Tag Archives: The Australian

Midweek on the AP – 14/08/18

14 Aug
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First an update to the ‘Dear Lachie’ saga: Lachie (finally) comes through – nearly?    Finally Lachie has come through with his promise for the Dept to provide a copy of the 2017 ICAO audit report – see: http://auntypru.com/wp-content/uploads/2…t_full.pdf However it would appear the report is still yet to receive a proper CAP ( https://soa.icao.int/usoap/USOAP%20Docum…02017..pdf ) for the State to address the identified […]

The Ballard of Ringling Aerodrome.

12 Aug
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The Ballard of Ringling Aerodrome. – AP Forum version.   Ringling, Ringling Slippin’ away Only forty people, livin’ there today Streets are dusty and the bank has been torn down It’s a dyin’ little town Church windows broken That place ain’t been used in years Jail don’t have a sheriff or a cell And electric […]

Come into my parlour; said the spider to the fly.

05 Aug
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STOP THE LIE – UPDATE THE ACT: DICK SMITH | A&R Aviation Australia  A&R Aviation Australia Come into my parlour; said the spider to the fly. -AP Forum version Do not react – Act. Angered one day by some foolish thing which troubles ‘teens’ TOM (bless) took the time to sit and listen; I rattled on […]

There’s two ends to a plank.

30 Jul
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Shortage of pilots, engineers threatens aviation industry viability The Australian There’s two ends to a plank. – AP Forum version. No matter where the term originated; – or, how one manages it – there are always two ends to a plank. My great Grand Papa probably said it to his son, who said it to his […]

The Audit prelude.

16 Jul
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Australia’s general aviation unites in push for reform – Australian … Australian Aviation Australian General Aviation Alliance (AGAA) summit delegates after agreeing to the communique to be… The Audit prelude. – AP Forum version. Just deleted a three page Wagga twiddle – by my reckoning, everyone has a very clear picture of how it all panned […]

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 […]

Tacitus, Titanic and Tactics.

10 Jun
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Tacitus, Titanic and Tactics. – AP Forum version Well, we believe we have solved two of the aviation oversight safety systems big puzzles. The urgent need for much more funding and a very serious safety drive. ‘Tis true; the agencies have consultants working overtime to find crew with large thumbs – for the sticking into dykes […]

Of urbane Daemons and great deceivers.

27 May
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Of urbane Daemons and great deceivers. – AP Forum version. Lesser Daemons, those of the urbane, common or garden variety are not too difficult to spot when one knows where to look; they all owe allegiance to the same Master and willingly do his bidding. Belial Belial (also Belhor, Baalial, Beliar, Beliall, Beliel) is listed as […]

Twas on the bridge at midnight.

20 May
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Paul Revere midnight ride | Paul revere midnight ride poem “Listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere” Twas on the bridge at midnight. – AP forum version. “I wonder” say’s an aviation savvy visitor “why more of your GA industry isn’t on this list”. It was one of those […]

Dick Smith – Master Orator post #10.

18 May
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kharon Wrote: The Reform Plate. A punters guide:- ( AP Forum version – Post #10 ) There is a little while to go before ‘they’re off’ in the fifth running of Reform Plate. For those not familiar with such events, while we wait, AP will provide a little background and after the commercial breaks – present a […]

Discontinuity – disconnect and misdirection.

02 Apr
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Discontinuity – disconnect and misdirection. – AP Forum version. In air operations a ‘discontinuity’ error is a thing you find on your Flight Management System (FMS) or Flight Management Computer (FMC). Say you are headed for Kickinatinalong – from Big Smoke – there is a promulgated ‘Airway’ (read motorway); but, before you can join the motorway […]

“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”

18 Mar
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{“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment } – AP Forum version Well; it seems the inhabitants of planet CASA have decided to return to Earth – just for a visit you understand. Of course, we hasten welcome the aliens in the approved […]

“History is a set of lies agreed upon.”

11 Mar
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“History is a set of lies agreed upon.” – AP forum version. I do remember now. Henceforth I’ll bear Affliction till it do cry out itself, “Enough, enough,” and die. – William Shakespeare’s King Lear Never! not ever again will I spend hours of my life studying the CASA performances at Estimates. I have an overwhelming […]

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; […]

Of webs; woven, tangled and broken.

18 Feb
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Of Webs; woven, tangled and broken. – AuntyPru forum version. “Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.” – Walter Scott, Marmion. It is not very often that I get moved to saying thank goodness for the heavy weight bureaucrats, but the performance of our senior government ministers and parliamentarians over the […]

The mirror crack’d from side to side;

04 Feb
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The mirror crack’d from side to side; – AuntyPru Forum version. V Finally, the silence breaks and the phony war is over. The Oh so polite, delicate, diplomatic wrangling has come to it’s inevitable, sterile end and it is time to test the mettle of our Senators and the latest minister for ‘transport’. That man ‘Iggins […]

Speak softly; yonder, as I think, he walks.

21 Jan
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HVH – “..The other point I might add is the ATSB is very much the canary in the mine—and let me tell you, we will sing..” Speak softly; yonder, as I think, he walks. – AP Forum version. The Comedy of Errors – Wikipedia “I wonder; was he promised Halfwit’s job?” Not a question directed at […]

Delusion, Illusion or Quandary?

26 Dec
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Delusion, Illusion or Quandary? – AP Forum version. If you have the time to spare and an interest in ‘magic’ or ‘illusion’ an article by Robertson – on the life and times of ‘The Great Lafayette’ is worth a coffee. The article speaks of a forgotten time when the masters of illusion were household names […]

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 […]

“When the hurlyburly ‘s done, when the battle ‘s lost and won”

02 Dec
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“When the hurlyburly ‘s done, when the battle ‘s lost and won” – AP Forum version. Macbeth Act 1, Scene 1: In this opening scene, the three witches, or Weird Sisters (possibly Shakespeare’s version of the Fates?) convene and decide when to approach Macbeth and Banquo with their prophecy.  “Compromise cannot be allowed in cases where the exact truth […]

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, […]

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 […]

Bell, book and candle.

01 Oct
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#SBG: 1 Oct ’17 Wiki – “The phrase “bell, book and candle” refers to a Latin Christian method of excommunication by anathema, imposed on a person who had committed an exceptionally grievous sin.” For those who actually ‘believed’ in that faith and, that their ‘god’ could, through mans judgement, condemn them to purgatory, excommunication must […]

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 […]

Chester and Mickey Bliss.

30 Jul
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Aunty Pru forum version: Chester and Mickey Bliss. Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester Darren Chester: Lessons in Chinese   What a team. The two of ‘em; swanning about in China, no doubt impressing the hell out of the locals as they indulge in their passion for train sets. Probably got some grand plan […]

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 […]

Red Rag Post:-

09 Jul
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Red Rag Post:- P2 – “Although one flight was an international operation and the other was domestic, it is passing strange how VH-NGA and VH-PGW were both air ambulance operations, operated under the same regulatory ‘Aerial Work’ classification, with both AOCs oversighted by the former CASA Bankstown regional office…” If ever anyone wanted to seriously […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]