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There Are Already Sensible Alternative Locations For Pilot Training!

senate enquiry into noise

Experienced Pilot
Speaks Out
It's Too Noisy

Local Residents Say Enough Is Enough
It's Stress Related
Injury Caused By Our Government

Noise Up
Safety Down
Home Values Down
Planning Restrictions Up
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28 Planes Overhead
In Just Over An Hour

A Common Experience

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Imagine Listening To This Sort of Noise
All Day

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An Identification Chart
To Help You Work Out Which Aircraft Are
Responsible For The
Noise & Low Flying

Learn More About Aircraft Noise - What Causes It
and What Can be Done
About It

15 Ways To
Quieten  The Skys

(US Citizens Aviation Watch)


Aviation Ethics - A Generation Behind!

Case In Point: The Moorabbin Airport Noise Fiasco

Society is constantly evolving.  What was acceptable a generation ago may no longer be appropriate today e.g. smoking in public places, environmental degradation for profit, discrimination, not recycling, even certain types of language and gesture.

Change can be uncomfortable and we might be tempted to resist it.  Sometimes it means sacrifice for those who have previously enjoyed advantage from certain activities or behaviour which is no longer permissible.

In Australia there is a significant problem caused by the questionable evolution of aviation ethics.  Australian society now has a very keen sense of what it means to treat people with respect, participate in the community, care for the environment, not take advantage of others, be fair in business dealings and so forth.

Without doubt the main reason for the sluggishness of aviation change is its self regulation.  Moreover no government has given society a legitimate role in matters to do with the impacts of aviation and there are almost no sensible environmental standards or independent and objective policing of aviation.  In addition there are groups which continue to make a lot of money from the heavily subsidised business of flying, like the property developers which run airports.

The peak aviation bodies like the Civil Aviation Safety Authority have all but abandoned their environmental responsibilities and given first priority to the task of avoiding criticism and perpetuating their self regulation.  This means they are inclined to ignore or confound some safety and environmental issues if they are perceived to be an attack on their authority or practices.*

The Aviation bureaucracy manages to side step much of its social accountability by being fragmented.  Related activity and responsibility are split across jurisdictions.  It is a classical political ploy.  Even after exhaustive lobbying the best outcomes are never more than reviews and bland recommendations.  Actions are split across the jurisdictions, inevitably watered down by the impermeability of the public service, a growing sense of powerlessness in the community and the passage of time.

The bottom line is that no one is accountable for the big picture:  the whole picture.  The powerful interests groups are happy to perpetuate notions of people needing air transport, a reverence for smartly dressed pilots, the marvel of aeronautical engineering and so forth, but the number one interest is helping themselves to the rich rewards.

It’s time for Australian aviation to grow up and join the people. 

Honouring our communities and our environments should not be optional for any business or interest group.  There will still be plenty of sky left over after aviation enters the current age of ethical practice.  Sure there will be some grumbles, perhaps scenic joy flights, loud helicopters and intensive urban training will get moved on, but just how much urban sky does the aviation industry really need for these activities? 

Somewhere we lost sight of the fact that the sky belongs to all of us – it’s a commons, not an aviation playground. 

* If the Police Force was responsible for the statistics of crime and road traffic offences, it would be in its interests not to be too diligent with its enforcement activities.  It would try to give the impression that crime prevention, road usage and driver behaviour was well managed.   This is the dilemma faced by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.  Naturally it does not want to be criticised - but at what cost to its theoretical role?  The Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Air Services Australia should be one department.  This is the only way to achieve better transparency and accountability and ultimately to advance the ethics of aviation.  The function of policing aviation and issues to do with environmental compliance should be the role of another body and certainly not one which is seeking to protect itself or an imaginary image.