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Old 21st Aug 2007, 04:51
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We need Paul

Would there have been further investigations into these two accidents if Paul had not written his article?
Those who say "leave it to ATSB" or "Leave these things to CASA" should read the Coroner's report on the Lockhart River crash. In a report that many say is "too forgiving" the Coroner criticises the aparent agressive disagreements between ATSB and CASA.
Thank god they are both watching each other. This is much better than it was when they were all the one happy family and no-one was watching. Pilots and operators were not game to criticise, as they all had renewals coming up, or approvals, dispensations etc to get or renew.
But it appears that this may be affecting the integrity of their reports now, and the Coroner discounted some of their findings. We cannot just say "leave it to the ATSB" although their reports usually contain valuable information.
It appears that Australia's Shrikes did have approval to fly in Australia at weights much greater than the maker or the FAA approved, and many (if not all) probably did it many times.
I wonder why this approval was given "only in Australia".
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