Merged: Willy ATCO's get 4 weeks holiday, meanwhile CAGRO At Newcastle saves the day!
From the CASA News....
At Newcastle -
"Between 13 December 2008 and 10 January 2009 there will be a CASA-certified air-ground radio operator to provide pilots with traffic and other information seven days a week. It will be mandatory for pilots to contact the radio operator and all aircraft must carry and use radar transponders."
NO 'Clearances' required for transit? Just call the CAGRO - for traffic and other info.
"Hi Ho,.. Hi Ho,.. Along The Beach We Go"............!!!
So all the GA planes with young families aboard, but without a transponder, that in the past have been able to transit the coastal lane on weekends will now be forced onto the inland lane where it's not possible to do a safe forced landing .
Great safety improvement!
And where was the NPRM and the consultation for this "first in the world" class G transponder requirement?
And why don't the 10-30 PAX RPT aircraft require TCAS?
There has been Cagro for years there for Military movements. Who is supplying the body? Interestingly, due to nothing other than wanting to stream line a document, an airspace combination that was known as 'Willy 1' was abolished. This was an activation of the zone only and allowed for runway and circuit separation. Perhaps people with concerns could enquire as to why this already designed and implemented airspace is not used during this time. If it is a blue shirt playng cagro, it would make complete sense.
Dick, there would be around 200 controllers in the RAAF. Maybe - they are hurting as much as AsA at the moment. In my time there was about 30 in Darwin and not sure about Townsville, and they have barely enough to maintain services without releasing one or two for CAGRO duties.
As I have said all along, you can have all of the services you want - as long as you have the people to provide them. Your efforts would be better directed at the training and retention side of ATC rather than service delivery at the moment.
The other 150 are either working, on their well deserved annual leave or deployed.
And Dick, please don't patronise me with "Don't you understand this?". I am fully aware that CASA is a toothless tiger at the moment. Regardless of what CASA deems safe or not, where will you get the controllers from? CASA says we must provide an ATC service. Do we? No, not all the time - TIBA.
The stroke of a pen does not change things. I can write a cheque for a million dollars but that doesn't make the money appear. You say you want this and you want that - fine. But you can't just make controllers appear out of thin air.
... with associated high levels of traffic including some military and GA, and higher risk to operations with complex airspace boundaries, lack of controllers, variable weather and proximity to Sydney, I would very much prefer to be controlled in CTA into and out of Newcastle. On this one I am with Dick...it is a national disgrace akin to third world ops that more and more risk be placed on the aircrew shoulders because AirnonServices and the ADF have failed to strategically plan their human resources and/or pay them appropriately.
Last edited by Roller Merlin; 10th Dec 2008 at 23:00.
When I first started flying (civilian) jets in the regions 22 years ago, there were AFIZs just about everywhere I went. By the sounds of it, they'll all be back by the time I retire. But gee, we saved a heap of money in the meantime with MBZs, didn't we Dick?
Topend, a CAGRO is needed at KTA to keep that "thing" you fly under control!! I want a TCAS, RNP 0.001 and ADS-C put on it ASAP!
Griffo, Get yer butt up to KTA. They have a CAGRO job for you! In a nice shiny TOWER! Think of the view!