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An Avalon visitor’s impressions

On a two-day visit to Avalon this week, well-known aircraft owner-pilot Sandy Reith records some off-the-cuff impressions in an open letter to his aviation associates.  Sandy flew an and out on the Tuesday but drove in an out on the second day because an accurately-forecast fog had closed Avalon to all ops until about 9AM. Continue reading

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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…
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  • Regulation of Australian General Aviation and Low Capacity Airline Transport Volume 1: Enforcement - Why is it failing? Paul D Phelan September, 2000 The original version of this analysis was circulated electronically to all members of Federal Parliament, industry identities, aviation writers, other selected media outlets, industry associations, CASA Board…
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  • A chain of events that competent, responsive and honest management could clearly have prevented, ended in the grounding of about 65% of Australia's general aviation fleet in December 1999; most of them for almost four months. In-house Civil Aviation Safety Authority documents show that CASA ignored important industry input and…
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  • Six of Australia’s peak commercial aviation bodies have launched a groundbreaking policy document that could well replace the government’s Aviation White Paper in the shaping of their organisations’ futures. The document, titled The Australian Aviation Associations Forum Aviation Policy, identifies 15 significant problems, besetting the industry across the same number of areas, and…
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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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  • Shadow Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss has supported demands from Senator David Fawcett for immediate action on the recommendations of the Senate committee enquiry into CASA and ATSB’s handling of the Pel-Air ditching at Norfolk Island almost four years ago: “Minister Anthony Albanese must urgently respond to the recommendations flowing from…
    Tags: safety, report, atsb, island, norfolk, casa, truss, investigation, transport
  • The complex issue of CASA and confidential reporting is one of the central elements of a Senate committee enquiry which was expected to report to Parliament by the end of April 2013. The committee's terms of reference are: (a) the findings of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau into the ditching…
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  • Regulation of Australian General Aviation and Low Capacity Airline Transport Volume 1: Enforcement - Why is it failing? Paul D Phelan September, 2000 The original version of this analysis was circulated electronically to all members of Federal Parliament, industry identities, aviation writers, other selected media outlets, industry associations, CASA Board…
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  • Delays in the government’s response to a senate committee report that has dumbfounded senators, the aviation industry and the general public are now expected to be resolved within five weeks. Transport Minister Warren Truss anticipates tabling the government’s response to the committee’s recommendations before the Parliament’s current autumn sittings close…
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  • The complex and controversial issues surrounding ATSB, CASA and confidential reporting within safety management systems are among the central elements of a Senate committee enquiry which is deadlined to report to Parliament by the end of this month. The committee's terms of reference are: (a)     The findings of the Australian…
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Get on with it!

The national aviation authority’s new director won’t have to look very far for examples of systemic breakdowns that urgently need fixing. The regulator’s most recent assault on the aviation industry’s trust and respect displays most of the hallmarks of similar actions over the past 20 years, and could easily be interpreted as the adoption of a “scorched earth policy” by elements whose departure may be imminent. Continue reading

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  • Jabiru Aircraft’s Managing Director Rod Stiff has written to Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss in outrage over what he describes as “an unprovoked, unjustified attack on Jabiru and Light Sport Aviation.” Jabiru markets a range of eight light sport aircraft models – four factory-built and four kit-build units. The company has…
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  • Regulation of Australian General Aviation and Low Capacity Airline Transport Volume 1: Enforcement - Why is it failing? Paul D Phelan September, 2000 The original version of this analysis was circulated electronically to all members of Federal Parliament, industry identities, aviation writers, other selected media outlets, industry associations, CASA Board…
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  • TAAAF Communiqué The Australian Aviation Associations Forum has congratulated the new Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon. Darren Chester MP, on his appointment to this critical position for Australia’s economy, job creation and aviation industry. At its recent meeting in Canberra, TAAAF expressed optimism that a new and more…
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  • ProAviation.com.au has been established as an independent platform for publishing aviation news and features and the professional promotion of aviation's interests in Australia. In doing so ProAviation relies on input from current, future and especially past participants in the aviation industry. ProAviation is setting out to help define the present state of…
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Industry bodies unite in call for action

At least eight peak aviation industry bodies are now presenting a united front in demanding government action over the ever-worsening interface between industry and regulator.

In meetings in Sydney on November 13, the Australian Aviation Associations Forum (TAAAF) developed a multi-faceted critique headed, “Now is the time for Government to act,” which focused on the key issue it defined as “the lack of drive and commitment to act urgently on aviation – even judged by the government’s own promises.” Continue reading

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  • The Australian Aviation Associations Forum has welcomed Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester on his reappointment to what he  describes as “this critical ministerial position for Australia’s economy, job creation and the aviation industry.” But the TAAAF’s welcome comes with a continued push for the Minister to steer back onto…
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  • April 2. 2015 A forum comprising Australia’s leading aviation industry representative groups has demanded that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority tightens its belt, becomes more efficient, and reviews those of its activities that contribute little to aviation safety while imposing new levels of regulation that industry is describing as "botched…
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  • Aviation Industry “disappointment” is quickly morphing into outrage over what many stakeholders now see as the government’s lethargic reaction to the “Forsyth Review” which has clearly ex-posed a need for major organisational changes to various aspects of the way the regulator goes about its business. They are alarmed at the…
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  • The Aviation Safety Regulation Reform (ASRR) Panel delivered its report and recommendations on time at the end of some four months of exhaustive and far-reaching consultation with all aviation sectors. The Minister presented the Panel’s work for public review promptly, providing another 30 days for further comment, which expired on…
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  • In common with many others, ProAviation had been a little cynical about the fate of the Aviation Safety Regulation Review (ASRR) panel’s report after it left the Review Panel’s office. Maybe we were reading too much into the way interacting government agencies managed to shrug off the most significant recommendations…
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Saving your airport

If your airport is at risk of being transformed into an industrial real estate venture that limits aviation operations, the you should be aware of the following letter from Archerfield Airport Chamber of Commerce Inc Lindsay Snell. The situation currently being contested by Archerfield users might very easily be duplicated closer to home – so read on. Continue reading

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  • Archerfield Airport’s well-organised and determined tenant group has launched a high-profile legal challenge seeking reversal of a decision by Infrastructure & Transport Minister Anthony Albanese’s on 24 May 2012 to approve the Archerfield Airport Corporation’s (AAC) Master Plan, submitted just 17 days earlier on May 7. Van Zyl Lawyers, solicitors…
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  • In an Administrative Appeals Tribunal hearing commenced this week, the Archerfield Chamber of Commerce (ACC) Inc. is seeking an AAT finding to set aside a Ministerial Decision of former Transport Minister Anthony Albanese in May 2012, which approved the Archerfield Airport 2011-2031 master plan. The hearing commenced in Brisbane yesterday…
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  • Paul Phelan, June 1, 2015 In a comprehensive rejection of CASA’s decision to cancel a WA private pilot’s licence Administrative Appeals Tribunal Senior Member Egon Fice has bluntly told the authority: “The decision under review is set aside. The Applicant’s Private Pilot (Aeroplane) Licence and Student Pilot Licence remain valid…
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  • Trust restoration checklist An impressive number of industry’s elder statesmen attended the rally at Tamworth on May 6, and witnessed the growing concern that only deeds, not words, can set aviation back on the long track towards a restoration of some of the mutual trust that has been squandered over…
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  • Comment - Paul Phelan, April 24 Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss has provided an interim Statement of Expectations to the not-quite-finalised CASA Board, effective until June 30, 2017. A ring-around industry sources found everybody frankly pretty cheerless about the apparent lack of any urgency on some of…
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