Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > PPRuNe Social > Jet Blast
Reload this Page >

Does anyone have anything good to say about the CAA?

Jet Blast Topics that don't fit the other forums. Rules of Engagement apply.

Does anyone have anything good to say about the CAA?

Old 21st Nov 2006, 14:01
  #1 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: UK
Posts: 108
Does anyone have anything good to say about the CAA?

Having just been messed around, and the organisation I'm with, screwed over by the jobsworth plonkers at the CAA again, just wondering, does anyone have anything good to say about the CAA??

F
Feneris is offline  
Old 21st Nov 2006, 14:09
  #2 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: England
Age: 48
Posts: 92
The Chicken Curry that was on their menu last Thursday was nice.

(Although I did have to pay more!!)

The breakfast was ok as well.

Thats me done!!
Minty Fresh is offline  
Old 21st Nov 2006, 14:11
  #3 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Asgard
Posts: 488
I think their inspectors at SRG (air traffic, anyway) are a good bunch.
Loki is offline  
Old 21st Nov 2006, 14:43
  #4 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: ...back of the drag curve
Age: 58
Posts: 558
They turned my type rating renewal around in super quick time last week! And the baguette was delicious. And the blonde girly in PLD looked jolly scrummy too!
'Chuffer' Dandridge is offline  
Old 21st Nov 2006, 14:48
  #5 (permalink)  
Paid...Persona Grata
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Between BHX and EMA
Age: 75
Posts: 237
Only remember dealing with them once - asked them a question regarding qualifying hours. Got a speedy answer with accurate gen - and it was what I wanted to hear.

UFO
UniFoxOs is offline  
Old 21st Nov 2006, 14:51
  #6 (permalink)  
More bang for your buck
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: land of the clanger
Age: 79
Posts: 3,513
obviously the answer's yes .......so the mods can close this thread now
green granite is offline  
Old 21st Nov 2006, 16:21
  #7 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: UK
Posts: 5,197
They turned my type rating renewal around in super quick time last week!
How much did they charge you for the administrative exercise?
Heliport is offline  
Old 21st Nov 2006, 17:09
  #8 (permalink)  
Red On, Green On
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Between the woods and the water
Age: 22
Posts: 6,487
They are always very quick to pay in cheques, so clearly the Accounts Dept is on the ball
airborne_artist is offline  
Old 21st Nov 2006, 17:13
  #9 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: England
Posts: 24
Called CAA Medical today, got the answer I wanted within 5 minutes
lockton9334 is offline  
Old 21st Nov 2006, 17:26
  #10 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Canadian Shield
Posts: 536
CAA (the Canadian one) have some excellent technical people who are sadly outnumbered about 10-1 by an army of otherwise unemployable bureaucrats obsessed with petty meddling and specialising in making the simple appear profoundly obscure.
Suspect it is some government employment 'initiative' for long serving public servants now unable to operate in the real world.
er340790 is offline  
Old 21st Nov 2006, 18:15
  #11 (permalink)  
An American Girl
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Inverted in NYC
Age: 40
Posts: 93
The FAA FSDOs in and around New York City (NYC, Albany, Farmingdale, Teterboro) have some truly capable people working in them. But, as er340790 rightly says, the bowels of our US version of this regulatory agency seem to be populated by lovers of complication and obscurity.

Protect yourself from ever becoming involved in one of their "customer service initiatives," by remembering that governments don't actually have customers.

Once, while prepping a PA-31 on the ramp at CXY one loverly pre-dawn: "Hi, I'm Michael ______, and he's Joseph __________. We're from the FAA and we're here to help you."
AcroChik is offline  
Old 21st Nov 2006, 18:28
  #12 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Lancashire
Posts: 1,213
E-mailed a question about revalidating a PPL (lapsed, but ATPL still active)
They phoned me back the very next morning and spent 35 minutes in peak billing time explaining the best methods to get flying light AC again.



Ever wondered why they charge so much????
blue up is offline  
Old 21st Nov 2006, 18:29
  #13 (permalink)  

Aviator Extraordinaire
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA
Age: 74
Posts: 2,394
I like this one better AC.

"Hi, we're from the FAA and we're not happy until you're unhappy."

As anyone who has ordered a new corporate jet and lived through the delivery process can attest to, truer words were never spoken.

(On our new Falcon 900EX the boss wanted to have rather expensive painting mounted by the factory on one of the bulkheads. FAA said, and were serious, that they would have to burn test the painting first. )
con-pilot is offline  
Old 21st Nov 2006, 18:31
  #14 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: ex-DXB
Posts: 927
They managed to print off my Airbus rating in under one hour. Its amazing how much quicker you are treated when its the airline paying!
Craggenmore is offline  
Old 21st Nov 2006, 18:41
  #15 (permalink)  
An American Girl
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Inverted in NYC
Age: 40
Posts: 93
Originally Posted by con-pilot View Post
On our new Falcon 900EX the boss wanted to have rather expensive painting mounted by the factory on one of the bulkheads. FAA said, and were serious, that they would have to burn test the painting first.
That's what you get for buying French
AcroChik is offline  
Old 21st Nov 2006, 19:07
  #16 (permalink)  
kissmysquirrel
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Thumbs up

CAA are great. They allow me to fly!! Can't get much better than that.

Oh, and a certain IR testing guy is top bloke too.

UK CAA Service with a smile and all cheap as chips.
 
Old 21st Nov 2006, 19:47
  #17 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Germany
Age: 73
Posts: 1,561
Whatever he's smoking, I want some too!

I have nothing but praise for my recent CAA examiner. Or it may simply have been that he was afraid to fail me since that would mean taking a second ride with me. Whatever.
But the rest of that grey edifice at Gatwick... pah!
We started this adventure with paying 60 quid for each and every written, including a couple that seemed pretty thin (VFR and IFR Comms, as if one speaks a very different language under different rules... not). The long wait for the results was interesting. The FAA discovered this could be done with computers about 25 years ago, giving results in a matter of days or hours rather than weeks as with the CAA. Too, one can take the tests any time, not just during certain moon phases or whatever the British criterion is.
To almost conclude I recently was told it would take ten working days (I guess that means two weeks) for the issue of my ATPL since 'someone would have to examine the logbooks.'
I looked at that pile of eight logbooks, totalling 15,400 hours allegedly and pondered the full meaning of that statement. What, exactly, do they expect to find in my logbooks? Evidence of massive fraud perhaps, given that I need to show about 1,500 hours in various categories?
My somewhat frantic utterances about needing a licence now-now in order to rejoin the ranks of the employed were greeted with a gentle smile of disregard. It was as if I had wandered in from an outside world populated by lunatics who worry about such things as earning a crust. Inside Aviation House such things seem to be properly disregarded in favour of gentle and thorough perusal of each and every piece of paper. For this I have already paid 210 pounds but that includes the cost of posting my logbooks back to me by registered post. Let us see if they come First Class, along with a licence.
chuks is offline  
Old 21st Nov 2006, 19:47
  #18 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: USA
Age: 64
Posts: 2,182
The medical branch have always been courteous professional and very decent...so YES .
eastern wiseguy is offline  
Old 21st Nov 2006, 19:57
  #19 (permalink)  
kissmysquirrel
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
No, the medical branch are the worst! They took 6 weeks to tell me i'd passed the class one initial. Reason for delay, paperwork was under a file on a desk and became 'mis-placed'!

But hey, it was exciting waiting to see if all was in vain as i'd done everything else before that medical, ie exams.tests/hoursbuilding/ etc etc

Must be a lesson there somewhere?
 
Old 21st Nov 2006, 20:14
  #20 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Surrey, UK.
Posts: 0
Originally Posted by chuks
But the rest of that grey edifice at Gatwick... pah!
Odd, that a person who gives their location as "Germany" seems to have a problem with the UK CAA.

I think they're great. Every time I have wanted/needed anything from them it has been done quickly and efficiently.
rustle is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.