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Truth will come to light – eventually – well; sort of–ish. – AP Forum version.

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What an ancient game it is; that of determining what, exactly, is ‘the truth’. Politicians, lawyers, the guilty, the innocent, the witness and even the victim – all with a variation on theme. Quite the puzzle ain’t it. One does not go to ‘the law;’ for justice but for the law – and how it stands for your version of the ‘truth’. Self evident ‘truth’ is the easy one: the volcano has erupted – no brain-er. Where things get muddled is when there is ‘blame’ to lay for ‘why Mt DT blew it’s stack and caused chaos. It all comes down to apportioning ‘blame’ and defence mounted against that blame being legally, morally or even rightfully laid at the right door.

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“Well, old man, I will tell you news of your son:give me your blessing: truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man’s son may, but at the length truth will out. “ ― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Aye, well enough. BUT to arrive at that happy junction, where justice, the law, truth and sanity meet – there is an essential element which must (categorically) must be present; that of courage to face the daemon.

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“It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”― Harper Lee

Glen Buckley is an example of a courageous man; he has dared to face down and ‘call out’ a government agency which believes it was kissed on the arse by the gods and above the law. That agency hold that notion to be the truth and have spent millions of tax payers funds to establish that faerie story as a fact. Buckley said ‘bollocks’ and has (IMO) bravely called them out; fully aware of the lethal (metaphoric) ramifications of doing so. He ain’t the first CASA have ‘rolled’, there is a long ‘roll of honour’ preceding him and more to follow. Industry’s silent prayer is that he can open the gates and pave the way for others with equal claims and worse tales to tell. That’s guts and grit for you; an example to follow. Of course it all depends on how ‘fair-dinkum’ the next round of inquiry is. Can it open the floodgates? It bloody well should, considering the amount of time and money spent pissing about on the periphery of the nexus.

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As a personal request; I ask that our readers take the time to listen and watch the AOPA (A) pod cast on their Facebook page; or – HERE -. Another courageous, outraged group of real expert industry persons; daring to tell it ‘like it is’. You must brush aside the obvious and any personal feelings you harbour regarding Darth Morgan’s blatant sales pitch; look a little deeper – here are serious, qualified industry professionals betting the farm and their personal futures (fact) in an attempt to expose the depravity, incompetence, ignorance and dishonesty within the CASA; which everyone connected to the Australian aviation world knows; but are too scared to speak openly about. Unlimited gold stars and Tim Tams are the highest accolade Aunt Pru can offer; along with our gratitude and appreciation for a first class effort. Well done; Aye. Well done indeed. Bravo.

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“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” ― Mark Twain

Shan’t bang on about CASA; ATSB or RAOz – been enough said here and elsewhere to fill a good size shed. But where does the root of all evil reside? A simple study of history will reveal the answer. There is only one constant element. St Commode – self declared patron saint of flatulence and public safety is on his way out – good. Along with him, the aged satyr of legal double Dutch, gobbledegook, double speak and divide and conquer games is also folding his tent and collecting his marbles – even better. There is (must be) going to be a need for new blood. Matters aeronautical cannot continue to hobble along in this confused state – and survive to be a benefit to this nation.

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“Henceforth I despised Iahveh for his imposture, and I hated him because he showed himself to be opposed to all that I found desirable and good: liberty, curiosity, doubt.” ― Anatole France, The Revolt of the Angels

I did a quick recce of the IOS and BRB to see where the bets were likely to be placed; (like herding cats) for the DAS position – flip a coin and take your chances; however – to replace Aleck; there is strong support for one Clinton McKenzie Esq, to be lured away from AMSAR and breathe some sanity into the system. I’ll post the odds when I get a handle on the field – MTF.

Item last – ‘we’ have done some forensic digging minister into the practices of your favourite flight school and related RAOz accepted practice for producing ‘flight instructors’. The reason being the inordinate number of ‘incidents’ and damaged aircraft numbers which are most carefully concealed. Many can all be traced back to piss poor training and lax qualification of pilot instructors. This needs to be sorted out – now – now. While you’re at it – make the release and publication of the RAOz accident investigations mandatory. Fair warning; ask the ex RAOz tea lady for a reality fix – as we will publish the results of falsified incident report, dodgy ‘qualifications’ and appalling comparison between CASA qualified pilot instructors and the RAOz version – it is truly scary. Blinkers off mate.

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“My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice 

Well; the stove is warm (quality hardwood off-cuts and bush fire ruined logs), the air cool enough to show breath; in the lamp light, glowing from no more than the shine left by my finishing plane (1910 model) stands a ‘Welsh’ dresser’ – finished today, ready for it’s new home. Honest work, to the best of my poor ability and clumsy hands – but it looks great – even if I say it myself. Just have to overlook the errors I know are there; but, as we all know – a man on a galloping horse may not see ’em. The cat has one eye open, watches me put my feet up on the desk, light a smoke and decides its a little too early to wake the dogs. Peace rules (just for a moment).

“Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast, Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round, And, while the bubbling and loud hissing urn Throws up a steamy column and the cups That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each, So let us welcome peaceful ev’ning in.” ― William Cowper, The Complete Poetical Works of William Cowper

For P29 – Looks ‘a bit’  like :-
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