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A question for the minister.

12 Feb
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A question for the minister. P2 – “With the ATSB now 2 plus year re-investigation, it should be safe to assume that there will more a proactive review of the historical CASA oversight/audit of the significant elements of the pre-ditching CASA approved Pel-Air AOC.” PAIN – “5) We submit that any other form of investigation […]

The mills of the gods.

11 Feb
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The mills of the gods. In English it appeared in George Herbert’s Jacula Prudentum (1640) as “God’s mill grinds slow but sure.” Not likely to attract much in the way of ‘international’ attention, but for the Australian aviation industry an important announcement has, once again, rolled the dice for the future. The position of CEO […]

Where to begin?

04 Feb
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Where to begin? Most folk have an ‘attic’ – or something similar, the garage, the cupboard under the stairs, the back room, the infamous third draw, which, every once in while need to be rummaged through to find a lost or wanted item. Then, once every so often, a steely determination descends to ‘sort it […]

Nuts or a cigar, Minister?

28 Jan
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A lay down misère? Misere or misère (French for “destitution”; equivalent terms in other languages include bettel, contrabola, devole, null, pobre) is a bid in various card games, and the player who bids misere undertakes to win no tricks or as few as possible, usually at no trump, in the round to be played. This […]

Mummy, why is it raining Lego parts?

21 Jan
Delivery, for the minister.

I have to wonder, after reading Mitch Bingeman’s article, what planet the ‘Institute of Public Affairs’ (IPA) originate from.  I noticed the local footy team at training the other day, the dogs like the ‘boys’ and ambled over to say G’day – as is their wont. Stood in the shade I spied the club’s ‘drone […]

Sunday for some, Monday for others.

15 Jan
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What can I say – tempus and fugit collided. It is certainly worth finding a mug of your favourite brew and five minutes to sit and read the FAA Safety Briefing from Susan Parson. It does not offer ‘perfect’ solutions; nor, (IMO) the answer to all questions; but, by Golly it makes a shed load […]

SBG. Menu Jan 08_17.

08 Jan
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SBG. Menu Jan 08_17. On the brunch menu for starters we have the ICAO lean compliance cuisine; which is an aerated confection, particularly good for those who want to make it look like they are tucking into a hearty meal, but are satisfied with a lot of hot air contained within a thin layer of […]

SBG. Jan 1, 2017.

31 Dec
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Well; 2017 arrives. We could, I suppose, look forward with hope for a better, safer, saner world; but since the cave mankind has been trying that, without too much success. I find, as the years roll by that it’s the small things which bring cheer and happiness – things like the bus arriving on time, […]

The Apocalypse? Sorry. You missed it, that was last week.

17 Dec
Chester the charlatan Transport Minister

“Government reduces aircraft noise.” Caution; place tongue firmly in cheek before reading. Of all the government manufactured headlines this week the glorious truth is accurately, for once, reflected in the headline. Rumour has it that ‘minister’ has modestly declined to acknowledge the leadership role he played in achieving this remarkable feat, preferring instead to allow […]

This stops. Right here; right now.

10 Dec
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A ramble, which I will begin by being ‘polite’. I shall at the same time set aside a big shout of Bollocks and not mention the carefully prepared, artfully managed script regarding the disbandment of the indecent, infamous CASA ‘Ethics Committee’ (EC). It’s probably PC not to give that committee the public thrashing it so […]

Brunch – delayed.

04 Dec
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Sunday brunch comes on Monday (not my fault) this week; working backwards we must start with ‘Hitch’ he seems to believe (tongue in cheek) there is a ‘fire-fight’ raging between CASA and AOPA, which is a tad ‘dramatic’ – considering his following commentary in which he cites the AOPA involvement – back in the day. […]

SBG – 27/11/16.

26 Nov
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The indefatigable P2 has had a busy week collecting news from the front; lots of it and all worthy of consideration. There is a little something for everyone from the grudging extension of time to allow those who must save their pennies for the ADSB fit-out, to two full blown inquiries. Spoiled for choice and […]

Steam On –

24 Nov
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90% Steam GD. @ Post #414 the segment ‘Drones & Pel Air’ from 4:12 – Hoody gabbles and fluffs his way through a desperate attempt to shore up the notion that while he does have a significant conflict of interest in regard to the ATSB investigating the ATSB and his CASA position during the initial […]

The Sunday Brunch Gazette.

20 Nov
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Australia’s ATSB involvement with the MH 370 has topped the numbers this week and is now some 30,000 ‘views’ ahead of subject related threads. No surprise, sooner or later the chickens would come home to roost; the latest departmental sleight of hand in the form of a very slippery move by the minister, a play […]

Press two – for Ministerial Refunds.

17 Nov
DC on RSRT

Will we ever reach the giddy limit of spin, cover up, deceit, faery tales, obfuscation and dissolute, disinterested politicians mouthing platitudes? Serious question. Aviation is the world in microcosm; all there, every facet of life. It is a small world and easily studied, unlike some of the ‘big ticket’ items which haunt this small planet, […]

First edition – ‘Sunday Brunch Gazette’.

13 Nov
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One ‘Loop’ closes as another opens.  We realize that plodding through a whole sheet of individual posts can be time consuming and frustrating to those who have not the time or leisure to sort through the whole thing. The ‘Sunday Brunch Gazette’ will replace the general email distribution loop. The SBG will provide one link […]

In the Supreme Court of Appeal; 21&22nd Nov.

09 Nov
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In the Supreme Court of Appeal, between Nov 21 – 22 will stand Karen Casey. A staggering seven years have passed since the ditching of her aircraft, at sea. This singular event has been examined and dissected through:- •  CASA Special Audit. •  Chambers Report •  ATSB First Investigative Report. •  NTSB Canadian Report. •  Senate […]

“Irony is wasted on the stupid”

08 Nov
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Oscar Wilde once said “Irony is wasted on the stupid”. But the ‘irony’ of the present situation is too delicious to let it slide away, unnoticed.  To really ‘get it’ you must first read the ‘Winter newsletter’ from the RAAA – and the latest from AMROBA. Cannane and Davis in full flow, canny, logical, astute […]

Sunday brunch – ‘Resignations and Reform before Review’.

30 Oct
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It has, to say the least been an ‘interesting’ week. The final analysis of ‘Estimates’ and the intense focus on the lengthy, informative Air Services session revealed some excellent footwork from the Senators, the Hansard and the video outtakes well worth the effort. – Catch up; start HERE. The RAAA conference was concluded in fine […]

Chester ignores industry pleas!

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Background: Earlier today Dazzling Dazza announced the final nail in the “GA Sector” coffin: Major study of General Aviation sector Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today announced a major study will be undertaken to identify priorities for General Aviation (GA) in the future…blahblahblah.&.bollocks Here is the ToR written for Chester courtesy of Murky Mandarin & […]

Of the ministers ‘thing’.

27 Oct
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(Play nice GD). The minister’s ‘thing’ tomorrow will be a first yardstick against which to measure our ‘part time DAS’.  See what manner of man lays beneath the highly polished surface. He does, most certainly have a ‘problem’, an internal one. No matter how many stage managed ‘revitalization’ pantomimes, or tambourine banging sing alongs the […]

Senate committee ‘baffled’ and very concerned. NSS.

20 Oct
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Senataor:”I’m a little baffled – 25% staff reduction at Air Traffic HQ? He’s not alone; Glib, slick and parodied? Mr Carmody: Airservices and the CASA actually had a joint board meeting last week—which happens infrequently, I understand. There was a discussion. One of the questions that was asked between the two organisations was about what […]

International opinion in a nutshell – via Mike Chillit.

15 Oct

😉 Reference (& to comment) visit Aunty Pru O&O thread below: Hoodlum a giant amongst his peers ATSB to Asia: “We Can Fix You” Posted on October 14, 2016 by Mike Chillit — Leave a reply I was a bit stunned a few days ago to see a photo of an Australian “Bwana” standing in front […]

Forbidden fruit, the Operations pineapple.

05 Oct
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P2 – “The reason being that ‘operations’ is the one real showstoppers, that can draw an ICAO red flag; and, when combined with other negative findings can ultimately lead to a subsequent downgrade to ICAO category two.” Prickly bloody things; pineapples, tough to peel and one needs to take care if the fruit is to […]

The prosecution rests M’lud.

05 Oct
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P2 nails down the coffin lid – HERE.  Epitaph follows:- The evidence is before you; I say the bundle provided by P2 takes the matter beyond reasonable doubt.  The Australian people are being ripped off, ICAO is being conned and the aviation industry not only foots the bill for this aberration, but must suffer the […]

Milestones along the road to Pel-Air.

03 Oct
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This is probably the penultimate, ‘explanatory post’ in a cautionary tale which began – HERE . Beaker’s Mum – “Oh Martin dear, the garden is looking so lovely, how do you do it?” Beaker – “Easy Mum, quality fertilizer; the boys gave me cartloads of top grade bullshit to bring home from Canberra”. BM – […]

The Pel-Air review, the itch I couldn’t scratch.

26 Sep
DC on RSRT

Intro – then  P2’s take – then:- Hiatus; after the storm. I quite enjoy a full head of steam, most refreshing, but I do however like to know the root cause. When I got the whole story from Kaz; the blue touch paper started to fizz; certainly the Walker insulting, demeaning behaviour and unbelievable ‘attitude’ […]