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Happier landings

David Jacobson, a 2010-retired Qantas and TAA training captain with a passion for getting it right, has launched an iPad app that targets what he sees as the most overlooked comprehension gap in both basic and ongoing flight training processes – the planning and execution of a landing flare that leads to a consistently smooth touchdown, in the right place. Continue reading

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  • Regulatory reform not much closer – comment The last few weeks have been a spotty period for regulatory reform. First, CASA weighed in with 23 amendments to the CASR Part 145 maintenance regulations Manual of Standards, on which the ink was barely dry following its launch on June 26. There’s…
    Tags: flight, pilot, training
  •   Posted by: Paul Phelan Posted date: October 31, 2012 | comment : 2 On October 22 this year a Senate Committee inquiry into accident investigation processes began hearing submissions that focused on the relationships and interactions between the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, and on the management of their investigations…
    Tags: aircraft, pilot, flight, training
  •   CASA has set up a 26-person “special taskforce” to work full-time on finding solutions to identified issues with the new licensing suite of regulations – Parts 61, 64, 141 and 142. Director Mark Skidmore says the taskforce is working closely with a new advisory panel comprising member organisations of…
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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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  • Brisbane Airport firefighters staged a traditional special-occasion water salute for popular 74-year-old Captain Doug Whitbourn when he taxied in at the end of his final JETGO flight JG6 from Osborne Mine to Brisbane on last Friday (Feb 14). That was the tail end of 54 years, 23,045 hours, 11 log…
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Safe to report to us, says Forsyth

Aviation Safety Regulation Review (ASRR) Panel Chairman David Forsyth has responded briskly to concerns over the confidentiality of submissions to the review and the possibility of regulatory retribution.

Several industry stakeholders had contacted us with worries that the present legal framework provides ample opportunity for the regulator to harass its critics administratively and financially to a non-survivable extent, and they quote numerous credible current and past examples of where, when and how this has been achieved. Continue reading

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  • Submission to Aviation Safety Regulation Review ProAviation, updated February 21, 2014 Index We havn't been able to make the automated index function work in this post. Following are the principal headings in the correct sequence. We're working on a fix for that. Meanwhile the ten case studies which were part…
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  • 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…
    Tags: casa, industry, government, will, ve, review, asrr
  • 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,…
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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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  • 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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A new approach to enforcement

The document below was circulated widely in March 1998. Yes, that’s 15 years ago. It brought a glimmer of hope to an industry that was already beset by the out-of-control advance of adversorial, prescriptive and punitive regulation. Its fate should be part of the terms of reference of the government’s planned major external review of Australian aviation safety and regulation.

What went wrong? Continue reading

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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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  • 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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  • 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 the past 26…
    Tags: casa, aviation, will, safety
  • Warren Truss, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, today announced an independent review of aviation safety regulation in Australia. Mr Truss’s portfolio includes responsibility for aviation regulation and related services and infrastructure, and the planned review is an iteration of the key commitments the Coalition outlined…
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Senate report will shape safety investigation future

May 23, 2013

The nation’s air safety infrastructure is headed for a historic renaissance in the wake of the Senate committee report on aviation accident investigations, released today in the wake of the Pel-Air ditching at Norfolk Island in November 2009.

Leading among the committee’s recommendations are the urgent recovery by the ATSB of the aircraft’s cockpit voice and flight data recorders, a rerun of the entire investigation, a drastic rearrangement of the structures within which ATSB and CASA operate, the establishment of an ICAO Annex 13 independent panel to oversee ATSB investigations and reporting, as well as a referral to the Australian Federal Police 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…
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  • 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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  • 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…
    Tags: committee, aviation, safety, atsb, senate, investigation, ditching, pel-air
  • 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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  • Liberal Senator David Fawcett says Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has failed to respond to the damning findings of the Senate Inquiry into the ATSB’s and CASA’s responses to the Norfolk Island ditching on November18 2009. ATSB today confirmed that there would now be no action on the critical recommendations until…
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