Tag Archives: PelAir

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 […]

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’, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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
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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’ […]

Irresistible force paradox.

21 Aug

“Wiki – “The paradox arises because it rests on two incompatible premises: that there can exist simultaneously such things as irresistible forces and immovable objects. The “paradox” is flawed because if there exists an irresistible force, it follows logically that there cannot be any such thing as an immovable object and vice versa”. Despite the […]

1 in 60.

01 Jun
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That’s the USA and NZ averaged page count in relation to the Australian Part 61; one page of theirs to 60 of ours, approximately.  The NZ version runs to 80 pages which is still a whopping 37.5 (+/-) to one.  The Wallabies would love to see a score line like that. Now the cost to […]

Friday May 6, 2016. INDUSTRY RALLY

25 Apr

Quote:Breaking News May 6, Meet the Nationals April 24, 2016 Ken Cannane Ben Morgan Aviation Advertiser INDUSTRY RALLY TAMWORTH AIRPORT 1pm – Friday, 6th May 2016 Hangar 6 – Tamworth Regional Airport, NSW, Australia. To the Australian Aviation Industry, YOUR INDUSTRY NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT – 6th MAY 2016 I am calling on the support of […]

Ode to FFS and FCOL.

14 Sep
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To climb the greasy pole, you must attend The first of needs; and find a friend a honest friend, both good and true, who When promoted, don’t forget you. At each and every meeting shine; Find a project, declare it thine, Then with tender loving care promote and make it stick, To where none dare […]

Resignation is honourable.

13 Sep
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Opinion:- It is, daily, becoming embarrassingly apparent that although the DoIT specification was met; and, despite sage advice from the armed forces, indicating that Skidmore may mean and talk well; nothing will be done.  Not on ‘his watch’.  The DAS job is simply beyond his skill set; no shame in admitting that.  The only shame would […]

Of Gabfests and suchlike.

12 Sep
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Sunday, time to spare, will I spend it at one of the many, many gabfests our public servants and ‘associates’ seem to enjoy?  It’s not as though we are short of choice; there’s lots of ways to waste your time:- Safeskies is always a good one.  A multi handed, carefully scripted and directed public service […]

Is duck shoving – unacceptable?

29 Jul
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Before we begin this journey, there is some essential background information which we hope will assist the reader to follow the trail of breadcrumbs to what we believe is an inescapable conclusion. Quote:Duck-shove is first recorded in The Australian National Dictionary from 1870 to describe the pushy behaviour of Melbourne cab drivers. It seems to […]

Shamed – again.

30 Jun
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It is a twelve month to the day that the esteemed David Forsyth and the ‘team’ presented their 37 recommendations to DPM Truss.  Those of PAIN monitoring the changes and the effects of change have had a pretty easy time of it – in fact nothing has changed.  Not even to those who perpetrated the […]

Justice Prevailed.

10 Jun

So in the stinking thinking of the almighty Insurers of P/A, I’m quite sure, with all the surveying etc, they did not think I would make it this far. Well yesterday, I was there and I can say a very satisfactory result was finalised. They thought I would fold with dismal offers, intimidation and just […]

Karen Casey has a coffee, with Aunt Pru.

23 May

Morning all.  Apologies for being absent. A little busy and processing all that has been. Yes, I believe that PTSD is extremely important to be recognise as a Scientifically proven Disorder which is can most definitely impede significantly on a Persons Life. With or without bodily injury. I live it.   How Dare they argue this. Mrs BC may not have […]

Batter Up – Oh dear; oh deary me.

20 May
Is DAS Skidmore just another benchwarmer?

Agree with the GD post.  Bad answer to a QoN, silly, arrogant, dismissive and probably dangerous. The Senators know the whole thing stinks to high heaven. Pel-Air is not the only ‘suspicious number’ in wee Wodger’s repertoire of artful, high handed embuggerance; nor is the only one where executive level decisions have been manipulated or […]

An ICAO mention – Hmmm.

16 Apr

Leading Australian current affairs TV show 4 Corners on the government owned broadcaster ABC,[9] broadcast a program[10] focusing on the unfairness and injustice of excluding psychiatric injury on March 23, 2015 featuring Karen Casey, a nurse injured when the medical evacuation flight she was nursing on crashed in the waters off Norfolk Island

Vale Bernie Currall.

01 Mar

To our great regret and sorrow we have just been advised that the patient who survived the ditching of a Pel-Air Westwind medivac jet off Norfolk Island in 2009, Bernie Currall, has today taken her own life.  Our most sincere condolences and deepest sympathies are extended to her husband Gary and families.   We extend our […]

Did Australia mislead ICAO over the Pel-Air crash?

17 Feb

Ben Sandilands @ Plane Talking – the best of all tendentious bloggers asks one of the many big questions.   It beggars belief that after the unholy mess McComic left behind in Australia; the only support group for his ICAO appointment is the Department of murky Machiavellian land deals, manipulation, influence peddling and obfuscation.  More on […]

Of games and candles

31 Jan

Spare a thought.  Sitting alone in her garden this morning is a brave women beset by doubt, anxiety and anger facing what must be, for a mother, the most difficult of decisions.  Karen Casey physically injured through no fault of her own in the Pel-Air air accident, a ditching which could have been prevented, must […]

CASA: Pelair 2008 audit and 2009 special audit

31 Jan

Its worth having another look at the March 2008 audit of PelAir. 1. An audit had been planned in October 2007, but this audit was terminated as the majority of pilots did not submit their logbooks. The audit was rescheduled for 12-13 March 2008. Page 3. 2. PelAir hasd been operating under a Fatigue Risk […]

Sunfish on corruption at Aviation House.

29 Jan

Could anyone be forgiven for thinking that Rex threw $250,000 at the Ministers political party, but not of course the Minister, before the ATSB report was released to make sure that the ATSB and CASA blamed the pilot and not Pel AIr for the incident?Could anyone be forgiven for thinking that Rex then threw money […]

Peeler, CASA, and ATSB – the movie

27 Jan

Top stuff @slats11 :  Someone suggested this saga could be the basis for a future Australian movie. To assist any scriptwriters out there, I offer the following: 1. There was a routine CASA audit of PelAir scheduled for October 2007. This had to be re-scheduled as the organisation could not provide sufficient paperwork to allow this […]