Tag Archives: TAAAF

Catchers? – in the Wry?

02 Sep
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Catchers? – in the Wry?: AP Forum version “Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have […]

What, will the line stretch out to th’ crack of doom?

18 Aug
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“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ― Francis of Assisi Wise words from a kindly soul; I wonder, would our brand new Junior Minister heed them? Of course, to do ‘that which is necessary’ for the aviation industry would be a dirty, bloody, bitterly contested battle. […]

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 […]

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; […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bad news has good legs.

26 Aug
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Image from JDA article: Aviation Safety: No News Is Good News Or as noted British author, Richard Llewellyn put it in his book, How Green was my Valley, “Bad news has good legs.” – Journalists find it hard to write about good news; nothing sells newspapers like a gruesome murder or corrupt politician. It is […]

Opinions, Statistics and stacked decks.

21 Jul
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  Or via the Aunty Pru Forum Opinions, Statistics and stacked decks. (feel free to comment) Hitch – “I suspect we are about to see some of the TAAAF members taking their own path of advocacy rather than allowing TAAAF to speak on their behalf.” I suspect Hitch is picking up the same ‘vibe’ as AP and […]

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 […]

Gender and/or Agenda confused?

08 Jul
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We seem to have quite a lot of both. Agenda confusion is probably the easiest to unravel, particularly with regard to ‘matters aeronautical’. The nub is simplicity itself – Australian aviation is in a mess – across the board; it needs to ‘get sorted’. To achieve this within the next 100 years, there needs to […]

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
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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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

A Sunday ramble.

18 Jul

The Enforceable v Affordable safety – a twiddle. Whether we get another chance to voice an opinion to a Senate committee is in the lap of the gods.  But, if we do, I’ve been playing about with some of PAIN associates theories and notions related to ‘safety’ as in the ‘mystique thereof’.  Some of the […]