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Dick Smith on the Alan Jones Breakfast Show - 30 May 2018:

Quote:Dick Smith warns about China buying Aussie pilot schools

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Aviation expert Dick Smith says the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s red tape is to blame for a serious shortage of commercial pilots.

The number of pilots Australia produces is falling, from about 1,700 licences issued annually a decade ago, to 1,200 last year.

The former CASA Chairman tells Alan Jones China has been buying up Australian flight training schools to address the boom in the Asian aviation industry.

“I went flying in a helicopter out towards Broken Hill last week and all you hear in the air is the Chinese students practising their English, giving position reports.

“Good on them, but I just think it’s ridiculous. Surely we should be providing pilots for the world. We’ll buy our electronics from China, we should supply pilots.”

Boeing warns the world will need to produce 640,000 pilots over the next 20 years.

Dick Smith tells Alan laws must be changed if those pilots are going to come from Australia.

“It’s going to be cheaper for the major airlines.

“Now I know Qantas and Virgin would like to have Aussie pilots, but if they’re allowed to import them – which they’ll have to if we don’t have pilots – they’ll come in on a visa, after two years they’ll stay forever and there’s no training costs.

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Dick Smith & AJ team up on Jones & CO

Can't get the full podcast yet but tonight Dick Smith featured on SkyNews' Jones & Co... Wink 

Via SkyNews twitter feed:


Quote:Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith says unless you're a son or daughter of a wealthy family - you cannot learn to fly.

'The costs have been going up and the flying training has dropped.'

MORE: https://bit.ly/2BuFqi1   #jonesandco




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Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith says the reason Australian aviation schools are going broke and selling to the Chinese is due to excessive CASA regulation.

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Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith: There's virtually no one being trained in safety maintenance in Australia; presumably they'll fly the planes overseas to get serviced.

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Update: With podcast - Wink

(06-05-2018, 10:02 PM)Peetwo Wrote: Dick Smith & AJ team up on Jones & CO

Can't get the full podcast yet but tonight Dick Smith featured on SkyNews' Jones & Co... Wink 

Via SkyNews twitter feed:


Quote:Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith says unless you're a son or daughter of a wealthy family - you cannot learn to fly.

'The costs have been going up and the flying training has dropped.'

MORE: https://bit.ly/2BuFqi1   #jonesandco




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Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith says the reason Australian aviation schools are going broke and selling to the Chinese is due to excessive CASA regulation.

MORE: https://bit.ly/2BuFqi1  #jonesandco



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Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith: There's virtually no one being trained in safety maintenance in Australia; presumably they'll fly the planes overseas to get serviced.

MORE: https://bit.ly/2BuFqi1    #jonesandco



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Podcast link: Tuesday-5th-June Jones & co - Dick Smith

Note: Starts from about 18 minutes

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Dick Smith, Alan Jones and the lady who should be the next PM.


Podcast link: Tuesday-5th-June Jones & co - Dick Smith

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Reform Plate – Form guide.

Well; as stated, I’m going to wish I’d never started this ain’t I. One of my small problems is the accidental punter – every big race attracts folk who have never, ever been to a race course, let alone had a wee flutter; but, an important race, like the Reform Plate brings ‘em out, by the bus load. One of the most often asked questions is why is GD stood on a box behind the tote board, wearing white gloves and waving his hands about like a demented  octopus?  Explanation follows directly:-





Recap – “There is still a while to wait for all the entries to arrive; race day is approaching so there will be an update from track side following soon. This outing promises to be a strange, but interesting affair. Always is when the rules are unclear, subject to ministerial whim and his ‘advice’. The long and bloody history of the Reform plate is the stuff of myth and legend. Many a sound, solid, honest entrant has been carted off the Knackers yard, damaged beyond hope of repair after this event. If you thought that chariot races in the Roman arenas were a brutal, bloody affair – then as my American friends say – Buddy, Ya ain’t seen nuttin’ yet.”

Early entries: - HERE.

Latest entries:-

As race day approaches, just before the cut off date, we will see the last minute runners. To a Bookie, this is always a problem; the proverbial dark horse and the odd ring-in turning up at ten to midnight, slipping the paper work under the door with the entry fee – all legal of course. So, we are never sure of the final line up until the ‘official’ programme is published. No matter, we shall do what we can, with what we have confirmed.

Nice and Easy: Horse; out of Labor in Vain by Stopped Short. The odds are shortening by the day on this quality entry, a strong runner in almost any conditions and big enough to withstand the on track rough and tumble. It is going to be lack of on track support which makes setting the odds difficult. As you may have gathered, this is a difficult race for the unaligned entry and often, those with no chance of a win out of sheer spite will ‘interfere’ with a straight run. I’ve set the board for value at each way 4/1 win or place. Caution; if this entry teams up with some of the better entries, it may well end with  the more fancied runners spread against the barriers; and, given a clear look at the finish line; there could be an upset win. MTF as the field firms.

Visiting Fireman; Gelding; by Welcome Stranger out of Far Away. One of an expected contingent from off shore interests. These will be interesting entries as winning is not a priority for these expert support runners. Their connections are appalled at the shocking lack of real rules attending this event and have determined to send at least two real champion runners to assist in the melee. 40/1 the win, 20/1 the place – bet 5 to win two for the best support effort.

City Express: Mare; out of Virgin Bride by Odd Duck. Impossible to set odds as it is unclear whether the big end of town connection are interested in the event. Should they decide that the game is worth the candle and see some dollar value in winning, then we may yet see them enter. A bookies nightmare if they do, their combined resources and on track power could see a clear team win – we shall see; MTF as P2 would say….

Unholy Union: Gelding; out of Loggerheads by Make a Deal. This stable has, in past events produced some first class entries to big races. That said, there is never any certainty that they will field an entry. Should the connections see an advantage to weighing in behind industry runners, they could tip the balance against the odds of an establishment win. This is just one of the last minute, midnight entries which create headaches for poor old Bookmakers. No help for it, just have wait and see on the day.

Miniscule Mike: Gelding; out of Confounded by Clueless. Totally owned and operated by establishment interests. The connections of this expensive, cosseted entry have used all manner of hoodoo and a little voodoo to ensure that animal is completely biddable and utterly reliable whenever they decide to race. The horse is totally useless on its own; but with the support entries creating havoc ahead, all it needs to do is amble around behind the pack, step around the carnage and stroll home. We have seen races finish where MM has been half a furlong behind the running while his team mates have pulled up to a dead stop four strides before the tape to allow MM to take the Plate and steal the glory, while the carcasses are being dragged off to the knackers yard. Bet 20 to win one the place.

That’s about it from the Bookies cave; more to follow as a clearer picture emerges from the smoke and mirrors. Did you ever go to a race track and have a punt? Take moment to get ‘the vibe’.





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One for the Wagga Summit agendaRolleyes

On behalf of the flight instructor/flight school fraternity - Sandy with correspondence to his local member Sarah Henderson MP  Wink


Quote:Dear Sarah,


GA is in a down spiral and is in urgent need of Government action. Flying training is fundamental to industry health. The attached table illustrates, with conservative numbers, extraordinary new and costly imposts to flying schools and instructors. 

This informative tabular presentation, by the principal and Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) of a respected major flying school, illustrates just one area of concern. As a former CFI and aircraft owner operator, I can attest that the new rules will accomplish nothing except to accelerate the killing of GA in Australia. 

The present rules and administration are bad enough and have resulted in a dearth of pilots and the importation of foreign pilots to fly our airlines. This is a complete reversal of the situation that obtained before the bureaucratic ‘control freak’ mentality took hold, around 20 years ago, with ever more rigid, counterproductive and costly micro management.  

The current system with its myriad of complex rules, inappropriately cast as criminal law of strict liability, is about to be made even worse. It flies in the face of commonsense, let alone the Coalition’s mantra of “jobs and growth.” There are ‘criminal’ offences, with huge penalties, in our aviation law that don’t even get a mention in the USA because they are not deserving or recognised as requiring regulation at all. 

Please advise the Minister for Infrastructure that the proposed (Dick Smith and GA industry) amendments to the Civil Aviation Act, requiring CASA to have regard to the health of the aviation industry, is a necessary first step towards halting the decline of this important industry. 

Kind regards,

Sandy 




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Perhaps someone could strike this up as an agenda item at the WAS -  Huh


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AMROBA Wagga Summit Position PaperWink

Via the latest AMROBA Newsletter: Volume 15 Issue 6 (June)

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LOTW: Dear Shane - AOPA letter to CC Wink

In the lead up to the Wagga summit I have to award BM & AOPA Oz a packet of TimTams for the following correspondence to DAS Carmody: https://www.facebook.com/AOPAaustralia/p...8027878786

Quote:AOPA AUSTRALIA SUPPORTS CTA AND 601-760KG MTOW WEIGHT LIMIT INCREASE FOR RAAUS RECREATIONAL PILOT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS

26th June 2018

Mr Carmody,

Further to your Briefing Notes of 26th June 2018, distributed by email to the aviation industry.

Your announcements this week regarding CTA access and an MTOW increase of 601-760KGS for Recreational Pilots Certificate holders is viewed as excellent news for Australia’s aviation industry.

By way of your announcement you have communicated CASA’s acceptance, that a private drivers license self-certification medical standard for pilots of aircraft with an MTOW of up to 600kg currently represents ‘no reduction in the existing safety standards’. This view aligns with the view of the AOPA Australia who has been advocating for Class 2 reforms.

We are furthermore encouraged that CASA is reviewing an MTOW increase of 601-760KG for Recreational Pilots Certificate holders signaling that the regulator's decision in December 2017 to reject self-certification for general aviation RPL and PPL holders was premature.

Understanding that CASA’s role is to develop aviation safety standards for the whole of our industry, we applaud CASA in making this decision and now look forward to its implementation for RPL and PPL holders who fly private category VH registered aircraft with an MTOW of up to 600kgs and onwards to 601-760KGS once CASA approves.

CASA must agree that it would be entirely inappropriate for it to discriminate between an RAAus RPC holder or CASA RPL/PPL holder, given that you have stated ‘no reduction in the existing safety standards’ exits. Furthermore, you are aware that CASA sets a higher standard of pilot training for both RPL and PPL holders, along with higher airworthiness standards for VH registered aircraft than what is applied to RAAus.

We would also like to convey our full support for owner maintenance for all private category VH registered aircraft with an MTOW of up to 600KGS and onward to 601-760KGS on the basis of your Briefing Notes of 26th June 2018.

The AOPA Australia requests an urgent meeting with you and your team next week to discuss a timeline for immediate implementation.

Thank you again and we look forward to meeting soon.

Yours Sincerely,

BENJAMIN MORGAN
Executive Director - AOPA Australia


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(06-25-2018, 09:48 PM)Peetwo Wrote: AMROBA Wagga Summit Position PaperWink

Via the latest AMROBA Newsletter: Volume 15 Issue 6 (June)

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KC with a Breaking News follow up:

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Federal Aviation Acts Changes 6-18
Need for Acts Reviews

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Agenda/Program for Wagga Summit. 

Via AOPA Oz on twitter this evening... Wink

Quote:GENERAL AVIATION SUMMIT 2018
9TH & 10TH JULY

The Australian General Aviation Alliance welcomes the 34 general aviation industry associations and 75 representatives who have confirmed their attendance to the General...
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Hitch catching up Big Grin

Via Oz Flying:
Quote:[Image: AGAA_web.jpg]AOPA, SAAA and AMROBA are the three founding members of the Australian General Aviation Alliance (AGAA) (composite image Diamond Aircraft / Steve Hitchen)

Support for a change to the Civil Aviation Act is growing rapidly ahead of next week's Australian General Aviation Alliance (AGAA) summit in Wagga Wagga.

Industry associations are working together to try to have the Civil Aviation Act 1988 changed to remove safety as the primary consideration and force the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to take into account the economic impact of regulation.
In a summit update released on 2 July, AGAA said that 34 associations representing 26,500 members had confirmed they would attend the summit next Monday and Tuesday.

The associations will be asked to evaluate new wording for the Act, which has been proposed to include:
In exercising its powers and performing its functions, CASA must seek to achieve the highest level of safety in air navigation as well as:
  • maintaining an efficient and sustainable Australian aviation industry, including a viable general aviation and training sector
  • the need for more people to benefit from civil aviation.

Most of the attending associations have indicated broad support for change in position papers submitted to AGAA, citing many factors from a flagging training industry to costs imposed by heavy regulation.

The International Comanche Society of Australasia (ICS) says a change to the Act is needed to spur growth in the general aviation industry.

"The ICS supports a change to the Civil Aviation Act as a first step to rejuvenating our industry. We believe that regulatory costs and complexity have made it difficult for the private owner. We also believe that these same problems are affecting our maintenance and avionics organisations and a further demise in this sector will adversely affect all aircraft owners. The ICS also sees adverse effects occurring in the flying training sector.

The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) said in their position paper:
"For Australian aviation to prosper in today’s world it requires the industry and the government to work together towards identifying opportunities to grow and for the regulator to be an active participant in assisting industry to access those opportunities.The current act has no provision for this."

"The level of over regulation and complexity has a devastating impact on private aviation participation," says the Cirrus Owner Pilots Association (COPA). "The Cessna SIDS and ADS-B mandates are examples. There was no safety case for SIDS, and the ADS-B mandate should have applied to all aircraft but not until two years after the USA. The non-TSO local options should have been approved for use below 18,000 ft."

Several associations, including Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) and the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) have indicated in-principle support, but reserved their position until the proposed changes are clearer.

"RAAus is supportive of constructive, realistic strategies," RAAus said, "however, without understanding the detail of the proposed changes we are not willing to commit to a position."

As well as the associations, several members of parliament and general aviation influencers are slated to attend, including Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormick, Shadow Minister for Transport Anthony Albanese, Mayor of Wagga Wagga Greg Conkey, International Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Secretary General Craig Spence and Senate Standing Committee on Regional and Rural Affairs and Transport (RRAT) secretary Jane Thompson.

The summit will run over two days from 9-10 July and will be chaired by former REX Managing Director Geoff Breust.


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iAOPA SecGen speaks out in lead up to Wagga Summit Wink  


From Robyn Ironside, via the Oz yesterday:

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    The head of the world’s most powerful aviation lobby group will visit Australia next week to try to convince the federal government of the need for legislative changes to ease the cost of complying with overzealous safety regulations on the general aviation community.

    The International Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has 79 affiliate organisations representing more than 400,000 ­pilots worldwide.

    Association secretary-general Craig Spence, who also heads the US Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, said the aviation industry was not suited to a “one-size-fits-all” approach to regula­tion such as that being adopted in Australia.

    He likened the present approach to imposing the same compliance regulations expected of a professional truck driver on a private car owner or motorcyclist.

    “We’ve worked on similar projects as this in Europe, where they realised they were in fact killing the general aviation industry by regulating it in the same way as commercial aviation,” Mr Spence said. “They’re four years down the deregulation path now and everyone seems to have benefited, and I’m hoping to bring some of those lessons learned to the current situation in Australia.”

    Mr Spence will address next week’s General Aviation Summit in Wagga Wagga, NSW, being opened by Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael McCormack. The summit was organised to demonstrate con­sensus among stakeholders for proposed changes to the Civil Aviation Act.

    These include recognising that a viable general aviation and training sector is as important as the safety of air navigation.

    AOPA Australia executive ­director Benjamin Morgan said they were not asking for safety to be watered down; rather, that unnecessary red tape imposed in the name of safety be removed.

    “Any logical thinking individual would understand that if a business can’t afford to operate in the market, it’s questionable as to what level of safety is actually achieved,” Mr Morgan said.

    “Most participants in the aviation industry understand that safety is born through education and awareness; it’s not born from ­policing, surveillance and ­enforcement.”

    Mr Spence said an important part of deregulation was handing some control back to the general aviation community, in recognition of their personal interest in safety. “There’s a regulated level of risk (in aviation) and depending on how close you are to the control and operations, the more you have to alleviate the risk,” he said.

    CASA spokesman Peter Gibson said any changes to the Civil Aviation Act were a matter for the government. But he rejected the assertion the present legal framework took a “cookie cutter ­approach” to aviation.

    “Major reforms have been made to the aviation medical system which reduce red tape and provide flexibility to general aviation pilots,” Mr Gibson said. “CASA is also actively looking at regulatory support for new affordable technology that will support safer general aviation flying.”
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    Gob-shite  - “Major reforms have been made to the aviation medical system which reduce red tape and provide flexibility to general aviation pilots,” Mr Gibson said. “CASA is also actively looking at regulatory support for new affordable technology that will support safer general aviation flying.”

    It is a thing of wonder to me just how blind and disinterested the media can be. It also fascinates me to think a journo can be reproducing Gibson’s dribble, while there is a ‘red-hot’ whisper doing the rounds – all 'top secret' of course; except, everyone (bar the press) knows.

    FWIW – here is the latest gossip. Seems that there has been a showdown – if true, then the CASA CEO has earned not only a Choc Frog and a gold star today, but a large chunk of respect. It seems, so scurrilous gossip has it: the PMO would not have a bar of the proposed changes to some medical standards for pilots – CEO Carmody declared that the changes would be made. “Well I’ll quit” says the PMO (much miffed) – “OK” says the CASA boss. Appears there is now a vacancy at the top of Avmed; perhaps a sensible, competent pair of hands can don the dreaded rubber gloves and do what is required. Peter Clem is such a man – I wonder, I just wonder if perhaps, maybe; there is a change in the wind. Is Carmody the windsock? Faithfully representing the ministerial wind – as it breaks.  MTF -? Or not. We shall see

    “Silly question my dear – you must be new; even so, that glass is less than half full which, IMO, is a terrible, drained thing full of air”.  Cheers- you bet.

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    Two packets of Tim Tams being dispatched to Ben Morgan

    Ben Morgan absolutely nails the ethos of our industry;

    “Most participants in the aviation industry understand that safety is born through education and awareness; it’s not born from ­policing, surveillance and ­enforcement.”

    If only the farkwitted Politicans and their Iron Ring catamites could grasp that concept. And as for that bearded fool Gibson, what a creep. Just another spin doctor paid to speaketh with forked tongue. The public are gullible and so easy to fool.

    Good luck Mr Spence, you’re up against Magicians and cauldrons.
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    Hitch in anticipation of Wagga Summit... Rolleyes

    Via this week's LMH Dodgy :

    Quote:...Enabling legislation for Basic Class 2 medical has a sting in the tail: we have to tell passengers that we are flying to a lower medical standard. This brings reminders of the Jabiru engine restrictions when similar demands were made of aircraft owners. The problem as I see it is that it can do nothing but put the frighteners on passengers who didn't know the pilot was subject to a medical standard in the first place. One thing I try to never do is scare people with an aeroplane, and I suspect not even CASA would think that a good idea. The requirement probably stems from the regulator's desire to protect the general public from perceived risk, but in demanding we tell passengers that we're on a lower medical standard is the equivalent of demanding we tell them we're not as safe. Personally, I don't think this is the case at all. It does make me wonder (again) if CASA believes aviation is inherently a dangerous thing to do.

    Quote:you need to be a very good political animal or you get re-branded 'collateral damage'

    Fun and games are on early next week in Wagga Wagga. The AGAA general aviation summit has managed to attract most of the associations and lobby groups within the community as well as some high-ranking politicians. Inevitably, the politics from the floor has already started well before the opening coffee session. There is a lot at stake here: representatives of both the government and the opposition are saying they will back a change to the Civil Aviation Act 1988, but are asking for consensus from the industry before they take any action. Consequently, those who would seek to influence the change according to their own policies are manoeuvring to get their position best heard. All that's natural, unfortunately; when you get involved in politics you need to be a very good political animal or you get re-branded "collateral damage". As someone who has been bleating about the need for consensus within the industry since I wrote my first ever blog, my largest fear is that this summit will be sidelined by politics and not-so-hidden agendas that will swamp the idea of getting the Act changed and do nothing but demonstrate to the government that we just can't work together. If that happens, federal governments to the end of days will use it as an excuse to do nothing. I seriously hope I am wrong about this.

    Read more at http://www.australianflying.com.au/the-l...bfDwLi0.99

    Considering Hitch has been cowering over in the EU for the last month and only 2 days ago  was seemingly shamed into actually mentioning the Wagga Summit, one has to be concerned for the future of Australia's once premier GA magazine? Anyway, a timely counterpoint to that load of codswallop comes in the form of Sandy... Wink


    Sandy Reith • 11 hours ago

    Hitch; right on the ball re political manoeuvring that will be part and parcel of the Wagga event, against a background of serious resistance from the bureaucratic machine which has much to lose. All those highly paid jobs and Wintertime seminars away from freezing Can’tberra, mostly in QLD, and Northern hemisphere summertime conferences. 


    Insofar as the ephemeral “consensus” is concerned, may I suggest that this word can evoke various degrees of relevance depending on individual disposition. One could never, realistically, expect everyone to agree completely so lets look at how Australia deals with this governance issue in the No. 1. arena of politics, where it counts most to aviators, the Parliament of Australia. Here 51% is sufficient to resolve ways of living and enshrine in law the will of the people. Is this consensus? Does it matter? It depends on your viewpoint. Democracy works by resolving conflicting interests. One main principle is that the will of the majority should not impinge on the rights and freedoms of minorities. This goes to our freedoms, one of those is to fly without a myriad of unnecessary costs and impractical rules. 


    We should aim to impress Minister MacCormack that action is necessary and urgent.






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    ps If nothing else this week's LMH - combined with the dot's & dashes posts (see - Wagga Summit - Let's not do the 'timewarp again'.) - will have industry participants properly forewarned in the lead up to the Wagga summit. However Sandy also wanted to contribute to the 'eyes wide open' brief and to remind me that the bureaucratic embuggerance of the GA industry has been ongoing for a lot longer than a mere decade... Big Grin 


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