“Think horses – not Zebras”.
The quote is not only very ‘sage’ but so very apt to all manner of ‘diagnosis’. The meaning is quite clear and unambiguous – ‘it’ works just as well across a wide spectrum of almost anything which requires ‘diagnosis’.
Indulge me – if we take the current state of the patient, in the aviation case, the ‘symptoms’ aviation in Australia, across the wide spectrum is presenting with, and; think horses not Zebra or Giraffe; then the case becomes very clear – the remedy, though painful, becomes immediately apparent. There can be little in the way of ‘Zebras’ causing the malady – it must be horses. Let us take an additional minute to examine the symptoms, and the failed cures.
“The life so short, the craft so long to learn.” ― Hippocrates
The very heart of industry is being prevented from functioning – the life blood of aviation is pumped through the heart of it through aerodromes. Without the very seat of aviation – an airport – then there cannot be an industry. Slowly, incontrovertibly, and unrecoverable Commonwealth public assets are being stripped away. Do we need another shopping mall or warehouse? No, we do not; do we need an aerodrome to provide that which is essential to the fabric, the waft and weave which produces pilots of value? We do; every single pilot – globally – ‘belongs’ to an airport; there they learned their craft and it is there, their hearts belong. Soulless simulators in large building cannot, nor ever will provide the sense of belonging, the comradeship or the sense of being ‘a pilot’ the way 0500 on a misty morning at ‘home base’ can engender; nor the wealth of shared information passed down through generations to the new hopefuls. No ‘home’ airport takes away a large part of what it means to be a command pilot. It is bad that the government is not resisting in the decimation of ‘home turf’ aerodromes; but actively aiding and abetting a national asset to be lost forever and supporting the demise of an essential industry by doing so. Why? Who’s making the money out of this and to who’s benefit is it? It certainly is not to Australia’s.
“The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” ― Tacitus, The Annals of Imperial Rome
Land deals aside; there are other questions which, IMO, the current minister must answer. For instance – by the international ‘yard-stick’ Australian regulator is so far off planet as to be borderline ‘criminal’ in it’s intent. Aye, there are 30 odd years of evidence, incompetence and malpractice to back that claim, beyond reasonable doubt; and yet both sides of politics sit back and allow the lunacy, leading to determinant and international ‘head shaking’ continue. The rest of the world ‘rocks -on’ while Australian industry is left mired in a megalomaniacs wet dream – fully supported by a bipartinsane cop out. Shame on the government – writ large. Why and cui bono?
“There are few things more dangerous than a mixture of power, arrogance and incompetence.” ― Bob Herbert.
Could any member of parliament please explain not only why we have spent ‘billions’ on ‘inquiry’ but also failed to achieve any sort of positive result? As in a result which has taken Australia to the forefront of aviation legislation, ICAO compliance and business achievement. The short answer is NO. Bipartinsane acquiescence; abrogation of responsibility and a safe ride through any ‘inquiry’ into the current mess is a guaranteed certainty -funded by the tax paying, travelling public – in good faith.
“I could a tale unfold whose lightest word
Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,― William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Take a look at the current ‘inquiry’; what will it achieve? No more than the previous 20 odd inquiries which preceded it – that’s what. Then look at government oversight of airports, then take a moment to consider the current DAS appointment. Really; “all the best Pip” is going to set all to rights? BOLLOCKS. Spence could not, wind assisted; hit the side of the aviation hanger, with a shovel full of shit – unless (of course) it was pure horse pooh. I, for one of many, would really like to see her response to the Chapter 1308 logic and questions – which, IMO sum up many of the problems aviation in this land faces. We all know why they exist – the question – for the incumbent minister is :- Why? Why are you, the DAS and the DoIT ‘deaf, dumb and blind’ to those questions?
“None so deaf as those that will not hear.”― Matthew Henry
Joyce could, in a heartbeat, resolve the whole mess. Simply draft a SoE which brings CASA back to compliance with ICAO – both in spirit and intent. There are thirty odd years of unassailable logic supporting that simple, one call, from an industry being killed through development, assisted by an ungovernable mega monolith, built on bull-shit, which leads the government around by the testicles – or lack thereof.
“Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.” ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince
I look at my tool shelves, then offer a silent prayer of thanks to those who so patiently taught hapless hands to use ’em. The bloody virus keeps me from the skies, firmly stuck on terra firma. However. I built a chicken coop this week – for a lovely lady; quite the Taj Mahal of ‘chook-sheds’ – as they go. Pleasant days outdoors, good timber to work with, tea and biscuits twice a day, dogs welcomed and spoiled. Big dog particularly: he patiently rounded up a dozen baby chickens and ‘persuaded’ them that it was much better to stay in the run, rather than out of – I believe he whispered the cat’s name – some dogs just have that ‘je ne sais quoi’.