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Thai carriers under threat of air safety downgrade

Thailand is at risk of an aviation safety downgrade by ICAO and is taking urgent action under martial law powers to avoid the damaging commercial consequences that would follow such a decision.

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Australia to monitor cockpit rule change for unintended issues

Safety authorities in Australia will monitor its adoption of the two-persons-in-cockpits-at-all-times rule which was announced today for future unintended consequences.

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Australia also adopts two crew always in cockpit rule

Australia has also mandated a minimum of two approved people, at least one of them a pilot, to be in the cockpits of  its international and domestic airliners at all times, and with immediate effect.

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Cockpit security has been turned inside out by Germanwings crash

Cockpit security used to be about keeping the baddies out of them. From today it is also going to be about preventing a rogue pilot from being alone in them.

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Damaged Malaysia Airlines A330 is limping home

The Malaysia Airlines A330 that was stranded at Melbourne Airport for 10 days after a severe hard landing is ‘limping’ home.

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Severe hard landing stranded Malaysia Airlines jet in Melbourne

A severe hard landing by a Malaysia Airlines A330 at Melbourne Airport has kept it stranded there for the last 10 days pending inspections, any necessary repairs and now, an investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

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Pel-Air damages disclosure raises public policy failures

If there is a shred of human decency in our politicians, steps will be taken to reverse the exposure of domestic air travellers to the loss of  post traumatic compensation rights for injured persons that are a part of Australian law in relation to many other types of debilitating accidents.

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How Senator Nick Xenophon’s action might prevent a future air disaster

It’s not until one reads the angry statement of the Minister responsible for aviation, Warren Truss, in response to Nick Xenophon’s success in striking down some changes to Australian air safety rules earlier this week, that the full significance of his action becomes apparent. 

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Senate defeats attempt to dumb down air safety inspections

Earlier this week Senator Nick Xenophon successfully prevented an inexplicable and troubling attempt to downgrade the quality of air safety inspections of airliners in this country by licensed aircraft engineers.

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REX turbo-prop confused coal loader for airport in Newcastle stuff up

The ATSB has dissected the confused performance of two REX pilots who set up their SAAB 340 turbo-prop to land on a coal loader they had mistaken for Newcastle Airport  in an incident in November 2012.

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Virgin turbo-prop incident in Qld exposed safety breaches

Try as it does to downplay safety breaches, the ATSB report into a Virgin Australia Regional turbo-prop incident at Moranbah in Queensland in 2013 uncovered a culture of ignoring air safety laws that has gone unpunished.

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Rare fault found in one of two Qantas A330s in ‘near miss’

It was more than a case of air traffic control error when two Qantas A330s were inadvertently directed to fly toward each other in airspace near Adelaide in a ‘loss of separation’ or near miss situation in 2013.

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CASA says Indonesia AirAsiaX now legal to fly here

More than two month’s after AirAsia X’s Indonesian franchise damaged the holiday plans of Australians booked on its Melbourne-Denpasar flights by cancelling them just before Christmas it has  been issued with an air operator certificate by CASA.

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Absurd MH370 related tracking statement made by Minister Truss

The Minister responsible for aviation and its safety, Warren Truss, has just released a statement about Australia participating with Indonesia and Malaysia in a trial of actually using to its potential existing non-radar based tracking technology on jet airliners flying across remote oceanic air routes. Such as the one believed to have been followed to [...]

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Savings not safety drives Australia to merge civil military ATC

  An ABC report says the long overdue merger of civil and military air traffic control is at last firmly committed to by Government. This could save many lives, rather than just the money that is mentioned as driving the decision.

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Pel-Air flight recorder to be recovered, if possible

Despite all the official cr*p spoken by the ATSB, CASA, and their discredited chief commissioner and former director of safety respectively, and the secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, and two successive ministers responsible for aviation, the Pel-Air flight recorder will be attempted to be recovered from the ditching location off Norfolk Island.

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Did Australia mislead ICAO over the Pel-Air crash?

Updated with partial response from Minister Truss. The Pel-Air accident scandal now threatens to undermine Australia’s nomination of the former chief of  CASA, John McCormick, as the next secretary general of ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

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ATSB forgets Pel-Air in study of fuel exhaustion accidents

Amnesia can now be again added to the failings of integrity and safety focus in ATSB reports on the repeated release today of  its study titled Starved and Exhausted: Fuel Management Aviation Accidents.

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