The shout of outrage! – AP Forum version.
Now, I’d bet beer there’s a few who have not done it – and felt the better for it. Today’s was a real one: dropped it (well knocked it off the bench) – a one off, with hours of careful work invested – beyond repair. Even the dogs decamped. Pent up fury released in a primal howl of – what? Directed at whom? The gods themselves – or myself, for there was no one else to blame. Once I’d done a’cussin all and sundry (and shouting) I realised that neither fate, the devils or even the gods themselves had no hand in my misfortunes – I’d been clumsy and thoughtless – distracted. My anger was only directed in one direction – I had made a mistake.
“One of the hardest things in this world is to admit you are wrong. And nothing is more helpful in resolving a situation than its frank admission.” ― Benjamin Disraeli
Which brings us to Buckley.
Well said Hitch – bravo. For ’tis true; but, it fails the test of a ‘primary’ exemplar. It simply does not carry the gravitas which may be assigned to some other cases of embuggerance. There are many which have preceded it; some, as yet ‘unheard’ – come with even more dire consequences. Many thought Lockhart River would be the turning point – alas. Even more believed that Seaview would be ‘the’ catalyst; Monarch was a starter; even as recently as Pel-Air there was hope that the many wrongs could be righted: alas. Minister after minister all singing from the same damn song sheet – ‘I have no control’. BOLLOCKS. Who passes ‘the laws’? Who allowed this unholy abomination to gain ascendancy? Who is a man of ‘influence’ with a whole raft of clever folk at his beck and call, with even more influence again, to allow such a ‘thing’ to exist? What sort of ‘government’ tolerates the decades long history of government sanctioned and supported abuse of power, disregard for the ‘rule of law’ and the god awful state aviation has been beaten into. This is, like it or not, a problem for government to rectify. Tomorrow would be good – today – even better.
“The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.” ― Benjamin Disraeli
“All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil.” ― Benjamin Disraeli
The words in ‘bold’ may offer a clue – is able to ‘satisfy’ CASA – has anyone, not touched by that slippery stanza got the first blind clue what ‘it’ means? CASA will build a ‘safety case’ and make it stick through the AAAT if the ducking door knobs on the crew room cupboards are a ‘thou’ off spec. Aye, ‘the dark veil’ of false claims, engineered evidence; mountains out of molehills – transmogrified into ‘proof positive’ with ‘evidence’ to support and terrify a lay AAT will, in time, do for Buckley. The AFAP will mark his card – no work for him, AVMED will cook up some ‘anomaly’ requiring two years of ‘blood tests’ every quarter year – the list of what can be and is, often, done behind the scenes would do a little more than simply ‘curl’ Ms McDonald hair.
Then we must deal with the Angel Flight saga. A classic example of honest folk facing down a monster that even when it admits it’s wrongdoings, will not alter course one iota. For some reason – perhaps ‘commercial’ – related to ‘mates’ who see a dollar and some flying in reducing the Angel Flight ‘market share’ – all in the name of ‘safety’ and control by CASA through an AOC – who would know? A ‘proper’ man, honest man, of the people, for the people could find out – just ask the local coffee shop – and would move to prevent even the whiff of corruption and cronyism becoming noticeable. Oh, yes it stinks…
“It is well-known what a middleman is; he is a man who bamboozles one party and plunders the other.” ― Benjamin Disraeli
What a bloody mess – airports torn up to build shopping centres; ILS pointing the wrong way; flight schools decimated in favour of a legal loophole exploited with CASA blessing; volunteer pilots under the microscope, industry terrified to speak out; worlds worst regulation produced after a 30 year rip-off; the world treating Australia as a joke; unspeakable embuggerance of those who dare speak out or challenge the incompetency and venality of CASA, the disgraceful ATSB and the greedy ASA. All piled up on the ministerial plate – with the RRAT to sort it it out – Ha ha ha. “Tell ’em they’re dreaming. The real ‘kicker’ is that those who could, in a ministerial heartbeat, sort it are either unwilling, or too sensible to ever, ever again try. It the DPM of this land cannot ‘influence’ – backed by the PMC a serious change?– Then what hope have the mutts trying to make a living through aviation? My shout of fury achieved little today – but; by Golly – it made me sensible of my very own mistakes.
“What we learn from history is that we do not learn from history” ― Benjamin Disraeli
So, that which is beyond repair will be put aside; I shall make another. But not tonight. There’s a breeze, a clear sky, just cool enough to warrant my old sweater. No need to whistle – they wait at the orchard gate – how they know when the time is right I’ll never know – but they do – and I am glad of it. Away – you fur bearing, four legged flea hotels – get on with ya. Peace awaits me by the river’s bank.
“The moon is friend for the lonesome to talk to.” ― Carl Sandburg
P2 OBS: Nicholas Christie nails it for the choccy frog quote of the week –