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Ref:…e_internal & Chess 101: What Is Castling?

Of Kings in Castles; – AP forum version.

The reason for Kings to have castles is obvious; a safe stronghold from which the ‘enemy’ may be repelled, by fair means or foul. For example:-

In a game of Chess, castling is an option one must have:-

Wiki – ”Castling may be done only if the king has never moved, the rook involved has never moved, the squares between the king and the rook involved are unoccupied, the king is not in check, and the king does not cross over or end on a square attacked by an enemy piece.”

You can see the application come to life if you take a look at the antics within our ‘air safety’ agencies at the moment; as the players move to protect the king and the king makers. Imagine the black ‘King’ as the minister; he certainly has not moved and is in check by the white queen – but the castle (rook) has not moved either. So, by castling the king and his minions, an early end to the game can be avoided. But, ‘t’uther side have players of equal cunning and strategies, serious experts who control the main board. With the king safely tucked away in his castle; t’uther side only have to wait until he runs out of cows – n’est-ce pas? Aye, the fools rambling again – but with a point; indulge me…

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Holmes would say ‘the games afoot’ and perhaps, this time around, that may prove to be correct. Not only do we have the white queen (Sen. McDonald) batting for the reform team, she is aided and abetted by Glenn Sterle, between them they are running two aviation related inquiries and neither is dragging their heels. 

In fact Sterle may have even jumped the gun by a fraction in his determination to see matters put to rights; but, no harm done. Now, in the ordinary run of these inquiries; those tucked away within their castle may with ease taunt the assailants; they have done so for decades now and no one has ever had the answer to the sacred cow of ‘SAFETY’ being flung at ’em. Enter the white knight, in the humble, honest guise of the ‘Department’.

As recently as this week, there was a serious, deep and meaningful pow-wow held between the department and some serious industry players (top draw not the usual riff-raff). It seems the new head of ‘the department’ is not only a straight shooter with brains, but his team are of the same calibre. Not to embarrass anyone, I won’t mention names, but will say that the seriously experienced crew from industry had nothing but praise for the folk from DoIT. Can you imagine how good it feels to have something positive to say about that department; it is a rare and welcome treat. There were some pretty hard heads at that sit-down; not ones to gripe or grumble, but seriously involved. The facts related to ‘the Act’ and the current situation and the simple remedies for that insupportable situation were not only well received, but, brilliantly – they were understood.

Ref: From approximately 1:00 min & Additional Estimates 22/03/21: The DARD (& agencies)

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“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

So, how will our ‘White’ side beat the castling of the black king? There is new piece now which has a move, which, if played correctly, could devastate the castled kings plans. Enter the DARD – brand new and as yet disregarded, to be brought into play? No one knows which way it will move – well, not until Monday, 22/03/21 at 13.45 o’clock (give or take). The next move in what is developing into a knock down, drag out pub brawl to rein in the excess, incompetence and huge cost of supporting a failed system is yet to be seen. Australia used to be a world leader don’t ya know; reduced now to almost an international pariah through non compliance, idiotic rule sets, a dodgy Act and a mindset which beggars logical, rational minds. Is there yet hope for a urgent reset of the ethos? Reform, regeneration and a return to sanity? My Tote is at 4/1 (money back the place).

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It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them.”― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

P2 – “From my reasonably informed position, this is the first time the departmental entity (ie the DARD) has been mentioned in any Senate RRAT Estimate dispatches. This would appear to be backed by the fact that when you Google the DARD it’s web history only goes back to the beginning of February 2021.”

I am currently spoiled for choice for examples of that of which I write. The latest load of bollocks being faced down is the Bristell (BRM) imbroglio, and the part 149 approval of RAoZ; and the great airspace cock-up. 

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Ref: Bristell Aero embuggerance update: 17/03/21 – AOPA Oz OP. & Disquiet shared.


That’s just this week’s take. I mean seriously; how much longer can a government with an industry in crisis – long before Covid popped up, go on ignoring the huge, demonstrable, provable, destructive pile of detritus left in the wake of the current failed system. The trail is decades (three) long; the cost immeasurable, the damage incalculable, the disgrace unfathomable. All easily remedied; the advice has been offered so many (many) times; the Act, harmonise the regulation, open trade lines and release the industry from the iron clutch of those who  only seek to force their own view as the only view; they’re outvoted, outclassed and well outdated. Happy to supply a list. Hire in some ‘expertise’ get shut of the top layer and let’s rejoin the real world.

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“But the duke’s soldiers, not being content with having pillaged the men of Oliverotto, began to sack Sinigalia, and if the duke had not repressed this outrage by killing some of them they would have completely sacked it.” ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

That’s it – there are P2’s catches from this week to consider which IMO go a long way toward supporting not only my rambles; but factual case notes which confirm, in this week standing alone, just how far Australia has strayed from the ‘reality’ aviation needs to flourish. Handing over.

A landscape of mud and wet socks this week – dogs are hacked off; we had an outdoors job to do this week. Of course I’d finished off the bench work to give us time to enjoy building something and lunch outdoors and visiting new places. But it is a confirmation of the argument that dogs descended from bears. They can go into an almost hibernating state; sleep a day away with one ear cocked for the rain easing. Remarkable, there I am fiddling away with a half finished project when up they get and head for the door; I pause and listen – rain, rain and more rain. Then it stops and we are outside exactly long enough before it starts again – amazing stuff. But they get it right every time; wet paws for them – wet socks for me. Heigh ho!