CEO ANNUAL REPORT
From the desk of the CEO –
Kim Gorringe - February 2009
I am pleased to announce that CAASA has made substantial progress
during the past year with some important new initiatives. We have
reached out further than ever before to both our industry and
the broader public.
CAASA Reaching Out
In March 2008, CAASA, AMOSA and HASA, started on a country-wide
road show to connect and communicate with the larger General Aviation
sector. We needed to meet the industry, brief them on our activities,
and obtain advice on any geographically specific issues requiring
our attention. To date we have visited four general aviation airports,
namely Wonderboom, Rand and Virginia, and Nelspruit. In light
of the magnificent response received thus far, especially in areas
outside of Gauteng, we intend visiting all the major aviation
centres to obtain first-hand information on what is happening
on the ground (and, of course, the air).
We were also there at the Maponya Mall in Soweto to market careers
in Aviation, Aerospace and Defence. In addition, our friends in
the aviation media are working to muster support for the Association
and to publicise our many successes.
We have managed to resolve the following important issues with
the SACAA within a short space of time:
* Addressing complaints regarding the promptness of service
received from the SACAA Certification Section.
* Dispensing with the requirement for SACAA Inspectors to conduct
factory visits for the issuing of initial Certificates of Airworthiness
when new aircraft are purchased. This will result in substantial
savings to the industry.
* Persuading the SACAA to re-introduce the "H" and "R"
helicopter registration designators thereby facilitating easier
identification of rotorcraft.
* Limiting certain proposed restrictions on flight training in
FAD 70E that would financially prejudice flight training schools.
* Opposing the de-commissioning of the LY NDB and persuading SACAA
and ATNS to replace the cloud break procedure.
Notwithstanding our viewpoints, the CAASA maintains co-operative
relationships with all statutory service providers and regulators.
CAASA Strategies and Inputs
CAASA, together with AATOSA and AMOSA have formulated a skills
development strategy for flight and technical training. In terms
of the strategy followed, all members will co-operate to access
funding. The necessary skills development grant applications have
been submitted to the TETA. The Association, with the assistance
of AMOSA will apply to the National Skills Development Fund to
set up a training scheme for 12 black pilots to assist the industry
in meeting Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) scorecard
targets going forward.
Regarding B-BBEE, CAASA arranged 2 seminars to explain the legislative
requirements of B-BBEE to the industry. We have also made various
written and oral submissions to Government on the proposed Draft
Domestic Aviation Charter and Scorecard. Although our request
that the turnover requirement be changed or increased, so that
very small aviation companies are not crushed, has fallen on deaf
ears, we will continue to engage the Departments of Trade and
Industry and Transport on this important issue.
CAASA, via the media, has brought to Government attention, our
industry's concern about the potentially negative impact of the
World Cup Soccer 2010 on our sector. This has resulted in the
SA Air Force, SAPS, ATNS and DoT, consulting us about the security
measure and airspace restrictions that will exist over this period.
We have been assured that there will be minimum disruption, but
will continue to remain abreast of airspace security planning
and what permission must be obtained to operate during this period.
We will continue to ensure that everything possible is done to
minimise harm to the industry and especially the flight schools.
On a more personal note, the Commissioner for Civil Aviation
has invited me to serve on an "Advisory Safety Panel"
to review accident and incident reports produced by the SACAA.
I have gladly accepted as it provides an opportunity for the Industry
to contribute towards identifying the causes of aviation accidents
and incidents, and implementing measure to improve aviation safety
Our successes achieved over the past year will undoubtedly stand
the Association in good stead as we enter 2009. A proven track
record will make the Association more attractive to prospective
members. I believe that in 2009 (our sixty-fifth birthday), we
will achieve a significant increase in membership and a further
expansion of the influence that CAASA wields in the industry.
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