Where to start.
It is not that often I visit or comment on forums but I could not resist this one. I am Ron Bertram in case there is any doubt so I will start.
"I'm surprised that Bertram is so simplistic in his view about why his business is failing.
Would his business viability have anything to do with;
- rising price of consumables like fuel, oil, office equipment, etc
- rising cost of maintenance and engineering
- rising cost of insurance
- rising cost of maintaining documents and licences due to government regulations
- increasing cost of living, and the fact he is providing a service to customers who may spend money on other priorities when finances are tight?"
Please don't take this personally, but your lack of understanding on operating costs astounds me for a start the only real costs that have changed in all of the above is the cost of fuel, My insurance renewal was the exact same price this year, have not seen any rise in maintenance cost in fact I would argue that with some of the regulatory changes that have taken place they have actually reduced.
In fact recent figure release indicate that people are spending more on recreational activities with record sales in Jet ski's, motorbikes and new cars this year.
"The above (extremist) majority has given Bertram approval to "speak" on NAS matters. It does not appear to matter what the others think or what the President says. Bertram has his own views and as the operator of a flying school seems to believe that NAS will save his bacon and that all the scare talk of late is driving students away."
Now I am not sure where you get your info from, but I have been working on NAS for a year now. Your are so far removed from the mark as far as representing my own views itís unbelievable. ? Have you ever asked me my views if you would like to know them I will be happy to discuss them in private 0408 637212.
AOPA had a pole with members and I continually ask their views in passing conversation as far as I am aware the entire board agree and have the same policy.
You would know that my personal views may differ at times to policy, I donít know how to explain this in a way you all will understand, but that is not my job in AOPA I am here to represent its members views and board policy. I actually have better things in my life to do than this believe it or not. My boat has not been on the water this year as yet
. Some of you may be members if so and you want your say talk to me I will bring it up at a board meeting and leave it open for debate.
"But what is worst, they don't seem to have a handle on what's going on. AsA proposing a temporary rollback? AsA aren't proposing any rollback. Just an "enhancement" of NAS which includes frequencies on charts, some slight modification to the steps around some airfields, and maybe some more educational material."
This is getting silly you know fine well what becomes of a temporary roll back in this industry. I will now tell what happened at a recent haz id workshop.
Hazard, without frequencies and boundaries on maps on maps VFR pilotís aircraft may be on different frequencies so there is an increase of collision. Mitigator place frequencies and boundaries back on maps.
Sounds fair? Not my decision.
Later in the day.
Hazard, when transiting from class E to class C and back again a VFR pilot may not be aware or misidentify the boundaries and be on the wrong frequency causing an increased risk of collision.
Now which is it to be guys in one argument boundaries and frequencies are used as a mitigator and in the other a hazard. This comment coming from a professional pilot?
Common denominator to above private VFR pilot simply should not occupy MY airspace after all he is not a professional.
Look we can argue this all day I accept people have various views. I also do what I am told if Ron Lawford wishes to do all the media work thatís fine by me, just for interest I have never made a media release without 1. Ron L reading and authorising it. 2 Been given permission in the first place. 3 Alway stuck to board policy.
As far as TV and radio they generally always go to Ron L, if he is not available then he may pass it on to me there are also times that they need to be done at the last min and I will have always contacted him for permission that is the job of a VP sorry if you donít understand this.
Finally the board is not in fact in disarray sorry to disappoint you all we may not all agree but surely that's what active debate is all about. If any of you think that most public companies act any different then you need to do a bit more research. If you donít like whatís happening stand for election and change things or become a member and vote I can't say much more than this.