Category Archives: Regulatory Ructions

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

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Government responds to ASRR review

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today delivered the long-awaited government response to David Forsyth’s Aviation Safety Regulation Review (ASRR), and also named the three new members of CASA’s board.

(The response isn’t yet available for downloading but we’ll add a link when that changes.)

“These appointments bring pertinent technical, operational and managerial experience to help the Board play a more active leadership and review role in setting and steering CASA’s strategic direction,” Mr Truss said. Continue reading

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Indecent haste

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 sold 1547 aircraft into 47 countries, and has sales representation in over 70 nations. Continue reading

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