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Do you have to admit CASA is getting better?

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 26, 2011
CASA director of aviation safety John McCormick says his organization has "lifted our game" in recent years.

“Even the most jaundiced” would acknowledge significant improvements in the way Australia’s aviation regulator does business.

Such are the hopes, at least, of CASA boss John McCormick, who has laid out his arguments for the regulator having “lifted [its] game” in recent years.

McCormick makes his case in this month’s edition of CASA’s newsletter. Highlighting the introduction of a new “outcome-based” regime of safety regulations that took effect this year, he said CASA had also rolled out a new Certificate of Approval manual for its staff to help standardise its processes, and purchased a new data management system to improve information sharing across the organisation. Finally, he said CASA had introduced a comprehensive training program for all inspectors.

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But, as McCormick acknowledged, “there are undoubtedly people in the aviation industry who still hold a critical opinion of aspects of CASA’s performance.”

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