I’m giving a public presentation on the damage inflicted on Australian aviation by consecutive governments this Thursday 26.04.18, Wagga RSL 11am-1pm. I am also happy to answer any questions related to the Fair Go campaign. See details here:
Dick Smith Public Presentation
April 23, 2018
Dick will be making a public presentation in Wagga this Thursday 26 April at the Wagga RSL from 11am to 1pm about the damage that has been inflicted on Australian aviation by consecutive governments.
Whilst he will not be particularly covering the population issue, Fair Go supporters may be interested in the presentation because it will be linked to the failure of our political system in the last two decades.
Everyone is welcome to attend. Please tell your friends if they are in the Wagga area. See the attached advertisement.
PS: While the talk is not specifically on the population issue, there will be ample time for questions and Dick is very happy to answer any questions in relation to the impossibility of endless growth and the Fair Go campaign.
10:38 AM – 23 Apr 2018
Without asking for a red cent to support him, or even asking the industry to help; Dick, all by him little self, has taken on the role of advocate. I say Bravo that man.
When you think on, Dick could do pretty much as pleased him – whenever it pleased him. He has no need of a job, no kids to get through school, no massive mortgage or the need to generate the massive amounts of money required to buy a home and raise a family. Hells bells, he could be smoking a Havana on the fan deck of a luxury yacht, sipping a Mojito having sunscreen lotion applied by nubile young matrons – tomorrow – if it pleased him. But no; what does he do, he takes on the trolls and fools who hang about the UP; and then, spends some of his remaining time on this planet visiting the Wagga RSL – To try and get a message through the brick wall built to protect ‘the system’ which is killing a perfectly viable, safe, tax paying industry.
I mean Wagga (FFS)– of all the gin joints – in all the world? Why? Well the latest incumbent of the sit still and do ‘nuttin’ aviation portfolio lives there – that’s why. If Dick can convince only a small percentage of the Mc (Whatsisname) voters that another name for ‘member’ is ‘Prick’ then; he has done well for this dying industry.
I say Bravo Dick; get a muzzle on Morgan though, and be sure that the SMS messages in support flow through on the day. Thanks mate, I appreciate the effort; let’s hope it was worthwhile. At least your conscience is clear. The next round is on me.
Dick Smith is calling for the government to change the Civil Aviation Act 1988. (AAP)
The Federal Government has destroyed the pilot training industry and led it into bankruptcy, says Dick Smith, former chairman of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
In just five years, the aviation industry in Australia has seen pilot numbers decline by more than 30 percent.
Flying schools are closing across the country or are being sold off to Chinese buyers.
The government is now importing foreign pilots on 457 visas to cover up Australia’s pilot shortage.
Mr Smith says this is due to the government ignoring the cost of safety regulation and putting flight training out of reach for aspiring pilots in Australia.
A commercial pilot’s licence costs about $100,000.
Cadet pilots during training at Moorabbin airport in Melbourne in 2010. (AAP)
“Teenagers leave school and want to become a pilot but find it too expensive,” Mr Smith, 74, told 9news.com.au.
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“Everything is more in Australia – the cost to set up a flying the school, the staff required, and the number of flying hours needed and exams to do to get a commercial licence.
“I believe we have an incredibly safe aviation system but we don’t have enough pilots because the government has sent the flying school industry broke.
“I’m concerned about this because I’m a proud Australian. None of this affects me. I have my own aircrafts but I see an industry being destroyed.”
Richard Branson with Virgin Australia cadet pilot Danielle Stokes in Adelaide in 2013. (AAP)
According to CASA’s 2013/14 annual report, there were 36,158 pilots employed in Australia.
In the 2016/17 report, 31,110 pilots were recorded.
Mr Smith is calling for the government to change the Civil Aviation Act 1988 to make it more affordable for Australian pilots to obtain their commercial licence.
“Everyone agrees we need safety but nobody wants to pay for it,” the renowned entrepreneur said.
“I call on Acting Prime Minister Michael Mcormack to talk to Treasurer Scott Morrison to fix this in next month’s budget before we have an incident that just occurred in the US with the disaster on Southwest Airlines.
“There are tens of thousands of pilots from the USA, Canada, Europe, the UK, China and India, just waiting to come for free.
“We may as well close down our universities and get all graduates from overseas for even greater savings.
“Our flying schools are closing down everywhere.”
Aviation activist Dick Smith outside the Supreme Court in Sydney with a map of the area where a light plane crashed in Victoria in 2004. (AAP)
There are about 320 flying schools in Australia.
However, flying schools including Aerospace and Sydney Flight Training Centre in Sydney, and Australis Aviation College, Airline Academy of Australia and Royal Queensland Aero Club in Brisbane have all closed down in recent years.
It is understood a large number of flying schools are being sold to Chinese or foreign investors due to financial strain or are resorting to using light-sport or ultralight-type aircrafts to reduce costs.
The pilot training crisis is also creating a domino-effect, impacting maintenance companies as repair works are slowing down.
Mr Smith is holding a public meeting to discuss the aviation industry issues in Wagga Wagga at 11am on Thursday.
Australia’s Diamond Aircraft DA-40 NG aircrafts on display during an inauguration ceremony to launch Myanmar’s first privately owned pilot-training school in 2013. (AAP)