General Aviation Flight Plan Welcomed

Leaders of Australia's General Aviation (GA) Advisory Group have this week presented a plan to Government to help ensure the sector's future.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said he received the General Aviation Flight Plan when he met with sector leaders in Canberra.

“The GA Advisory Group was established by the then-Minister Darren Chester in October 2016, to provide the very diverse GA sector with a forum to advise the Government on its priorities,” Mr McCormack said.

The GA Flight Plan has identified three key priorities to ensure a strong future for the sector.

“I welcome the establishment of the GA Flight Plan and I have asked the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to work with the Group in responding to these priorities,” Mr McCormack said.

“To ensure the Group is able to complete the work outlined in the GA Flight Plan, the Group's membership and operations will continue for a further two years and I look forward to working constructively with the Group during this period.”

The three priorities of the GA Flight Plan are to:

  1. Develop a broad long term strategic perspective for General Aviation
  2. Propose how air safety regulation can support General Aviation through clear, consistently applied, and proportionally responsive administration
  3. Maintain and enhance General Aviation industry capability, through workforce development and access to airspace and infrastructure

GA Advisory Group Chair and Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia CEO Dr Martin Laverty thanked the Deputy Prime Minister for his strong backing of the GA industry.

“The Deputy Prime Minister has given the GA Advisory Group freedom to identify our own opportunities for growth and to present its ideas on solutions to some of our challenges,” Dr Laverty said.

“He has welcomed the Flight Plan, which addresses critical issues of regulatory burden and ensuring sufficient workforce to keep Australians flying.”

CASA Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody welcomed the opportunity to work closely with the GA Advisory Group and to strengthen the safety regulator's ties with General Aviation.

“I'm pleased to have met with the GA Advisory Group, and to plan to use it as an ongoing reference group on safety regulatory issues relating to the GA sector,” Mr Carmody said.