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Old 9th Mar 2015, 02:51
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Good rant Porter, but may I make a suggestion?

Finish it when you can, print it and post it snail mail to Skidmore himself with copies to the Minister, a few Govt backbenchers, your local member, Nick X, and a few opposition front benchers.

Someone out of that lot should be able to stir a few things up a bit.
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Old 9th Mar 2015, 03:16
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Pinky & UITA,

I will be taking this further, thanks for the email addresses. They will all hear from me.

I know the phone call is an exercise in futility but I'm letting it run to see how long it remains on hold

2 hours, 57 minutes, 8 seconds.
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Old 9th Mar 2015, 04:25
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Porter, if you really want to have some fun or make sure they respond to you please copy in Senator Xenophon in the email trail, and perhaps 4 Corners. You should also CC the CASA Board and the Ministers office, they really hate that.
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Old 9th Mar 2015, 04:58
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Agree with Soteria;( I did mention Senator X and the Minister) but may I suggest that snail mail would possibly be better as e-mails are far too easily deleted by the 'flunkies' who work for the people mentioned.

Better chance of a letter actually being read by the Person to whom it was sent, maybe?

Just my idea.

4 Corners? What a lovely idea!!
Can anyone guess why?

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Old 9th Mar 2015, 06:01
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My name is Porter

I first rang avmed to be greeted with a recording advising me that Avmed would be closed between the 24th of December to the 2nd of January. mmmm, 9th of March, should be ok then your service hung up on me, twice.

* You cannot consider your regulation as competent when you can't change a recording that's 2 months old and incorrect.

I rang the switchboard and advised them, they told me that due to the public holiday they were short of staff, public holiday, really? Not in NSW it's not.

* Aviation is 24/7 365. But you've got to have your public holidays off?
AVMED is a disgrace, they should be available 24/7, 365, albeit with a reduced capability on weekends and public holidays. The Christmas shutdown is a farce of the highest proportions, probably driven by some buffoon trying to reduce the rec. leave liability. For each shift that an air traffic controller is unable to work due to AVMED costs the Aviation Industry a minimum of $1,000 per day.
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Old 9th Mar 2015, 08:44
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Well, was on hold for 4 or so hours before it cut out, wasn't expecting it to be answered just curious as to how long the public servant (servant is a curious name for this lot) would sit there and watch it flash.

You can no longer be angry with these clowns, that would damage your health. I'm gob smacked at how incompetent this mob are and how they get away with user pays when they clearly don't deliver what you pay up-front for and how they just do-not-give-a-flying-fark.

Is Mr Skidmore going to introduce accountability?
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Old 9th Mar 2015, 10:15
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But you need to understand that their job is not to help you.

Their job is to save the world from you.

At your expense.

The safety of air navigation is paramount. If everyone's on holidays and your paperwork can't be processed, the outcome is 'safe' for air naviation.

Your stress levels, employment prospects and life plans are ultimately a small price to pay, because if you're not flying or controlling air traffic, you cannot be a risk to the safety of air navigation.

Remember: The safety of air navigation is paramount.

It's not like you're a free citizen with rights.

You exist to be regulated.

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Old 9th Mar 2015, 14:28
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Is Mr Skidmore going to introduce accountability?
Folks,
I would be surprised if the choice of executive pot plants changed.
Tootle pip!!
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Old 10th Mar 2015, 00:35
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I'm rostered on today but need to check whether my medical has been reinstated before performing duty.
Perhaps I've missed something, but why would you be chasing AVMED on the day you have a duty shift, instead of (say) the week before?

In my organisation I'd get a blast if I hadn't sorted things out myself well before. In fact there's a management instruction that we're totally responsible for ensuring our medical is valid and up to date.
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Old 10th Mar 2015, 01:46
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Simple, I was on a medical standown a week before. Bit useless ringing them to check that I'd be stood up a week before when I'm not stood up and won't be til the date of return.
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Old 10th Mar 2015, 08:23
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Not a very good idea trying to get anything important out of any government department on a public holiday......................

Write letters to the DAS, ministers and who ever else you like, but they won't be answered if it is found that the issue could have been resolved on a normal working day. They certainly will question the urgency of the case before they respond, if it wasn't urgent in their opinion expect no response.

Good luck, and I assume you have got your issue sorted out now.
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Old 10th Mar 2015, 11:07
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Was it a Public Holiday yesterday? It was in SA; for a bloody horse race of all things but elsewhere?

I do note however, that according to my AFAP diary that it was Canberra Day in the ACT*. Is that a Public holiday?


* Also Eight hours day in Tasmania and Labour day in Victoria.
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Old 10th Mar 2015, 11:55
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Write letters to the DAS, ministers and who ever else you like, but they won't be answered if it is found that the issue could have been resolved on a normal working day.
The issue as I see it is we as in Pilots, LAME's & ATC's work in a 24/7, 365 environment but the 'regulator' doesn't, you can't see a problem in this?
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Old 10th Mar 2015, 12:44
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If we want a 24/7 service from any regulator the end user must be prepared to pay for it. The end users aren't the pilots, LAMEs and ATCs, they are the fare paying passengers by large.

Go down to your local pub and ask a few patrons if they would be happy to cough up another 50 bucks on their elcheapo airline ticket to cover CASA's 24/7 service. I'm sure most punters would welcome the proposal 😄

Enough said lets move on.......
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Old 10th Mar 2015, 20:30
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Lets say it was a QF A 380 being held up. Do you think CASA might do something different?
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Old 10th Mar 2015, 21:10
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I suspect QF wouldn't roster someone for a flight if there was still a question re their medical validity on their date of return -
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Old 10th Mar 2015, 21:46
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Porter, if you were on a medical stand down due to illness or injury (as opposed to some failure to meet the renewal criteria) and your medico had cleared you to fly, and there was an appropriate email or paper trail to CASA, what risk to SAFETY would have been posed had you just put yourself back on flying duties?
Mr Skidmore has already said that the new touchy feely CASA won't prosecute minor infractions of the rules. You and your doctor had discharged your responsibilities. If CASA were on an extended lunch break, that is not reason for you or your employer to be inconvenienced.
If more of us practiced gentle civil disobedience in trivial points of compliance, maybe CASA would be so overwhelmed that they would redirect their resources to the real issues affecting safety.
If that is really what Mr Skidmore wants, who are we to deny him?
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Old 11th Mar 2015, 05:42
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Mach, I had to go on medication permanently that required a ground trial, 30 days, not 29, not 31. The 30th day coincided with the infamous Monday public holiday. There was no point ring CASA on Friday, Saturday or Sunday to confirm that I'd be stood up on Monday as the DAME didn't & couldn't forward date the stand up. It was happening Monday. In the current environment that exists at CASA there was no effing way I was going to risk civil disobedience and a sizeable fine to potentially work without a medical. If my work had worn the fine and the rap I'd think about it but I believe that they couldn't even if they wanted to. I was rostered by my employer because they need me back up and running ASAP, I've been in my current employment for a long time so I'm at the top of the pay scale. This cost was passed onto industry.

For anyone to suggest that the flying public is CASA's only customer is simplistic. My employer directly pays CASA for a number of services. Yes, this cost is passed onto the flying public. That doesn't give the flying public the choice over how these services are delivered to my employer or the cost. I wish I had that control over how services are delivered to me.
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Old 12th May 2015, 22:31
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Poor Fools….

So representatives of pilot and recreational aviation bodies met with AVM. Skidmore and his senior staff to voice some of their concerns about CASA.

Allegedly these "concerns" (complaints) were unknown to the good AVM, it was the first he had heard about them.

He promised to look into them. The representatives then left.

So AVM. Skidmore has another meeting with his senior staff. "What about these concerns?", he says. "Don't worry boss, it's all bullshit" his loyal staff replies as one. "We'll handle it, we will draft you some letters to them".

…And off they go to draft some explanations as to why the concerns aren't really concerns, honeyed words that mean absolutely nothing, and the good AVM. signs the letter and posts it. Who else can advise AVM. Skidmore but the very culprits being complained about?

Meanwhile the senior staff concoct their vengeance against those who had the temerity to complain to the boss about their behaviour.

I learnt not to complain about public servants a very long time ago. In my case a direct meeting and appeal to the Minister (a friend) led directly to our ski club being refused a building permit for another Five years. That we were told was our punishment for complaining about the process.

Poor fools.
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Old 13th May 2015, 00:11
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I am lead to believe that skidmore is visiting Casa outstations and g/a company's to hear they complaints and opinions. Let's see if it happens.
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