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Old 14th Feb 2014, 06:00
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Mr John McCormick Not Seeking Further Term.....

CASA Media Release - 14 February 2013

Director of Aviation Safety

The Chair of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Board, Dr Allan Hawke, has today announced that Mr John McCormick will not be seeking a further term of appointment as Director of Aviation Safety.

Mr McCormick has, however, agreed, to the Board’s request to stay on in the position until 31 August 2014.This will allow for an executive search process to fill the position and enable the Director to assist the Board’s initial consideration of the Government’s Independent Review of Aviation Safety Regulation scheduled to be completed around the end of May.
Mr McCormick’s leadership over the last five years has been the critical factor behind the significant improvements to Australia’s aviation safety regulatory regime and CASA’s performance. The aims he set out when taking up the position have been largely achieved, including:

refocussing CASA on regulation of aviation safety as its core activity;
improving CASA’s governance by restructuring it around functional lines;
ensuring CASA staff are properly trained and deployed through the Brisbane-based training school and establishment of the Central Region and satellite offices at Broome, Gove, Horn Island and Kununurra;
addressing emerging issues such as remotely piloted aircraft and Australia’s ageing aircraft;
completion of the major part of the modernisation of aviation safety standards in a most expeditious manner and the attendant improvements in industry performance through the regulatory reform program;
introduction of advanced air traffic navigation and surveillance equipment;
reform of CASA’s surveillance and safety management systems oversight; and
enhancement of air traffic services at major regional and capital city secondary airports.
These improvements have come at a time of increasing and more complex demands on CASA with major growth in Australia’s diversified aviation sectors and record numbers of domestic and international passengers flying in Australian skies.

Australia’s outstanding international reputation for aviation safety owes much to John McCormick’s stewardship and the reforms and initiatives undertaken on his watch.

Dr Hawke acknowledged that CASA had had to take significant regulatory action in relation to a few aviation operators, aircraft types and aircraft equipment over the last five years. Dr Hawke praised Mr McCormick’s key role in ensuring that these actions were taken by CASA to protect the travelling public and industry operators.

The Authority has also developed a more stable funding model under Mr McCormick’s direction to underpin sustainable and effective operations for CASA.

The Board has regarded it as a privilege to serve with John McCormick in the interests of “Safe Skies for All” and wishes him all the very best in his future endeavours.

Media contact:
Peter Gibson
Mobile: 0419 296 446
Email: [email protected]
Ref: MR1214



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Folks,
More or less as has been forecast for some time, despite some frantic lobbying, including some on his behalf.
I would think that the weight of submissions to the ASRR have put paid to his ambitions for another term.
The AAAA submission, in graphic terms, reflects the sentiment of the bulk of submissions.
Tootle pip!!

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Interesting. he is doing a tour of GA flying schools and charter businesses in March for feedback on safety and other related matters. Now I am wondering if anything said to him will have any bearing post his departure.
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Reading what a grub he was/is, you will be better off without people like him.

Stay hiding until August.
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Dr Allan Hawke's views must rate as the least competent in the entire history of aviation.
amazing what these people will believe of themselves.

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Be interesting to see Dom James's reaction. By the way, would the clowns, try hards and no name keyboard warriors that sunk the knife into Dom on this forum be prepared to consider giving him an apology?! I think not.
Cowards!
There's more to this I'm thinking!!!
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I wonder if they've got the next reject from Cathay lined up yet?
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Any ideas on suitable candidates?

Hood
Carmody
Byron
Quinn
Senator Xenophon
The doctor.

Will it be a small r or big R regulator.
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Will it continue to be ....'Strict Liability'......Penalty 50,000 penalty units + a Criminal Record = no more visits to Oshkosh..??

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Mr McCormick has, however, agreed, to the Board’s request to stay on in the position until 31 August 2014.
Convenient timing

CASA has adjusted the transition period for the new licensing suite of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations. The revised implementation date is 1 September 2014.
Anyone with commitment, pride in the achievement of a major project or plain integrity would stay until the new Part 61 regs are introduced.

A board with proper governance would a) recognise this and b) would have been organised for a better transition to a new CEO. The end date of his contract didn't come as a surprise!
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"Any ideas on suitable candidates?"

There is quite a bit of chatter talking up Mike Smith, who I seem to recall was passed over for McCormick...
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Why is McComic touring Ga outfits in March....to gloat??
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Why is McComic touring Ga outfits in March....to gloat??
Must confess I am a bit puzzled, I mean, what for????

CASA has adjusted the transition period for the new licensing suite of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations. The revised implementation date is 1 September 2014.
But will it happen?
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Bring back Dick Smith.
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If Part 61 commences on 1 September 2014, that will show they’ve learnt nothing from, or are happy to ignore, the implications of the submissions to the Review.

If they appoint anyone as DAS on the ground of his or her aeronautical experience, that will show they’ve learnt nothing from, or are happy to ignore, history.

Dick Smith wouldn’t be silly enough to take the DAS job. He’d much rather be Chairman of the Board, where he has the luxury of strong opinions and no responsibility.

Interesting times...
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He'd be game

If McComic does that tour, he'd need very, very good bodyguards, and exceptional body amour.....
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Just a reminder of the regulations that are changing (or supposed to be) between now and September:

Civil Aviation Safety Authority - Aviation Rules and Regulation Changes

No committed CEO would leave through choice in the middle of the major project of his tenure. He must be either running away from a disaster or being pushed.
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I'm not making this comment lightly.

in the last few years there has only been one person who I have thought possessed a sound legal mind combined with the respect for others that I would like to see in the chair of CASA.

I dont know who he actually is.

Creampuff is the one guy I would propose as head of CASA. seriously
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I suspect that the real problem is the board and that the CASA board either a) don't know how to recognise a good CEO or b) a good one won't work with them.

If I were Warren Truss, I'd look at AMSA which causes no grief and generally seems pretty competent and compare it with CASA which is frequently in the press for stuff ups and is generally a major drama. I'd be looking to replicate the good bits of AMSA in CASA.

Consider the two boards:

CASA: 4 directors + CEO. Chairman: career public servant. Background in foreign affairs / public policy. Board members: ex Boeing CEO & 2 lawyers.

AMSA: 8 directors + CEO. Chairman: Business qualified with a career managing ports. Board members: 1 x shipping, 1 x fishing, 1 x lawyer, 1 x investment banking, 1 x Dept Transport policy public servant, 1 x retired sea captain, 1 x fisherman.

Overall, CASA is characterised by lawyers & public servants whereas AMSA is characterised by a diverse range of industry expertise.

Is it any surprise that CASA's main activity is rewriting regulations & prosecuting people?
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