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Old 4th Nov 2014, 02:42   #101 (permalink)
 
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thought this post was about the new DAS
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Old 4th Nov 2014, 03:58   #102 (permalink)
 
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Sorry Thorny.
Let's see now:
Ex RAAF
F111 driver
Mirage driver
ARDU Test pilot

I've also heard he's a good bloke and very easy to talk to.

I'll bet he's the first DAS who was a DC3 test pilot! He gets my vote!
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Old 4th Nov 2014, 04:36   #103 (permalink)
 
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A "pilot" and a "good bloke".

If only they'd thought of those selection criteria before.
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Old 4th Nov 2014, 06:53   #104 (permalink)
 
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UITA

That is a bit rich. I dare say he had plenty of things to do that did not involve being in his office on the first day.

Perhaps it was meeting with the minister or the board or a dozen other likely things.
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Old 4th Nov 2014, 07:10   #105 (permalink)
 
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I have no doubt that he is Catholic and has a very high IQ
WTF does religion have to do with anything???
One might say that those who believe in fairies, have a questionable IQ, but that's for a different forum
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Old 4th Nov 2014, 07:52   #106 (permalink)
 
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Where are you Mark??
Probably avidly reading this page in search of direction; lucky we're here to set him on the right track!
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Old 4th Nov 2014, 08:18   #107 (permalink)
 
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I'm pretty sure the press release specifically mentioned that he would join CASA as soon as he could exit from existing commitments.

Calm the fck down.
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Old 4th Nov 2014, 10:18   #108 (permalink)
 
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I'd be thinking that the first task the new DAS is up for, is to digest the Canberra Caravan's 'manifesto'...

If so, perhaps he's on stress leave already?
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Old 4th Nov 2014, 11:13   #109 (permalink)

 
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Boxes to tick, treats to enjoy

Lots of boxes for the new DAS to tick in his first week;

a) HR induction - Paperwork to fill in, make phone call and ask for QF Chairmans Lounge privileges, provide bank account details, superannuation transfer papers to be completed plus a run down on annual leave days and sick days and doctors certificates required for two consecutive days off. Finally sign that he understands CASA's discrimination and bullying policy!

b) Staff meet and greet - A sojourn to the Witchdoctors office and a bit of cheery intellectual banter, followed by a quick stop at Terry's desk (not til after 1100 am as he grabs a morning kip). Then a trip to Brisbane and a tour of the basement worm farm and the bicycle rack. (Mark, beware, the Snake Warning signs are now out on the lawns )

c) Medical - Coloured eye vision test followed by the 'cough and squeeze' test and finally a rectum examination just incase he tries to smuggle the Skull back into the building!

d) Finally - commence A380 endorsement, thoroughly examine all upcoming trough options, review the CASA IOS and MAM blacklist.

So UITA, you are a bit harsh mate, give him time.......
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Old 4th Nov 2014, 18:22   #110 (permalink)
 
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HL your not with out fault your self btw. So get off your horse.
And how do you make it my engineer. I was not my engineer at all. Do not inver that I had any thing to do with you or your aircraft. Because that is un true !
Jaba.
Pilot flew where he should not off in weather the ducks where on the ground. He took out the life's of 4 innocent people.
I was lucky in that when basi arrived and looked at the aircraft my friend was picking it up for recovery. He heard then passed onto me that it was was the best maintained aircraft of its type they had seen.

I have zero control of the one thing that is the weakest link in the system.

Sticky
I don't lie never have never will. When I say 5 people lost their life's 5 people did.
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Old 4th Nov 2014, 21:06   #111 (permalink)
 
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And how do you make it my engineer. I was not my engineer at all.
I never said, explicitly or otherwise, that it had anything to do with you or that it was "your" engineer.

Nor did I say I was without fault.

That sort of thing goes without saying
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Old 5th Nov 2014, 00:19   #112 (permalink)
 
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HL your not with out fault your self btw. So get off your horse.
And how do you make it my engineer. I was not my engineer at all. Do not inver that I had any thing to do with you or your aircraft. Because that is un true !
Jaba.
Pilot flew where he should not off in weather the ducks where on the ground. He took out the life's of 4 innocent people.
I was lucky in that when basi arrived and looked at the aircraft my friend was picking it up for recovery. He heard then passed onto me that it was was the best maintained aircraft of its type they had seen.

I have zero control of the one thing that is the weakest link in the system.

Sticky
I don't lie never have never will. When I say 5 people lost their life's 5 people did.
There, fixed it for you.

HL, you're not without fault yourself btw. So get off your horse.
And how do you make it my engineer? It was not my engineer at all. Do not infer that I had anything to do with you or your aircraft. Because that is untrue!
Jaba.
Pilot flew where he should not have, in weather the ducks were on the ground. He took out the lives of 4 innocent people.
I was lucky, in that when BASI arrived and looked at the aircraft, my friend was picking it up for recovery. He heard, then passed onto me, that it was was the best maintained aircraft of its type they had seen.

I have zero control of the one thing that is the weakest link in the system.

Sticky
I don't lie. Never have never will. When I say 5 people lost their lives, 5 people did.
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Old 5th Nov 2014, 02:08   #113 (permalink)
 
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The Civil Aviation Safety Authority today hit out at its critics - declaring Australia still has an air safety system which is the envy of the rest of the world.

Independent statistics show it is twice as safe to fly on a scheduled airline flight in Australia than Europe or North America.

Figures also show there has been a 42 per cent drop in total aviation accident rates over the last ten years, with improvements in almost every area of flying.
Folks,
I remember this all to well, CASA/Toller misquoted a Boeing study, the Boeing figures were not for Australia, but for Oceania, and, in the Australian case, helpfully excluded all the Australian RPT accidents, fatal or otherwise.

The statement prompted a detailed study being delivered to the then Minister, John Anderson, showing that the actual figures, using ICAO definitions, had an Australian GA accident rate double US, and an airline accident rate more than 3 times US.

The Minister was so disturbed by the study, he had it sent to the NTSB for comment. The NTSB answer was words, the equivalent of: " Of course it's correct, it is assembled from publicly available data".

Since then, the differential between GA in US and AU has deteriorated, much of the difference is the steady improvement in the US. There has been no such steady improvement in Australia.

Tootle pip!!
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Old 5th Nov 2014, 05:16   #114 (permalink)
 
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No problem Steve, (and thanks allcool names!!!)

Not calling you a liar or inferring that. I just queried the numbers a bit as the only accidents with 5 fatalities within Australia that I can readily recall were Willowbank and Caboulture accidents, both of which involved the ATSB, not BASI. Taking your age into account I thought that failing those two accidents the one that you refer to was obviously quite a while ago (as it involved BASI) , hence the number question. This is no doubt my mixup but hopefully you'll set the record straight here!!!

Oh, and I'm sure the new DAS would also be keen to learn how someone with the vast legal and expert aviation experience that you have can help prevent future accidents simply by sharing in a community such as this. Hang on a sec....hasn't that happened before historically with others?

Come on Steve, be a bit refreshing for a change!!

Stiky

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Old 6th Nov 2014, 21:48   #115 (permalink)
 
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Reading the Director leaves AVMED and don't slam the door behind you thread, I came upon a post by Pinky the pilot which led me to an epiphany regarding our new DAS, Mark (skates) Skidmore. Post partly quoted below;


QUOTE Note to CASA. Given the level of dissatisfaction and really outright hostility expressed in some of the posts here; Has it finally sunk in that you are held in deep suspicion, contempt and viewed as being an 'enemy' to pilots in general, and if indeed it has finally sunk in, just what do you intend to do to restore the faith and good will that 'once upon a time*' did exist!

*Yes, it did, years ago I believe QUOTE.


Having the benefit of being active in aviation during the DCA days circa 1965, I remember the whole show being run by RAAF types ex WW2.


This lot were prone to the usual military foibles inherited by being part of an organization of saluting paranoiacs and obsessive compulsives, but in the main were decent chaps and would rather educate than regulate. They didn't have performance bonuses and were paid a fair wage doing what they loved doing. (flying). Blokes like Russ Evans, Bob Jervis, Bill Lord would go out of their way to help if you asked them but would stomp on you from a great height if you took the piss. They were role models to a larger degree and completely opposite to what we have today.


Pinky the pilot got it right, there was faith and goodwill once upon a time. And it need restoring. It needs restoring now, not in twelve months time, (there will be no GA then).


I've decided to give Skates a go to see if he can start on this task as I believe the whole mess can't be addressed until trust is restored. Action, not words from spin doctors, (who should be sacked immediately), will start this process. Maybe start by redressing some obvious wrongs, admitting some liability, kicking a few backsides, reopening some old wounds to fix what should have been fixed instead of fcuked, bring up some old wrecks from the ocean just to placate the plebiscite and look a bit deeper into politico-beureaucrat-corporate goings on.


I have also been pondering the possibility that he and Fawcett may be the team to keep Mrdak and Co in their place. I haven't figured where Truss fits in except perhaps Barnaby may take a shot at his job with some noisy encouragement.


Anyway, he owns a Globe Swift so can't be all bad. Has one simple job.. regain trust. How hard can it be? He has my confidence for the time being.


I hope he doesn't disappoint.

Last edited by Frank Arouet; 6th Nov 2014 at 21:51. Reason: If Skates needs any more free advice he can feel free to PM me.
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Old 6th Nov 2014, 22:55   #116 (permalink)
 
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VERY, VERY Hard....

"How hard can it be" quoth Frank.

EXTREMELY HARD, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE because of the long entrenched "Iron Ring" and the bureaucratic way.
Bureaurats know every slip sliding sllthery way to divert, subvert and pervert the process of any changes THEY dont want.

eg Classification of Operations Policy adopted by the Minister and the Board April 1997. What happened to all that ???
Viewed, chewed and spat out after a few years like it had never ever existed.

The good Mr Skidmore, if he is really serious about cleaning the place up should get behind a call for a ROYAL COMMISSION.
With a clean slate, he could then restart the process of regaining the trust of the industry.

If he enters the fray alone and thinks he can do it all himself, then I am afraid that the only sign of him ever being there will be a faint skid mark on the floor.
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Old 18th Nov 2014, 22:21   #117 (permalink)
 
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Skidmore start date

Can anybody tell me the start date at CASA for Mark Skidmore?
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Old 19th Nov 2014, 05:39   #118 (permalink)
 
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About a week before the Christmas break?
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Old 9th Mar 2015, 01:51   #119 (permalink)
 
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Dear Mr Skidmore,

Congratulations on your appointment. If I could provide you with some feedback you may get an idea of the contempt that the majority of Pilots, Engineers & ATC's hold your organisation. I realise that this feedback means nothing to most CASA's employees, they know that they don't have to provide a service or meet any KPI's, being government employees they are unsackable and unaccountable.

I digress, I'm rostered on today but need to check whether my medical has been reinstated before performing duty. I've been on hold for 1 hour, 16 minutes and 42 seconds. I first rang avmed to be greeted with a recording advising me that Avmed would be closed between the 24th of December to the 2nd of January. mmmm, 9th of March, should be ok then your service hung up on me, twice.

* You cannot consider your regulation as competent when you can't change a recording that's 2 months old and incorrect.

I rang the switchboard and advised them, they told me that due to the public holiday they were short of staff, public holiday, really? Not in NSW it's not.

* Aviation is 24/7 365. But you've got to have your public holidays off?

Bludgers the lot of you. Anyway, I'm sitting here, waiting (1:25:58) after having been told by the recording that I was first in the queue. The bludger that is there is on lunch?? Meanwhile industry grinds to a halt while you enjoy your long weekend. My employer cops a day's pay for me whilst being charged by you for a service you don't provide.

Oh yeah, I tried the new self service portal. The new portal has my name, address, birth date and no record of my ratings or medical status. The old portal is not available. Another service we've paid for but your incompetent organisation has failed to provide.

You are killing aviation off and you couldn't give a fark. Do the bludgers realise that once it's dead they won't have a job regardless of being a government employee?

1 hour, 32 minutes & 36 seconds on hold, first in line, liars as well
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Old 9th Mar 2015, 02:32   #120 (permalink)
 
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Porter,
Unfortunately you're experience is symptomatic of most government and utility organisations these days. They all profess to care about 'customer service' but nothing could be further from the truth. In my experience, customer service these days is non-existent. If I get told one more time how important my call is, whilst being left on hold for over an hour, I'm going to lose my s*&t. CASA along with phone companies, electricity, postal, car rego et al, a pox on the lot of you.
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