February, 2012

US takes lead on pilot safety Australia refused to follow

, Feb 29, 2012

America’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finalised its proposal for a minimum experience standard of 1500 hours flight time for mainline first officers, something universally rejected as unnecessary by Australian airlines, CASA and subsequently, the Federal Government during and after last year’s  Senate inquiry into pilot training and airline safety. The US requirement is likely […]

Hitting the replay button on Jetstar claims

, Aug 02, 2011

One of the features of the recent Senate Inquiry into pilot training and airline safety was the need to recall witnesses to sort out misunderstandings. Which is why YouTube compilations like the one below by Plane Talking reader ‘Qanunder dog‘ or the full replay archives offered by the ABC on abc.net.au are important. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9qRiAcE6-Y&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] In […]

‘Geek’ pilots, dangerous delusions, and the Senate inquiry

, Jun 24, 2011

In lay language, the Senate inquiry into pilot training and airline safety has made a set of recommendations that would put Australia on the same page as American lawmakers in resisting the dangerous things desperate airlines have been doing to cut corners. It has shot down the preference of Jetstar for example for ‘geek pilots’ […]
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CASA gets periodic accountability and low hour jet pilots get shot down in Senate report

, Jun 23, 2011

The use of inexperienced and lesser skilled pilots by Jetstar has been shot down by the report of a Senate committee inquiry into aviation transport standards that was tabled this afternoon. The inquiry has also recommended that CASA, the air safety regulator, provide parliament through the transport Minister with six monthly reports on its key […]
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CASA slapped down again for ‘persecuting’ lawful aviation

, Jun 03, 2011

Plane Talking claims no credit for the following story, written by Paul Phelan and appearing recently in Aviation Advertiser. The article is about how the safety regulator’s efforts to frame a celebrated wilderness photographer and helicopter pilot over alleged maintenance offences came undone. It is being reproduced here because that publication isn’t on the radar […]

Senate inquiry causes a show, because …

, May 27, 2011

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 […]

Dual dangers hanging over Qantas, as we know it

, May 22, 2011

Some alarming questions hang over Qantas because of recent events. One is the extent to which management decisions have harmed the full service Qantas branded product in order to improve investor perceptions of the value of the Jetstar brand, which many of its full service customers detest. And another question, and far more important one, […]
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Jetstar pilot contracts slammed as ‘home detention’

, May 18, 2011

Independent South Australia Senator Nick Xenophon has ridiculed the new Jetstar contract for pilots as ‘treating them like Lindsay Lohan under home detention’ because it prohibits them from going out without company approval on their days off. Pilots are seething with anger over the new contract which they say treats them like ‘serfs’. At least […]

FAA acts on inadequate pilot training

, May 12, 2011

It seems that much of the evidence given by CASA, Jetstar, Boeing Australia and other flight training programs to the Senate Inquiry into pilot training and airline safety may need revision. The US Federal Aviation Administration has released proposals to radically improve ‘real world’ training procedures that would check and enhance pilot proficiency in dealing […]

Tiger and CASA get some extra Senate scrutiny

, May 04, 2011

The Senate Inquiry into pilot training and airline safety standards has deferred tabling its report from today until June 15 in order to seek further evidence from CASA and Tiger Airways in relation to a show cause order the safety regulator served on the Singapore owned low cost carrier on March 23. The committee is […]