Senate RRAT Committee Inquiry Announced into ATSB Following Bungled Accident Report

Senate RRAT Committee Inquiry Announced into ATSB Following Bungled Accident Report

Senate RRAT Committee Inquiry Announced into ATSB Following Bungled Accident Report

August 23, 2019 By Nicholas Christie
AOPA Australia's NICHOLAS CHRISTIE reports.
The Australian Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (RRAT) has announced it is conducting an inquiry into the operation of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, and in...

The Australian Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (RRAT) has announced it is conducting an inquiry into the operation of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, and in particular its report on the June 2017 crash of a flight conducted on behalf of Angel Flight Australia, under Standing Order 25 (2) (a).

The Inquiry will commence on the 4th September 2019, in Sydney, NSW.  The Senate RRAT Committee is Chaired by Queensland Senator, Susan McDonald (see photo above), a member of The Nationals.

The Inquiry comes following strong representation by AngelFlight and AOPA Australia who have both rejected the ATSB Report, citing serious concerns with data and statistical manipulation.  Additionally, both associaitons have rejected CASA’s 09/19 administrative rules, which do not address any relevant safety concerns, resulting in unncessary restrictions for the Community Service Flight sector and private pilots alike.

Click to view the AngelFlight response to the ATSB report

“AOPA Australia thanks the Senate RRAT Committtee for bringing this inquiry forward and for giving the safety stakeholders involved the opportunity to provide evidence in a transparent manner.”, Executive Director Benjamin Morgan.

“Angel Flight is appreciative of the opportunity to be heard by an impartial inquiry on both the CASA 09/19 regulations and the ATSB report into the traigc 2017 accident.  I look forward to giving evidence at the enquiry.”, Marjorie Pagani, AngelFlight CEO.



 

Nicholas Christie

Nicholas started flying lessons at the age of 13. He holds both Grade 2 (GA) and RAAus Flight Instructor ratings.  Since graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor Business Management (Marketing), he has held various sales, marketing and management positions across a broad range of sectors. Nicholas has written for a variety of aviation magazines in Australia and currently runs his own aviation businesses.  In 2016, Nicholas took on the challenge of building a “slow build” Van’s RV-12, at Tyabb (Victoria) and he has since become an active member of SAAA, AOPA and RAAus.  Nicholas believes that the passion and involvement of people (especially youth) in the aviation community is key to the sector’s future success in Australia and that minimal government regulation will assist in the industry’s continued growth and success.

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