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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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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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A stunned silence – opinion

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 lack of any visible response from Deputy PM and Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss Continue reading

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CASA hiring transparency lost in obfuscation

Industry representative groups are alarmed at recent events suggesting that the 12 current candidates for the CASA CEO appointment may now be discussed between executive recruiters and CASA Chair Dr. Allan Hawke next week, before a new board can be nominated and briefed to participate in the recruitment decision.

They are worried that the incoming CASA board may be bypassed in the selection of a new Director despite the Aviation Safety Regulation Review (ASRR) Panel’s scathing observations on the breakdown of industry/CASA trust and its recommendation that:

“The Civil Aviation Safety Authority changes its regulatory philosophy and, together with industry, builds an effective collaborative relationship on a foundation of mutual understanding and respect.”

To date only one board appointment, former Brindabella Airlines Managing Director Jeff Boyd as Deputy Chair, has been announced; and CASA is still listing its current board membership as Allan Hawke (Chair), Jeff Boyd, Trevor Danos and (Director) John McCormick.

Phil Hurst, Executive Director of the Agricultural Aviation Association of Australia (AAAA), says: “The process that we support is the one that is been outlined any number of times. It is that there should be a clean sweep of the CASA board. There should then be widespread consultation with industry for the appointments to that board. I understand that Jeff Boyd has already been appointed to the board as Deputy Chairman and we fully support his appointment because he is coming from industry and that’s exactly the sort of appointment that we welcome.

“I think that whoever takes the reins at CASA, they must have the trust of industry. That’s the critical issue and with the best will in the world, it’s very difficult for industry to trust people that have never operated in a commercial environment.

“My concern with the lack of transparency in all this is that anything that happens in the current environment is likely to be tainted. If the powers that be don’t understand the importance of transparency in this process, which will set the direction for CASA for the next however many years, then clearly we’ve got more work to do.”

AAAA and other industry groups are now concerned that the findings and recommendations of the ASRR report are at risk of being swept aside in the CEO recruitment process.

ProAviation has been told that the Dr Hawke wrote to one industry association refuting its submission to the ASRR, and that the organisation rejected what it believed to be “bullying” on his part and brought the matter to Minister Truss’s attention.

Ken Cannane, Executive Director of, AMROBA (aviation Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul Business Association), says his group shares AAAA’s concerns.

“We’ve raised the issue with the Minister of our concerns of the involvement of the current CASA board in the selection of the new people, because we see that the CASA board oversaw the industry and the development of the seriously negative issues that have been raised by the ASRR review. If Mr Hawke is going to be there, the remainder of the board should be involved with the selection as well, not just the Chairman.

“Before selections are made for the CEO, I think the Minister needs to be transparent now and either tell the industry he supports the review and its findings, or that he rejects them. If he supports them, it means that the CASA board should then be selecting a person who can implement the review, not a person who is going to continue on in the direction John McCormick has taken.”

Reflecting the same concerns, the Regional Aviation Association of Australia’s submission had told the ASRR it “believes the bulk of its concerns stem from a poor culture in CASA which itself results from poor senior management and governance over several decades.

“If the Government of the day is not to take a more active role in the formulation of aviation policy generally and, through the relevant Department, a more active role in the management of the aviation bureaucracy, it must be prepared to create a more substantial and active Board to oversight CASA’s management.”

Reflecting sentiments variously expressed by many of the 269 submissions, RAAA listed its four prime concerns as:

  • “The unfortunate saga of CASA’s regulatory reform process;
  • “CASA’s increasingly adversarial approach to enforcement;
  • “CASA’s failure to provide prompt and efficient services to the industry; and
  • CASA’s undermining of the “just culture approach to [air safety] data collection.”

RAAA CEO Paul Tyrrell says his Association is now also concerned at the government’s and the Infrastructure Department’s tardiness in publicly accepting the ASRR’s 37 recommendations and transforming them into an action plan under clearly stated and transparent direction:

“The RAAA would welcome the recommendations of the ASRR being implemented as soon as possible. It is essential that the incoming CASA board members play a leading role in the appointment of the new CASA CEO. To do otherwise would make a mockery of the recent review. The new CEO must display a strong cost reflex in that he should exercise stringent control over CASA costs just as all modern aviation businesses must also do if they are to survive.”

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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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