Tag Archives: The Mandarin

#SBG in two Parts – Oversight of CASA?

18 Nov
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Part I – Home truths. “Every traveller has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.” ― Charles Dickens. ‘Tis true; no matter which far flung corner of the world you return from; even after a refreshing break from the hum-drum of routine, for me, it’s always […]

Essendon DFO accident: No MSM speculation here Christine?

05 Nov
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Speculation About the Cause of an Air Crash Yep, That’s a Good Thing November 2, 2018 / Share your comments… In what other area of journalism are reporters asked to surrender their own judgment and analysis and wait for the “officials” to weigh in?  From the very first air accident, the crash of the Wright Flyer that […]

Midweek on the AP Forum: 1 November 2018

01 Nov
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First from the miniscule’s thread: Dear Miniscule 8G McDo’Naught – L&Ks AGAA (the real voice of General Aviation) &.. Real world vs Fort Fumble fantasy land: cont/- Some additional commentary off AOPA Oz FB page…  Steve Fenech More of CASA’s self perpetuating bullshit!.. Line your friends up, survey them (special medical arrangements for RAAus for example), […]

Lies, damned lies, and statistics.

21 Oct
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We’ve learnt from the Past: Carmody 26 October 2017 http://www.australianflying.com.au/lates…st-carmody Lies, damned lies, and statistics. – AP Forum version. There is (as academics do) furious debate about who first coined the phrase. I would quite fancy Disraeli myself; although as Wiki points out, the phrase was not found in Disraeli’s works. But; it is the sort of thing I imagine […]

Control, Checks and Balance.

14 Oct
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MSM & Dell blinded by Hood bollocks: Trivial and inaccurate. –  http://www.auntypru.com/forum/thread-103…ml#pid9373 & https://theconversation.com/lessons-lear…sts-103834 Control, Checks and Balance. – AP Forum version “Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.” – Mark Twain. Since the happy cave days; where everyone did pretty much as they liked – until someone objected; then there was a dust up to settle matters. Since […]

But screw your courage to the sticking place,

07 Oct
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Essendon Airport in 1973. But screw your courage to the sticking place, – AP Forum version. Ref: http://www.auntypru.com/forum/thread-37-…ml#pid9391 Lady Macbeth used this phrase to steel the nerves and warm the ‘cold feet’ of her husband to murder the king. Rough justice in the old days. Machiavelli understood the need for direct action as well as any; and, […]

A Curiously Intriguing faerie story.

30 Sep
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A Curiously Intriguing faerie story. – AP Forum version. “The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, […]

Measure for measure.

23 Sep
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http://shakespeare.mit.edu/measure/full.html Measure for measure. – AP Forum version. Whether we weigh, or measure a thing, there needs to be some form of scale for comparison. Throughout history, there have been a number of ‘standards’ used and discarded; for example, when I was a boy the first ruler I ever had was marked in ‘inches’ and fractions […]

Dear DPM 21/09/18 – L&Ks BM. (AOPA Oz)

22 Sep
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Now to another issue that the miniscule is STILL being advised to ignore…  Via Wannabe off the AOPA Oz thread…  From Oz Flying… AOPA calls for Medicals Risk Assessment 21 September 2018 AOPA Australia today called upon CASA CEO Shane Carmody to release a risk assessment that showed it was safe for holders of Recreational Pilot Certificates to […]

The return of the smiling assassin?   

21 Sep
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  Reference from the Ironsider article in the Oz today: A CASA spokesman said the authority had carefully assessed the safety issues and risks in determining the various classes of aviation medical certificates, taking into account things like other airspace users, aircraft passengers and people and property on the ground. “CASA considers self medical certification to be […]

Upon Return to Cloud Cock-up Land.

17 Sep
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Upon Return to Cloud Cock-up Land.– AP Forum version. Blimey, a bloke takes a few days off, comes back all peaceful and sanguine like, having (very determinedly) not looked at a screen for 10 days to find absolute chaos. Even Hitch has been party to one of the greatest coups ever engineered by the captured ministers […]

Midweek on the AP – 29/08/18

29 Aug
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First from the miniscule’s thread: 4G McDo’Naut and the black kettle, pot?? Speaking of abuse, keyboards and shaming useless, self-serving, NFI Nat miniscules – that are all seemingly completely infected with “acquired institutionalised ostrichitis syndrome” (AIOS) on matters aviation – it would appear that miniscule 4G McDo’Naut, in an apparent attempt to water the accusations of duplicity of […]

13 Across – Cats fighting while the mice play havoc…

26 Aug
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Historical reference – i.e last 12 months in Australian politics: Comment: While the cat’s away  13 Across – Cats fighting while the mice play havoc…– AP Forum version “If there is one positive of this week, and these years of chaos, it’s that we can better see their true colours. We see our leaders standing beside a […]

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. […]

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

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 […]

And so; down the rabbit hole.

22 Jul
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And so; down the rabbit hole.– AP Forum version. As the desperate struggle for the ‘reform’ of matters aeronautical completes the third decade of the battle – and the umpteenth go around; more and more, the tale of ‘Alice’s adventures in wonderland’ seems an apt parallel. “So she was considering in her own mind (as […]

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 […]

Dick Smith – Wagga Wagga Aviation Oration.

04 May
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kharon Wrote: The invisible minister has little worthwhile to say – while ducking behind the cover provided by bureaucratic double talk and tested time wasting strategy. But Dick Smith does and once again tries to lead an ailing industry toward political recognition, administrative sanity and sustainable development. Dick Smith – doing what he does best […]

Don’t pay the Ferryman.

29 Apr
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Don’t pay the Ferryman. – AuntyPru Forum version. “If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not …” ― William Shakespeare, Macbeth D’ya know – my job as ‘the Styx ferryman’ brings me into contact with all manner of twisted, lost, begotten or forgotten souls. They […]

Well; just a little rebellion then?….

22 Apr
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Well; just a little rebellion then?….  – AP Forum version “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions indeed generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

PelAir dots, dashes & the DJ TOE (timeline of embuggerance)

31 Oct
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Pelair dots, dashes & the DJ TOE – AP Forum version Before we start joining the dots and examining the legal premise of the original Greg Hood 24 December 2009 suspension letter to DJ; I’d like to touch on some further observations (OBS) – with  regard to the two SFRs, associated records; and, correspondence Roger Chambers struck up in 2012 as […]

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. […]