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Of Spirit and Intent.

Advance Australia?– Yeah right……Fair dinkum, I wish we could: somehow take the brakes and blinkers off and join in with the first world advancements. We really do need to closely examine two intricately connected areas, not only of great concern, but of an active, deliberate hindrance preventing revenue, expansion, employment and status being accrued for the home grown aerospace industry, across the spectrum.

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“You told me once that we shall be judged by our intentions, not by our accomplishments. I thought it a grand remark. But we must intend to accomplish—not sit intending on a chair. ― E. M. Forster, WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD

Philosophically, we must begin with ‘spirit, intent and unintended consequences’. Three important elements; each critical to the well being and revenue generating of two separate, but interrelated elements of the ‘aeronautical industry’. Your indulgence is requested as I fumble through this so simple notion, one transmogrified into a complex rat’s nest of ineptitude and waste; it will take a while….Where to begin; chicken or egg? Egg or chicken?

“For of all sad words of tongue or pen,

The saddest are these: “It might have been!” ― John Greenleaf Whittier, Maud Muller – Pamphlet

The beginning is usually a good place – Australia signed up to the Chicago convention; parliament passed an Act and we set up an administration to ensure compliance with ICAO. nothing else. The spirit and intent was to ensure Australia kept pace and faith with ‘world best practice’. Alas; as it stands Australia is now almost diametrically opposed to the ICAO best practice, procedure and philosophy. Deeply mired in a never ending series of amendments, twiddles and fine tuning. Take a look at the latest load dumped onto the Senate committee for delegated legislation. – HERE – . The question furiously barking for an answer is a very simple one; does that committee fully understand the ‘knock on’ effect or implications arising from those legislative changes they approve?  Can they grasp the spirit and intent of those changes in relation to ICAO compliance; or, even decide if the changes are in compliance with ICAO goals; let alone ‘know’ beyond reasonable doubt that those changes, the implications and result will be of benefit to the aeronautical industry as a whole. In short; have they got any ducking idea just what they are approving, the implications or the long term effects of that approval at an ‘operational’ level?


“The point is, the “best” technology or idea doesn’t always prevail. Sometimes chance and the law of unintended consequences win out.” ― eric weiner

So much for the ‘operational effects’ of CASA divergence but what of the serious economic losses those rules create; not to mention the international humiliation. Go no further than the latest industry presentations at the Avalon air show. Stellar success? Well it was – for those far seeing nations, those which have the will, expertise and vision to offer Australian innovation facilities, finance and assistance to bring their remarkable technology and inventions into full production. The revenue of course disappears overseas; why, is a question you may ask. BASA is your short answer – Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement. Despite our over burgeoning bureaucratic system; we don’t have a two or three man office to negotiate for Australian technology, made in Australia to be sold overseas. So, the USA offers incentives, support, finance etc, and, the company moves off shore; taking jobs, revenue and Kudos with it. Leaving Australian industry poorer, less productive, buying not manufacturing, not employing or training; just ever more subservient to the complex, destructive never ending divergence from ICAO. Why?


“There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments — there are consequences.” ― Robert G. Ingersoll, The Christian Religion: An Enquiry

Some serious Australian talent on display at Avalon; remarkable innovation – all just a little terrified of being forced to deal with CASA. VTOL for example – headed off shore?  Oh, you may safely bet Granny’s best bed socks on that. Tragic or pathetic? I can’t decide – but, no doubt the ‘white paper’ will sort it all out; Aye, that’ll fix it right up children. (Sometimes the word BOLLOCKS ain’t enough; but it will have to do).


All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. ― Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune

There are some deeply seated, perpetuated, divisive attitudes combined with an untrammelled arrogance which have, and continue to restrict this country from joining  the world leading, gold standard, go-ahead aviation nations. The only solution is, unfortunately, with the government. We have a disinterested government and that is reflected, with some clarity through the DoIT, CASA and recently the Estimates committee. This lacklustre, almost fraudulent impost is foisted on the national budget; the one denied the revenue dollars the home grown innovation, design, development and ultimately national benefit though employment, sales and revenue fully available to this nation if we can get the government to get its act together and remove the shackles and catch up.

(From approx 47:20 min)

“What’s the use you learning to do right when it’s troublesome to do right and ain’t no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same?” ― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Aye; I can dream and watch as the world cracks on; leaving Australia poorer and more dependent on ‘help’ from overseas; where our technology is going great guns, creating revenue, jobs and exporting Australian technology back to its point of origin. How crazy is that?  Seriously; you have to wonder WTD are ‘they’ thinking and what are ‘they’ using to do that with.

So I ask – why is the innovative ‘spirit’ of this great nation being crushed from within? What is the intention behind the punitive, restrictive, no value to anyone legislation inflicted; and what are the ultimate consequences for persisting along the road to international denigration. Perhaps even buying back our own innovative technology developed by the USA by the impoverished local industry which can no longer afford it is the vision. Nuts ain’t it….

Aye well, ramble over; but unless some incentive to industry can be provided and facilitated through BASA, who could blame an exodus of talent and investment to greener, more pleasant pastures? Not I.  Third world – here we come; on a one way ticket.