Alliance Aviation Services managing director Scott McMillan has called on the government to get on with acting on the 37 recommendations of the recently published review into Australia’s aviation sector.
McMillan told shareholders at Alliance’s annual general meeting the Aviation Safety Regulation Review (ASRR) had identified a wide range of recommendations that would benefit the industry.
“We look forward to the Commonwealth government implementing the wide range of recommendations from the recently published Aviation Safety Regulation Review,” McMillan said in prepared remarks on Tuesday.
“These much needed changes will go a long way towards reducing the unnecessary regulatory burden and inefficiency that our industry had endured for many years.”
The ASRR was commissioned by the federal government and authored by former Airservices chairman David Forsyth, former Director-General of Civil Aviation at Transport Canada Don Spruston and former Head of Safety at British Airways Roger Whitefield. The report, published in June, called for substantial cultural and structural change at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), as well as better leadership of and coordination between Australia’s aviation safety agencies.
It noted that Australia had an “excellent” airline safety record and an “advanced” aviation regulatory system.
However, there were “opportunities for the system to be improved to ensure Australia remains a leading aviation state”.
The federal government has pledged to respond to the review’s 37 recommendations before the end of 2014.
Meanwhile, Alliance chairman Steve Padgett said Alliance was the current economic environment brought with it some challenges.
“We also must accept that we are operating in a competitive environment and we need to continually meet the needs of our customers,” Padgett said.
“As a result we remain focused on the development of the new revenue resources for Alliance and looking for opportunities to diversify the business and sources of revenue.”