Senator Fawcett welcomes CASA Board appointment

Senator David Fawcett today welcomed the appointment of Mr Jeff Boyd to the Board of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) as Deputy Chairman.

Senator Fawcett

Senator Fawcett

“Mr Boyd has extensive experience in the aviation industry having been an owner of a regional airline, a flight training school, and an aviation maintenance company,” Senator Fawcett said.

“He is currently head of Kite Aviation, a consultancy company for the aviation industry, and is also director of the Regional Aviation Association of Australia.”

Mr Boyd’s appointment comes in response to the ‘Forsyth Report’ which criticised the CASA Board for its lack of sufficient members with aviation industry experience.

“Mr Boyd is a very worthy appointee to the CASA Board and will provide valuable guidance as the Board implements the recommendations coming from the Forsyth Report,” Senator Fawcett said.

“The Abbott government is currently examining all recommendations of the Forsyth Report but is committed to increasing the number of CASA Board members with aviation experience.”

“The Forsyth Report will result in a more efficient, effective and safer future for the Australian aviation industry,” Senator Fawcett said.

Senator Fawcett is regarded by industry as our most aviation-aware parliamentarian.

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Paul Phelan flew for over 50 years in private, charter, corporate and regional aviation, worked in senior management roles with a major regional airline, and retains his license. In parallel he has been writing for Australian and international aviation journals for well over 20 years on all aspects of aviation including aircraft evaluation, flying, industry affairs, infrastructure, manufacture, regulatory affairs, safety, technologies and training. He has won three separate National Aviation Press Club awards for "best technical aviation story of the year."

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