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Reopened Pel-Air inquiry could be on slippery slope to ruin

Reopened Pel-Air inquiry could be on slippery slope to ruin

There is rising concern in the aviation sector that the Pel-Air accident investigation re-opening may, like some other recent reforms, be on a slippery slope leading to Australia losing its status, as well as its reputation, in matters of air safety administration.

ATSB encounters severe wind shear inside a Senate committee room

ATSB encounters severe wind shear inside a Senate committee room

It was painfully obvious at today’s hearing at the Senate inquiry into pilot training and airline safety that the independent air safety investigator, the ATSB, depends on airlines rather than their pilots to tell them whether a safety incident should be investigated. The chief commissioner of the ATSB, Martin Dolan, was examined at length on […]

Jetstar tells tired pilots “Toughen up Princesses”

Jetstar tells tired pilots “Toughen up Princesses”

Jetstar has been accused of bullying pilots in a manner which may put passenger lives at risk by independent South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon after a tumultuous morning’s evidence at the Senate inquiry into pilot training and airline safety. The email (below) was sent to pilots by their former roster captain at Perth (name deleted)  […]

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

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 […]

Virgin Blue flies the flag at Senate inquiry

Virgin Blue flies the flag at Senate inquiry

There have been several major disclosures at the Senate inquiry into pilot training and airline safety standards this afternoon. For continuity this report about the morning session, which has already appeared in Crikey, precedes those reports which will be posted later today. This morning, when Qantas and Jetstar failed to show up as expected for […]

CASA confirms Qantaslink incidents and joins ATSB in blaming Jetstar for causing pilot confusion in serious Melbourne incident

CASA confirms Qantaslink incidents and joins ATSB in blaming Jetstar for causing pilot confusion in serious Melbourne incident

The CEO of CASA, John McCormick, confirmed at this afternoon’s Senate inquiry session that it had demanded an explanation and remedial action from Qantaslink after 15 stick shaker incidents in its Dash 8 fleet going back to about 2007. McCormick said CASA’s main concern was how it learned about the incidents.  He undertook to provide […]