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Old 30th Jan 2010, 21:06
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Here's the Count for th 09'ers

Interesting post. From a reliable source here is the count since JM was made CEO/DAS of CASA:

S. Carmody DCEO
M. Quinn DCEO
M. Hart Industry Complaints Commissioner
C. Farelly IT Head
B. Edwards Chief Financial Officer
G. Vaughan Head GAOG Operations and Airworthiness

Then you can add the numerous next tier of managers already mentioned and then some more and those moved sideways to unrelated roles like the former head of AEG (recruited from Virgin) who is parked in education and training.

I would say the 09's is an apt group pseudonym. Lot of integrity has walked.

Draw your own conclusions.
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Old 31st Jan 2010, 10:14
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S.S CASA

Don't forget the others to walk out :

* Over two thirds of the Safety Sytems Specialists
* A number of the Air Transport Inspectors. And those remaining are trying to bail.
* Mainline Field Office Managers.
* Several Ops Managers and temorary position holders of that title.

Grip pipe -
S. Carmody DCEO
M. Hart Industry Complaints Commissioner
C. Farelly IT Head
B. Edwards Chief Financial Officer
G. Vaughan Head GAOG Operations and Airworthiness
* Carmody was by far the best candidate for CEO, and came close, but the fact that he 'hasn't flown' passenger jets was the reason he was denied. A ridiculous and outdated reason. Incredibly the old school still believe that unless you have sat up front of a jet, you can't hold down the 'top job'. Since when does being a pilot make you an automatic executive manager ? Anyway, SC was smart, bailed and took a much better position elsewhere.
* Farelly and Edwards are a non issue and there will be no problem replacing them. They weren't underperforming, just saw the writing on the wall and grabbed a liferaft.
* Vaughan lost a fight with and got punted back to CBR. Eventually he decided enough was enough and pulled the pin, sick of all the crap.
* Michael Hart is the biggest mystery, perhaps any 'insiders' could explain why he slipped out the back door quietly one cold Canberra evening ?
* And lets not forget that in amongst all this 'mire', the old school and deadwood still remain tucked away within their coccoons. A joke.

Safe skies for all ??

This list that seems to be growing is not the final tally, with a host of others jumping ship. And the one's leaving of their own free will are ones that were actually good value and making positive inroads, so that must tell you something ?
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Old 31st Jan 2010, 11:11
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Reality is if you as a CEO rely on bluff , bluster, and I am the only source of truth and enlightenment, then there is only one absolute result = you will fail.

McM like Toller is bound to fail, legends in their own lunch box, creative masters of "I am always right", "I amthe anointed one"

Creatures of the Cathay Methodology of inviolate distinction , we are the ruling class, Industrial Relations Masters.

My grand father had a great saying , " Hiding the truth is like trying to hide the fact you farted in the bath, your hands just can't move fast enough to hde the physisical evidence, and the truth will prevail.

My bet is on the bath water !!!!!! despite the RAAF training.
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Old 31st Jan 2010, 13:26
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CASA imploding ..... ?

Looks like this is developing into a real screaming emergency.
The government will have to take some quick and decisive action otherwise there will be nothing of any use left...!
Maybe we can tender the whole job out to the FAA or the NZ CAA?
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Old 31st Jan 2010, 16:26
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Folks,
How about subbing out to PNG CAA, (NZ rule book, paid for by the taxpayers of Australia as the Balus Project) they have some good blokes there now, including one G.Vaughan Esq.
Tootle pip!!
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Old 1st Feb 2010, 01:15
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Options

What about the FAA as an option to run the Regulator ? They think they own the universe, plus they have around 6000 Inspectors so they actually have enough staff to perform regulatory functions .
Another possibility is Darth, since his retirement from QF he has been very bored and is always looking for an organisation to skin to the bone and outsource ? Whoops, nobody left at CASA to skin !
As for PNG, aren't there other CASA people over their working now ? And if that is true, things must be pretty bad in AUS to throw in the towel and to PNG ??
Sounds like the Regulators GPWS is sounding !
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Old 1st Feb 2010, 05:00
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Gobbledock

agree with most of your observations, particularly Michael Hart, Industry Complaints Commissioner walking.

After time with ASIO, and 12 years in the NSW Independant Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), very little could disturb this man,yet CASA beat him.

And yes, he saw the Venn report as well, a report that may never be available for public scrutiny.

JM is easing the ones sidelined by Byron back into positions contradictory to their established characters, and the usual RAAF / Cathay then CASA types.

Legal Services has seen a promotion instead of a goodbye to Perry Mason.

And guess who else is in the group of Byron discards waiting to get back in.

And to cap it all off, CASA now has a board to further insulate itself.

Not only lunatics in charge of the asylum, but maybe a Dracula or two in charge of the blood bank as well.
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Old 1st Feb 2010, 12:00
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Old 1st Feb 2010, 22:42
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I must admit I was quite disappointed by the CASA selection process. With 36 years in flying, 20,000hrs+, hands on experience in Europe, Middle East, Far East, flying military and civil rotary, GA, light turbo props, small, medium and large jets, international route experience on relevant types, majority of hours 'in-command', Current licence etc. etc. and I couldn't even get an interview for either Ops Officer or Inspector. Wasn't looking for a career, just ten or so years putting bread on the table and hopefully something back into the industry.

"You do not appear to have a proven track record or background in Check and Training" This was in Tollers day and I have subsequently been told that such an attitude is 22 carat pure CX.

The assumption that anyone in C & T is the bees knees baffles me. Some get there because they have a natural ability to train and assess but far too many get there because they see it as their right of passage, due seniority, or they simply hang around the office a lot and ask for it!!!
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Old 1st Feb 2010, 23:39
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Dont lose any sleep over it. You would have done no good, & would feel miserable trying. Many have tried before you & left shortly after . Its the "System" that is to blame. The sad thing is Nothing will ever change!!!!!
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Old 1st Feb 2010, 23:57
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gobbledock,
don't think darth will have the time. currently on the board of tourism australia (snout in the trough) and has just been tasked with coordinating the aussie bid for soccer world cup 2018/2022. i wonder what the chances are he is still with us by then.
hope you didn't mean 'FAAA', what a nightmare, getting failed for grooming checks!
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Old 2nd Feb 2010, 01:22
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Darth is also retained as a paid advisor by the Queensland Government in their jobs creation scheme.

Probably will work out how he can save them a bundle by sending their Qld Rail coal loco's to SE Asia for maintenance.
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Old 2nd Feb 2010, 01:50
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Parabellum, Look at it as a Lucky Escape from the clutches of the house of doom.
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Old 2nd Feb 2010, 09:08
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Did we miss Clive of Strategic as one of the senior managers that have left?
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Old 2nd Feb 2010, 12:47
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Truth be known

Mainframe,
Probably will work out how he can save them a bundle by sending their Qld Rail coal loco's to SE Asia for maintenance
Now that is funny. If Darth is successful with the soccer bid, will he then outsource that to Asia also , along with the Loco's ?
Maybe Darth will join the The Sydney Harbour Bridge preservation society, and send portions overseas for maintenance as well ?
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Old 3rd Feb 2010, 00:31
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Maybe we can tender the whole job out to the FAA or the NZ CAA?
Well, seems as though it has been tendered to other parts of the third world like everything else in Oz. Just take a look at your licence and see who the 'delegate' of CASA is and the 'Principle Medical Officer'. Enough said.
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Old 5th Feb 2010, 01:36
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Joker 10, maybe it would not be as much "the house of doom" if they chose to employ more people of the knowledge and experience calibre of Parabellum.
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Old 5th Feb 2010, 02:12
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Nortwinds, You are no doubt right, but the entrenched miasamic ex RAAF and low time pretenders will never let true ex[pertise into their cosy bureacratic wonderland.

It is a closed shop.
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Old 5th Feb 2010, 04:46
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The easiest way to expose mediocrity has been and always will be, in a Gov't or semi Gov't environment, to introduce real talent at ANY level. Jmc wasn't, isn't, is not likely to be.
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Old 5th Feb 2010, 09:23
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Wonder if JMac would give me a job? I would be pretty useless in a CASA type role, but I was his instructor at Pearce and got him through (despite his OQ's being worse than mine - which he had to work at - he did scrape through on ability and sheer obnoxious cussedness).

Drank like a fish as I recall, but then again so did I. I've always suspected that it was he who'd always hide my bike so I had to walk back to the MQ after emerging half (or full) drunik from the Cadet's Mess bar.

But I've had the last laugh. I've still got a full head of hair. That'd probably nix me at any interview however.
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