Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) last week announced a set of regulatory reforms intended to streamline governing aviation through improved continuity in the areas of engineering, pilot licensing, flight training and operations, maintenance and fatigue risk management, as well as improving standards for navigation, sport aviation and aerial work.
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Following a number of recent helicopter accidents, Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) last month issued a notice of proposed rule-making aimed at improving the safety of helicopter external sling load and winching and rappelling operations. Winching and rappelling is generally associated with emergencies and, as a result, carries greater inherent risk than other helicopter operations, says the CASA. Such operations are also time-sensitive and are often conducted under challenging environmental conditions.
The Australian Airports Association has called for a full review of civil aviation safety authority (CASA) rules governing Australian airports. The group said the industry has identified a number of serious issues with the (current) manual of standards (MOS) Part 139, including the need to update the manual to reflect the latest developments in aircraft technology and airport operations.
Airservices Australia commissioned two new ground stations to support its national automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) network as the country’s first ADS-B mandate approaches. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requires that aircraft flying above 29,000 feet be fitted with ADS-B avionics by December 12.
A recent Australian Senate investigation report was highly critical of both the Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Senators questioned the investigation into the Nov. 18, 2009 crash of a Pel-Air Westwind into the ocean near Norfolk Island.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (Casa) has begun the process of permanently shutting down Barrier Aviation, a charter company whose operations the regulator suspended last December. A Casa spokesman said the agency permanently grounded the company’s 34 aircraft because management ordered pilots to fly aircraft that were not airworthy.
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has extended until at least Feb. 15, 2013 its decision to force Barrier Aviation to cease all operations with its 34 aircraft. The CASA initially suspended the airline’s operations for five days on Dec. 23, 2012. The suspension follows a safety audit of the operator that revealed a range of maintenance-related deficiencies.
The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) suspended the operations of Alligator Airways on May 3.
Although I get the impression that air safety in Australia is micromanaged, I admire John McCormick, director of aviation safety for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Maybe’s it’s because McCormick bluntly addresses CASA’s role and that he makes an effort to communicate regularly with CASA’s constituents. But it is also his willingness to confront change and consider new options.
The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) has prevailed in a three-year legal battle against CASA, the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority. ALAEA sued to gain access to safety-related audit reports of CASA-approved foreign maintenance bases.
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