I didn't want to resurrect the former ASIC renewal threads (some dating back to 2007), so I thought I'd start a new one. The difference is this one comes with a twist; I'm actually congratulating CASA on a reasonable turnaround time From sending my form off to getting the card in my grubby hand has taken 13 days and that's from WA as well.
I went direct through CASA because my previous card was issued by them and I didn't want to go through the rigmarole of an initial issue with the ID people (yes, I know they run the website and just stick a CASA label on it, alongside their's). I don't consider myself a cheapskate but it was cheaper going direct as well ($186).
I'm not trying to ingratiate myself with our 'regulator' but it looks like they may have finally got their s#*t in one sock and brought ASIC card issuing down to a reasonable time.
The only snag I have with this card is that I never use it (don't fly anywhere with barbed wire fences surrounding the runway) and $186 could be better spent in the bottle shop
I think it also helps if one gets 'ramp checked' by an FOI. I know I don't have to have one at the places I fly but it's far, far easier to just pull it out of the bag, FOI ticks it off his list and it's one less thing to argue the toss about. I haven't been checked ever in Oz and only a couple of other times around the planet, so I must be due soon
Jandakot along with its interstate cousins are exempted from the ASIC display requirements due to not having RPT services. I believe a certain portion of Morrabbin does have an area where ASICs are required due to RPT services. The only reason they were designated Security Controlled in the first place was to make funding available to upgrade their airside security boundaries. There doesn't appear to be any mention of it within the Act or Regs so I guess the exemption is issued specifically to each airport with an expiry period. Makes sense as it allows the exemption to be removed without legislative change. More information available here
Feather #3 is correct in that you need either ASIC or AVID under CASA regs to fly. Given that the AVID is useless when trying to access any security controlled airport, the ASIC makes more sense.
Pontious, glad to hear your story and lets hope that just maybe, CLARC at CASA have finlly got their s*&t in one sock. They do have a woeful history though so I won't be popping champagne corks just yet.
I sometimes go to Essendon Airport at lunch time because I work near there (to grab a burger, check out Gee Bees and be all avgeeky). Out of curiosity, can I go air side if I have my ASIC, or do I also need a valid reason to be there.
Last edited by Bonniciwah; 11th Sep 2012 at 04:28.
An ASIC does not give a person an automatic right to access a secure area.
Only the airport operator can give authorisation to access a secure area of the airport. The ASIC simply indicates that the holder has been background checked and that the check revealed that they are of suitable character to be in a secure area, if the airport operator authorises them to be there