Tag Archives: Senate Norfolk Island Pel Air

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 […]

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 Galah event….

28 Oct
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A Galah event…. Cue Gabby – in three, two, one – you’re live. “Welcome, welcome, one and all to the hallowed turf of the Parliament playing field. Today’s event is a classic, the Senate Snooze Club (SSC) v the Sleepy Hollow Gambles (SHG).  It has been a close run thing at the bookies, the odds […]

The Bankstown Chronicles : Chapter 14.

21 Oct
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NB. notes only: – The never ending saga of Dominic James. “Why never ending?” howls the mob – “the ‘new’ Pel-Air report is due shortly, then we shall have all the answers”. “No” say’s I. “No you bloody well won’t; the ‘report’ is compromised to the shithouse and back, rendered nugatory by stupidity, arrogance, deceit, […]

When you wish – upon a star.

15 Oct
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When you wish – upon a star. It may well be that I have genetically acquired some of P7-TOM’s cynicism although, to be fair, he ain’t cynical by nature; but he is a student of history. Oh, what’s that bloody line  – Google? Quote:“‘[H]e that filches from me my good name / Robs me of […]

All together now – “I’m forever blowing bubbles”

07 Oct
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All together now – “I’m forever blowing bubbles” Many ways of blowing bubbles. Mostly, for adults, the personal favourite is kept within the confines of the bath tub; unless of course you are a politician or a top dog aviation bureaucrat, then you can blow smoke filled bubbles all day long. Grand Mamma had the […]

Legerdemain – a handy skill.

23 Sep
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Hitch – “But is this really the dawn of a new attitude within CASA, or is Shane Carmody just a very good illusionist? Like CEOs before him, Carmody has promised a sunset on the reform program and told the industry how important consultation is.” “..I am not an irretrievable skeptic. I am not hopelessly prejudiced. […]

Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!

16 Sep
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Pure whimsy of course; but, I can picture myself sitting on a high stool by an old fashioned desk, lit by a candle, reaching over to a shelf and lifting down a heavy, leather bound tome, placing it on the desk and blowing the dust and cobwebs from its surface to read the title – BRB […]

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 […]

Of cleft infinitives and them as use ‘em.

02 Sep
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  I reckon the vast majority of folk just want to live a peaceful life. It’s a tough enough job for most folk, making a living, bringing up the kids and surviving the things which occur that spoil the plan. There’s enough trouble and strife, in one form or another, encountered during a ‘normal’ life […]

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 […]

The dilemma of little Bo-peep – now understood.

02 Jul
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Aunty Pru Forum version – The dilemma of little Bo-peep – understood. Aunty Pru has lost her tweets, and don’t know where to find ’em. In the new age, the notion of them coming home, wagging their tails behind ’em is a phurphey. Those following the ‘Drone’ saga will notice, we lost the entire thread […]

Of Mushrooms and Mandarins

25 Jun
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&.. Of Mushrooms and Mandarins. I’d reckon nearly everyone who flies any sort of aircraft has had the experience of being somewhere ‘social’ – BBQ – for example and being cornered by a ‘concerned’ person. You know the script – and the many variations of same. Part of the ‘job’ is to allay, as best […]

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

10 Jun
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#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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 & […]

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
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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’ […]

“To put an antic disposition on.”

10 Sep
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Was the Hamlet madness feigned, a ruse to confound and confuse? Many believe it was. The ‘antic disposition’ of true reform reminds and reinforces the notion of a questionable madness. “Nor do we find him forward to be sounded. But with a crafty madness keeps aloof When we would bring him on to some confession […]

Tale wags dog.

12 Aug

Higgins : “CASA’s continual refusal to review the CAO 48.1 in the context of directive 01/2015 flies in the face of CASA’s new mantra of being a “fair, firm and consistent’’ regulator.”  From AP – Here-. Good point; a very good point indeed: a quick straw poll came back with some very good answers to […]

Q/ Can you spot the difference between lucky & unlucky?

12 Jul
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  Reference AuntyPru Forum:  Hoodlum we may have a problem? Gobbledock quote:  Shit I hope the Indo’s listen to what the astute Alan Stray taught them and they don’t follow the Beaker template for incident investigations. Otherwise there will be ATR’s dropping from the sky over Indo waters! Tick tock Update: Also now on the Planetalking […]