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Dick Smith nominated by the Australian newspaper for Australian of the Year

Old 10th Jan 2018, 01:20
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Dick Smith nominated by the Australian newspaper for Australian of the Year

Seems like the Oz has GA reform in it’s sights by recognising Dick’s ongoing and long term fight for a new approach in aviation reform.
Quote article; “You look around the world, copy the best, and employ the best people,” he said.

Mr Smith said that as chairman of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, he’d battled to do just that with aviation regulation reform, aiming to “do everything we can at the lowest cost” without compromising safety. Instead his successors in the authority had, he claimed, “quickly looked around the world and selected the most expensive option”, imposing so much cost on aviation that it was killing the industry.

Yet he has not given up.

Dick Smith is one of The Australian’s Australian of the Year nominees.”

As a former GA business owner operator, on my own airport, with CFI CP and CASA testing approvals, flying school, charter and scheduled services, I can certainly attest to the mindless over regulation of the GA industry which has lead to a disastrous loss of jobs and businesses across the last 30 years.
The 30 yo experiment of an independent regulator Commonwealth corporate body, originally cast as a Government Business Enterprise (laughably), a monopoly that would be illegal in the private sphere, is a failure.
Consider that when created CASA was tasked with rewriting the rules, 30 years on, hundreds of $millions wasted, still not finished and the latest batch promolgated in 2014 in the words of Chairman Jeff Boyd “a mess.”
One senior instructor nearby had to put up $8000 in front with an application for a flying school Air Operators Certificate, 18 months later still nothing. In the US that qualified instructor can simply commence to teach without an ‘AOC’ and according to John King of US flying training fame (John & Martha King) some 70% of US pilots are taught by independent instructors. Is it any wonder that where there were hundreds if not thousands of flying schools we are down to few handfuls? Is it any wonder that there are insufficient pilots for our airlines?
CASA in it’s present form is a fee gouging make work salary factory, Change the Act the only hope.
I should add that during Dick Smith’s tenure in CASA some broad commonsense policy started to appear from the regulator. When he left the whole shooting match reverted to its ‘natural bureaucratic’ trajectory; downhill. The downhill slope now drastically steeper with the infamous 2014 batch of hopeless new rules. ‘Way back when’ CASA were allowed to inappropriately migrate virtually all the regs into the criminal code and caused them to be of strict liability. All against the Commonwealth’s own guidelines and principles of justice such as punishment to fit the crime. Mr. Carmody CEO of CASA talks about some reforms to this and proposes a new private pilot medical regime which would be a great improvement but bizarrely, in effect, would encourage pilots to drop their IFR and Night ratings. Meanwhile most of the last few flying schools trying to transition to the unworkable 2014 Part 61 will simply die. Without urgent political intervention General Aviation cannot rebuild and serve the community with the jobs and businesses that are so profoundly needed.
Maybe Dick Smith’s profile can elevate the plight of GA with the public sufficient to cause government to change the Civil Aviation Act. Apart from any other considerations this is a very good reason to support him.

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Old 10th Jan 2018, 02:11
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If Dick can bring the much needed media attention to the plight of GA, GA overregulation and GA operating costs in Australia, along with bringing on board the required media attention to ensure the Govt acts immediately on reforms.

I certainly hope he wins.
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Old 10th Jan 2018, 09:36
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What date is it, is it April already?
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Old 10th Jan 2018, 10:03
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I hope Dick, er, gets up, so to speak.

It would be great for someone like him to win -again, as opposed to that traitor David Morrison.

Dick Smith puts his own money where his mouth is, to promote very sensible forward looking ideas such as this:

http://www.adnews.com.au/news/singo-...ith-dick-smith

which will help preserve Australia as being seen as "the Lucky Country".

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Old 10th Jan 2018, 10:05
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What date is it, is it April already?
Did you have any specific complaints missy? Or just a general jibe at someone that a great number of people have respect for? even if they don't necessarily agree with him all the time?
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I disagree with some of Dick’s policies, but I’ll always consider that he and Pip are great Australians who have promoted many (many) good causes and achieved very real outcomes for those causes.
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He was barking up the wrong tree when it came to Merredin and China Southern, apart from that he speaks a lot of sense. There is no doubt of his pedigree as an aviator and business man.
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I have always had great respect for him, despite not agreeing with some of his proposals, but that respect has taken a bit of a battering recently because of his repeated ad hominem attacks on individuals rather than on their opinions.

They detract from the debate but they detract from the reputation of the individual, too.

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Population control .it's gr8 m8.
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Dick, How is that young girl from under the bridge in India doing?


Proud of your and Pips work at times.

Good luck on the nomination.
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Originally Posted by kaz3g View Post
I have always had great respect for him, despite not agreeing with some of his proposals, but that respect has taken a bit of a battering recently because of his repeated ad hominem attacks on individuals rather than on their opinions.

They detract from the debate but they detract from the reputation of the individual, too.

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I say: Well said, kaz3g.

I reckon Dick can sometimes come across, on this forum, as a bit of a bully. And a master of circular arguments.
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Old 11th Jan 2018, 00:22
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Originally Posted by gulliBell View Post
He was barking up the wrong tree when it came to Merredin and China Southern, apart from that he speaks a lot of sense. There is no doubt of his pedigree as an aviator and business man.
I know what you mean but do we have the wrong thinking on public airports? What’s the difference between driving your car into Merredin and flying your station Cessna into town for shopping or whatever? Would it be sensible to charge every motorist a fee and have them obtain permission beforehand?
Personally I believe we should take our freedom and freedom of movement very seriously. One kilometre of airstrip ‘road’ gives access to the super highway to anywhere. It’s not difficult, we have abundant land and with the undreamed technology now available for the advancement of light aircraft GA could be a national winner.
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Everyone write to the WA Govt and suggest a flying school at say.. Northam? Meekathara? and ask if you can have it for a dollar. What a sick joke.!!

But back to Mr Smith...he has been over a long period, and continues as a passionate advocate for common sense with aviation, using the best as used by the best .

Alas, the Bureaucrazies here have the power, time and money to waste to drive it into oblivion. See any benefits over the last 30 years??

CAsA has given us nothing but problems , denying our freedoms and the total embuggerance of a vital industry.

CAsA is a soviet unto itself, costly, corrupted and a burden on the nation.
It has to go. NOW
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