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AVIATION ASSOCIATIONS FORUM MEETING

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. Continue reading

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Tidying up

 

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. Continue reading

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Dick Smith recommends mass industry exit

Dick Smith has widely circulated the letter below among his aviation associates, and we’re publishing it here without comment in case any reader has missed it.

Dear All
It’s not the slow pace of Reform at CASA, it’s the fact that they are still heading towards adding to costs.
For example, we know the disaster of Part 61 when in a little over a year’s time every single aircraft that flies IFR will have to have ADS-B fitted.
No country in the world has such a requirement. Even in the USA where there is a requirement for ADS-B from 2020, that’s another 4 years away.
There is no requirement for ADS-B to be fitted for aircraft below 10,000 feet in D, E or G airspace unless the aircraft is within 30 nautical miles of a Class B zone, such as Los Angeles or San Francisco. This clearly means that most small aircraft that operate either IFR or VFR will not need ADS-B in the USA.
I was lucky enough to have an hour with the CASA Board on Thursday, 15th October 2015 and even though the Board seemed keen on getting a delay with this ADS-B mandate, it was quite clear that Mark Skidmore has no intention of giving any type of delay or dispensation.
Remember, there is no measurable safety issue being addressed because we have never had two aircrafts in cloud collide in this country.
Please pass on this email to everyone you can. I absolutely recommend that people get out of aviation as quickly as they can, sell up their businesses and close down because any damage now will be minimised compared to the damage that is going to happen because of the dogmatic attitude of CASA between now and the next 4 years. The damage will be horrendous, far more businesses will go broke and lots more people will be out of work.
It is quite clear with Mr Skidmore, because of his military background, that there will be no measurable reforms in relation to removing unnecessary costs. There is no suggestion that the Minister will put any pressure on to allow a viable General Aviation business and even if the Minister does not stand again, I have not seen the slightest suggestion that his replacement has an understanding that major cost reductions must take place if the General Aviation industry is to remain viable.
AOPA have asked for a delay in the introduction of the mandate for ADS-B for all aircraft that fly IFR and they have got nowhere.
On my recent flight in my Citation to Longreach, I was forced below flight level 290 on the last 300 nautical miles of the flight, even though the controller told me there was no traffic that could require the change in altitude – I was flight planned and operating at flight level 400.
As you can see, it is nothing to do with safety it is all about sheer bastardry and destroying an industry. The people at Airservices are worse, they have no understanding of how their costs for unique requirements can effect General Aviation.
I have presently got my Citation on the market and plan to sell my other aircraft. I would suggest everybody does the same if they don’t want to lose very large amounts of additional wealth and resources.
Regards
Dick

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Aviation forum’s manifesto seeks urgent action

Paul Phelan, Oct 9, 2015

After a two-day conference The Australian Aviation Associations Forum (TAAAF), representing an influential group of peak aviation bodies, has released a communiqué expressing “considerable concern” at the slow pace of reform of CASA and the ongoing cost impositions from new regulations.
The communiqué urged the CASA Board to persevere with its clear, government-mandated cultural change agenda, saying it believes the recently introduced CASA regulations are threatening the viability of industry and especially general aviation operations, where millions of dollars will otherwise be required to be invested for no commensurate safety gains.
The Forum says it fully supports CASA Director Mark Skidmore’s Directive 01/2015 which launched the development and application of risk based and cost effective aviation safety regulation, and asked that it be applied to all of the recently introduced CASA regulations.
However TAAAF says it believes effective implementation of the directive will require “cultural change” within CASA and encouraged the CASA Board to persevere with its clear, Government- mandated cultural change agenda.
“The TAAAF recommends the CASA redouble efforts to urgently:

  • “Abolish Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 48.1 – industry rejects the limited science it is based on, the ignoring of decades of safe operations, the massive costs it will impose and the complexity that will inevitably lead to non-compliance.
  • “Establish an industry task force to propose urgent exemptions and amendments to Parts 61, 141, 142 and revised transitional arrangements to allow the industry to function, especially for firefighting operations and ATPL licences.
  • “Reform Australian aviation manufacturing regulations to copy the modernised US Federal Aviation Agency system and undo the damage caused by the loss of three TAFE skill providers.
  • “Undo the damage caused by new maintenance training regulations that resulted in the loss of three TAFE skill providers.

“TAAAF believes that now is the time for definitive action before the new regulations cause irreparable long-term damage and the loss of jobs and businesses.”
The group’s sentiments are a haunting reminder of the findings and recommendations of the Aviation Safety Regulation Review Panel led by industry veteran David Forsyth, which delivered its damning report in May 2014.
The ASRR warned that:
Although opinions differ, the Panel estimates that the [Regulatory Reform Program] will take at least another five years to complete. Furthermore, the final product of regulatory reform will not meet the aviation community’s needs and will not be consistent with the ICAO [International Civil Aviation Organisation] principles for plain language, easily understood, safety rules. Nor will the final regulations be harmonised with those of any foreign jurisdiction.
The 25-plus year history of regulatory reform has been consuming the industry, and distracting the aviation community from the objective of managing safety in its operations. On this basis, the Panel concludes that continuing along the current path is not in the interests of aviation safety in Australia and that a new approach must be developed for regulatory reform.
The ASRR Panel had also warned that “While trusted by many in government, the industry’s trust in CASA is failing, compromising CASA’s Stewardship, and industry perceives CASA’s Accountability as being compromised.”(The Panel’s highlighting.)
Elsewhere in the report the Panel also observed:
“CASA and industry need to build an effective collaborative relationship on a foundation of mutual trust and respect. Therefore, CASA needs to set a new strategic direction.”
CASA has more recently begun engaging with alarmed industry groups and these contacts appear to have alerted Mr Skidmore and others that the trust issue was becoming more and more central to developing a lasting solution.
On September 16, the Director finally published a new statement titled CASA’s new regulatory policy – a ten-point outline of intended reform, which bears at least the potential to begin reversing the distrust that had now been growing insidiously for a quarter of a century.

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