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Old 03-30-2011, 08:40 AM   #4846
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The latest legal advice for the CAA is to give up and stop wasting tax payer funds.
I thought Oz was governed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority / CASA. Is there a difference or am I just splitting hairs?
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:57 PM   #4847
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Australia is CASA - civil Aviation Safety Authority
Papua New Guinea used to be CAA but recently changed to CASA - which makes it confusing because I work with both agencies (we are operators) and now some body says "I ahve sent a message to CASA blah blah blah and you dont know which one they are talking about.....

My experience of dealing with CASA in Aus is dissapointing, there are a few good people who are there to help but it seems to me that most of them ask questions that send you round and round, unlike when I was in the UK, our local surveyor was helpful, almost bent over backwards for us

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Old 03-30-2011, 03:18 PM   #4848
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My experience of dealing with CASA in Aus is dissapointing,
And I thought it was just me. My first run-in with CASA was in 2000 at the summer games. I had a 15 meter aerostat with a WesCam over the rowing and whitewater venues in Penrith. CASA said fly no more than 500' AGL. Easy to do. We let out 500' of cable and life's good, right?. Not really. Some ID-10-T from CASA flies by in a 172 then phones me later to say I violated the airspace by approx ten to twenty feet, and I need to come in and speak with him before I can fly the aerostat again. Jeesh! Five days later my heli pilot is getting harassed by CASA, unfairly accusing him of flying under the harbor bridge. He did but that's beside the point...
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:58 PM   #4849
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I thought Oz was governed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority / CASA. Is there a difference or am I just splitting hairs?
Typo. Sorry, my bad.

As someone who is just getting into this flying thing I'm finding that this agency seems to be staffed by the same type of people as in other governing agencies or "authorities". They forget they are there to keep it humming along for all and sundry, not over regulate to the point where no one can play. Anyway its all part of lifes rich tapestry.
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Old 03-30-2011, 04:37 PM   #4850
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Typo. Sorry, my bad.
Not really. The linked article also referenced CAA. That's why I asked for a ruling from a ref. Play on!
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:40 PM   #4851
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CASA are here to help the industry - and we teh ones making money....
not if they have their way, seems to be a constant battle

anyway, this isnt the topic for all that
maybe one day I shall get a dig-it-all camera and post some pics

got 2x 412 in the shed, a 407, a DHC6 and plenty to do

what you got?

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Old 04-01-2011, 11:15 PM   #4852
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CASA are here to help the industry - and we teh ones making money....
not if they have their way, seems to be a constant battle

anyway, this isnt the topic for all that
maybe one day I shall get a dig-it-all camera and post some pics

got 2x 412 in the shed, a 407, a DHC6 and plenty to do

what you got?

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Old 04-02-2011, 11:08 AM   #4853
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Had another chopper set down on a highway here. Second in as many weeks. Instructor and student, took a bird strike in an R-44, shattered the windscreen. Landed it on I-37. At night.

Bird strike

Having a strange run of these, it seems.
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:22 PM   #4854
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http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/201...31_ntnews.html

Makes me wish I knew how to fly helicopters. And own a lake. And know how to waterski.
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:59 PM   #4855
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Old 04-04-2011, 05:38 PM   #4856
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:48 PM   #4857
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EC130 in action for you







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Old 04-04-2011, 09:22 PM   #4858
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EC130 in action for you


I have a question and please keep in mind I'm new at this -

This aircraft looks to be hovering close to the ground, but the pilot is half out the door and not on the controls? Am I missing something or is it simply that someone is in the other seat and in control?
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:26 AM   #4859
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The 130 has the pilot sitting on the left side. The guy hanging out the door is the torch operator. They are replacing the barrel that contains the gelled fuel for the torch. The torch is for starting fires for burn out operations and prescribed burns. The column of smoke in the background is the result of the first barrel of fuel.

You can see the torch under the helicopter dispensing fire.

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Old 04-05-2011, 06:51 AM   #4860
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