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Nevermore….. – AP Forum version.

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Ref: Aeroplanes can ruin your stock….…93#pid9793
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Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,

Over many quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—

“Over many quaint and curious volume of forgotten law” . E.A. Poe could perhaps pondering that extravagantly convoluted ‘spaghetti’ of Australian ‘insurance’ law – in particular, that related to ‘matters aeronautical’. It is ponderous pondering, are many ‘midnight weary’. But, that required – you expect to ‘win’ the no holds barred grudge match.

Ref: From about 00:40 seconds.

:“This accident and the loss of life pilot and four passengers in view of ATSB, could have prevented had checklist been followed thoroughly prior to take off,” Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief commissioner Greg Hood said at time 

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I read with great interest that article presented in ‘The Age’ related to ‘unfortunate’ collision of illegal building, encroaching on active runway ‘safety zone’ with corporate, turbine powered, aircraft; Be 200, designed by Beech, built by Raytheon and powered by Messrs Pratt & Whitney, flown by experienced local pilot.

That building in question; which, according to Air Safety ‘expert’ (Bwaw HaHa) Greg Hood (top gun canary at ATSB) actually saved lives. Total bollocks of course; but therein lays the official front line of ‘defence’: well, that and it down to ‘pilot error’ say’s the highly qualified crash investigator Hood. (Oh! He’s not qualified? Goodness me).

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Quite correct – we do need to know – absolutely – how that building was ever granted approval – official like. We all know ‘how’ it happened; unofficially. We all know who was bottom of deal – can we ever prove it? Not a cat in Hell’s chance. We must rely on Hi-Viz (canary yellow) Vest wearing Hood’s investigation into that. Which will not only entertaining; but, with any luck at all should spark a Royal Commission. We actually need the Judicial Inquiry – alas; too many fat, shiny arses will spanked through that system; so RC will do at pinch. Any less that invokes the stench of government corruption – and we can’t have that; can now children? Any hint of ‘Ministerial’ involvement; or, profit cannot spoken of; not out loud, outside the Pub.. But, I digress.

Till I scarcely more than muttered “Other friends have flown before—
On morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before.”

The bird said “Nevermore.”

The Spaghetti of Australian ‘aviation insurance’ legislation about to tackled – hard. Two pronged attack – the Book (Tote) is open.

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This is ‘fun’ snippet of information. The owners will roll over most obligingly, weighing tax benefits against legal argument and pay up. No brainer. But what will Spotlight with their ‘winnings’? It is about time the SDA weighed into competition. I have no idea how many ‘union members’ work within Essendon DFO complex – but let’s say – for number – 200. Working between 6 to 10 hours per day on five day roster. How much of the ‘winnings’ will the multi million dollar company spend on say ‘just in case’ evacuation plan. Say the next incident does not carry the Devil’s own luck and actually penetrates the ‘work-space’. What then? “Can’t happen twice” say those who work off site? Fine and furry muff say – so send your kids the everyday; open kindergarten there – reduced rates; all there toys. No? I wonder why not. Their should bloody big ‘At your own Risk’ sign on entrance. Rumour until it fell down – courtesy of Vic government parsimony (or greed) take your pick.

The DFO is inside the safe area promulgated for aircraft operations. Things occasionally go wrong – not often – but; “once bitten- twice shy“ seems to fit. You have no idea (none) just how lucky the folk inside that building were. Could it happen again? Who knows – but tempt fate etc? If I were the pilot’s widow; I’d be seriously considering suing the brass balls off those who profit from this illegal building. If I were a union rep. for all the good, honest hard working folk who toil in that DFO I’d want assurances or; high risk pay – for those brave enough to work there – I, for one, most certainly wouldn’t.

Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!”

           Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

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Then I also believe the Victorian government have a duty of care to the shoppers of Victoria – at very least a big sign saying – “Shop at your own risk”. That would at least provide a plausible plea when the next ‘event’ happens and a thousand are burnt – alive in a fiery conflagration of metal, concrete and jet fuel. Some folk tempt fate – others tend to avoid that option.

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“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!

But the dark horse in race is American entry. This is one watch (short odds on my ledger). They have; astutely, gone after the pilot’s ‘estate’ – such as it is.

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Ref: The Age, via AP forum thread –…93#pid9793
Their legal costs, so far, stand alone far outweigh any pittance they may gain through that easy win. Most certainly the widowed woman cannot afford to confront these legal heavy weights. She is but a mere bagatelle, a pawn in the big game. One small win and a precedent is set; look out one and all. The boy’s are back in town. Who gives a Rat’s if the widow is left to grieve – in poverty – all quite legal M’lud; our conscience is clear. My Ferry boat across the Styx see’s many of this ilk – a lot in fact; the Boss and I love ‘em. They’ll pay double for a seat out of the sewer. We do take the offered amount, and then sit ‘em in the bilge anyway. I just smile all the way through the journey until about halfway – the Gobbledock have his fun. Why not? He works hard for his meagre stipend.

But; most of all the appalling things emanating from Oh so preventable tragedy is the complete loss of ATSB credibility. They were on shaky ground before this little ‘Howd’ya-do’ what with Hi-Viz Canary threatening his troops and providing ‘reports’ to order, delaying, deferring and distracting vital safety issues. We could, (knowing better) just, live with that pony-pooh. But when, without a single, provable shed of evidence – none; Hood declares it ‘pilot error’. Then I say the idiot Hood needs to prove that, beyond any reasonable doubt; in a court of law. He cannot, beyond a reasonable doubt prove that the pilot omitted vital checks; he cannot prove, beyond a reasonable doubt that both engines were at full power. (Audible maximum PRPM is not proof). In fact he can prove Sweet Duck All, on even the balance of probability, that the pilot was the sole cause of an aircraft colliding with a building, within a legislated ‘safety zone’. HE CANNOT. I call BOLLOCKS on the whole fiasco.

Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!”

           Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

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Where’s Spotlight’s workers safety, evacuation and compensation plan? Where is the Victorian governments warning signs to shoppers? Where are the ever caring politicians looking after their constituents? Where is the Minister responsible for public and aviation safety? Where is the Union who allegedly protect their membership? All at the local trough perhaps? Aye; just a thought, or an opinion – as you like it.  But enough;;;;;;;;;;;;!

Two sets of amber eyes watch carefully as I head to cupboard; a towel, the ears prick up; a pair of thongs – the eyes light up; a T shirt they begin panting – patiently they await the magic word– “Swim” ?  Bloody silly question really, given the temperature – they beat me to the transport by at least a minute. They must wait yet a while; we need food and water; for I’ve no intention of returning to the stable this day – not while the sun shines. See you at sunset Papa -. Jeep roars up the driveway – @30 knots passing the gate. Toot – toot.


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