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CASA issues Tiger a ‘show cause’ notice

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 27, 2011

Tiger A320 VH-VNG at Sydney. (Seth Jaworski)

Reports emerged last week that CASA issued low cost carrier Tiger Airways a ‘show cause’ notice on March 23.

Neither CASA nor Tiger have detailed publicly the contents of the show cause notice – which, if not satisfactorily responded to, could have seen the airline grounded – but they are said not to be immediately safety critical, and related to oversight of maintenance in Singapore, although, The Australian reported, not the standard of maintenance itself, and pilot check and training standards.

“CASA has confirmed that while it refuses to disclose the matters it raised in its show cause notice, they did not constitute an immediate threat to safety and require it to exercise its powers to ground Tiger or place restrictions on its air operator certificate,” Crikey.com.au’s Plane Talking blog reported.

Tiger had 21 days to respond to the notice, which the Melbourne based airline said it had since done so “promptly in full”.

“Tiger continues to operate normally with CASA’s approval,” Tiger spokeswoman Vanessa Regan said in a statement.


“Safety underpins Tiger’s operations at all times.”

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  • Martin


    From the sound of it, and realising that not much is revealed by CASA or Tiger, this seems like a mild version of the 767 maintenance check omissions that struck Ansett in its final years. In that case, I seem to recall Ansett voluntarily brought those omissions to the attention of CASA when they realised the problem.

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