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The sad story of GA in Sri Lanka

Old 28th Jul 2009, 08:05
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Well, well, well the CAASL has done it again......
..........first it was the approval of the doubtful horse MIHIN which incidentally should have been nicknamed BIMIN, then HIMIN and finally GIHIN and now comes another bombshell..........SLAF can do civil commercial flights without AOC (see todays Daily Mirror)!
So they do another 180 degrees within 24hrs.
Need we say more of the state of affairs at CAASL?
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Old 28th Jul 2009, 14:16
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our KING

our KING has done great job by swiping the LTTE, now the war over, he should give the power to competent people...

MR and Co has no idea about playing with the ICAO, he should go and read all the annexes at the CAA library, he lives on the same road.. ;-)
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Old 5th Aug 2009, 11:52
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I just learnt that when the only B 737 that UL had, had a prang in MAA the air force flew two HS 748s with UL pax. The only difference was that the SLAF had an AOC from CAASL. This went on for a few months.

So there is no reason for them not to have one now!
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Old 5th Aug 2009, 14:02
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No freedom of speech is very true. That's really why I mainly don't post these stuff at my blog. I don't wanna get arrested. And of course, loads of people don't understand what ICAO is and will surely comment saying "We do not want international penetration. We can stand by on our own".
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Old 6th Aug 2009, 11:58
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This is straying from gist of this post but does anyone remember the outcome of the investigation of the Sri Lankan GA aircraft carrying the Upali boss that crashed somewhere in South east Asia in the 70's?
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Old 6th Aug 2009, 16:39
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HISTORY

SOMANY STORIES,,, SOME SAY IT WAS HIJACKED < SOME SAY IT WAS CRASHED<<<<

GOOD QUESTION THOUGH !! BUT WE HAVE TO BE PROUD OF HIM BEEN THE FIRST ASIAN TO OWN A PRIVATE JET IN EARLY 80 s .......
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Old 13th Aug 2009, 17:43
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Upali's aircraft definitely crashed. The nose wheel was washed ashore and the part number was identified and confirmed as a part of the crashed aircraft. The aircraft was detected in the deepest part of the straits of Malaca.

Now to get back to the subject....Do you think they should appoint an Airline pilot to the post of Chairman CASASL instead of a Civil Servant or a lawyer who does not know anything about flying.

Will they appoint a SLAF Pilot?
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Old 14th Aug 2009, 13:54
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Rogue Wants Another Airline

Sajin to commence private airline companyAug 14 (LNW) President’s confidential advisor on financial matters, Sajin Vass Gunawardena is currently making arrangements to commence a private domestic airline company. It is learnt that he has made a request from LOLC to release a sum of Rs. 65 million to purchase five Robinson R44 Raven helicopters to begin the company, which is to be a BoI approved venture. Sajin had made the request for money for the LOLC under the name S De VG more..


Watch out how they will start up now.CAA will dance according to the tunes of Sajinn and break all the rules in the Book.Information was recieved that 4 Airforce guys have been shortlisted and CAA will issue them the Civilian CPL s another violation......
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Old 19th Sep 2009, 12:23
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This country and its aviation will be bled white as long as crooks and dishonest people are given the chance to rake in more........there is no honor or shame among thieves as we all know.

As for the post of Chairman as asked by Flyingporak.......in my humble opinion it should be given to an honorable gent or lady with ample flying experience (either in the flight deck or in Aviation administration - experience in both fields would be the best). We are talking here about Civil aviation so Military experience should only be an added qualification and not the sole criteria for this vital post.

Sadly a Sri Lankan aviators dream would never materialize as it's the politician (who knows nothing of this field) who would finally decide...........there rests our fate !
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Old 19th Sep 2009, 13:16
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The Inspector General of Homeland security (USA) has put out a report which says that "General Aviation do not present a serious homeland security vulnerability requiring the Transport Security Authority (TSA) to increase regulatory oversight of the industry"

We too need a well balanced study of the state of General Aviation in the Country. Is there anyone qualified to comment? We are sitting on a gold mine. Para the DG and his henchmen haven't lifted a finger to help genuine GA types to import a/c. Instead, they have have some how allowed Sajin the crook to import and operate a Robinson Helicopter.

What a state of affairs. All these officials should be answerable to the general public. If found guilty of misconduct, should face a firering squad. (seeni dala wedi thiyanna onnay kumbi karla marenna)
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Old 6th Oct 2009, 18:09
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With regard to the SLAF operating for hire or reward without an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC), you be the judge. The Civil Aviation Bill (also known as the Civil Aviation Authority Act), a 116-page document contained in the Civil Aviation Authority (CAASL) website under ‘Preliminaries’, says this on page 6:

“(2) The provision of this Act shall not apply in respect of any aircraft operated by the military solely for or on behalf of the state.”

“(3) The application of the provisions of this Act in respect of the aircrafts (sic) in the use of the Government of Sri Lanka shall be to the extent as may be determined by the Minister by order published in the Gazette.”

“(4) Not withstanding the provisions of subsection (2) and subsection (3), of this section, the provisions of this Act shall apply in respect of the aircrafts (sic) operated by the military and aircrafts (sic) in the use of the Government of Sri Lanka where such aircraft are engaged in the carriage of passengers or cargo for hire or for reward.”

On page 64 under Air Operators Certificate the Civil Aviation Act states:


Air Operator Certificate

“ (1) No aircraft registered in Sri Lanka or any aircraft used by the operator licenced under the act on the basis of any lease, charter, interchange or similar arrangement shall be operated other than under and in accordance with the terms of an Air Operators Certificate granted by the Director General to the owner or operator of such aircraft.”

So although it is stated in ‘black and white’, is the Director General of Civil Aviation misleading everyone by applying only a part of his own law?

By the way, the plural of aircraft is aircraft and not ‘aircrafts’.
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Old 9th Oct 2009, 02:03
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Domestic

Since the War is Over havent we got any scope of devoloping the Domestic Aviation in Sri Lanka.

Its sad to see comapaing to the Flying schools and Charter Operations they had those days today the situation is not good.Arnt they not interested or still there is red tape from the DCAA?
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Old 10th Oct 2009, 02:25
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sad story

The system in Sri Laka has been clamped down yet again by appointing The Airforce Commander As the CAA Chairman.

EGO with the uniform cannot mix with the Civil Administration.
Air Force Chief appointed as Civil Aviation Authority Chairman

2009-10-09 | 4.10 PM Sources from the Ports and Aviation Ministry said that Air Force Chief, Roshan Gunathileka has been appointed as the Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority with immediate effect.

The President remove3d former Chairman of the Authority, Lal Liyanarachchi following a statement given by him to The Sunday Leader newspaper about the decision of the Sri Lanka Air Force to operate passenger flights without the necessary approval.

The Civil Aviation Authority operates under the President’s brother, Minister Chamal Rajapaksa.
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Old 11th Oct 2009, 05:38
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Someone didn't know the reason why its called the Department of CIVIL aviation.
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Old 11th Oct 2009, 17:50
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It is certainly a sad day for CIVIL Aviation when the serving Commander of the SLAF is appointed as Chairman of the CIVIL Aviation Authority. Not only that, the appointee is a helicopter pilot who will not understand the inner workings of fixed wing international operations, ICAO Chicago Convention and the Annexes one to eighteen! The last nail has been driven into the GA 's coffin. Judging from what is happening to CIVIL aviation, Sri Lanka is well on its way to becoming a MILITARY STATE.

A land like no other?

What has the ALPGSL got to say?

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Old 2nd Nov 2009, 05:20
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I agree with 'Flyingpora', the last nail is in - no more speculations on the future of GA in SL for sometime.

As for the ALPGSL, a single horse cannot be expected to pull the carriage that gets heavier (with more dung) by the day and tends to pull in the other direction at times.

Unlike us who are hidden, the horse is fully exposed.

In the meantime, the dung still expects to reach its destination but offers no help!
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Old 2nd Nov 2009, 19:13
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Maybe it is time to put more horses on the job. They are out there. It is a matter of getting organized! G A can be a boon if exploited by people with the know how. The policy makers are just seat warmers like the folks at CAASL. Absolute fudges all. They are now falling in line with the SLAF elements. So afraid that they speak in whispers in office. SAD
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Old 8th Nov 2009, 07:31
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CAASL

Heard there are some changes at CAASL? any comments?
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Old 2nd Dec 2009, 08:20
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Recently there was a SLAF MI 24 helicopter crash, resulting in death and destruction. The SLAF was quick to admit that it was due to a mechanical failure! By their own admission the air force maintenance is 'piss-poor' Now, will they stop flying passengers for hire or reward immediately and throw their doors open for a review by the Civil Aviation Authority? Lastly will they apply for a Air Operators Certificate (AOC)? So that ongoing standards be maintained.

That is what a responsible organisation would do. It is a matter of public safety. With the the Commander as Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority Sri Lanka (CAASL), it is too much to expect. DGCA does not have a spine nor does he have the teeth!

Is their not a clash of interests here?
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Old 2nd Dec 2009, 16:32
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crash

what ever said and done our condolence for the two pilots.they served during he war recently and was engaged in one of the rescue missions of the trapped SF soldires as well ....
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