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Will heads of CASA, ATSB now go?

The future tenure of the heads of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulator (CASA), its director of air safety John McCormick, and the chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) Martin Dolan should be in question after the release today of the Aviation Safety Regulation Review.

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CASA head gets more bad press on top of Pel-Air issues

The Telegraph and Herald Sun sites are carrying a report about CASA Director of Aviation Safety John McCormick this morning which are unflattering in relation to allegations as to what he said after experiencing a firm landing in Brisbane on a Qantas flight from Canberra in May. At face value the reported comments are trivial, [...]

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New evidence undermines credibility of Pel-Air inquiry

More information of a technical nature has come to light concerning  the ditching of the Pel-Air air ambulance off Norfolk Island in November 2009 that supports claims that CASA failed to properly regulate the operator and that the ATSB left out crucial considerations in its investigation of the crash. Plane Talking isn’t able to determine [...]

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747 engine time bomb ticks on for Qantas as CASA ‘monitors situation’

For a regulator which took exemplary action against Tiger Airways, CASA’s inaction over the dangers of unmodified RB211 engines on Qantas 747s is disturbing. Even Qantas is worried!  The matter came up this evening in a good, but as always with TV, too short an item on the 7 network news. That report will come [...]

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China maintenance facility stuffs up A340 repairs which airline fails to detect

A sharp reminder about offshore maintenance failings and poor supervision of outsourced work by an airline has been reported overnight concerning an Air France A340. The jet underwent maintenance at the TAECO-TAIKOO facility in Xiamen, which is part owned by Boeing, Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines as well as PRC and Honk Kong parties, on [...]

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Senate inquiry causes a show, because …

A hearing  by the Senate inquiry into pilot training and air safety in Australia adjourned in confusion today after the CEO of CASA, John McCormick, said there were no current show cause notices against major Australian carriers but did not clarify whether any had been recently issued. The hearing had been scheduled at short notice [...]

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Senate gets scathing Jetstar audit CASA didn’t see fit to send to airline

Senator Nick Xenophon today tabled an internal and damning CASA human factors audit of Jetstar that the CEO of the aviation regulator, John McCormick,  said wasn’t in a suitable format to send to the airline. The document produced at the public hearings today of the Senate Inquiry into pilot training and airline safety contradicts Jetstar [...]

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Senate inquiry into training and safety extended

After the shocks that emerged in a Senate committee hearing last Friday concerning pilot training and airline safety in Australia the inquiry has been extended to May 4. It is understood the inquiry, chaired by Senator Bill Heffernan, will recall the CEO of Qantas, Alan Joyce, the Jetstar Group CEO, Bruce Buchanan, the chief commissioner [...]

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CASA, Qantas and unanswered safety allegations

In the spirit of brave rather than ‘cowardly’ criticism, when will CASA deal with a series of allegations about unsafe practices by Qantas last year raised by the licensed engineers union? Not deal with, as in, have a spokesman dismiss them as immaterial or industrially motivated. But deal with, as in investigate and publish detailed [...]

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Plain talking about CASA and the media

The new CEO of CASA, John McCormick, made some comments about its critics at the conclusion of a Senate Estimates Committee hearing on October 20. The white or final Hansard record is less entertaining than accounts of the pink or first draft Hansard, but let’s look at the former, since it constitutes the public record. [...]

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