Tag Archives: Aviation Business

Litmus or Lietous testing?

23 Jun
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Unless you have just strolled onto an airport for the first time, or been in a space capsule on Mars for three decades, it is possible that the latest ‘blurb’ from Carmody will cheer you. However, if you are an active aviation participant, you have to either smile and find a bucket – or take […]

A cluster of ducks.

17 Jun
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A cluster of ducks. Def: ‘Re’ – money down the drain. “I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.” The ‘Iron Re’ can’t all be ineffectual, intellectually conflicted, incompetents; can it? It ain’t mathematically possible Shirley. I have met some X-Re’s who were first class; but bloody happy to be out of the Sleepy […]

Of all the gin joints, of all the towns in all the world.

10 Jun
Delivery, for the minister.

#SBG: 11 June ’17 Opening gambits. “In all openings there is a struggle for key territory, in particular the centre squares, and an effort to deploy pieces and pawns in useful positions. Some are direct, while others are more subtle and indirect approaches toward these goals.”  Wheeler. Well; seems our minister for transport has finally […]

Seconds away: Round 1.

08 Jun
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So; ministerial imperative to be re elected, once again, rides rough shod over industry demands, Senate Inquiry and recommendations made in the opublic interest. Political expediency outweighs empirical evidence and the boat of state sails on, disregarding the survivors and wreckage left in the wake of the mayhem they caused. Carmody will not spare a […]

Of Rhetoric, rectitude and reform.

04 Jun
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Of Rhetoric, rectitude and reform. – via Aunty Pru forum. “Rhetoric, it seems, is a producer of persuasion for belief, not for instruction in the matter of right and wrong … And so the rhetorician’s business is not to instruct a law court or a public meeting in matters of right and wrong, but only to […]

Of tongues, tied, forked and of sinister aspect.

27 May
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“For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, who art as black as hell, as dark as night.” What caused this consternation, this seemingly endless wrangle between industry and ‘regulator’, with the Senators in the middle trying to make sense of it all? I am certain we all have things we’d rather be […]

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

20 May
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#SBG 21/05/17 I wonder if Shakespeare’s Gertrude would say as much of the Hi-Viz Hood? He has so completely and faithfully slipped into the Dolan mould, effortlessly aping the Uriah Heep of air accident investigation so seamlessly, it feels as though Dolan never left. “Gertrude*1 says that Player Queen affirms so much as to lose […]

“To plainness honor’s bound when majesty falls to folly.”

13 May
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Of Mice and Men. “To plainness honor’s bound when majesty falls to folly.” You have to wonder; does 6D_Darren get his advice from Dr. Phil or Judge Judy?  It is a reasonable question when you consider the ever worsening state of aviation affairs and his resolute determination to avoid responsibility to the travelling public. One […]

We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.

06 May
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Mike Mrdak is a master of ‘the game of fires’. Over the years we have all watched as spot fires are snuffed out and even the odd serious fire extinguished without too much strain on the nerve and sinew. Looking over the map of his kingdom I have to wonder, can he now prevent the […]

Purblind, Wool blind or just not looking?

22 Apr
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It is high time ‘Aerodromes’ and their operators stopped apologising for their existence. In fact, its time for airports to start pushing back. We have huge docks along our waterfronts; all parked on highly desirable development potentials; they are noisy, dirty and dangerous places – yet do they have a constant barrage of ‘developer attacks’, […]

And so it is in politics, dear brother, Each for himself alone, there is no other.

15 Apr
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Democracy; a strange, almost alien concept – as currently applied to the aviation industry anyway. A huge, important multi billion dollar industry the participants of which, apart from being able to vote in the general elections, has little say in the government’s ‘management’ of it. There certainly is no meaningful input regarding ‘regulations’; history clearly […]

From the pinnacle of Mount Non Compliance.

10 Apr
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“A second helping of Pony Pooh pudding, Vicar?” One of the many reasons aeronautical elephants are so well liked by Aunt Pru is their incredible memories. Some of the ‘mature’ beasts residing at the houseboat sanctuary have particularly good ones, each generation holding specific details of the events which occurred during their working lives. It […]

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”

08 Apr
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(P2 comment: Before “K” says “gotcha P2”, these words of wisdom were originally attributed to Confucius )  A candle in the window. The climb itself had been arduous, even without the weather being foul; the descent difficult and dangerous and the weather ferocious; such is the lot of a mountain climber. At last, in darkness […]

“A truth that’s told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent”.

01 Apr
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It’s no good, sorry too much; I have to get this off my chest; so one topic only today. There are some good posts this week over a range of subjects; but the Essendon accident is so very important it demands attention. I ain’t certain the trick cyclists would agree, however as they hardly ever […]

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

25 Mar
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Bad news travels a lot faster than good, but have you noticed how ‘change’ for the better seems to take forever to arrive. Good news for aviation is a rare and precious commodity, change is even scarcer and hard won. It may take a while to penetrate and translate into excellent news which ‘industry’ fully […]

Memo: from the department of funny coincidence.

22 Mar
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Good job P2, and timely. The BRB tote odds for the release of the latest Pel-Air ditching report is at very short odds (5/4 on) for a ‘Budget day’ slider, (slipped under the door at 1659 followed by the patter of tiny feet, at speed, out of the building). There are two very important items […]

“Because your question searches for deep meaning, etc.

18 Mar
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The IOS have awarded DDDD another couple of D’s in acknowledgement of his work in matters aeronautical. Ducking, diving, deceitful, duplicitous being a sample of suggestions made: but ‘Duck-Up’ won the votes. Sandy set the tone:- Sandy – “Maybe he really is leaving, I read somewhere on another thread that he’s looking to upgrade the […]

‘’Tis a muddle,’

11 Mar
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‘’Tis a muddle,’ said Stephen, shaking his head as he moved to the door. ‘’Tis a’ a muddle!’ Salt in the alphabet soup? “..Meanwhile, Australian and New Zealand airlines have joined forces to set up a new aviation industry group to lobby government on taxes, fees and access to infrastructure. Qantas, Air New Zealand, Virgin […]

“A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies.”

04 Mar
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Insurance, for Garden Gnomes. Ring ring: Ring ring – Click. “Good morning; welcome to Grabbit, Duckout and Leggit Insurance, my name is Connie, how may I help you?. “Good morning Connie; Mrs Whiner here, I’m looking to have my garden gnome collection insured. Connie: “Oh we can do that for you Madam, as well as […]

The mirror crack’d from side to side;

25 Feb
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One has to wonder how much longer Australian politicians are going to remain in a state of aeronautical denial; surely, by now, even the dimmest of wits must have realised that there are serious problems. Personally, I have trouble believing that ICAO does not see the manifestations. There have now been two fatal accidents within […]

Fear no more the heat o’ the sun,

18 Feb
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Fear no more the heat o’ the sun, We ain’t certain just how he does it; but Chester keeps right on doing it, very well; i.e. annoying the living beejasus out of aviation and political heavy weights. Maybe it’s the gross insults to intelligence; perhaps it’s the trotting out of shop worn second hand goods; […]

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
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“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 […]

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 […]

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
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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 […]

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 […]

Holy Smoke.

13 Oct
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Following on from P2 – HERE – And mirrors.  What a cunning plan, the ultimate in defer, delay and distract; a classic. Carmody has been posted to what is essentially a caretaker position.  No remit, no brief, no need to do anything but sign the pay-checks and collect his own, pop in once or twice […]

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 – […]