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  1. Jim McDowall

    CASA set to "fix" community service flights

    ABC was reporting this morning that Senator Rex Patrick (SA) was going to move a disallowance motion.
  2. Jim McDowall

    CASA set to "fix" community service flights

    So did they really need to do this?
  3. Jim McDowall

    CASA set to "fix" community service flights

    So paying for fuel is now a safety issue?
  4. Jim McDowall

    CASA set to "fix" community service flights

    So Turbs, re post#26 where did your stats come from? Or did you do the bureaucratic thing of making up stats and hoping no one would ask where they originated. Time to come clean
  5. Jim McDowall

    CASA set to "fix" community service flights

    This was over a period of several hours. I too spend 15 -20 hours per week on the roads , country and city, and it never ceases to amaze me the way traffic control is abused, for example 25kph for well over a kilometre beyond the workzone on an open (ie no vision obstacles) road and those controls left in place after working hours. I work in the construction industry and the pedantry of some site safety officers is unbelievable whilst others simply fill out the forms and stay in their airconditioned hut and work gets done by people who know what they are doing and what the risks are. My point about the Snowy is mirrorred by CASA's inability to complete writing proper regulations 30 years after the CAA came into force and yet (for example) immigration regulations can be drafted and implemented literally overnight. Safety is CASA's pre-occupation and only a lower order concern for immigration. Somewhere is the sensible middle.
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    CASA set to "fix" community service flights

    If today's safety standards were applied to the Snowy Mountains project it would still be being built. I watched a road repair at a minor intersection the other day - 3 people actually worked and at least 5 did traffic control and a further 2 watched.
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    CASA set to "fix" community service flights

    Where did these stats come from because as far a I know only stats for hours flown are collected and to call those stats dodgy would be an understatement?
  8. Jim McDowall

    CASA set to "fix" community service flights

    And people go to the car races for the crashes! Excitement is not necessarily related to safety.
  9. Jim McDowall

    CASA set to "fix" community service flights

    Turbs, do you have any friends outside aviation? Almost everyone I know who isn't an aviator thinks I'm nuts to fly around the countryside in a small aeroplane.
  10. Jim McDowall

    CASA set to "fix" community service flights

    Anyone who gets into a light aircraft with the expectation that their safety is similar to flying Jetstar probably does need treatment!
  11. Jim McDowall

    Alternate organisation...deafening silence

    Not if the skill base and systems are in place They do this with startup airlines so should not be a problem And perhaps wither on the vine. Aircraft all operate under the same basic rules (eg Day VFR or Part 91). Maintenance obligations are easily defined, flight training regimes are known and delegations managed by CASA to ensure quality standards are maintained. No a practical problem just a re-adjustment of attitude, after all "low end GA" and recreational aircraft are technically all GA.
  12. Jim McDowall

    CASA set to "fix" community service flights

    So what is the difference between an "angel flight" and the friend down the road who offers to fly you to a centre for treatment. The only difference I can see is the non profit who links flyers with the need. The problem I can see with the Mount Gambier accident is that there is a commercial service available which was not utilised and a (relatively) inexperienced, community active person focused on the need to meet deadlines. It would seem that the accident potential was raised by imperative to meet deadlines which we have all experienced on the ground. Unfortunately a human response.
  13. Jim McDowall

    Alternate organisation...deafening silence

    Just a thought - how will CASA cope with vehicles like the Blackfly eVTOL on a mass scale?
  14. Jim McDowall

    Alternate organisation...deafening silence

    Gliders are VH registered, upto 850kg MTOW and can be self launching (actually if motorised, under ICAO definition they are regarded as aeroplanes). GFA nominates people who hold delegations for a number of activities and types. As the GFA is the oldest of these organisations CASA is obviously capable of, and comfortable with, organisation with mixed aircraft categories. And technically (again ICAO defined) GA and ultralights are all GA. Just because CASA has not done something before doesn't mean that they cant do it. Afterall drones have not really stopped flying because CASA couldn't get their head around it , CASA just fell into line with marketplace pressure. The proposed Part 43 arrangements may go some way to lowering maintenance costs but if an EAB can be maintained by the builder CASA is clearly some way down the path. Further CASA has approved RAAus's manuals which could easily be expanded to accommodate Schedule B aircraft maintenance in accordance with the manufacturers manual as is currently done with LSA administered by RAA. It doesnt really matter if the organisation RAA or any other body if CASA approves the manuals etc. Agreed that there is little political will. However, the existing tensions within the Board may have unforseen outcomes. Afterall in 2015 who would have thought that Donald Trump would be POTUS (a commonly used acronym).
  15. Jim McDowall

    Alternate organisation...deafening silence

    Why? gliders are on the VH register. The problem really is that CASA has convinced themselves that the existing silos need to be protected from competition. Delegations are already handled by a variety of different organisations from Qantas to individuals and are overseen by the internal CASA Office of Delegate Oversight (Management?)
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