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Jim McDowall

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  1. If CASA people are working from home the only weight increase is likely to be theirs!
  2. Wasn't there a service bulletin out on Rotax motors a few years ago about Bing carby floats sinking?
  3. I wonder what the long run experience of the SDS EFI on Jabiru engines is? see http://www.sdsefi.com/jabiru.htm
  4. And millions of vehicles have used EFI for billions of kilometers travelled with a very low failure rate probably far better than that experienced with Bing carbys on Jabiru engines albeit when electronics stop they stop whereas carbys may just lower performance.
  5. Well actually its the Democratic Party approach. They are the ones that want mail in voting - Trump is dead against it.
  6. I voted - did you? However can hardly be described as a secret ballot. Here's why. The RAA process requires you to markup the ballot paper. You then place the ballot paper in an envelope and are required to write your membership number on the back of the envelope to make a valid vote. In other words it is possible to identify how a member voted - hardly a secret ballot! The correct process is to place the ballot paper into an envelope (usually marked Ballot Paper) with no distinguishing features and then place that envelope into postage envelope that identifies the vot
  7. It is not a matter of out thinking them or trapping them it is about democracy in action. Democracy requires a certain tension between the executive, bureaucracy, judiciary and the population in order to work. To allow one of these to act without the oversight of the others can only result in a form of anarchy. So it behooves us as participants in the process to do our part and point out inadequacies, inconsistencies, poor regulation and mismanagement when we observe it. As the saying goes: "Bad things happen when good men do nothing."
  8. So why did the FAA report that the Canadian owner maintenance system did not produce worse outcomes than "licensed" maintenance?
  9. No they don't. SAO's are administered by officials elected by members and their minions. The corporate entity of the SAO makes no difference to the SAO's relationship with CASA. Associations were not designed for multi-jurisdictional, large membership "controlling" bodies. And what is wrong with prescriptive legislation. As I read the CASR's etc they are prescriptive and they have real penalties. That is not to be confused with management of those prescriptions which is the enforcement policy enunciated in the Ministerial Direction of several years ago. The only problem with prescript
  10. Actually it says " as in force on 1 January 1997 ". ICAO has no interest in private GA within country borders. EASA has recently recognised this by relaxing SMS requirement for GA. By using ICAO as an excuse for its (in)actions is commonly a smokescreen for its own agendas. For example, the regulations in respect of motor gliders are counter to Annex 7 of ICAO and in part are noted as exceptions in the annex. They can do stuff if they want. The carve out for motor gliders was simply to endorse the power of the GFA.
  11. Well actually I'm talking about the law. RAA aircraft are deemed to be unregistered. CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY REGULATIONS 1998 - REG 200.025 Flying unregistered aircraft For paragraph 20AB(1)(a) of the Act, a person is taken to hold a civil aviation authorisation that is in force and authorises the person to perform a duty that is essential to the operation of an unregistered Australian aircraft during flight time if: (a) the person holds a pilot certificate granted by a sport aviation body that administers aviation activities in the aircraft; and
  12. CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY REGULATIONS 1998 - REG 1.003 Harmonisation with FARs
  13. Licences are issued by governments or their delegates. RPC's are not issued by CASA or anybody holding a CASA delegation. Another example, I may been trained to use earthmoving equipment and issued a certificate of competence by the vendor of the equipment but unless I have the little piece of plastic issued by a government authority or its delegate and have an accident on a worksite I and my employer are done for. RAA aircraft are on a register held by RAAus. They are not on the Australian Register of Aircraft and thus, at law, they are not registered. Regional airlines operate out of
  14. It matters not one bit who owns the company, what matters is that the credentials it hands out meet the required standards. One only has to look at TAFE in SA to see how, despite public ownership, its aviation training credentials were suspect to say the least, as proved by CASA's actions. I would gladly pay a private company to issue my RPC in the same way as a private organisation now issues RPL/PPL's. But for some reason CASA refuses to institute the same system for RPC's. Maybe just to protect the interests of the incumbent SAO's? Maybe it is time to ask what is it that the dozen or so
  15. The apathy of the membership is relied upon by CASA in its SAO arrangements. It makes it easier for CASA to heavy the organisations as the they (the organisations) know that if push comes to shove and they make a stand they may find that they have no support. I find it incredible that a country with 12 times the population (USA) with magnitudes more aviation activity and a wider variety of challenges (terrain, weather etc) can have a regulatory system that does not require membership of any organisation. It is even more incredible when you discover that our regulatory system is supposed to
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