The Australian Civil Aviation Authority has clarified that it is committed to the general aviation industry in the country.
Acting CEO and Director of Aviation Safety, Graeme Crawford, stated: “Recent debate about safety regulation and the general aviation sector has focused on the need for a sustainable and viable aviation industry.
Implicit in this debate is the suggestion by some people that CASA does not support a sustainable and viable general aviation sector. I would like to assure everyone this is simply not true.
There is no CASA agenda against general aviation and we regard the sector as a vital component of the national aviation community.
Many of CASA’s staff are participants in general aviation, or started their careers in the sector, and have a practical understanding of the issues and challenges the sector faces.
CASA can’t deliver solutions to the broader economic and social changes that are affecting parts of general aviation, but we can and will do our best to provide an appropriate safety regulatory framework that creates confidence in general aviation across the broader community.
It is important that people from outside aviation have trust in the safety performance of general aviation and part of our job is to help ensure that trust is maintained”.