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Australian Flying July-August 2018

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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changing the guard

It would be a foolish and wasteful idea to count the number of people that have made this magazine what it is. So many have come and gone since 1963 that you'd go insane trying to write them all down. Regardless, each and every one of those people has left a mark on Australian Flying, whether it be large or small. The footprint of some of those has been so big their influence is still in the magazine today: Stanley Brogden, Lawrie Cohen, Paul Phelan, Peter Ricketts, Doug Nancarrow. I'd like to add another person to that very esteemed list: Shelley Ross. Shelley's Destinations column in this issue will be her last. After 19 years–nine as editor–she has decided to give her writing hand a much needed break and concentrate on her…

2 min.
editor’s pick

Common Consensus Hi, Steve. Minister McCormack's recent agreement to look at changes across general aviation if there is industry consensus was hopefully just a sentence uttered to buy some time while he gets his head around his new responsibilities. And let's face it the responsibility is huge. GA is a title encompassing everything that is non major airline. It is flying training fixed and rotary. It is private, charter, emergency service. It is complex regional airline, yet it is a humble drone owned by someone with no flying experience. I could go on. The point is amongst a group so diverse there can and never will be consensus of opinion, even amongst each sector. One fact that can garner consensus is the parlous state of Australian GA. In the USA general aviation is enjoying a…

4 min.

On the Frequency Steve, This year marks the fifth anniversary of AIP amendment (#75) which, without any known consultation process, changed the broadcast frequency for use at non-charted aerodromes from 126.7 (the MULTICOM) to the area ATC Centre frequency. For the last five years industry forums and individuals alike have been trying to convince CASA that traffic at flight levels in controlled airspace on the ATC Centre frequency really did not need to know that a Cessna at Snake Gully West was turning base or was clear of all runways. Indeed, CASA/Airservices recognised this very problem when they produced the following sticker in 1991. Why wouldn't this important message remain just as valid today? In spite of the plain evidence in ERSA, it is apparently still not understood that, over very large areas of the…

3 min.
getting the act together

For years, people in the aviation community have pointed to the Civil Aviation Act 1988 as being one of the primary factors that is preventing the industry from moving on to bluer skies. The governing document that enables civil aviation in Australia, it states that safety is more important that any other factors when it come to regulation. It has led to accusations of CASA hiding behind safety as a reason to enact heavy-handed regulation without any regard to the cost impost of compliance. One of the greatest proponents of changing the Act to give CASA the dual mandate of both safety and economic health has been aviator and businessman Dick Smith. According to Smith, he had negotiated with both then Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese to…

2 min.
casa takes multicom back to square one

It began with an almost imperceptible change to the AIP in 2013: pilots should now use the Area VHF frequency at airports not marked on charts instead of the Multicom 126.7. The amendment sparked a five-year wrangle that peaked with a complex proposal that impacted nearly all uncontrolled airports and even en route frequencies. It added 40-nm radius dimensions to CTAFs and made the Multicom a blanket low-level frequency for all Class G operations below 5000 feet. The molehill became a mountain. Last May, after CASA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the matter proved unpopular and unworkable, the regulator released a new proposal that effectively restored the status quo to where it was before the AIP amendment, but restricted the use of 126.7 to within 3 nm of the airfield. At…

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