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Midweek on the AP – 14/08/18

14 Aug
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First an update to the ‘Dear Lachie’ saga: Lachie (finally) comes through – nearly?    Finally Lachie has come through with his promise for the Dept to provide a copy of the 2017 ICAO audit report – see: http://auntypru.com/wp-content/uploads/2…t_full.pdf However it would appear the report is still yet to receive a proper CAP ( https://soa.icao.int/usoap/USOAP%20Docum…02017..pdf ) for the State to address the identified […]

The Ballard of Ringling Aerodrome.

12 Aug
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The Ballard of Ringling Aerodrome. – AP Forum version.   Ringling, Ringling Slippin’ away Only forty people, livin’ there today Streets are dusty and the bank has been torn down It’s a dyin’ little town Church windows broken That place ain’t been used in years Jail don’t have a sheriff or a cell And electric […]

Come into my parlour; said the spider to the fly.

05 Aug
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STOP THE LIE – UPDATE THE ACT: DICK SMITH | A&R Aviation Australia  A&R Aviation Australia Come into my parlour; said the spider to the fly. -AP Forum version Do not react – Act. Angered one day by some foolish thing which troubles ‘teens’ TOM (bless) took the time to sit and listen; I rattled on […]

There’s two ends to a plank.

30 Jul
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Shortage of pilots, engineers threatens aviation industry viability The Australian There’s two ends to a plank. – AP Forum version. No matter where the term originated; – or, how one manages it – there are always two ends to a plank. My great Grand Papa probably said it to his son, who said it to his […]

And so; down the rabbit hole.

22 Jul
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And so; down the rabbit hole.– AP Forum version. As the desperate struggle for the ‘reform’ of matters aeronautical completes the third decade of the battle – and the umpteenth go around; more and more, the tale of ‘Alice’s adventures in wonderland’ seems an apt parallel. “So she was considering in her own mind (as […]

The Audit prelude.

16 Jul
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Australia’s general aviation unites in push for reform – Australian … Australian Aviation Australian General Aviation Alliance (AGAA) summit delegates after agreeing to the communique to be… The Audit prelude. – AP Forum version. Just deleted a three page Wagga twiddle – by my reckoning, everyone has a very clear picture of how it all panned […]

One more sleep: wake up in Wagga.

08 Jul
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One more sleep: wake up in Wagga.– AP Forum version. Wagga set to host aviation leaders from around the nation | The … The Daily Advertiser Wagga to host the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia’s aviation summit next week When you awake on the morning of a hunt, you have choices. You may […]

Of urbane Daemons and great deceivers.

27 May
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Of urbane Daemons and great deceivers. – AP Forum version. Lesser Daemons, those of the urbane, common or garden variety are not too difficult to spot when one knows where to look; they all owe allegiance to the same Master and willingly do his bidding. Belial Belial (also Belhor, Baalial, Beliar, Beliall, Beliel) is listed as […]

Twas on the bridge at midnight.

20 May
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Paul Revere midnight ride | Paul revere midnight ride poem “Listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere” Twas on the bridge at midnight. – AP forum version. “I wonder” say’s an aviation savvy visitor “why more of your GA industry isn’t on this list”. It was one of those […]

Dick Smith – Master Orator post #10.

18 May
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kharon Wrote: The Reform Plate. A punters guide:- ( AP Forum version – Post #10 ) There is a little while to go before ‘they’re off’ in the fifth running of Reform Plate. For those not familiar with such events, while we wait, AP will provide a little background and after the commercial breaks – present a […]

Dick Smith – Wagga Wagga Aviation Oration.

04 May
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kharon Wrote: The invisible minister has little worthwhile to say – while ducking behind the cover provided by bureaucratic double talk and tested time wasting strategy. But Dick Smith does and once again tries to lead an ailing industry toward political recognition, administrative sanity and sustainable development. Dick Smith – doing what he does best […]

Don’t pay the Ferryman.

29 Apr
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Don’t pay the Ferryman. – AuntyPru Forum version. “If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not …” ― William Shakespeare, Macbeth D’ya know – my job as ‘the Styx ferryman’ brings me into contact with all manner of twisted, lost, begotten or forgotten souls. They […]

Dick Smith – Damage to Australian Aviation.

24 Apr
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 Dick Smith‏@DickSmithFairGo I’m giving a public presentation on the damage inflicted on Australian aviation by consecutive governments this Thursday 26.04.18, Wagga RSL 11am-1pm. I am also happy to answer any questions related to the Fair Go campaign. See details here: Dick Smith Public Presentation April 23, 2018 Dick will be making a public presentation in […]

Well; just a little rebellion then?….

22 Apr
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Well; just a little rebellion then?….  – AP Forum version “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions indeed generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation […]

A cabaret in the temple of doom.

15 Apr
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A cabaret in the temple of doom. – AuntyPru forum version. We managed to get ‘back stage’ at the rehearsals for what is touted to be one of the most expensive shows ever staged. It easily rivals, in cost, Barmy-baby Joyce’s top pick of the Pirates of the Caribbean ($378.5 million), although the Hobbit trilogy ran […]

Discontinuity – disconnect and misdirection.

02 Apr
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Discontinuity – disconnect and misdirection. – AP Forum version. In air operations a ‘discontinuity’ error is a thing you find on your Flight Management System (FMS) or Flight Management Computer (FMC). Say you are headed for Kickinatinalong – from Big Smoke – there is a promulgated ‘Airway’ (read motorway); but, before you can join the motorway […]

Remarkable debacles.

25 Mar
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Safety in mind: Normalisation of deviance Remarkable debacles. – AP forum version “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations “K” comment: the temptation to tear this happy, clappy, PR guff and puff apart borders on the irresistible, however, the bucket will […]

“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”

18 Mar
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{“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment } – AP Forum version Well; it seems the inhabitants of planet CASA have decided to return to Earth – just for a visit you understand. Of course, we hasten welcome the aliens in the approved […]

“History is a set of lies agreed upon.”

11 Mar
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“History is a set of lies agreed upon.” – AP forum version. I do remember now. Henceforth I’ll bear Affliction till it do cry out itself, “Enough, enough,” and die. – William Shakespeare’s King Lear Never! not ever again will I spend hours of my life studying the CASA performances at Estimates. I have an overwhelming […]

Not a Gazette – Just my opinion.

04 Mar
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Not a Gazette – Just my opinion.– AP forum version Mr Campbell : I haven’t seen this level of noncompliance in the other auditing we’ve done of similar category operators. Back in the Airtech Skymaster day it was a similar sort of thing; unfortunately they lost two aircraft. Mr Crawford : This operator was under the […]

Aye: Needs must, when the devil drives.

25 Feb
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Aye Needs must, when the devil drives.– AP Forum version An interesting ‘phrase’ in common use since 1420 (ish). John Lydgate’s Assembly of Gods, written about 1420: “He must nedys go that the deuell dryves”. Ref: https://absoluteshakespeare.com/pictures…s_well.htm Shakespeare, a little later –  “My poor body, madam, requires it: I am driven on by the flesh; […]

Of webs; woven, tangled and broken.

18 Feb
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Of Webs; woven, tangled and broken. – AuntyPru forum version. “Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.” – Walter Scott, Marmion. It is not very often that I get moved to saying thank goodness for the heavy weight bureaucrats, but the performance of our senior government ministers and parliamentarians over the […]

“Never laugh at live dragons.”

11 Feb
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“Never laugh at live dragons.” ―J.R.R Tolkien, The Hobbit A lack of foreknowledge is a very dangerous thing –well, it is. Think about it; it is probably one of the most dangerous things in the world. If you are standing on a railway track and don’t know there’s a train ‘a coming …—…? “Wisdom consists of […]

The mirror crack’d from side to side;

04 Feb
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The mirror crack’d from side to side; – AuntyPru Forum version. V Finally, the silence breaks and the phony war is over. The Oh so polite, delicate, diplomatic wrangling has come to it’s inevitable, sterile end and it is time to test the mettle of our Senators and the latest minister for ‘transport’. That man ‘Iggins […]

Lost – perhaps in translation.

28 Jan
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Napoleon Bonaparte in Paris  Lost – perhaps in translation. – AP Forum version. This, from Wiki rang a bell. As the ‘third’ is one of my all time favourites, I followed up. Oh, the parallels – “I was the first to tell him the news that Buonaparte had declared himself Emperor, whereupon he broke into a […]

Speak softly; yonder, as I think, he walks.

21 Jan
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HVH – “..The other point I might add is the ATSB is very much the canary in the mine—and let me tell you, we will sing..” Speak softly; yonder, as I think, he walks. – AP Forum version. The Comedy of Errors – Wikipedia “I wonder; was he promised Halfwit’s job?” Not a question directed at […]

A candle, against darkness?

14 Jan
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Runway excursion – Boeing Co 747-438, VH-OJH, Bangkok Airport, Thailand, 23 September 1999 A candle, against darkness?  – AP Forum version What a monstrous, dangerous, nebulous beast Fatigue is. No matter what approach you take ;or, how good the ‘research’ is, the individual human element cannot be totally eliminated. You can see the problem – […]

Delusion, Illusion or Quandary?

26 Dec
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Delusion, Illusion or Quandary? – AP Forum version. If you have the time to spare and an interest in ‘magic’ or ‘illusion’ an article by Robertson – on the life and times of ‘The Great Lafayette’ is worth a coffee. The article speaks of a forgotten time when the masters of illusion were household names […]

The trick that wins the rubber.

17 Dec
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The trick that wins the rubber. – AP Forum version. Occasionally, one meets people with ‘real’ money, clever folk who know how to make a goose  jump through hoops and land safely without a ruffled feather to deliver a golden egg. Those with connections, influence and know how. They do exist, some even have a passing […]

Quantity v Quality.

10 Dec
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Quantity v Quality. – via AP FORUM “It is quality rather than quantity that matters.” – Seneca. A quick dip in the chequered history of Australian aviation safety management shows a steady but significant decline in ‘the quality’ – for wont of a better descriptor. You can define it yourself through the everyday things we use; […]

“When the hurlyburly ‘s done, when the battle ‘s lost and won”

02 Dec
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“When the hurlyburly ‘s done, when the battle ‘s lost and won” – AP Forum version. Macbeth Act 1, Scene 1: In this opening scene, the three witches, or Weird Sisters (possibly Shakespeare’s version of the Fates?) convene and decide when to approach Macbeth and Banquo with their prophecy.  “Compromise cannot be allowed in cases where the exact truth […]

Ah; Whimsy…An odd or fanciful notion.

26 Nov
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From AP PelAir MKII thread post: Media coverage Part II.  To become a master, a journeyman has to submit a master piece of work to a guild for evaluation. Only after evaluation can a journeyman be admitted to the guild as a master. Sometimes, a journeyman is required to accomplish a three-year working trip, which […]

One if by land, two if by sea , three if by pigeon.

19 Nov
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One if by land, two if by sea , three if by pigeon. – AP Forum version. “Paul Revere’s Ride” is a poem by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that commemorates the actions of American patriot Paul Revere on April 18, 1775, although with significant inaccuracies.Wikipedia Or; perhaps the ATSB, like the ministry of magic, have […]

A Tragic Situation Blossoming.

12 Nov
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A Tragic Situation Blossoming. – Aunty Pru Forum version ATSB chief commissioner Greg Hood, right, and Transport Minister Darren Chester. ‘Promoted to a level of incompetence’; a phrased coined by L.J. Peter. “It states that the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate’s performance in their current role, rather than on […]

PelAir dots, dashes & the DJ TOE (timeline of embuggerance)

31 Oct
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Pelair dots, dashes & the DJ TOE – AP Forum version Before we start joining the dots and examining the legal premise of the original Greg Hood 24 December 2009 suspension letter to DJ; I’d like to touch on some further observations (OBS) – with  regard to the two SFRs, associated records; and, correspondence Roger Chambers struck up in 2012 as […]

Bell, book and candle.

01 Oct
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#SBG: 1 Oct ’17 Wiki – “The phrase “bell, book and candle” refers to a Latin Christian method of excommunication by anathema, imposed on a person who had committed an exceptionally grievous sin.” For those who actually ‘believed’ in that faith and, that their ‘god’ could, through mans judgement, condemn them to purgatory, excommunication must […]

BRB verdict – 6D Chester is ‘Our Greatest Aviation Disaster’

11 Sep
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Referencing the SBG – “Will you walk into my parlour?” – & today’s Ferryman post #136 off the Alphabet’s thread… The worm turns. Legend has it that Marie Antoinette kicked off the French revolution by telling the hoi-polloi to bugger off and eat cake. Conversely, great leaders like Churchill understood the people and could manage to move […]

Chester and Mickey Bliss.

30 Jul
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Aunty Pru forum version: Chester and Mickey Bliss. Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester Darren Chester: Lessons in Chinese   What a team. The two of ‘em; swanning about in China, no doubt impressing the hell out of the locals as they indulge in their passion for train sets. Probably got some grand plan […]

Is that drums or thunder Tonto?

23 Jul
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Is that drums or thunder Tonto? via Forum Ever since the first cave dweller put graffiti on the walls, mankind has had a fascination with the written word and graphics. The great libraries and galleries of the past and present world have collected and preserved these treasures for the benefit of the generations which had access […]

Of Pandora, and her box of tricks.

16 Jul

Quote: “…Further afield, Infrastructure secretary Mike Mrdak’s second term, which finished on July 1, has been extended by just six months, after eight years in the job. Mrdak, now the longest serving secretary of the 18, is an exceptional talent.“ http://www.themandarin.com.au/81164-aps-…ter-worse/ An exceptional talent – indeed. There can be little doubt, Mrdak is bloody good […]