Airservices Australia commissioned two new ground stations to support its national automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) network as the country’s first ADS-B mandate approaches. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requires that aircraft flying above 29,000 feet be fitted with ADS-B avionics by December 12.
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
A recent Australian Senate investigation report was highly critical of both the Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Senators questioned the investigation into the Nov. 18, 2009 crash of a Pel-Air Westwind into the ocean near Norfolk Island.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (Casa) has begun the process of permanently shutting down Barrier Aviation, a charter company whose operations the regulator suspended last December. A Casa spokesman said the agency permanently grounded the company’s 34 aircraft because management ordered pilots to fly aircraft that were not airworthy.
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has extended until at least Feb. 15, 2013 its decision to force Barrier Aviation to cease all operations with its 34 aircraft. The CASA initially suspended the airline’s operations for five days on Dec. 23, 2012. The suspension follows a safety audit of the operator that revealed a range of maintenance-related deficiencies.
The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) suspended the operations of Alligator Airways on May 3.
Although I get the impression that air safety in Australia is micromanaged, I admire John McCormick, director of aviation safety for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Maybe’s it’s because McCormick bluntly addresses CASA’s role and that he makes an effort to communicate regularly with CASA’s constituents. But it is also his willingness to confront change and consider new options.
The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) has prevailed in a three-year legal battle against CASA, the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority. ALAEA sued to gain access to safety-related audit reports of CASA-approved foreign maintenance bases.
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) recently reached an agreement with the FAA that extends an existing aviation treaty-level document to cover the manufacture of approved parts. The changes center on a bilateral aviation safety agreement that Australia and the U.S. signed in 2005.
Australia has changed its aviation regulations to simplify the process of developing Airworthiness Directives (ADs). Under the new system, ADs issued by a foreign aviation authority will be adopted automatically in Australia, and operators will be required to comply with ADs issued by the authority of the state of design of the aircraft.
The structure of the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will undergo a major overhaul as Minister for Transport and Regional Development John Anderson, who reports to the Parliament for its administration, responds to constant pressure from the aviation industry to improve the agency. However, the Australian industry is waiting to be convinced the new CASA structure will make it more efficient and accountable.
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