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Old 25th Aug 2016, 03:34
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Mr Skidmore resigned

Mark Skidmore just resigned!

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Old 25th Aug 2016, 03:41
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Mr Skidmore resigned

Is it true?
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 03:48
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It sure is.
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Hope so Glen. This is what he said yesterday in the CASA newsletter: "I renew my commitment to making real changes to CASA". Maybe that is why he resigned!

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Old 25th Aug 2016, 03:56
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Before all the arm chair pilots start, just remember the old saying

"Careful what you wish for, it may come true"

We'll probably spend the next six to 12 months in never never land with all those entrenched CASA employees pushing their barrow and over turning any changes that have been made.
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 04:03
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It would seem so:

Skidmore resigns as CASA CEO and director of aviation safety | Australian Aviation

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Old 25th Aug 2016, 04:10
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Australian Aviation has the story:

Skidmore resigns as CASA CEO and director of aviation safety | Australian Aviation

After only a little over 18 months in the role it would appear that there might be an unwritten back story.

Personal are the reasons quoted....any rumours otherwise?

Am I being too naive to hope the next Director might not be a career ex-RAAFie and possess a keen interest in fostering aviation beyond the Airlines?

PG

PS. I am not anti-RAAF. I am an ex-RAAFie myself.
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 04:13
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So, even he had to throw his hands into the air and walk out.
What's that say?
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 04:14
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RAAF officers get moved on about every two years. He hasn't even managed that. To cite personal reasons for the resignation is pretty poor form. If you can't commit, don't take the job.
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 04:17
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I do think it's time that someone put a fire-hose through that place.
Just my ever-so-humble, of course.
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 04:25
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Deserting the sinking ship comes to mind!
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 04:35
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Official announcement from CASA:

https://www.casa.gov.au/media-releas...r-and-director
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 04:44
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Fire hose?

Even a thermo-nuclear device might not be enough to completely eradicate the industrial-strength bureaucracy that parts of CASA have become.
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 04:48
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Maybe he just hit Platinum Frequent Flyer Lifetime and thought it would be good to spend those FF points now.

I hear he did a lot of travel overseas.
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 04:48
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from this arvo's CASA press release -

Mr Skidmore will continue in the role until October so as to allow for a smooth leadership transition.

The Board is considering interim acting arrangements which will be announced shortly. A thorough domestic and international recruitment process to select a new CEO will now commence. This process is expected to take six to nine months.
If they are to recruit new blood from overseas it had better be someone from New Zealand or the USA, if that someone has runs on the board in the CAA or the FAA , respectively, in administering major restructuring of the regulator where the contender worked, or at least a significant hand in seeing rational, fair and ethical application of the rules, and a code of honour, not drawn up in tortuous language, to be made standard for all employees of the Authority. (Maybe applicants should have to show knowledge of the workings of the Department of Civil Aviation when headed by the late Sir Donald George Anderson, and an awareness of the mine of critical information accessible within the Pacific: General Aviation , and the Australia/New Zealand & the Pacific forums on PPRuNe.)

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Old 25th Aug 2016, 04:54
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Well that was swift, I wounder what the real story is?

Some major thing about to be announced discovered?
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 04:55
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For god sake, whoever appoints the DAS please take note of the mess Skidmore and his predecessors have left with our industry almost a basket case.
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 05:00
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Mike Smith!
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 05:07
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Mr Skidmore seemed to me to be doing, very well, the usual job of doing what he was told by the people who run CASA. Then he side-lined one of them. But I'm sure that's just pure coincidence...

Anyway, moving forward and on a completely different subject ...

Having practically run the organisation for the last 15 or so years, I'm hoping JA will finally be appointed to the position that nominally runs the organisation. JA can talk the talk on aviation safety with the best of them. And by all accounts he and the Murky Machiavellian get on really, really well.

All in the interests of the safety of air navigation of course.
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