR).

As a transnational regulator EASA is the centrepiece of the European Union’s strategy for aviation safety, says its Executive Director, Patrick Ky: Continue reading

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Go easy on the euphoria

Paul Phelan. Dec 08, 2014

Input from general aviation identities isn’t exactly brimming with relief at the government’s response to the ASRR Panel’s detailed study and recommendations – and it’s easy to understand why. Here’s a comment from veteran airport, charter and training operator Sandy Reith, who no longer operates an aviation business and has no personal axe to grind. Sandy is down to just one private aeroplane (although a remarkable one to be sure) but still cares about what is and what is not happening. Continue reading

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Agricultural operators welcome government’s ASRR response

The Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia, one of the most energetic critics of the regulator’s recent performance, has warmly welcomed Government’s response to the Forsyth Aviation Regulation Review and the Deputy Prime Minister’s appointment of an additional three experienced aviation people to the CASA Board.

AAAA CEO, Phil Hurst, said that the appointments to the CASA Board were “a critical first step to reform of a dysfunctional CASA.” Continue reading

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Canadian study identifies flawed processes and policies

An independent review of the ATSB’s investigation processes and methodologies delivered its report on schedule this week. But it won’t bring much comfort to industry, nor to a travelling public already uneasy over the revelations of the Aviation Safety Regulation Review; and last week’s grilling of Airservices Australia executives in Senate Estimates over top-level management conflict, concerns over possible whistle-blower abuses and the non-resolution of long-standing operational safety issues. Continue reading

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