AVmail: June 3, 2013
Letter of the Week: Regulators Gone Wild
Well done with your report on what is a frightening exposé of Australian aviation regulators. We in the industry have been raising these concerns for over 15 years. Despite these efforts, the politicians have not listened, and we now have a runaway regulator that attempts to dominate rather than work with the industry.
There are a number of people who have attempted to correct these and the large number of submissions to this inquiry and the final result which calls for the regulator to be removed and appropriate regulations be put in place is a major step forward.
There are a number of people who have attempted to correct these, and the large number of submissions to this inquiry and the final result, which calls for the regulator to be removed and appropriate regulations be put in place, is a major step forward.
There are a couple of web sites here and here which are working to collect information and writing about individual issues to bring to the community's attention — issues facing pilots that are of serious concern to individuals and the aviation community. Maybe it's time for another ICAO/ FAA investigation into CASA and ATSB.
We have contacted the letter writer and accepted his rationale for withholding his name.
Paying for OSH Controllers
Regarding the FAA's request that EAA help pay for controllers: Although I am certainly not in favor of paying more fees and taxes like most people, I think as pilots we have to think long and hard about which fight to pick with the FAA.
AirVenture does represent a substantial cost increase in the operations of the FAA (overtime, travel, etc.), and making a contribution may be the kind of good will gesture that would be sensible and hopefully appreciated.
That said, an open checkbook is not the right way to proceed, and a cap should be agreed to before the event.
There is no doubt that the U.S. economy (and various government levels) benefit greatly from this world-class event that draws visitors from all over the world and is a net gain for the U.S. economy, but to expect parochial government organizations to look at the big picture is probably asking too much.
The U.S. has the most vibrant general aviation sector of the entire world. The economic impact is worth billions to the U.S. economy, and many of these billions come from foreigners like myself who spent serious money buying products and services from the U.S. aviation sector.
Please do not allow the government and bureaucrats to kill this important sector like they did in Europe and never understood in Asia.
Everyone flying into OSH that week is already funding the FAA by way of federal excise taxes paid on the fuel purchased to get there and home again. Making EAA pay again sure seems like double taxation to me.
Ask for controllers interested in volunteering to work the air show and let EAA provide perks for the week like free admission to the show, VIP seating for air shows, free food, etc.
If the EAA is going to pay for ATC services, they should put out bids to the contract ATC companies. They would probably get a better deal. After all, contract towers cost less to operate than FAA towers.
In response to the FAA request that the EAA cover the controllers costs for the fly-in: It's the EAA's party, and they make money from it, so let the EAA pay for the controllers. On the other hand, since the FAA wants to abrogate their responsibility to do the job, the EAA should get all the federal share of fuel taxes for fuel sales at OSH.
Thanks to the dozens of readers who offered their thoughts on the issue. We just don't have the room to run all the responses.
Letters About Letters
When someone finds an engine that was overhauled in an incorrect manner that infringes on the performance of the engine, it should be reported to the FAA. Not only could you protect someone else's life, but I suspect that reporting this type of incident is mandatory under the FARs.
When the President or Vice President are aboard a civil aircraft, the call sign is Executive One or Executive Two.
When the President or Vice President are aboard a military aircraft, the call sign is (Military Branch) One or (Military Branch) Two.
Reference is Order JO 7110.65 (air traffic).