A matter of balance, of timing; and, of momentum. – AP Forum version.
Take any subject, machine or even life itself and remove the ‘balancing’ forces; what happens? Look no further than the Pratt and Whitney strapped to the wing or the Lycoming dead ahead; any form of ‘imbalance’ therein spells trouble. Putting a horse over the jumps; carrying in the tea tray; skiing, flying, riding a push bike – even the cursed cheque book – all fraught with peril once ‘unbalanced’. Or; of being unequal, if you prefer; inequality, another way of expressing the same tragic outcome any form of ‘imbalance’ creates.
There is exists in Australia, in law, in fact and in reality one great ‘imbalance’ which must be addressed. It is, despite being ‘aviation’ related (therefore complex) easily explained by a simply paralleled ‘what if’. Lets say you hold a NT driving licence for a car – and; the NT do not require you to pass a medical prior to being granted that licence; self certification as to fitness to drive is acceptable – fair enough. Then you lob into NSW. Say that state declared that without you passing a medical check, at your own expense, which only allows you to be certified by a separate body of medico’s – beyond your GP – with the power to prevent you driving, you may not, at risk of criminal penalty -drive in this state. – What do you imagine would happen? No prizes for the correct answer. And yet, some pilots may self certify they are ‘fit’ to fly’ in one operational regime – others may not – in another regime. Its nuts. But worse its unfair, out of balance and the bias fails to make reasonable sense – to anyone. Unless you consider a divide to conquer strategy with the bonus of diminished responsibility for the ‘official’ regulator. Unbalanced and inequitable – yet there it stands – against an unequivocal safety case supported by over 70 years of data. For recreational or private operations – the lower medical standards have an impeccable track record – so why the imbalance? To what sensible purpose, apart from to ‘the’ self serving interests, can the division possibly be of any benefit or even defended?
“The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.” ― Aristotle
Aye; equality and balance- harbingers of peace. The natural world has ways and means of keeping a balance. Excess is winnowed; feast and famine, life and death – the survival of each forever in balance. But what of the unnatural world; the one man creates? Take the CASA as an example of what the fool is banging on about. This – HERE – Now, we draw a long bow; but indulge me a for a moment. Inside of CASA as we all well know there are two teams – for ease of reference let’s call ’em ‘White hats’ and ‘Black hats’ They all belong to the same ‘unions’ – to wit; AFAP and the Public Service Union.
“A discussion paper released by Professionals Australia, a union representing employees of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, has labelled CASA as being in a state of crisis, highlighting serious deficiencies in technical knowledge and capability.”
With any ‘Union’ particularly the PA; numbers matter (i.e. fees). It is highly unlikely – damn near impossible almost – that a ‘small’ band of ‘White hats’ could bring this level of public acknowledgement to the ‘perceived’ grievances of a minority group. QED. Have the ‘white hats’ finally outnumbered the black? CASA have ploughed their way through literally billions of ‘public money’ to produce a monstrous abomination which is a self perpetuating bureaucracy, developing ever more complex rules which require ever more bureaucrats to manage it. Two simple solutions have been offered up to prevent even more fiscal demands on the nation to keep aviation ‘legally’ safe. None of this has been expended in ‘operational’ safety; non. Lots and lots on ‘legal safety’ though – a motza. The white hats have now, finally, objected. Wow!
Solution. Bring in the FAA or NZ to oversight the transition:or, appoint a DAS who can manage the transition away from the incomprehensible dibble we call a ‘rule set’ and set up a new infrastructure focused on ‘operational’ safety rather than the ‘easy conviction’ of the ever present scapegoat i.e. the pilot or; if that is dead, then the company.
Ref: From 23:40
“When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.” ― Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln Letters
Balance, equality, and in this wide brown land – ‘ a fair go’. It has to regain equilibrium; careers and businesses cannot be decimated without a sane, balanced approach. This cannot possibly happen under the current regime – even if anyone other than Croesus could afford the time – let alone the money involved to defend against ‘Strict liability’ under the criminal code.
“An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”– Newton’s First Law of Motion
A jet engine turbine, spinning at 40,000 odd RPM must be ‘in balance’. Disturb that balance and all bets are off – except the one sure thing – soon or late; something is going to break. This time afforded, now, courtesy of this virus hoax is perfect; there will never, not ever be another opportunity to reform the regulator; bring in sensible regulation; return the marbles to those who have lost ’em and be shot of the dross clinging to inflated salaries purporting to be ‘expert’. The doom has – finally come upon these Ladies of Shallots, sons of charlatans, off -spring of snake oil salesmen: courtesy of the ‘good guys’ and white hats.
“He felt that there is a loose balance of good and evil, and that the art of living consists in getting the greatest good out of the greatest evil.” ―
Had to smile today – P2 sent through a post by Mr Approach – from the UP. The last line from an excellent post:-
MA – “Sorry about that rant, as Aunt Pru is prone to say, back to the lathe (wish I had one).”
Made me wonder if there was a camera in the workshop. We have two lathes – a large one, on which I can turn up Newel posts (for staircases) etc. and a ‘bodgers’ with which it was my delight to become acquainted with at the age of seven. There is a most comfortable bench at the back end of the orchard which is supported by the product of just such a lathe. The secret of using that lathe lays within the ‘mystique’ of sharpening up for ‘green wood’. I will keep that secret to my grave. Away now dogs – tempus fugit – and tempers fray when we are too long away from the ambit domestic tyranny- when there’s a long list on the Ale tap fridge..
“what is joy without sorrow? what is success without failure? what is a win without a loss? what is health without illness? you have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other. there is always going to be suffering. it’s how you look at your suffering, how you deal with it, that will define you.” ― Mark Twain