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Opening address - 8th Annual Sport Aviation Safety Forum
- First of all a warm welcome to everyone at this the 8th Annual Sport Aviation Safety Forum. This is my first Sport Aviation Safety Forum and I very much appreciate the opportunity to be here today to open the forum and provide you with some updates regarding CASA. Unfortunately I cannot stay for the full forum as I have a board meeting tomorrow back in Canberra but I have some very capable staff who will be staying to attend and provide me with feedback.
- This is your forum and you get out what you put in, I encourage you to mix, share and discuss points of mutual interest with your colleagues and engage and discuss issues or stories with my staff from CASA (they are not ogres)
- I see this forum as a great opportunity to
- provide and obtain input with regard to possible ways to improve the safety of the sport aviation sector;
- This can be achieved by:
- providing a communication channel so that all participants can build a cooperative relationship;
- examining safety trends in the sport aviation industry, and
- identifying emerging risks for each segment of the sport aviation industry and provide input on treatment strategies
- Of course by doing this you will provide assurance to us on the capability and conduct of your organisation/association to deliver the necessary standards, surveillance, education, and unfortunately at times - enforcement
Changes within CASA
- Let me talk a little bit about what is happening in CASA. Based on the functional review I commissioned last year I embarked on a change to the organisation. The main focus was to ensure that I had a collaborative organisation that engages with its stakeholders and is sustainable into the future. Not being very imaginative I have based the New CASA structure on three main groups - Aviation (the collaborative group), led by Graeme Crawford, Sustainability Group led by Tracey Frey and Stakeholder Engagement Group led by Rob Walker. These three groups will be supported by three main branches - Legal Affairs, Regulatory Policy and International Strategy Branch led by Dr Jonathan Aleck, Finance Branch led by CFO Simon Frawley and a Strategy, Quality and Intelligence Branch with a manager yet to be appointed.
- I suspect that the group you will engage with the most will be Aviation Group. For me Aviation Group is my cradle to grave of regulations in that it will cover development, implementation and monitoring compliance of regulations.
- In Aviation Group, relevant to Sport Aviation, are:
- Aviation Group - Graeme Crawford
- Safety Assurance - Gerard Campbell
- National Assurance - Mark Fernan
- Sport Aviation Assurance - Lee Ungermann
- In Aviation Group, relevant to Sport Aviation, are:
- However, regulations are only part of what we should be doing, education and training are important as well. Picking up on my mantra of the three “E’s” we need to engage, educate and enforce fairly, proportionally and only when necessary there will also be interaction with Stakeholder Engagement Group. Any feedback on how to improve our safety messaging is very much appreciated.
- I want to reinforce that with this structure in place we will have communication and feedback channels, which will support resolving any issue at the lowest possible level. I would like to reiterate that - my intention is to empower my people to make decisions and I will support them. However, in line with the regulatory philosophy they should be able to communicate the reasoning behind the decision. If you are not satisfied, I encourage you to escalate up the chain rather than cutting straight to myself or Graeme in the first instance.
- The Renewing CASA structural change will be complete by the end of June. However, there will be a significant body of work that will follow to ensure we get the culture and leadership I want in the organisation. If you have read the Regulatory Philosophy you will understand the type of culture I want.
- You should also be aware of the directive I released last year regarding regulation development. The main thrust of the directive is to ensure that regulatory changes are justified on the basis of safety risk and do not impose unnecessary costs or unnecessarily hinder participation in aviation and its capacity for growth. We are scrubbing the remaining regulations against this directive to ensure compliance.
- I should also mention FP2030. This was my vision to establish a view of the future so that we can establish ourselves to best meet that future. Of significance is that I want to know what changes we may see so that I can have the right skill sets in the organisation to address any associated risks. FP2030 is in its final drafting and has identified some expected future developments such as increased international and domestic airline activity, increased RPAS activity and movement into traditional manned environment, 3D printing and the integration of a single civil/military airspace management system but also some interesting potential developments such as low earth orbit RPT and mind control cockpits. All of these will be challenging for industry and the regulator alike. Hopefully FP2030 will assist in establishing a CASA of the future ready to meet those challenges.
The coming year
- My focus for the coming year is to bed down the new organisation and drive the leadership and cultural reform I desire, continue to implement the Government’s response to the ASRR and tackle priority risks such as RPAS. I can assure you that RPAS is a topic of discussion amongst regulators around the world. Unfortunately we all seem to be approaching it slightly differently. CASA will stay engaged with the work of other regulators to see how we can harmonize our approach. In fact I have recently had discussions with the FAA, European Aviation Safety Agency, TC Canada and CAA NZ regarding just that. I also intend to establish exchange opportunities with other regulators and also with industry once we understand any intricacies that may be involved. I see this as a great opportunity for all of us to learn and develop.
- Additionally, we need to finalise the regulatory reform. To that end we have recently published the regulatory timeline, in consultation with industry, which identifies as best we can the completion of the regulation reform programme. In the coming year, in particular, we are focussed on finalising Parts;
- 149 - Approved Self-administering Organisations,
- 103 - Operational Regulations pertaining to Sport and Recreational Aviation,
- 105 - Operational Regulations pertaining to Parachute Operations,
- 132 - Operational Regulations pertaining to Warbirds.
- I understand that Jonathan Aleck and Andrew Ward will present tomorrow on the current status and expected implementation dates.
- Additionally, in the next year you will see CASA attendance at events such as
- Oz-Kosh 2016 - Narromine October 2016
- International Airshow 2017 - Avalon
- I hope to attend as many events as I can and I look forward to seeing you there as well.
In conclusion can I thank you once again for your attendance. We all have a common goal of aviation safety and I look forward to working with you as a safety partner to achieve that goal. I declare the 8th Sports Aviation Safety Forum open.