Deception; just magicians art? – AuntyPru Forum version.
“The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.” — Ben Okri
This is now the time of the year where the wide brown land prepares to enter the month of the dead. In just a few short weeks, it will be mid December and the country grinds to a shuddering halt until the end of January. During these six weeks memory of worthy submissions and cleverly constructed responses to serious questions will quietly disappear into a ‘black hole’ – all momentum arrested, never to escape. Good timing is a prerequisite; just early enough to seem to matter, just long enough to be put aside until later and just late enough to be lost and forgotten by January’s end. An art form, timing perfected by the magical mandarins.
“Timing is everything. Therefore, you must discern when to make the most of each opportunity…” ― Joy Marino
For example – under ICAO annex 19 a national Aviation State Safety System (SSP) is required. The release of the Australian version has been beautifully timed and artfully framed in such a way as to produce instant ennui. The document’s first word is ‘safety’ – a word which defies quantification or even ‘hard’ definition; and so begins the fantasy; the boxes ticked and all can shuffle off to a well earned six week break.
“Right time, right place, right people equals success. ― Idries Shah, Reflections
Now, you could be forgiven for thinking that a document of such import would carry the signature of the responsible minister and that a busy man would have at least given it a cursory ‘once over’: Alas. The SSP, despite the spirit and intent of ICAO is left to the tender mercies of those not elected to serve the best interests of this nation. The contempt for ICAO clearly defined in every paragraph, fully supported by a record number of registered differences. This, stand alone clearly defines an unsupportable arrogance. An arrogance which is clearly demonstrated through the regulations and those charged with the administration of ‘matters aeronautical’. That this has become an international standing joke and makes a mockery of Australia seems not to matter. That the entire system has almost eradicated a once thriving, proud section of industry seems to be of so little concern that the minister responsible believes that such an important document may be left in the hands of those responsible for the demise and great waste of an essential business sector almost beggars belief; and yet, there it is, all publicly available. Hidden in plain sight.
“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Boscombe Valley Mystery – a Sherlock Holmes Short Story
This may all seem a little esoteric to some; “hard fact” they call. No problem: if you are on an airport, take a look out of the hanger door and tell me what you see. It will be one of two possible vistas. An empty, silent wasteland; or a nightmare vision of destroyed infrastructure and large, ugly buildings erupting into the airspace needed for flight operations. Those buildings are all approved by whom? The answer to that question may surprise; a little homework – HERE – will provide the clues. While you do the research; take note of the care and attention the SSP devotes to the protection of safety zones, approach and departure tracks and, the perils of low level wind shear and vortex generation from large lumps of concrete parked very close to the departure and arrival paths. All very legal, all approved by the same office. Guess who – for a Choc Frog. Check P2’s excellent research for some serious help; all there…
Wiki – “A black hole is a region of spacetime where gravity is so strong that nothing — no particles or even electromagnetic radiation such as light — can escape from it. The theory of general relativity predicts that a sufficiently compact mass can deform spacetime to form a black hole.”
Aye, grim thoughts indeed; but, IMO there is hope. B. Joyce Esq. has some very able, noteworthy assistance, there are signs that change may be in the wind, a gentle breeze wafting slim (anorexic) hopes to a long suffering industry. Time however in not on industry’s side; on the plus side industry in not seeking massive amounts of money to recover; only a sensible rule set, a serious change from the overbearing, hellishly expensive, counterproductive, inutile department which glories in the title of ‘Safety’ Authority. Well, the authoritarian part is correct – but ‘safety’ – really? How many fatal accidents this year has the CASA regulation this year prevented? Time to put ‘m back into their box; administration and compliance with ICAO would save a shed load.
No matter; as those residents of the bubble wind down to the long break, the aircraft will be operating: in all weathers, using industry expertise, talent and money to ‘safely’ deliver the great unwashed to their holiday destinations; despite the efforts made to build on runways, impinge (legally) on safety buffers and will still manage not to leave a large crater in someone’s Christmas shopping outlet. Essendon was the one and only warning Murphy will allow.
Tempus fugit – and, by royal command; my assistance with the ‘Bouncing Castle’ is requested and required. “Bring the dogs” part of my instructions – they do seem to enjoy these events; probably something to do with illicit lumps of cake from sticky fingers. Only polite to look the other way.