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Australian Flying May-June 2019

Australian Flying is Australia's premier General Aviation magazine, dedicated to educating and entertaining those at the sharp end of aviation. Each issue of Australian Flying delivers hands on tips to better flying along with advice and reviews on the latest technologies, accessories and techniques on the market. Australian Flying also brings you the latest news and most current topical issues affecting the aviation industry. Australian Flying is staffed by an experienced and dedicated team of writers and pilots who share a common goal to inform and inspire better pilots.

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there’s a world beyond the blinkers

I wonder if the people in power in 1996 had any idea what monster they were creating when they decided to have the national aviation authority focused on safety and nothing else. It probably seemed like a great idea at the time, but was likely a visceral over-reaction to an accident where commercial imperatives were in play. After all, there are several other countries in the world including the UK and USA that have managed to balance safety and commercial interest without having to resort to so drastic a measure. Unfortunately, that drastic measure has become a dysfunctional bureaucracy that serves only to confuse and anger people, and has brought about a decrease in safety because of a complete lack of trust and faith in that regulator. I believe it is time…

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Editor’s Pick The struggles the aviation community has with CASA have reached the point now where it is clear that a lack of a co-ordinating body to keep regulation in check is at the root of the problem. This reader articulates it quite nicely. What Authority? Hi, Steve. Talking to young pilots studying for the flight planning exam, the pass rate is appalling: 46% over the past three years, with up to 100% failure rate on some previous exams. A quick check of the FAA, and UK CAA showed an average pass rate over the last few years of 75% and as high as 81%. It is quite clear that CASA has not only taken their eye off the ball, I doubt they even know where the ball is. An exam where the correct…

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act change: the debate rages on

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack introduced a bill to the House of Representatives in late February proposing to amend the Civil Aviation Act 1988. The bill seeks to amend the Act to take into account the cost of regulation, whilst maintaining the primacy of safety. When McCormack rose to propose the bill, it marked another step in a campaign by general aviation groups to force the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to consider the cost implications of regulation. Initially, the campaign also called for safety to be removed as the most important consideration. In his speech, McCormack said that the government was aware of the cost impact of safety regulation on the industry and that the bill would incorporate in to the Act some provisions of the…

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airventure australia moves to parkes

AirVenture Australia has switched its annual event to Parkes, NSW, scheduled for 20-22 September 2019 The moves comes after only one year at Cessnock in the Hunter Valley. The reason for the change has not been made clear. “We look forward to again hosting the Australian general, sports and recreational aviation sectors at AirVenture 2019 for what promises to be a bigger and improved event where all aviators and their associations are invited and welcome to attend, as they have been in prior years,” AirVenture Australia boss David Young told Australian Flying. “Parkes essentially allows for a better growth of AirVenture, it's better located in terms of airspace and our surveys showed that overwhelmingly somewhere west of the the Great Dividing Range was a preferred site. “The ability to house what we want to…